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Petites Assiettes de Remy on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


After Disney Parks Blog author Salah told us about some of the newest premium culinary offerings at Remy, our fine dining French restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, I had to check out these experiences for myself! Here’s my summary: “Amazing!!”

Before joining Petites Assiettes de Remy on the first night of my last cruise, I sat down with Salah to hear more about this delicious and fun event. Check out this video to hear what he had to say (and be on the lookout for my cameo!)

Next week I’ll share another video with Salah talking about the new dessert experience. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss it!

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Friendly Faces on a Disney Cruise Trump Friday the 13th Woes

posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Can you believe it’s Friday the 13th, again?! Last month on this traditionally unlucky day, we celebrated Villaintine’s Day, and I shared with you the top places to spot villains on a Disney cruise. But this month I want to focus on good rather than evil and show you some the friendly faces you can see when sailing with us.

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The Fab Five: The gang’s all here! Starting with our special Sailing Away celebration, you’ll see these beloved friends up on stage, walking the decks, giving out hugs and lighting up faces throughout your entire cruise. Potential memorable moments with these guys are just one reason to have your camera handy at all times.

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Princesses: Calling all royalty! Heroines like Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Tiana and Ariel await your presence in the atrium lobby for our one-of-a-kind Princess Gatherings. Some of these special ladies also make appearances in our stage shows, singing tunes from your favorite Disney films and showing off their glittery gowns.

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Friends from Arendelle: Speaking of princesses, your two favorite royal sisters are now onboard all four ships, soon to be joined by their pal, Olaf. Plenty of warm hugs will be given, and come summer, these friends will delight Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruisers during a spectacular “Frozen”-inspired celebration on deck.


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Intergalactic Heroes: The Force is strong with this one! Iconic characters from the Star Wars saga are joining us aboard eight sailings on the Disney Fantasy in 2016. During the day-long celebration, Star Wars Day at Sea, you’ll see them roaming the decks, converging on the deck stage for a special celebration, signing autographs and more.

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Pixar Pals: Your favorite characters from Pixar films are everywhere! You’ll spot them on stage, on screen, on deck and more. Some of our Pixar character highlights include “Toy Story – The Musical” in the Walt Disney Theatre, an atrium dance party in Alaska and humorous conversations with Crush in Animator’s Palate.

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Disney Junior: Jake and Sofia are two stars from Disney Junior bringing smiles to the faces of our littlest cruisers. One event your family won’t want to miss is our Disney Junior Pirate & Princess Dance Party where you can boogie to fun Disney Junior tunes, sometimes alongside this adventure-seeking pirate and adored princess in-training.

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Popular Pirates: Avast, me hearties! Jake isn’t the only well-liked pirate you’ll meet on your sailing. Captain Jack Sparrow can be spotted stumbling around Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay (Castaway Air Bar serves excellent rum!), and Mickey and his gang, including Chip and Dale, don their swashbuckling attire for our special pirate party night.

Of course, that’s not all! Friends like Lilo and Stitch are up for fun all year long, and Santa Claus spreads cheer throughout the holiday season. Who are some of the other friendly faces you love to see on a Disney cruise?

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More About the Day of ‘Frozen’ Fun Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

posted on March 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Who’s excited to hang out with your favorite royal sisters this summer?! We recently announced our brand-new “Frozen”-inspired experiences, and today I want to tell you more about the ones exclusively for Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruisers.

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Starting on our summertime voyages in Alaska and Northern Europe, on one special day a cool arctic breeze will come through overnight and transform the ship into a winter wonderland. You’ll awake to discover a magical freeze has overtaken the atrium lobby with sparkling icicles adorning the grand staircase resembling the majestic mountain-top ice palace of Queen Elsa.

Feeling as if you’ve been transported to the Kingdom of Arendelle, you’ll be ready to begin the day’s adventures. In addition to getting warm hugs from Olaf, kids won’t want to miss “Anna’s Chocolate Chase,” a scavenger hunt for those who share Anna’s sense of adventure with a special surprise for finishing the game. They can also join the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity where they’ll take on Elsa’s magical powers to make snow and ice!

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For families, there’s “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” where you’ll learn a traditional Scandinavian dance spinning and braiding giant ribbons, along with a specially themed dining experience that night including a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes inspired by the film. Then, the day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant evening celebration, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends.” By now, the freeze has spread to the upper decks of the ship, with giant snowflakes, icicles and snow-covered rocks.

During this high-energy deck party, you’ll sing and dance with the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions. After some fun line dancing led by Anna and Kristoff, their beloved companions, Sven, the trolls and Olaf, make virtual appearances. Sven engages the crowd in reindeer games like “Sven Says” and the “Troll Stroll,” and Olaf leads a sing along to his signature song, “In Summer.”

Later in the party, Elsa arrives with a snowy gust of wind, calling on guests to sing “Let it Go” with her as she conjures up a wintry spectacle to cool things down for Olaf. In true Disney fashion, Elsa unleashes her magic, sending a chill through everyone as the powerful Academy Award-winning song echoes from the ship.

I’m sure you agree this day is going to be pretty “cool.” Pun intended! If you missed Port Adventure Manager Arnaldo Zanonato’s post about Anna and Elsa’s adventure ashore with us in Norway, be sure to check it out to learn about yet another extra special experience you can get with us this summer.

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Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy to Feature Deck Party, Characters, Film Screenings, Celebrities and More

posted on February 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What do you get when you combine the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising? An out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other!

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Last week, I shared the exciting news that we’ve added Star Wars Day at Sea, a brand-new, day-long celebration, to eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2016. Today, I want to tell you more about the immersive entertainment you can expect throughout the day. Check out these intergalactic highlights:

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Force-filled Fun for Everyone

  • Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and other characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will be onboard for scheduled meet and greets, as well as roaming on deck and elsewhere around the ship. You’re also encouraged to dress up in your own stellar costumes!
  • A shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience invites young Jedi hopefuls – known as “Padawans” – to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
  • Kids and families enjoy friendly competition during Star Wars trivia games, covering fun facts from the film and television sagas.
  • For Younglings, Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities will be offered throughout the day in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab youth clubs.
  • In the evening, adults entering the night club will feel like they stepped into the Mos Eisley cantina scene. Characters and cantina music set the mood as Star Wars-themed specialty cocktails are served.

Film Screenings and Celebrities

  • You can watch the first six Star Wars films and follow Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke and Leia along their epic journey.
  • Also showing will be episodes of the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • On each of the special sailings, celebrities and insiders from the Star Wars galaxy will share their experiences, meet fans and sign autographs.

Star Wars Deck Party and Fireworks

  • There’s intergalactic fun when the Star Wars deck party blasts off to an exciting evening filled with music, dancing and games.
  • Star Wars characters converge on the deck stage for a celebration of the Star Wars saga in a show featuring special effects and guest participation.
  • The deck party culminates in a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, lasers and Star Wars music.

Who’s ready to join us on the Disney Fantasy for Star Wars Day at Sea?

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Five Places to Spot Villains on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 13th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Even Villains love Disney cruises! In honor of Villaintine’s Day, here’s a look at some of the places you can spot these nefarious characters while sailing the high seas …

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  1. Singing on stage: The name of our hilarious musical production, “Villains Tonight!” says it all! This family-friendly show on the Disney Dream and Disney Magic features a “Who’s Who” of the Disney villains and places these evil-doers in some irreverent funny moments. Their wacky antics and amusing musical numbers are sure to have you laughing!
  2. Partying with pirates: Villains can’t resist a good party! During our famous Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, an epic battle at sea ensues when they make their appearance. But don’t worry, you’re in for a raucous good time, complete with music, dancing and a spectacular grand finale of fireworks, when the good guys take on the villains.

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  1. Coming to life on screen: Chances to see your favorite evil foes on screen are plenty, with Disney films shown in our theaters, by the family pool, in the youth clubs and on your stateroom television. Plus, they come to life through technological innovations like our interactive detective adventure game where you’re tasked with determining the villain to save the day!
  2. Galavanting in youth clubs: Little cruisers are in for an adventure when villains sneak into the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab to stir up some fun. Activities like our pirate training for young buccaneers wouldn’t be complete without a special visit from Captain Hook to help them learn what it takes to be a swashbuckling pirate.

On Deck

  1. Walking the plank (a.k.a. the deck): Be on the lookout throughout your cruise for infamous characters strolling the upper decks. Don’t be fooled by their charm when they agree to your request for a photo, as they are likely plotting their next evil scheme and scanning the horizon for an opportunity to stir up some mischief!

Where else have you spotted a villain on a Disney cruise?

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Disney Cruise Line Introduces Star Wars Day at Sea on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Whether you’re a Jedi-in-training or the Jedi Master of the family, you’re in for an out-of-galaxy experience when you sail on the Disney Fantasy in early 2016! Today we announced a brand-new, day-long celebration aboard eight special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

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Occurring one day during each of eight Disney Fantasy sailings, Star Wars Day at Sea will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away — in the Western Caribbean. The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. Also featured will be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.

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Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy cruises sailing on January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2 and 16, 2016. Departing from Port Canaveral, the seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and our private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

This event marks the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard our ships. Next week, I’ll share even more details about the intergalactic fun we have planned for Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike!

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Ways to Stay Fit on a Disney Cruise

posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s hard to believe we’re already one month into the New Year! Just after the start of the year, I shared with you some of the ways a Disney cruise vacation is a solution to your New Year’s resolutions. Whether your goals are for more family time, to get fit, to try something new or simply to have more fun, we’ve got you covered with activities that help you do just that.

Over the past month, we’ve posted infographics on Pinterest with more ideas for you. Today I want to share the one that’s at the top of my list because I think it will inspire you, just as much as it did me, to stay active on your next Disney cruise vacation.

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To check out the other infographics in this series, head on over to our Pinterest page:

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The Ultimate Disney Cruise Line Packing Checklist

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


First-time Disney cruisers often ask what to pack when planning their vacation with us. Packing for a Disney cruise isn’t the same as packing for any other vacation since there’s so much fun you may not even expect, like our swashbuckling Pirate Night! We put together this ultimate packing checklist for first-time Disney cruisers, and my guess is that even some of you who have already sailed with us will find it helpful! Let me know in the comments what other items are on your ultimate Disney cruise packing list.

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Land of ‘Frozen’ Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Anna and Elsa’s royal tour of our ships is soon to be filled with even more excitement! Not only is Olaf joining them on all four ships, we’re adding brand-new experiences for the whole family, starting this summer.

Land of “Frozen” Coming to Disney Cruise Line in Summer 2015

Highlights include a spectacular deck party, a new production number in “Disney Dreams,” new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and another way to cool down on Castaway Cay. I’ll share some details on these exciting offerings today, and over the next several weeks, tell you more about what you can expect in summer.

A Day of Frozen Fun, Including New Deck Party

Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests are transported to the land of “Frozen” when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland and a day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle. The deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” is a family-friendly interactive celebration featuring the famous royal sisters and their fun-loving Nordic companions.

New Production Number in “Disney Dreams”

Our friends from “Frozen” are making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In our original production, “Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic,” Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring “Frozen” characters include renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

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Magical Meet and Greets

In addition to warm hugs, Olaf will be giving autographs and taking photographs with children and families while he is cruising with us. He is joining Anna and Elsa on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic for some fun in the sun!

Adventures Ashore in Norway

This summer in Norway, the land that inspired Arendelle from “Frozen,” Disney Magic cruisers will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring this fairytale setting to life. One signature adventure ashore in Ålesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

Olaf-Inspired Summertime Freeze Bar on Castaway Cay

We’re cooling down Castaway Cay with the addition of the Olaf-inspired Summertime Freeze bar! Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks in souvenir cups, the creative menu features refreshing beverages such as “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.” Summertime Freeze will be near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

With this news, I have a feeling some of you are saying, “Hands down, this is the best day of my life!” Am I right?

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A Magical Sight Before the Sun Rose at the Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week’s inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge was the first of its kind for many reasons, and today I want to share photos of one of my favorites … seeing the ship lit up under the stars at Castaway Cay!

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The day of the race, the ship docked early at Castaway Cay and Disney cruisers competing in the challenge had the unique opportunity to go onto the island in the early hours of the morning before the sun came up. The reflection of the ship on the water is a sight runners I spoke with said they will never forget.

You may remember from a previous post of mine that I had the unique opportunity to spend the night on Castaway Cay, and the photos we took then are just a glimpse at the magnificent sky you see from an island in paradise. It was exciting to see the reaction of other cruisers as they experienced the island’s night sky for the first time.

Congrats again to all of the Castaway Cay Challenge runners! If you competed the challenge, be sure to share your photos with us using #CastawayChallenge.

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