So what are some of the best things to do in Jamaica? Nature lovers can snorkel the turquoise waters and relax on the beautiful beaches…take a bamboo raft ride along the Martha Brae River for exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery…or visit nearby Ocho Rios to see the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.
If you’re looking to experience the history and culture of Jamaica, you can explore Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. Whether you take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts or indulge in a meal with Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes, you’ll most definitely enjoy your time in this quaint port town.
There’s no doubt about it, a cruise to Alaska with its unspoiled natural beauty and rich history, is high on many people’s travel wish lists. Personally, it’s one of my favorite places to visit with my family. Why should you cruise there with Disney? Here are my top five reasons…
Famous Disney characters, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, meet and greet guests in some of their finest northern themed attire. Mickey is decked out in Alaskan fisherman’s gear, Minnie dons a stylish parka, Goofy gets ready to explore a glacier and Donald is dressed to pan for gold. Wouldn’t you love a photo like this?
Unique culinary offerings include the “Taste of Alaska” dinner menu (I’m hungry just thinking about the Alaskan King Crab legs, Alaskan salmon and juniper-spiced elk tenderloin) and cooking demonstrations with wild Alaskan salmon and halibut. My favorite is the BBQ on the open upper decks while the ship passes through Tracy Arm Fjord.
Signature Port Adventures are enhanced with experiences exclusively available for Disney Cruise Line guests. Glacier Dog Musher for a Day takes you by helicopter to an awe-inspiring glacier where you’ll meet the crew of Alaska Heli Mush and get a behind-the-scenes tour, along with the opportunity to meet sled dog puppies up close and take a ride with a sled dog team in training for the Iditarod.
Disney’s Alaska cruise has special onboard youth offerings tying in the area’s culture and natural habitat. Kids can interact with park rangers onboard to earn their junior ranger status and create a take-home video highlighting environmental aspects of their cruise. Port guides also introduce children and teens to the unique cultural and natural aspects of each Alaska port.
Every port offers Port Adventures for families to enjoy together, but many tours also integrate separate activities so kids can hang out with youth counselors from the ship while parents have time on their own. Aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railway, children can ride in a kids-only car with sing-alongs and games and adults can enjoy champagne or cider in their own rail car.
If you’ve sailed with Disney to Alaska, give us your own top five in the comments below!
Read more about Disney cruises to Alaska in the posts below:
Today, I have the honor of revealing to you next year’s Disney Vacation Club member departures of Adventures by Disney trips, each with exclusive experiences!
First up is Cowboys and Canyons – an 8-day, 7-night journey through Arizona and Utah, departing June 5th, 2013. You’ll go off the beaten path at the Grand Canyon, climb aboard an off-road vehicle for an excursion in Monument Valley, take a family rafting trip down the Colorado River, and step into the surreal landscape of Arches National Park. You might even meet a real cowboy or two!
Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Guided Fossil Walk in the Grand Canyon with a local expert; Visit to historic Kolb Studio art exhibit in the Grand Canyon.
The second trip is Knights and Lights – an 8-day, 7-night adventure through London, Paris and the English countryside, departing July 12th, 2013. It’s an unforgettable getaway, delivering the color, culture and cuisine that define these world-renowned destinations. Your family will experience it all – from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and beyond!
Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Enjoy a glass of champagne in a private car on the London Eye; Savor an authentic, freshly prepared, Parisian crepe near the Eiffel Tower.
And the third trip is Quest for the West – an amazing 7-day, 6-night trip departing June 17th, 2013 and taking your family on a rugged adventure to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and capping off with a 2-night stay at a private dude ranch.
Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain (4,139 ft); Saddle-up demonstration with a lesson on how horses are acclimated to the ranch, what they like to eat and their differences in personality!
On all of these trips, Disney Vacation Club members will get a fleece jacket and framed pin set, along with a gift themed to the adventure.
I look forward to telling you about even more vacation options with Disney, but until then I want to hear from you…Which destination on your “bucket list” would you most like to explore with Disney?
Starting next year, you can hop onboard the Disney Magic in Galveston and sail away to Walt Disney World Resort. The new 8-night Bahamas sailings include a stop at Port Canaveral, Florida, where as part of your voyage, Disney will transport you from the ship to the resort with a Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket in hand!
And, its gets even better! The ship will also stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, giving you the chance to soak up the sun in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, alongside your favorite Disney friends.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Disney Cruise Line has also added a 4-night Caribbean voyage from Texas. It’s the perfect way to show your family a little Disney magic with a short vacation getaway.
These sailings are in addition to next year’s 6-, 7- and 8-night Western Caribbean voyages and this year’s 7-night Western Caribbean cruises starting September 22. Take a look below at all of the options from Galveston, and let us know in the comments which one suits your family best.
You’ve probably heard by now that guests aboard Disney Cruise Line’s special Pixar-inspired California Coast cruises will get to enjoy behind-the-scenes presentations from Pixar Animation Studios filmmakers.
Excitement has been brewing and fan sites are abuzz about this added bonus to an already spectacular voyage. And today, Disney Parks Blog fans, you’ll be the first to find out which brilliant and creative minds from Pixar will be presenting on these cruises. Drum roll, please…
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios; Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering
Jay Ward, CARS Franchise Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios – Ward contributes his enthusiasm for cars and his artistic passions to the creation of anything and everything within the “Cars” Franchise, including the production of “Cars” as character team manager and consultant to the film’s director and co-director, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.
Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios – Gould collaborates with Walt Disney Imagineering in the creation of theme park attractions and lands inspired by Pixar’s films, most recently the creation and opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
Tia Kratter, Shading Art Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Kratter served as the shading art director on “Brave,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film.
Harley Jessup, Production Designer, Pixar Animation Studios – Jessup leads teams of artists who create and design the sets and characters for films, including “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Ratatouille.” He recently finished working as production designer for “Cars 2.”
Jeremy Lasky, Director of Photography/ Camera, Pixar Animation Studios – Lasky served as director of photography/camera on “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” His most recent project was as director of photography/camera on “Cars 2.”
Rob Gibbs, Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Gibbs has contributed his story talents to a number of Disney•Pixar films, including “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E,” “Up” and “Cars.” He has also directed and co-directed several of the studio’s “Cars Toons.”
Sharon Calahan, Director of Photography/Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios – Calahan served as director of photography/lighting on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Cars 2.” She previously served as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.”
The schedule and presenters are subject to change, but from this list, it’s clear these sailings are going to be jam-packed with fun, creativity and imagination!
Lastly, in case you missed it, earlier this week John Lasseter gave Disney Cruise Line Facebook fans a special video message about these cruises. Check it out…
For more on California Coastal Disney cruises, check out the posts below:
Which Mediterranean marvel would you like to see most on a Disney cruise next summer – the French Riviera, Amalfi Coast or Greek Isles?
We recently asked this question to Disney Cruise Line fans on Facebook and while there was great interest in all three spots, it was the Greek Isles – a brand new Disney Cruise Line Europe destination – that topped the poll.
Known for its white-washed buildings, golden beaches and bright blue waters, Mykonos, Greece, is sure to be a popular stop on select 12-night cruises from Barcelona aboard the Disney Magic.
These same cruises also call on Piraeus (Athens), Greece, giving guests the opportunity to explore ancient ruins and see iconic landmarks like the Acropolis.
I am counting down the days until I get to see views like these during a Disney cruise…are you?
Read more about Disney Cruise Line’s European voyages in the posts below:
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, this is your cruise director speaking…”
If you’ve ever sailed with Disney Cruise Line, you’ve heard something along those lines on the ship. What typically follows is a run-down of the fun things to do that day. And one thing is for sure: when your cruise director talks, you listen!
You’ve already heard from some cruise directors, like Natalie, Brent and Ray, in our videos, and starting today they’ll appear on the Disney Parks Blog to tell you about some of the cool things happening on the ships.
Stay tuned for a post by the Disney Wonder’s Cruise Director Jimmy, with tips for a summer cruise to Alaska.
Read more Disney Cruise Line news in the posts below:
Today, the Disney Magic arrived in New York to begin Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever sailings out of Manhattan. And as she sailed into New York Harbor, onlookers spotted an unexpected accessory donning the ship…
Yes, it is what you think it is – a bumper sticker on the rear of the Disney Magic. And not just any bumper sticker…the world’s largest bumper sticker! At 50-foot-long by 11-foot-wide, the super-sized sticker is larger than a city bus. Not the type you typically see on the back of family minivans, is it?
Here’s another great shot of the ship sailing by the Statue of Liberty…
What a sight! This weekend, the Disney Wonder was spotted sailing through the Hawaiian Islands for the first time, on a special 15-night voyage. Here in this photo, she is cruising past iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.
I got the chance to preview the brand-new play area on the Disney Fantasy – AquaLab – and it is just as fantastic as I imagined! Kids were splashing and squealing with delight, plugging leaky pipes and geysers, and enjoying the thrill of not knowing where the water would come from next!
In this video, Walt Disney Imagineer Peter Ricci shows us the ins and outs of this fanciful new water play area, including some of the hidden ways your kids might get soaked.
Take a look at more of the fun you can expect when sailing on the Disney Fantasy: