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Top Reasons Why Traveling with Little Ones is Smooth Sailing Aboard a Disney Cruise

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


Can traveling with young kids really be enjoyable for the whole family? With us, it can be! We make it easy to sail with children by offering numerous amenities that both parents – and little ones – will love! Here’s a look at the top reasons parents agree traveling with little ones is smooth sailing aboard a Disney cruise

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Staterooms Tailored for Families
Our staterooms are designed with families in mind and have ample storage space for everyone’s essentials. Plus, most have split bathrooms to make it easy for the entire family to get ready faster, and many include bathtubs to help little ones get squeaky clean.

Diaper Genie, Pack ‘n Play and Stroller Provided
No need to worry about bringing some of the basic necessities along because we have you covered. Diaper Genies and Pack ‘n Plays are available for use and can be reserved ahead of time and delivered to your stateroom. Also, a limited number of strollers that can be used both onboard and ashore are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Guest Services.

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Nursery and Kids Clubs
When it’s time for parents to enjoy some time to themselves, the nursery is the perfect soothing space for little ones age three and under to be looked after and cared for by specially trained counselors. We also have kids clubs for children ages three to 12.

24-Hour Room Service
With complimentary room service available 24 hours a day, we make it easy so there’s no need to leave your stateroom when little ones are taking a nap or when they need some late night food.

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Kid-Friendly Dining
We offer a large selection of classic children’s food favorites to satisfy even the littlest of taste buds. In addition to the tasty kids’ menu, charming servers performing magic tricks throughout the meal will captivate little ones.

For more on cruising with little ones, check out these past posts:

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Coming to the Disney Magic This Fall

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Aspiring young princesses and knights are in for a treat when Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique debuts on the Disney Magic this fall! This whimsical salon for children ages three to 12 is coming to Deck 10 in the forward part of the ship.

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Our fairy godmothers-in-training are storing up fairy dust for the very special makeovers they’ll be granting at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Kids can choose from several looks, including a Disney Princess, royal knight and more. On pirate party night, this boutique becomes The Pirates League, and pirates of all ages can be transformed here from landlubber to buccaneer.

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Tweens are also in store for new adventures when Edge moves to Deck 9 midship. This super cool space will feature a dance floor and high-tech gaming stations. What won’t change is the fact that this area is reserved just for 11- to 14-year-olds, giving tweens the chance for a little independence from their parents (under the supervision of our fun youth counselors, of course!)

Cruisers on our transatlantic voyage from Spain to Miami, departing September 19, will be the first to enjoy these enhancements. The Disney Magic will then sail 4- and 5-night voyages from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean throughout the fall.

Is your little one most excited about becoming a princess in a paradise or a pirate IN the Caribbean when you visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Magic?

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Disney Cruise Line’s Summertime Freeze Recipe: Warm Hugs

posted on July 10th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers are in for a cool treat on their next visit to Castaway Cay! Adding to our new “Frozen” fun, we recently opened Summertime Freeze, themed in honor of our lovable friend, Olaf.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing recipes for some of the drinks we’re serving here, starting today with one of my favorites, Warm Hugs. Try it out at home, and then check back next week for another refreshing drink recipe.

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Warm Hugs

  • 2 scoops ice cream
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1.5 oz. coconut cream
  • 4.5 oz. Illy Issimo Mochaccino

Blend ingredients and top with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and chocolate syrup.

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Top Activities for Little Ones Aboard a Disney Cruise

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week I introduced a new series to tell you all there is to know about cruising with young children. As promised, today I’m sharing the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise. Of course this list is just the beginning, so help me finish it by adding in the comments your child’s favorite things to do on board.

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Kids Clubs
While parents enjoy some time to themselves, children can enjoy activities supervised by specially-trained Disney counselors at our way cool children’s activity centers. The youngest cruisers up to three years old can be looked after at the fancifully-themed, interactive nursery.

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Disney Junior Characters and Activities
Kiddos receive hugs and autographs from favorite Disney Junior characters, like Jake and Sofia the First. In addition, the Disney Junior Dance Party will get little ones dancing and singing together!

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Mini Golf
A goofy time will be had by all at this Disney-themed miniature golf course featuring quirky golf clubs and 9 interactive holes.

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Slides and Splash Zones
From whimsically themed splash zones and water play areas to a children’s pool with a twisting slide, there are so many ways little ones can safely make a splash!

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Movies by the Pool
Little ones will love watching some of their favorite classic Disney animated or live-action movies poolside on a state-of-the-art jumbo LED screen.

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Deck Parties
The entire family will have fun together at our deck parties like the Sail-Away Celebration and Pirate IN the Caribbean. These open-air celebrations will have little ones meeting some of their favorite Disney characters and dancing to catchy tunes.

Up next, find out the top reasons why it’s smooth sailing on a Disney cruise with a little one!

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Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Disney Cruise Line #1

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The votes are in and Travel + Leisure readers have spoken. We’re excited to share that for the seventh consecutive year, readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line as the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards. We’re also overjoyed that they ranked Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second time in a row!

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Readers who participated in this year’s survey rated cruise ships on the quality of cabins, food, itineraries and excursions — in addition to value.

It’s always an honor to be named the best of the best by our guests and fans. Why is Disney Cruise Line #1 in your book?

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The Sights of Iceland with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line is in stunning Iceland, the land of fire and ice! The Disney Magic arrived to Akureyri today, after an overnight stop in Reykjavik this weekend.

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Iceland is shaped by its dramatic volcanic landscape, and it is home to a rugged coastline, volcanic craters and geothermal areas, including the famous Blue Lagoon in the middle of a lava field. Check out this photo gallery to see some of them magnificent sights Disney cruisers are enjoying here …

To learn more about the exciting excursions we offer in Iceland, take a look back at Arnaldo’s post about Port Adventures in Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Our time in Iceland is part of the Disney Magic’s 11-night voyage from Copenhagen to Dover, England that includes three destinations in Norway and another in Scotland. It’s been an amazing summer in Europe so far! If you missed Cruise Director Brent’s live report of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, take a look back at his posts:

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Cruising with Little Ones: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re considering taking your little one on their first Disney cruise, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?

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I’ve been chatting with parents who have already cruised with little ones to get their insights. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you answers to these questions, plus many more. If there are specific things you want to know, tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you.

For now, I’ll leave you with some great tips from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Tracy. Along with the other Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel, she is always happy to answer your questions on DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. Stay tuned next week to find out the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise.

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1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
“Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!”

2. Take your own baby supplies.
“Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!”

3. Take naps.
“You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.”

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4. Take time out for yourself.
“Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. My favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!”

5.Take lots of photos.
“Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is my favorite night, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.”

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back to Port Communities

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Disney VoluntEARS Month at Disney Cruise Line is a unique opportunity for shipboard crew members to give back to communities in different ports of call around the world. More than 150 crew members across all four Disney ships participated in Disney VoluntEARS Month in May, demonstrating that we all have the ability to make a positive impact.

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This May, 10 organizations from five communities in Central Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean benefitted from more than 450 volunteer hours. Crew efforts impacted charitable causes focused on areas including education, health/wellness and animal care/rescue.

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Each year, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line provide thousands of hours of community service – from raising funds for disaster relief to spreading Disney cheer in children’s hospitals around the world.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



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Ahoy, Mateys! Prepare for Pirate Night on a Disney Cruise

posted on June 25th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the most important questions you should ask yourself before setting sail on your Disney cruise is, “How can I transform my family into the most swashbucklin’ pirates on the high seas?”

Pirate Night is a tradition Disney cruisers young and old look forward to on our tropical voyages. There’s no better place to become a pirate than actually IN the Caribbean! We put together this fun infographic to help you get started on your quest to turn your family into a band of savvy scallywags during your next adventure with us. Check it out!

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