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Celebrating July 4th With Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 4th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Happy Fourth of July! We know that holidays are when many families reconnect and spend time together, which is why we work to make them special for those celebrating onboard with us.

Today, it’s not just our ships adorned with red, white and blue…

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Up on deck, we’re throwing a special party, complete with streamers, American flags and patriotic music, plus a special performance by Mickey and the gang! Kids can get their faces painted, join in on arts and crafts and help decorate the youth clubs in red, white and blue.

We’re even serving patriotic food and beverages, including blueberry muffins with red, white and blue icing for breakfast, an American themed buffet for lunch and additional All-American selections for dinner. Our drinks of the day are “The American” and “BlueBerry Lemon Ice Tea.”

If you weren’t able to join us onboard today, make yourself one of these refreshing drinks and say “cheers” with your family to your next Disney cruise!

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The American

  • 1 ½ oz White Tequila
  • ½ oz St Germain Elderflower
  • Dash of Watermelon Syrup
  • ¼ oz Agave Nectar
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Garnish- watermelon skewers

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BlueBerry Lemon Ice Tea

  • Exotic Berry Ice Tea
  • Fresh Berries (muddled)
  • Top with Sprite
  • Garnish: Berries
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Travel + Leisure Readers Recognize Disney Cruise Line & Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Once again, we have readers and fans to thank for more amazing awards. Today, Travel + Leisure announced its World’s Best Awards 2014, and Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa earned top distinctions.

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Disney Cruise Line was named the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for the first time and the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families once again. Readers rated cruise lines on several different criteria, including cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities and value.

On land, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, was named the Top Hotel for Families in the United States. That’s no surprise, given how many families continue to tell us how much they love this beautiful Disney resort in Hawaii.

What do you and your family like best about Disney Cruise Line and Aulani?

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Summer Pudding

posted on July 1st, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about summer desserts, fresh berries and cream always come to mind. If you’re searching for that perfect treat to bring to your July 4th celebration, I have the perfect one for you. Our summer pudding with berry compote is light and refreshing and has just enough sweetness to be the talk of the party!

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Download our keepsake recipe card here, and be sure to multiply the ingredient amounts if you’re serving several people. Enjoy!

Summer Pudding with Berry Compote
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 5 hours

Ingredients

  • 8 white bread slices (crust off, cut into triangles lengthwise—2 slices per soufflé)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh strawberries (cut into quarters)
  • 11⁄4 cups fresh black berries
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 11⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 oz. clotted cream

For the Summer Pudding

  1. Place 3⁄4 cup sugar and 5 tbsp. of water into a large pan. Gently heat until sugar dissolves. Stir a few times. Bring to a boil for 1 minute and then place in the fresh berries. Cook for 5 minutes over a low heat, stirring 2–3 times. The fruit will be softened, mostly intact and surrounded by dark red juice. Set aside.
  2. Line a soufflé dish with plastic wrap. Place 4 triangle-shaped bread pieces around the inside of the soufflé dish with the pointed side facing the bottom of the dish. This creates a bread bowl. Allow the top edge of the bread pieces to extrude above the top of the dish, which will form the bottom of the pudding.
  3. Scoop the berry mixture with juice into the bread bowl, allowing the juice to soak the bread.
  4. Fill and then bend over the top ends of the bread triangles. Pull the plastic wrap together over the top, forming a seal. Repeat for the other 3 soufflé dishes. Place a tray over the top of the souffle dishes for weight and chill in fridge for 3–4 hours.
  5. Place the rest of the berry mixture back on the stove with 3⁄4 cup sugar in a large pan. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil. Simmer for two minutes, let cool and then refrigerate.

Assembly

  1. Release the plastic wrap, flip the soufflé dish upside down and place the pudding in the middle of a plate. Spoon the berry compote over the top of the pudding, letting the berries run down onto the plate. Then decorate with fresh berries around the pudding, some micro-mint to give contrast and a quenelle of clotted cream onto the top.
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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Seafood Paella

posted on June 24th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


This summer, Disney Magic cruisers are in for a special treat as we sail away from Barcelona. Out on the open-air deck, we’re cooking up an incredibly delicious, Spanish-inspired dish – seafood paella!

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Fresh clams, mussels, chicken, chorizo and prawns are just some of the ingredients mixed in with our specialty saffron-infused bomba rice to give this dish an unbelievable amount of flavor.

Even if you aren’t sailing in Europe with us this summer, you can still bring a taste of the Mediterranean into your home with this mouthwatering Disney Cruise Line recipe. You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Seafood Paella
Serves 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound chicken tenders (3⁄4” dice)
  • 1 tsp. paprika spice

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)

  • 1⁄2 pound chorizo sausage (5” slice)
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 13⁄4 cup paella rice

  • 1⁄2 Spanish/yellow onion (finely diced)

  • 1 1⁄2 cups fish stock

  • 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1⁄2 cups tomato juice
  • 2 beef tomatoes (seeded, skinned and finely diced)
  • 1 tsp. saffron threads

  • 3⁄4 cup green peas

  • 3⁄4 cup tiger shrimps (peeled)
  • 3⁄4 cup scallops (10–20)

  • 3⁄4 cup squid (1⁄4” slice)

  • 3⁄4 cup mussels

  • 3⁄4 cup small clams (like littleneck clams)

  • 3⁄4 cup lobster tail (3⁄4” slice)

  • 1 tbsp. salt ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. flat-leaf parsley (roughly chopped)

Saffron Aioli

  • 1⁄4 tsp. saffron threads

  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp. white wine

  • 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Red Pepper Rouille

  • 1 roasted red bell pepper (peeled and deseeded)
  • 1 garlic clove (roasted)

  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Seafood Paella

  1. Toss chicken tenders with paprika spice and one chopped garlic clove in a bowl. Chill for 4 hours.
  2. Sear both sides of the scallops, then set aside. Sauté the chorizo, chicken and lobster in 1⁄4 cup of olive oil. Once cooked medium well, place onto a paper towel and set aside.
  3. Pour the remainder of the olive oil into the pan and bring to temperature to gently sauté the onion and the rest of the garlic. Once the onion is transparent, add the rice.
  4. Gradually add the HOT chicken and fish stock (a little at a time while continually stirring). Then add the tomato juice and chopped tomatoes. Once the rice is 3⁄4 cooked through, add the scallops, chorizo, chicken, lobster and remaining ingredients (except the flat parsley, clams and mussels). Continue stirring.
  5. Once the stock has been absorbed and the rice is cooked, stir in the peas and flat parsley. Lay the clams and mussels on top of the rice and cover with a clean napkin.
  6. The heat of the paella will open the shellfish.

For the Saffron Aioli

  1. Place the saffron threads into the white wine and reduce by half, let cool, then mix with the remaining Ingredients.

For the Red Pepper Rouille

  1. Blend the roasted red bell pepper, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar in a food processor. Mix with the mayonnaise and season with the cayenne pepper.
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New Adventures by Disney Experiences for Northern European Cruises in Summer 2015

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a course to northern Europe, and now you can enhance your European cruise with tours from Adventures by Disney! Travel off the beaten path with your Adventure Guides and enjoy immersive experiences and VIP privileges along the way.

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Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port when you embark on an unforgettable journey the whole family will enjoy. From painting your own Viking Shield, to exploring the site of the Berlin Wall, to discovering Tivoli Gardens in a privately guided tour, your vacation will be filled with activities … both on and off the ship. Plus, with all your photos included and the benefit of two guides taking care of the details you can focus on what really matters — being together!

Magic of the Baltic” guided port adventure packages are available for every 7-night and 12-night Disney Cruise Line Northern Europe sailing in 2015.

I’m also excited to announce that Adventures by Disney will be offering several pre-cruise experiences as well. Before you even board your Disney Cruise Line ship, you can experience some of the best of London, Copenhagen or Barcelona through 3- to 4-night pre-cruise land packages from Adventures by Disney! From a private canal ride through Copenhagen to a Spanish flamenco show in Spain or an visit to the Tower of London, the “Copenhagen Escape”, “Barcelona Escape” and “London Escape” packages really make the most out of your family’s time in Europe.

And, calling all fans of Disney’s “Frozen!” In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is providing guests interested in a land & sea package, with a peek into Norwegian life on select sailings. Now with Adventures by Disney, you can disembark your Disney Cruise Line Norway tour and enhance your vacation with an immersive 8-day, 7-night land adventure in Norway. Visit the majestic fjords, breathtaking glaciers, charming stave churches and, of course, the storybook village of Bergen and its historic wharf area, the real-life inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s “Frozen.”

With so many great options, it’s going to be hard to pick just one! (And who says you have to?)

Learn more at adventuresbydisney.com.

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Savoring the Flavors of the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 19th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


Savoring the Flavors of the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line
One of the Disney differences you’ll find when sailing with us is that we use the destinations we visit as inspiration for our menus. Last week I shared with you how Disney Wonder guests are enjoying a special Taste of Alaska this summer, and today, I want to tell you about the flavors of the Mediterranean Disney Magic cruisers are experiencing.

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Just like in Alaska, we use locally sourced products while sailing in Europe. Depending on where we are in the Mediterranean, we have themed menus like “Kouzina of the Greek Isles” and “Bella Italia” that feature culinary offerings specific to those countries. One of my favorite Mediterranean-inspired dishes is our braised osso bucco “Milanese” with gremolata, saffron risotto and bone marrow-reduction.

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Specifically on cruises that visit Greece, we serve spanakorizo me garides, a delicious jumbo shrimp with sun-dried tomato orzo pasta. Another popular Greek dish is our roasted dorade on spanakorizo, a short-grain rice with cinnamon, spinach and feta cheese.

Throughout the summer, I’ll be sharing recipes for some of our guest favorite dishes so you can make them at home. Today, I’ll leave you with the recipe for our Italian-inspired Potato Gnocchi with Cep Mushrooms. You can also download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

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Potato Gnocchi with Cep Mushrooms
Serves: 4 Guests
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients:
Homemade potato dumplings
1 white potato
1 egg
1⁄2 tsp. salt
2 cups plain white flour 3 qt. water

White Wine Cream Sauce
18 fl.oz white wine
3 shallots (finely diced)

1 stalk celery (finely diced)

1⁄2 leek (washed and finely diced)
11⁄2 cups heavy cream

11⁄2 cups vegetables stock

2 tbsp. chives (finely sliced)

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

Garnish
11⁄2 cups cep mushrooms

2 tbsp. white truffle oil

1/3 cup fresh parmesan (shaved)
1 tsp. picked thyme

4 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Homemade Potato Dumplings:
Place potato in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash. Place 2 cups mashed potatoes in a large bowl (save any remaining mashed potatoes for another use). Stir in the egg and 1 teaspoon salt. Gradually beat in flour until blended (dough will be firm and elastic). Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 15 times. Roll into 1⁄2-in.-wide ropes. Cut ropes into 1-inch diagonal pieces. Press down with a lightly floured fork. In a thick-bottomed pan, bring water and remaining salt to a boil. Add gnocchi in small batches; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until gnocchi float to the top and are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and place into salted iced water. Then drain and keep on a wet cloth.

For the White Wine Cream Sauce:
Melt the butter in a thick-bottomed pan; sauté the shallots, celery and leek. When shallots are soft (no color), add the white wine and vegetable stock, then reduce by two-thirds. Add the heavy cream and reduce by one-third, season with salt and ground black pepper and pass through a fine strainer.

For the Garnish and Assembly
Sauté the mushrooms in butter; season with salt, ground black pepper and thyme. Set aside. Mix (dress) the gnocchi with the white wine cream sauce and place into a serving bowl. Place the sautéed mushrooms onto the gnocchi, garnish with the shaved parmesan and lightly drizzle the truffle oil on the gnocchi.

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Palo’s New Tasting Menu: Exquisite Wines, Sublime Tastes with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 17th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


For the ultimate dining experience, we love nothing more than a savvy sommelier who can pair just the right wine with delectable food. Food and wine pairing is an art, and the new “Esperienza del Vino” at Palo on the Disney Cruise Line is a masterpiece.

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Be forewarned, the six-course dinner should be savored slowly – and though you may want to finish each bite of the lobster and mascarpone ravioli, remember that a buttery branzino, then a rich osso bucco soon will follow. So sit back, relax and let the evening unfold. All of your delicious decisions are already made.

The dinner starts lightly with paper-thin tuna carpaccio with lemon oil dressing served with a crisp, bubbly Ferrari brut ‘11. Next up, grilled Portobello mushroom and polenta, paired with Summus Castello Banfi ’07, a velvety, full-bodied wine with the taste of blackberries and cherries.

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Our favorite course is the lobster and mascarpone ravioli with a glass of Cervaro della Sala Antinori ’09, a cool, flowery white. Perfect branzino al cartoccio (Mediterranean sea bass in parchment) follows, with intense, golden Planeta Chardonnay ’08.

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Just two more courses, and the evening moves at a leisurely pace. The final savory dish is tender osso buco (veal shank) served with a rich, meaty Luce Marchesi Dé Frescobaldi ’09, a robust Super Tuscan that was our favorite of the evening.

You may be tempted, but don’t pass up dessert, Palo’s riff on a classic tartufo – their version made with dark chocolate, hazelnuts and house-made vanilla ice cream. Sip the sweet, full-flavored Passito Di Pantelleria Pellegrino ‘08 and watch the world float by.

There is an additional charge of $59 for the wine tasting menu.

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A Look at Disney Cruise Line’s Taste of Alaska Menu

posted on June 12th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing locally sourced food in the destinations I visit. We know our guests appreciate the same, so we’re always looking for ways to give them a sense of where we are in the world through our dining offerings.

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A really special way we do this in Alaska is a cookout while we sail through Tracy Arm Fjord to visit the glacier. We chargrill local items like venison sausages, fresh sockeye salmon, fresh line-caught halibut and elk tenderloin. It’s the perfect way to experience the flavors of Alaska while enjoying the breathtaking scenery!

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Our Taste of Alaska menu is another chance we give you to savor food fresh from the region. The guest favorite is the honey mustard-marinated Alaskan salmon with sauteed spinach, fingerling potatoes and an Aquavit sour cream sauce. Another flavorful option is the juniper-spiced elk tenderloin with brussels sprouts and baby carrots on spaetzle with a black currant sauce.

One thing’s for sure … on your Alaska cruise with us this summer, the beautiful frontier isn’t the only spectacular item on the menu for you!

We’re also serving up some pretty amazing culinary specialties in the Mediterranean, which I’ll tell you more about next week.

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A Disney Cruise Line Cocktail You Only Can Savor at Palo

posted on June 10th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


What a pleasure to head to the top deck of the Disney Magic for dinner at elegant Palo, where Italian specialties are beautifully prepared in the onstage kitchen. From a plate of beautiful charcuterie served with warm bread from the pizza oven to a sweet finish of chocolate soufflé, Palo is a leisurely dining experience not to be missed (ages 18 and older).

We can easily recommend the house-made pastas (the lobster ravioli with mascarpone cream is divine), the grilled seas scallops, the garlic-roasted rack of lamb … Palo’s diverse menu has something for everyone, and the chef will happily accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free requests.

Here’s a new pre-dinner cocktail that we couldn’t resist. It’s one to sip slowly, with a sublime sweetness from the berries and a little tartness from the aged balsamic vinegar. Make sure you use aged balsamic for a more intense, complex flavor.

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Balsamic Grande Cocktail
Serves 1

  • 5 fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
  • 1/2 ounce balsamic vinegar (aged 8 years)
  • 5 ounces Grey Goose Vodka

Muddle strawberries with agave and balsamic vinegar in a mixing glass. Add vodka and ice; shake and strain into chilled martini glass.

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Who Will You Become on a Disney Cruise?

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


On a Disney Cruise Line vacation, you can definitely expect to visit beautiful destinations, make friends with Captain Mickey and spend quality time with your whole family. But one thing you may not expect is that you’re likely to pick up some new skills, too! While you’re enjoying all there is to do on and off the ship, don’t be surprised if you and your family find yourselves becoming…

Food Connoisseurs

Food Connoisseurs
After savoring world-class cuisine at our family and adult restaurants, you’re sure to return home with a refined palate and a new appreciation for gourmet food… and, of course, a full belly!

Underwater Explorers
With the chance to explore 22 acres of crystal-clear waters in Snorkel Lagoon at our private island, Castaway Cay, you’ll become an expert in finding Caribbean marine life and hidden underwater treasures.

Superheroes
Becoming Iron Man and getting superhero training from Captain America can now be a reality for your kids on the Disney Magic in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. For you parents wanting to unleash your own inner superhero, you can join the fun during Open House in Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

Broadway Enthusiasts
When you sit back to enjoy some of the most elaborate, Broadway-caliber musicals presented at sea, your enthusiasm for extraordinary singing, dancing, costumes, special effects will most certainly be heightened!

Ice Cream Specialists
With unlimited soft-serve ice cream served on deck throughout the day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice crafting that perfect cone.

Dance Masters
Whether you join the fun during our celebrations up on deck, at our family dance parties or in the adult night club, you’ll be able to perfect your signature dance move… and maybe even learn a few more from your Disney friends!

Detectives
After joining the Midship Detective Agency and finding clues to catch a villain on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, there’s no mystery you won’t be able to solve.

Swashbuckling Pirates
Pirate Night, complete with music, dancing, tasty grub and a spectacular fireworks finale, gives you the chance to bring out that swashbuckling pirate side you never get to show… or may not even know you have!

Royalty
Following high tea with Disney princesses at Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy, you may start requesting people address you as “Your Majesty,” given the royal treatment you’ll experience during this magical affair.

Mad Scientists
Once your kids put on their science goggles and join the wacky experiments at Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, you’ll likely find you have a mad scientist on your hands, eager to concoct more crazy creations!

Who did you and your family become on your last Disney cruise?

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