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VIDEO: Six-Course Dessert Experience at Remy on the Disney Fantasy

posted on March 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Okay dessert lovers, after you watch this next video, you’re going to be craving something sweet. Disney Parks Blog author Salah talks all about our new dessert experience at Remy on the Disney Fantasy, an event that features not one, not two, but six amazingly delicious desserts. It’s times like this one that I wish you could taste something just by looking at it, don’t you?

If you missed our video with Salah last week about Petites Assiettes de Remy, check it out here. And next time you’re onboard, I hope you’ll dine with us at Remy. Whether it’s for Petites Assiettes, dinner, brunch or dessert, you’re sure to have a dining experience unlike any other!

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Adventures in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


This summer, we’re setting sail once again to destinations around the Baltic Sea! Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia are two of the locales you can explore on our Northern European cruises, and we have fantastic Port Adventure options for your family to make the most of your time in these historic cities.

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Helsinki, Finland is known for its historic architecture, lively squares and beautiful green spaces. Our Helsinki Highlights and Finnish Food-Tasting tour takes you to see some of the city’s most popular sights, such as Senate Square, and taste delicious local food, including smoked Finnish delicacies and typical Finnish desserts. The unique Temppeliaukio Rock Church is one of my favorite stops on this tour, as this impressive venue, located in the heart of Helsinki, was built directly into solid rock!

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Our Helsinki, Porvoo and Countryside Port Adventure takes you to Temppeliaukio Rock Church and Senate Square, too, and this full-day tour also includes a visit to the historic town of Porvoo and the Finnish countryside. In Porvoo, you can explore Old Town, with its narrow lanes and 16th century wooden houses, and the small handicraft shops. Next up is a visit to the charming Savijärvi Farm, a local family’s home, as well as a Finnish horse-breeding farm and riding school. After meeting the family and eating a three-course meal in their 19th century manor house, you’ll also have the chance to see some of the horses and learn more about the family’s way of life on the farm.

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Tallinn, Estonia is another destination on our Baltic cruises brimming with beautiful architecture and rich history. On our Port Adventure, Best of Tallinn with Concert and Lunch, you’ll get an up-close look at many of the city’s historic landmarks, including the Gothic Town Hall, domed churches and the baroque palace that once was a summer residence of Russian czars and now houses the Museum of European Art. A highlight of this excursion is the walking tour through the cobblestone streets of the old town, followed by a three-course lunch at a neighborhood restaurant and a concert of medieval music in St. Nicholas Church.

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A different Port Adventure that celebrates the area’s architecture and art is Estonian Architecture and Art for Families, created exclusively for Disney cruisers. Following a sightseeing tour, a visit to the Museum of European Art gives adults the chance to have a guided tour while the kids join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors in a fun art project. First, the costumed Dame of the Palace will welcome you and take the children on a short tour of the palace to exhibitions geared for kids. Then, the children will enjoy a drawing workshop where they can draw their impressions of the palace to take home as a souvenir.

Up next, I’ll tell you about adventures in St Petersburg, Russia and Stockholm, Sweden. Who’s sailing the Baltic with us this summer?

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Bringing History to Life in Oslo, Norway and Kirkwall, Scotland on a Disney Cruise

posted on March 18th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of our exciting Port Adventures in Norway and Iceland! Today I want to tell you about excursions in Oslo, Norway and Kirkwall, Scotland, two more destinations you can explore on our 11-night Norwegian Fjords sailing.

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Oslo is one of the largest capital cities in the world, but it’s more than just a big city. It is flanked by the Oslo Fjord to the south and lush forests and mountains to the north, giving you the chance to join some pretty awesome adventures. Nature lovers won’t want to miss Hiking In Oslomarka, which takes you on an 8-mile hike through the quiet trails surrounding Oslo. For a more relaxing way to enjoy nature, you can join our Oslo Fjords By Boat excursion, a journey that takes you past amazing scenery, fjord cabins, cloisters of private boats, small villages, the Akershus Fortress and the famous Norwegian Opera house.

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History buffs have their pick of more than 50 museums in Oslo, and our Historical Oslo tour takes you to visit three of the most popular. The Kon-Tiki Museum and the Fram Museum celebrate maritime history with historic vessels on display. The Norwegian Folk Museum incorporates a large open air museum with more than 150 buildings relocated from towns and rural districts, including one of the famous Norwegian stave churches. Another great museum in Oslo is the Viking Ship Museum, home to well-preserved Viking long ships, which you can visit on three of our Port Adventures, including Oslo Highlights, Tusenfryd Amusement Park And Viking Ship Museum and Hadeland Glass Works and Viking Ships.

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Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland, is a small and charming port town with steep-roofed houses, medieval buildings and Renaissance palaces. Just beyond Kirkwall, you’ll discover ancient remnants of the Neolithic Era, including the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar stone circle, the Maeshowe Tomb and Skara Brae, the best-preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe.

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Several of our tours take you to a variety of these destinations, such as Ancient Standing Stones And Dramatic Cliffs, Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland and Ancient Tomb Of Maeshowe. Those of you who want to add more activity to your sightseeing adventures will love our Neolithic Cycling Tour, which includes a leisurely 12-mile ride through the beautiful countryside to visit these prehistoric monuments.

Next we’ll dive into our Baltic ports, starting with Helsinki, Finland and Tallin, Estonia. Who’s counting down the days until their Northern European cruise with us this summer?

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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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Behind the Scenes: Three Michelin-Starred Chef Arnaud Lallement Discusses His Culinary Creations at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on March 9th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, you heard from Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef at Remy, about his role with Disney Cruise Line. We are privileged to have him, a three Michelin-starred chef from France, work alongside the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel to develop the menu at our premier fine dining restaurant on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

In this next video, Chef Arnaud talks through some of what makes the cuisine at Remy so unique and exceptional. A word of warning before you watch … your mouth is about to begin watering!

Recently I’ve shared with you some of the newest ways you can experience the unparalleled cuisine at Remy, beyond our leisurely dinner. Take a look back at my previous posts to discover our many fine dining options for your next voyage with us:

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Icelandic Adventures in Akureyri with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 7th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I’m back to tell you about more Icelandic adventures you can have with Disney Cruise Line this summer! In addition to Reykjavik, we’re calling on Akureyri, a charming fishing village located at the base of the beautiful Eyjafjordur Fjord.

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Designed just for Disney cruisers, our signature Port Adventure in Akureyri, Local Food And Gourmet, gives you the chance to savor Icelandic cuisine, including waffles, ice cream and smoked lamb, during visits to two farms and a smoke hut in the countryside. The excursion concludes with a visit to Santa’s House (did I mention Akureyri is only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle?!) where Christmas is celebrated all year long. You’ll have the chance to see Santa, buy holiday items and meet the legendary Grýla, the villainous mother of the thirteen Icelandic Santas.

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Akureyri is known as the gateway to the natural wonders of Northern Iceland, including Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods,” one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. On our Leisurely Akureyri & Godafoss Port Adventure, a visit to this amazing sight is combined with a stop at the gorgeous Akureyri Botanical Garden, home to every plant species indigenous to Iceland, plus high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world. We also offer an adult-only departure of this tour for those exploring Akureyri without kids.

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During our Akureyri Highlights tour, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the area’s must-visit locales and landmarks, including museums, art galleries and the iconic Akureyri Church, built in 1940 on a hill overlooking the town and fjord. One of the museums, Laufás Folk Museum, dates back to the 1860’s when it was built as a farmhouse in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf. One of the last of its kind in the country, the house now serves as a museum and provides a genuine insight into farm life in Iceland over the past centuries.

Next up, we’ll begin exploring Northern European ports that we’re visiting this summer during our Baltic cruises. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Exploring ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ in Reykjavik, Iceland with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 4th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


One of our brand-new destinations this summer is Iceland, the awe-inspiring “Land of Fire and Ice,” known for its geothermal waters, majestic waterfalls, volcanic areas and breathtaking canyons. Today I want to give you a look at some of what you can experience in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.

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Rich in culture, eclectic architecture and natural beauty, Reykjavik is also home to the famed saltwater Blue Lagoon, located in the middle of a lava field and known worldwide for its healing properties. We offer two Port Adventures for you to bathe in these warm waters: a half-day experience focused on rest and relaxation and a full-day adventure with an adrenaline-packed volcanic journey.

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On our Let’s Go Volcano And Bathing at the Blue Lagoon, the day begins with an invigorating trek up the steep flanks of a volcano crater in a specially modified super truck, followed by lava-tube caving experience to explore the mysterious depths of the Icelandic underworld. Then, after a visit to bubbling hot springs and the fishing village of Grindavik for a lobster soup lunch, you’ll finish your day with a relaxing afternoon in the therapeutic mineral-filled waters of the Blue Lagoon!

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Here are some of the other super cool tours in Reykjavik you’ll want to check out:

The Golden Circle With Family Barbeque – Classic “can’t miss” Icelandic landmarks take center stage on this tour, where you’ll explore a national park, a glittering waterfall, popping hot springs and a high-tech geothermal energy exhibition. Plus, in true Disney fashion, folk stories come to life during a barbeque lunch in the woods hosted by Iceland’s most famous troll wife, Gryla, and her helpers, who tell the legend of troll giant Bergthor of Bláfell.

Lava Family Workshop – An exclusive for Disney cruisers, get your family “fired up” during an exhilarating trip to the edge of a hardened lava field for an up-close look at volcanic craters. Parents and children alike will take part in an art workshop, using real lava to create your very own framed lava art.

Glacier Safari 4×4 & Ice Cave – On this adventure, you’ll jump into an Icelandic super truck and journey over ice and snow to the “Ice Cave” on the flanks of Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. The man-made “Ice Cave” stretches deep inside the glacier with an impressive series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice. The ice chapel and ice bar are two of the featured attractions!

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Check back later this week for my suggestions on adventures in Akureyri, Iceland. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


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There are many partners that we work with at Disney – but it’s no secret that “Wheel of Fortune” is one of our favorites, and we’re always thinking about new ways that we can work together.

Disney Cruise Line has been featured on the show before. But, this week, two more exciting vacation destinations join for the very first time: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and Adventures by Disney! And with all three together, it’s Disney Sea & Shore Week on “Wheel”!

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I always tell you that I have the best job at Disney… and working on this production may have been the most fun of all. Along with some other very talented (and lucky) cast members, we played host to our friends Pat Sajak and Vanna White as they sailed aboard the Disney Cruise Line, got a taste of Hollywood on one of our spectacular Adventures by Disney trips, and experienced the true magic of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Pat and Vanna, along with the entire crew from “Wheel of Fortune” made memories that will last a lifetime, as we all traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From an extraordinary dinner at Palo aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, to storytelling by the fire at Aulani, to a stroll along world famous Hollywood Boulevard on a unique Adventures by Disney excursion, I don’t think any of us will soon forget these special moments.

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Good news is, you’ll get to see many of these experiences throughout the week of shows, beginning tonight, along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do. There’s plenty of inspiration, too, for your next Disney vacation as you venture outside the theme parks. And, another exciting treat – five lucky viewers will win their very own dream vacation to Aulani, just for watching! More details, here.

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So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning tonight! Check your local listings for time and channel.

(One last thing. I would never dream of giving anything away. But, just between us, don’t be surprised to see even more Disney fun ahead this season on “Wheel.” No one will know I told you, right?)

Buy a vowel!

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