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Magic in the Details: World-Class Accommodations and Dining on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When you think about what sets Disney apart, what is it that comes to mind? My guess is that most of you will agree it’s attention to detail. No matter where you vacation with Disney, it’s easy to tell right away the thought that’s put behind even the smallest of things. It’s what we call “magic in the details.”

This month we shared with you some of the magical details you’ll find on a Disney cruise, from dazzling entertainment for the whole family to activities catered to kids and adults. Today, take a closer look at the world-class accommodations and dining you can expect when sailing with us.

What other ways do you notice the Disney difference on a Disney cruise?

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Dazzling Family Entertainment Included on a Disney Cruise

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


What are some of the ways your family likes to have fun together? There’s a pretty high chance whatever you name is already offered on a Disney cruise. And the best part is that it’s all included!

Last week, I shared a video about date night on the high seas with ideas for how adults can spend their time while the kids are having fun in the youth clubs. But today, I want to bring it back to ways the entire family can have fun together.

In this video, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives you a glimpse of our family entertainment, like live stage shows, high-energy deck parties and of course, fireworks at sea. She couldn’t cover everything in such a short video, so check it out and let us know some of the other ways your family has fun onboard.

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Exploring Northern Europe with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s no surprise that guests are raving about the new itineraries we announced last week! In case you missed it, in summer 2015 we are sailing to northern Europe – exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, we are returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia.

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I know many of you are already planning next year’s summer vacation, so I wanted to give you more details about these new sailings. With all of your options, choosing which cruise to take is sure to be a tough decision!

Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Ever since the release of “Frozen,” set among Norway’s breathtaking mountain ranges, glaciers, geysers and fjords, visiting this enchanting land has been at the top of my list … and I’m sure it’s high on yours, too! Not only is the landscape gorgeous, the country’s Scandinavian culture comes to life through stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.

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To explore the Norwegian Fjords with us, you can choose from seven-, nine- and 11-night options departing from Copenhagen, Denmark. Both the seven- and nine-night itineraries visit the ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen before returning to Copenhagen. The nine-night sailing also calls on Molde and Olden.

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On our 11-night voyage, you’ll journey to not only Norway but also Iceland and the Faroe Islands! This cruise visits three destinations in Norway (Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger), two in Iceland (Akureyri and Reykjavik) and one in the Faroe Islands (Torshavn), ending in Dover, England.

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What’s more, we’re returning to destinations in the Baltic Sea where you can explore richly diverse cultures in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Russia.

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The seven-night itineraries beginning and ending in Copenhagen call on Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. These same ports are visited on our 12-night cruises from Dover, England, one of which also stops in Warnemunde, Germany – the gateway to Berlin.

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These options are pretty spectacular, don’t you think? And they are only part of what we’re offering in summer 2015! While in Europe, the Disney Magic will also sail the Mediterranean, departing from Spain and calling on France and Italy. The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska and the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries.

So, where do you want to be in summer 2015? Like our friend Olaf from “Frozen,” sometimes I like to close my eyes and imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come!

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Date Night on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a night out with your significant other? Here’s one date night destination you may have never considered: out on the open ocean!

We all know that a Disney cruise is the perfect place for families to spend quality time together. And it’s no secret the kids will have a blast! But something you may not have thought about before is that sailing with us also gives you plenty of opportunities to reconnect with your spouse.

Curious to see what I mean? Check out this video for inspiration on ways you can get quality “we” time on your next Disney cruise!

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Disney Cruise Line Reveals New 2015 Destinations

posted on March 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today we revealed our itineraries for the summer of 2015, and I am thrilled to share them with you! As you know, sailing to exciting locales around the world is nothing new for us. From Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas to America’s Last Frontier in Alaska and the Greek Isles in the Mediterranean, each year we offer spectacular itineraries for your family to enjoy.

Now, we’re charting a course to even more amazing destinations next year, and since there are so many new options for your family, I asked Cruise Director Brent to help me tell you all about it. Take a look at this video to find out where we’re headed and to get a glimpse of some of the exciting places we’ll be sailing to for the first time ever!

Which of our new destinations is on your bucket list for 2015?

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Santorini, Greece

posted on March 21st, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I hope you’ve enjoyed my last few posts about some of the Port Adventures we’ll be offering guests in Europe this summer. Today I’ll give you a glimpse of what you can see and do when we call on the picturesque island of Santorini, Greece.

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With its rugged cliffs overlooking the bright blue waters of the Aegean Sea, majestic mountains, colorful lava-sand beaches and charming villages, Santorini is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. We offer a variety of excursions for families, along with adult-only departures of some of the most popular tours. Here are some of my favorites …

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Volcano Of Santorini And Hot Springs – The island of Santorini was formed by a volcanic eruption around 1450 BC, and since then volcanic events have shaped the island’s coastline and culture. On this tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit Erinia Cove on the nearby volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you can hike over volcanic dried sand and lava fragments up to the summit for beautiful sites of the caldera. Next, you’ll venture to volcanic hot springs and get the chance to swim in the warm, mineral-rich seawaters—with some areas reaching 95° F (35° C).

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Akrotiri Excavations Site – First on this excursion you’ll be able to explore the Bronze Age town of Akrotiri seeing archaeological excavations of the Minoan Era town with multi-story houses, shops and well-preserved cobblestone streets. The excavations started in 1930 by Professor Marinatos, who in 1967 unearthed a town buried within the pumice of the volcanic eruption of 1450 BC. Then you’ll journey from ancient Akrotiri to the village of Akrotiri to explore one of the five fortified settlements created during medieval times.

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Best Of Santorini – In addition to a boat ride past the Palea and Nea Kameni islands to see the volcano that formed them in the bay of Santorini, along with a visit to the Akrotiri archaeological excavation site, this tour gives you the chance to explore the villages of Oia and Fira. You’ll get panoramic views of steep cliffs and nearby islands, which are the perfect backdrop for capturing photos, sipping coffee and eating local cuisine. One highlight of this trip is a stop at a local winery where you’ll taste wine and snacks including hard bread, cheese and tomato fritters.

From all of the destinations in Greece I’ve shown you that Disney Cruise Line is calling on this summer, including Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Olympia and Rhodes, which is at the top of your list to visit?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Crete, Greece

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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The next destination on our Mediterranean voyages I want to tell you about is Crete, the largest island in Greece. The port is in the capital city of Heraklion, where you’ll be surrounded by lively Greek culture and spectacular island scenery.

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A must-see during your visit is the Minoan palace of Knossos, located just a few miles from Heraklion. Originally built around 1900 BC, this sacred settlement showcases the region’s Minoan history. The archeological site includes ruins of a small palace, royal villa and many well-preserved fresco-covered buildings.

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Knossos Palace Ruins and Arolithos Village with Family Activity – This tour combines a tour of the ancient civilization with a visit to Arolithos, the re-created traditional Cretan village built on the side of a mountain. Here your family can explore the Museum of Agricultural History and Traditional Art, followed by the chance to create your very own kompoloi or “worry beads.” During the craft, you’ll learn the history of the beads, a traditional tool used in Greek culture for relaxation, prayer, rituals and celebration, and enjoy samples of freshly made spinach and cheese pies.

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Knossos Palace Ruins and Thalassocosmos Aquarium Behind the “Seas” – Families will love this excursion, which combines a tour of the Knossos Palace Ruins with a visit to the Thalassocosmos Aquarium. Located in Gournes Village, this aquarium houses 2,500 marine species, focusing on the Mediterranean marine life. Your family will get a unique, behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the work involved in caring for all the underwater residents of the aquarium.

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Isla Beach Club and Knossos Archaeological Site – If you’re craving some sunshine and views of the turquoise water, this Port Adventure is perfect for your family. Following your tour at Knossos, you’ll head to Gouves Village for lounging by the Cretan Sea. A reserved sunbed with an umbrella, along with a soft drink or frappe coffee, is included and makes for a very refreshing afternoon!

Stay tuned for my final post about Port Adventures in Europe this summer. Next up … breathtaking Santorini! Don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Magical Port Adventures in Venice

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Not only is Venice is a new homeport for us this summer, it’s also a destination on some of our Mediterranean cruises. And as always, Disney worked with tour operators to create unique, family-friendly excursions that make a visit to this city extra special.

Wrapping up our Europe “Mom’s Take” series, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel showcases a few of the Port Adventures your family can join in Venice. Check it out to get an idea of the fun you’ll have when sailing the Mediterranean with us!

Please join me in thanking Marcy for all of her helpful tips, and head over to www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com if you have more questions about sailing the Mediterranean with Disney.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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A Mom’s Take: Packing for a Disney Cruise to Alaska

posted on March 14th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’ve reached the final video in our “Mom’s Take” series about our Alaskan voyages, and it’s one you don’t want to miss if you’re joining us this summer. Nancy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel tackles a topic most people have questions about … packing! Not only does she list out must-bring items, she also gives tips that will make packing less of a hassle as you prepare for your vacation. Take a look …

I hope you’ve found all of these videos helpful as you consider or plan for a cruise to Alaska with us. I want to personally thank Nancy for the insights she shared. If you have any other questions about our Alaskan voyages, be sure to visit www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com.

For more on sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Olympia and Rhodes, Greece

posted on March 12th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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All this month, I’m showing you Port Adventures your family can enjoy this summer in some of our brand-new destinations in Greece. Today let’s look at two of the ports you’ll visit on our 9-night Mediterranean cruise, starting on the mainland with Katakolon, Greece, the gateway to Olympia.

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As you may have guessed from the name, Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We offer several Port Adventures that include a visit to Ancient Olympia, where you can explore historic sites like the Temple of Zeus and the original Olympic stadium and gymnasium.

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Depending on your family’s ages and interests, you can also combine a visit here with another culturally rich experience. On the Historic Olympia And Archaeological Museum tour, you’ll also have the chance to get up close to ancient artifacts and artwork, including the Hermes of Praxiteles statue. Or, for a hands-on cultural activity, your family can choose the Historic Olympia And Greek Folk Dances excursion that includes a visit to a charming, hillside estate for traditional Greek food and folk dancing! If you’re looking for relaxation, cruisers ages 21 and up can join the Historic Olympia, Archaeological Museum And Wine Tasting Port Adventure, which gives you the chance to sip local wine and tour the Mercouri vineyards and winery, a beautiful estate established in 1864.

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Now on to the Greek Isles … One of the breathtaking islands you’ll visit on this cruise is Rhodes, home to storied architecture, a mountainous countryside and sun-kissed beaches on the Aegean Sea.

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One of the most popular destinations in Rhodes is the charming seaside town of Lindos, marked by its whitewash buildings and ancient Acropolis. The Lindos Acropolis And Ceramic Factory For Families tour not only gives you the chance to explore the town and climb to the base of the Acropolis, but you can also learn the art of Greek pottery by painting your own at a local ceramic factory.

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The Filerimos, Kallithea And Taste Of Rhodes Port Adventure combines the beauty, cuisine and history of Greece with a visit to Filerimos and Kallithea. Historic Filerimos is one of Rhodes’ most beautiful areas, and on its ancient road to the Acropolis, you’ll see the foundations of the temple of Zeus and Athena. After exploring a domed monastery at the top, your next stop is the town of Kallithea for sightseeing and a taste of delicious local Rhodean food and wine. It’s a dining experience you’re sure to never forget!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into adventures your family can have in Greece. When the ship’s in port, where will you venture ashore?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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