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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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Planning for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.

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Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?

A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.

Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?

A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:

  • Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
  • Signed Payment Authorization Form
  • Passport/proof of citizenship

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Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?

A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.

Q4: We found out on our first cruise that you can bring liquor with you. Is it one carry on per person per family?

A4: Marcy G: Guests may bring their own drinks onboard, including alcohol. However, it must be placed in carry-on bags as you board the ship, and may not be placed in checked luggage. Disney allows one carry-on bag per person.

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Q5: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?

A5: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.

Q6: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?

A6: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.

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Q7: Are there places on the ship to buy pirate attire or should we bring with us?

A7: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.

Q8: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?

A8: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Disney Cruise Line?

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re so excited to bring you the very first quiz on the Disney Parks Blog to test your knowledge about all things Disney Cruise Line! How well do you know us?

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How well do you know Disney Cruise Line?

Who is the highest-ranking character at Disney Cruise Line?
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Disney was granted permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to paint what feature of its ships a special color?
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Each Disney Cruise Line ship has a godmother, but only the Disney Wonder’s godmother is a Disney character. Who is it?
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Which iconic Disney song is the main horn signal for the entire Disney Cruise Line fleet?
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Who is featured in the large mural outside of the Walt Disney Theatre on all Disney Cruise Line ships?
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Stay tuned for more quizzes about our ships and private island Castaway Cay.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Top Five ‘Frozen’ Experiences

posted on June 12th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


It’s the final day of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, and guests are raving about the fun they had both in port and onboard this week. Today we enjoyed a beautiful day at sea, giving cruisers the chance for plenty of rest and relaxation. As I reflect back on the cruise, I can’t stop thinking about how special it was to have our friends from Arendelle sailing with us. What a sight to see Anna and Elsa in the land that inspired their story!

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We have several new offerings inspired by “Frozen” on the Disney Magic, and it’s only fitting that they debuted during our summer in Norway. Here’s a look at what I think are the top five “Frozen” experiences on the Disney Magic…

1. New Scenes in “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic

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2. “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” Celebration

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3. Anna and Elsa’s Boutique

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4. “Frozen” Themed Menu and Dining Experience

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5. Magical Meet and Greets with Anna, Elsa and Olaf

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Thanks for following along during my live voyage report. If you aren’t sailing to Norway with us this summer, remember, there’s always next year! Hope to see you onboard real soon.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: The Sights of Bergen and a Night of ‘Frozen’ Fun with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


What a day! We started it by exploring a city rich in art, medieval history and natural beauty, and we ended it by “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!” First let’s look at some of the places Disney cruisers experienced in Bergen, our last port of call on this fantastic Norwegian fjords voyage.

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Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf in Bergen – was a starting point for many of our guests. It is home to colorful wooden architecture, cobblestone alleyways, unique shops and al fresco dining. A few of our Port Adventures combined a visit here with another popular destination, such as the Fantoft stave church or the Mount Fløien lookout point.

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Back onboard, we celebrated the end of our time in Norway with this summer’s newest “Frozen” fun. Little cruisers and families joined us for “Anna’s Chocolate Chase,” an exciting scavenger hunt around the ship, and for “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance, spinning and braiding giant ribbons. Even the dining team got into the fun with a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes and beverages inspired by the film.

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As sunset approached (at 10:15 p.m.!) we kicked off our celebration up on deck. The party started with high-energy line dances with Kristoff and Anna, followed by games virtually led by Sven, the trolls and Olaf. Then Elsa arrived with a snowy gust of wind, and in true Disney fashion, unleashed her magic as the sounds of everyone singing “Let it Go” along with her echoed from the ship. I still have chill bumps thinking about it!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying my live voyage report on our first-ever Norwegian fjords sailing. Stay tuned for my last post tomorrow when I’ll give you a glimpse of Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the big stage in our new “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic” production number.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Fjord Exploration In Geiranger with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


From Jonathan’s post this morning, you’re already aware of how beautiful it is where we anchored today. Tucked away at the end of a fjord, it truly felt like we were in a fairytale world. It’s no wonder the “Frozen” filmmakers chose Geiranger as the inspiration for Arendelle.

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Disney cruisers didn’t have to go far for a taste of local culture. The tiny village’s cafes and shops are the perfect place to take in the views while enjoying a traditional Norwegian meal. Nearby, Geiranger’s Fjord Center and octagonal wooden church were also popular spots for more gorgeous views and cultural immersion.

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Those wanting adventure joined us for kayaking, hiking and biking tours for an up close view of the area’s stunning landscape. On one awesome Port Adventure, guests paddled through the fjord, gliding along the mountain walls in front of thundering waterfalls.

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To see more of the breathtaking scenery and amazing adventures Disney cruisers experienced in Geiranger, take a look at this gallery …

It’s been an incredible voyage so far, and we still have two days left. Not only is tomorrow one last chance to explore the land of Norway during our call on Bergen, it’s also the night “Frozen” fans have been anticipating. Check back to see sights from our newest deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!

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Disney Cruise Line Sails Through the Norwegian Fjord that Inspired Frozen’s Arendelle

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today the Disney Magic sailed through Norway’s breathtaking fjord that inspired Arendelle in “Frozen,” arriving to the charming village of Geiranger.

GEIRANGER, Norway (June 10, 2015) – Today, the Disney Magic arrived in Geiranger, Norway, for the first time in forever, sailing into the majestic fjord that inspired the fairytale kingdom of Arendelle in the animated hit “Frozen.” The Disney Magic called on Geiranger as part of the inaugural Norwegian Fjords itinerary that kicks off the 2015 European season. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

After thrilling Port Adventures in Geiranger, like kayaking through the fjord, hiking to waterfalls and flightseeing over mountains, Disney Magic cruisers will be gearing up for our special day of “Frozen” fun tomorrow. In this video, Cruise Director Brent tells you more about the exciting activities taking place this week with your friends Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf!

If you haven’t been following Brent’s voyage report, take a look back at his posts this week, and stay tuned for more!

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Adventures by Disney Introduces New Ways to Explore Europe in 2016

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


In 2016, Adventures by Disney is offering adventure-seeking travelers new and exciting ways to experience Europe, including a newly reimagined England and France vacation, as well as additional departure dates for the recently announced all-new Danube river cruise itineraries.

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Starting today, book a newly enhanced 8-day, 7-night England and France itinerary for 2016 that now includes even more immersive activities and discoveries such as scone making, a dragon “hunt,” a speedboat journey down the River Thames and more. Explore the Eiffel Tower, tour Windsor Castle, marvel at masterpieces in the Louvre Museum and so much more on this breathtaking adventure.

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This newly reimagined England and France itinerary joins the recently announced lineup of European river cruise vacations planned for 2016, which have proved so successful that additional sail dates have now been added. On these exciting new adventures, you can sail down the famed Danube River to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Looking to take a Disney Cruise Line vacation to Europe in 2016? You can also add an Adventures by Disney pre-package in Copenhagen, Barcelona or London on select cruise departures. Or, for even deeper immersion, add an Adventures by Disney embedded experience to select 7- or 12-night European cruises to the Baltic or Mediterranean.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Fun with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff in Ålesund

posted on June 9th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Our destination today was Ålesund, a charming seaport situated at the entrance of Geirangerfjord, stretching across multiple islands. The backdrop of mountains and smooth waterways are a picturesque complement to the town’s Art Nouveau architecture.

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The Sunnmøre Museum is one of the must-visit spots in Ålesund, and many Disney cruisers did just that today. Several of our Port Adventures visit this open-air folk museum, but only one incredibly special group was greeted by friends from the neighboring Kingdom of Arendelle. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff did not want to miss this unique countryside village on their first visit to Norway! They eagerly joined Disney cruisers in the festivities, complete with live music, old-fashioned games and Norwegian sweets.

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Another popular Port Adventure gave our guests a look at life in the Middle Ages with the families of Vikings. From the port, they drove through one of the world’s longest undersea tunnels to the Saga island of Giske where they were greeted by a Viking chieftain. Their time in the medieval village was spent learning about traditions, playing games and tasting Viking meals, a fun way for families to connect while being immersed in Scandinavian history.

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To see more of the fun Disney cruisers had today in Ålesund, check out this gallery.

Our next stop is Geiranger, said to be one of the most enchanting places in all of Norway. Check back tomorrow to see if Disney cruisers agree this destination lives up to the hype. (Spoiler alert: Frozen’s Arendelle is inspired by Geirangerfjord, so it seems we all know what the answer will be!)

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Striking Views and a Magical Proposal in Stavanger

posted on June 8th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from majestic Norway! It’s day three of our first-ever Norwegian fjords voyage, and I think I speak for all Disney Magic cruisers when I say it is even more magical than expected. After departing from the vibrant city of Copenhagen, Denmark, we enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. Today was our first stop – in Stavanger, gateway to the famed Pulpit Rock.

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Adventure seekers journeyed to see this flat mountain plateau, sitting 2000-feet above Lysefjord. Some Port Adventures took our guests on a cruise through the fjord to see this magnificent cliff from below, and the super adventurous hiked to the top, taking in the awe-inspiring views from above. Many got an adrenaline rush by stepping close to the edge, and one man went the extra mile for that rush by getting down on one knee to pop the question (she said yes!)… A big congratulations to the couple, Kyle and Ashley, who are both former Disney Cruise Line crew members!

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Disney cruisers who stayed in town chose to walk the cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger and visit Norway’s oldest cathedral – Stavanger Domkirke – dating back to the early 12th century. One of our Port Adventures combines a visit to the cathedral with time at the Iron Age Farm, an authentic farmstead where you can learn about life there 1,500 years ago.

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Tomorrow we arrive to Ålesund where, for the first time in forever, only Disney cruisers will have the chance to celebrate our time in Norway with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. I look forward to sharing reactions from our guests to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Until then!

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