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Brand-New Events Premiere on Very Merrytime Cruises

posted on November 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Season’s Greetings! That’s right… our holiday celebrations are getting ready to set sail. And this year, our Very Merrytime Cruises are more magical than ever with brand-new events for the whole family!

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Today marks the first day of our Very Merrytime Cruises on the Disney Fantasy, and the party starts tomorrow on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and Monday on the Disney Dream. If you’re cruising with us this week through the New Year, here’s some of the new holiday fun you can expect…

Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic – In the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree. This special event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday celebrations!

Winter Wonderland Ball – To celebrate the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, you’re invited to don your holiday finest and join Disney friends and princesses for a glamorous ball. On this night filled with dancing, singing and festive treats, you’ll be enchanted by the transformation of a snowman into jolly old Saint Nick himself before a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.

Holiday Carolers – Dickens-inspired characters and carolers carry the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends.

All of these special events are in addition to the activities you already love, like meet and greets with Santa, building gingerbread houses, listening to holiday storytellers and dancing at the tropical-themed “Deck the Deck Holiday Party.”

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Of course no holiday celebration would be complete without sparkling decor, and our team of elves works hard throughout the year creating decorations unique to each ship (more than 300 pieces of custom decor per ship!) Then they have just a few hours to install it! To give you a better idea of the work taking place right this moment on the Disney Fantasy, take a look back at the 20-foot tree going up for the ship’s very first holiday season…

Now that’s what I call teamwork! What part of our Very Merrytime Cruises are you looking forward to most?

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Everything You Need to Know About Castaway Cay

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How much do you know about Castaway Cay? No matter how many times you’ve been to our private island, chances are you learn something new with each visit. If you’re looking forward to your first day at this little slice of paradise in the Bahamas, here’s what you need to know …

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The island is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. If the Castaway Cay post office is open, be sure to stop by to mail a message (and brag) to friends back home. Also check out the merchandise you can only get on the island, like beachwear, hats and collectible pins with our Castaway Cay logo, at She Sells Sea Shells … and Everything Else!

You can walk right off the ship to the island. The dock built at Castaway Cay eliminates the need to tender, making the ship easily accessible throughout the day. Trams provide transportation to and from various points on the 1,000-acre island. All you’ll need is your Key to the World card to get on and off the ship as you please.

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There’s something for everyone. Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay much like our ships, with unique activities and areas for every age group. Places for the family to spend time together are plenty, but when it’s time to do your own thing, kids can head to Scuttle’s Cove, teens to the secluded Hide Out and adults to the pristine Serenity Bay.

All that you need is included. From complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas to an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet and ice cream station, we’ve got you covered. We even provide beach towels, wagons and strollers to make your day more comfortable. There isn’t much you’ll need to bring onto the island with you, except for of course plenty of sunblock and a good book!

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There are plenty of Port Adventures options for your family. Just like in our other destinations, we work with local operators to offer excursions such as parasailing, deep sea fishing and boat tours. Plus, you won’t want to miss the activities exclusive to the island, including Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, the Castaway Cay Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure and the teen-only Wild Side Adventure.

The island is stocked with toys for water sports enthusiasts. Water cycles, paddleboats, sea kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, floats and snorkel gear are all available to rent. There’s also a watercraft ski adventure for the chance to drive a personal watercraft through mangroves and around the island.

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You can stay cool even in the warm sunshine. Besides joining the water fun with one of the many activities listed above, the Pelican Plunge slide is a great way to cool off. When you need a break from the sun, shaded areas are located around the island, including covered seating near the lunch buffets and bars, In Da Shade Game Pavilion and private rental cabanas.

Disney cruisers, did I cover everything? If not, tell us what else we need to include to complete this list!

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Five Tropical Destinations to Add to Your Disney Cruise Bucket List

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


It may not officially be winter yet, but I’m sure plenty of you are already dreaming about escaping the cold that came so early this year! To get your mind, at least, to a warmer place, here’s a look at five tropical destinations to add to your Disney cruise bucket list …

1. Castaway Cay, Bahamas
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If you’ve been on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean, chances are you’ve been to Castaway Cay. It’s our private island in the Bahamas, and in my humble opinion, the most spectacular place you’ll ever visit. Here, the magic of Disney meets the beauty of the tropics, resulting in an experience words cannot do justice.

2. Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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Just announced as one of our newest destinations, Tortola is a picture-perfect island with lush green mountains, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. This Caribbean gem, part of the British Virgin Islands, is a stop on most of our Eastern Caribbean cruises in 2016.

3. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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Almost all of our Western Caribbean voyages visit Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, boasting some of the best tropical weather in the world with an average winter temperature of 75° F. Formed of limestone and surrounded by coral reefs, the island is known for its unique terrain, clear water and spectacular diving.

4. St. Thomas and St. John, US Virgin Islands
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St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is a call on most of our Eastern Caribbean cruises and the gateway to the equally beautiful neighboring island of St. John. Both have a unique character all their own, with St. Thomas offering excellent dining and shopping and St. John two-thirds covered by an unspoiled national park.

5. San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan is a stop on select Eastern Caribbean cruises and our homeport for Southern Caribbean voyages. An adventure in the rainforest and a stroll through charming Old San Juan, with its blue cobblestone streets, fortified walls and colorful colonial architecture, are not to be missed on a visit to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

What other Disney Cruise Line destinations are on your bucket list?

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Sailing with Teens and Tweens with Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How old was your “baby” when you first heard, “Mom, I’m not a kid anymore!” Chances are, if you have a teen or tween, this line is one you’ve heard a time or two. We know that your “little ones” may not be so little anymore, which is why we’re focused on making a Disney cruise a super cool experience for everyone in your family – even for those who may seem harder to impress these days!

Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has both a teen and tween, so she can certainly relate to parents of 11- to 17-year-olds. In the video I’m sharing today, host Danielle Bellini chats with Dolly and her kids about sailing with teens and tweens. Want a glimpse at what cruising with us will be like for your family’s Mr. or Miss Independent? Check it out!

What do your teens and tweens say about their last Disney cruise vacation?

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Disney Cruise Line Reveals Ports and Itineraries for Early 2016

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


Just announced, our tropical itineraries are getting an extra dose of pixie dust in early 2016! We’ve added the popular Caribbean ports Tortola and Martinique to our already spectacular destination lineup, and we’re returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for another special season of Southern Caribbean sailings.

You can start booking early 2016 cruises on October 30, 2014, so keep reading for more details about our newest options …
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Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola

In 2016, Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is a port of call on select Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic sailings to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. These seven-night voyages also include stops at St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Tortola is known for tranquil beaches, stunning scenery, authentic Caribbean fare and activities for the whole family, like swimming with dolphins, exploring centuries-old ruins, sampling local spices on Main Street and taking in the views from Sage Mountain National Park.
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San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique

We’re returning to the Southern Caribbean with four sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, calling on the French island of Martinique in addition to Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts. These seven-night voyages on the Disney Wonder depart January 2016.

Known as the “Flower of the Caribbean,” Martinique offers a unique island experience with its natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. Families can spend the day here exploring the rainforest, waterfalls and volcanic landmarks or, for a more upscale experience, enjoying delicious French cuisine and fantastic shopping.
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Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

We’ll also continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. Options include three, four and seven-night cruises from Port Canaveral and four and five-night cruises from Miami. All of these voyages include a stop at Castaway Cay.

More details on 2016 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of disneycruise.com.

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Disney Cruise Line Joins the Instagram Fun

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re excited to announce that @DisneyCruiseLine is now on Instagram! Starting this week, we’ll be sharing your Disney memories from out at sea, just like we do for your vacations on land from the @WaltDisneyWorld, @Disneyland and @DisneyAulani Instagram feeds.

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In addition to featuring our favorite fan photos posted on Instagram, we’ll be sharing exclusive photos taken from crew members. I, for one, cannot wait to get this insider’s look at the fun taking place aboard our ships and in the destinations we visit around the world.

Follow @DisneyCruiseLine today and start sharing photos from your last voyage with us. Be sure to include #DisneyCruise, and your photo may be featured on our feed!

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Disney Cruise Line Recipes: Spooky Halloween Drinks

posted on October 24th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Looking for a creepy cocktail to serve at your Halloween celebrations this weekend? Try our “Spooky Juice” and “Franken Fusion Colada,” two of the to-die-for drinks Disney cruisers are enjoying on our Halloween on the High Seas cruises.

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Spooky Juice

  • 1 1/2 oz Flor De Cana White Rum
  • 1 oz Elderflower St. Germaine
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar
  • 3 Lime Wedges
  • 2 Lychees
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries

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Franken Fusion Colada

  • 1 1/2 oz Pina Colada Mix
  • 1 oz Orange Passion Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Pumpkin Spiced Puree
  • 1/2 oz Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 oz Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 oz Raspberry Puree
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Give the Gift: 12 Days of Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Holiday season is fast approaching! Are you still looking for that perfect gift? Here are 12 things that come along with the gift of a Disney cruise

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Another Look at PANDORA Jewelry Coming to Disney Parks in November 2014

posted on October 21st, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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Today, I’m thrilled to share a new image featuring PANDORA Jewelry created especially for Disney Parks. Coming this November, PANDORA’s Disney jewelry collection features hand-finished .925 sterling silver and 14K gold charms inspired by some of Disney’s most beloved characters.

The image above showcases the new sterling silver Disney Parks “Wonderful World” bracelet, which features PANDORA’s unique threading system and a ball clasp engraved with our castle logo.

The bracelets are styled with some of the previously discussed charms, including the sterling silver Walt Disney World Resort destination charm, which is hand-finished with flush-set cubic zirconia star detail. You can also see the “Mickey Mania” charm, a sterling silver openwork Mickey charm with red, light yellow, black and white enamel.

Newly pictured charms include the aptly named “Mickey Swirls,” which is an openwork sterling silver charm with a Disney Mickey icon swirl design. There is also a beautiful dated sterling silver and blue enamel 2015 Edition charm (blue is my favorite color!), with 18 cubic zirconia stones bead-set in star and Mickey details.

I particularly like the Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat dangle in sterling silver with blue enamel, as it reminds me of one of my favorite Disney films, “Fantasia.” You may also notice a specially designed sterling silver charm featuring a Disney Cruise Line ship (I really need to take another Disney cruise).

Select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts will release the 16 Disney Parks-specific PANDORA Jewelry items beginning November 3. You will also find select items on our Disney Parks online store on that day at DisneyStore.com/Pandora.

Guests can also find an additional 25 charm designs from the Disney jewelry collection at PANDORA stores throughout North America, starting October 31.

Stay tuned for additional details about a special release party that will be held on November 7-8 in Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

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Tips for the Best Possible Dining Experience on a Disney Cruise

posted on October 14th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


One meal on our ships and you’ll find why everyone raves about the food on a Disney cruise. But it’s more than just the high quality of our dishes that cruisers are talking about. It’s also our level of service and the variety of options we offer that set our dining apart.

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Eating on a Disney cruise is amazing no matter what, but there are some tips you should follow to have the best dining experience possible …

Don’t be shy with your servers. Your serving team travels with you to a different restaurant each night, and to serve you best, they need to know you well. Share with them your likes and dislikes so they can make recommendations suited to your personal tastes.

Order outside the box. Our chefs travel the world to develop new menu items so you can taste cuisines you may have never tried before. Unlike your servers, the menus change nightly, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to “test the waters,” so to speak, and tastes dishes you don’t typically eat at home.

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Spoil yourself with an adult-only fine dining night at Palo or Remy. Trust me, your taste buds will never be the same after you dine at either of these upscale restaurants. The modern Italian cuisine at Palo and the French-inspired cuisine at Remy are truly unforgettable.

Take advantage of “Dine and Play.” It’s a parent’s dream come true. Offered during the second seating, your kids’ meals will be served first and then our youth counselors will come pick them up so you can enjoy a peaceful and leisurely meal with just the grownups.

Satisfy your cravings at any time of the day with room service. Available 24/7, there’s no up-charge to have food delivered to your stateroom. One of my favorite midnight snacks is a Mickey ice cream bar with a cold glass of milk.

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Indulge in a one-of-a-kind themed buffet. Join the party at our special buffets, like the late-night one after the Pirates IN the Caribbean party where you can re-energize after a swashbuckling night of dancing and partying. In Alaska, don’t miss the midday barbecue feast of wild Alaskan salmon and other special seafood dishes out on the open-air deck while the ship sails through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.

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