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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Salad

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


Today I’m sharing the last recipe in our summer series. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make some of your favorite Disney Cruise Line dishes.

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Like many of the recipes I’ve shared this summer, our tomato salad is easy to make, yet it has so much flavor. Simply slice the ingredients, mix the dressing and chill the tomatoes before serving. It’s a unique salad – perfect for the summer – that is sure to impress your dinner guests!

Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Tomato Salad
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 beefsteak tomatoes (¹/³ slices)
  • 4 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. curly parsley (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp picked flat parsley

For the Tomato Salad

  1. Place the dijon mustard, garlic and sherry vinegar into the bottom of a mixing bowl. Gradually pour and whisk in the olive oil. Add the parsley, shallots and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Lay the sliced tomatoes on a serving platter and chill.
  3. Just before serving, pour the sherry vinegar dressing over the tomatoes.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of flat parsley.



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Visiting Antigua with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The first stop on our brand-new 7-night Southern Caribbean voyages is to St. John’s, Antigua. Part of the West Indies, Antigua is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush rainforest, national parks and cities filled with intriguing historic sites. There’s no shortage of fun in the sun there for your whole family! Here are just a few of the Port Adventures you can enjoy …

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Amazing Antigua – The perfect mix of history, culture and scenery, this tour takes you to Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the world, built in 1725. With time to explore the dockyard and its museum, along with an interesting presentation at Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, you’ll learn about the island’s history in a fun and interactive way. What’s more, you’ll get great views of the island’s harbors and picturesque villages on your drive and have an opportunity to take photos at the island’s best viewpoint, Shirley Heights Lookout. We offer two departures of this tour – one for families and another just for adults.

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Antigua Hike And Beach – If you’re seeking a little adventure mixed with relaxation, this tour is for you. First, you’ll join a knowledgeable local guide on a 2-hour hike through the rainforest for a magnificent view of the south coast of Antigua. Then, you can cool off in the Caribbean waters and lounge on the white sand during your relaxing beach break. A similar excursion is Hiking Adventure and Beach, and for those who want more adventure, consider the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Adventure, which combines kayaking and snorkeling with hiking and beach time.

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Catamaran And Lobster Lunch Cruise – Another relaxing way to soak up the beauty of Antigua is by sailing around it on the water. This luxury catamaran tour is the perfect way to enjoy the island’s beautiful coastline and the turquoise sea. The boat anchors at two stunning beaches where you can swim in the calm waters and lay out in the sunshine. The life of luxury continues when you’re served lobster and champagne for what’s sure to be a delicious lunch.

Next week, I’ll share my suggestions for Port Adventures in St. Lucia, home of the famous Piton volcanic mountains. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Seven Reasons to Take a 7-Night Disney Cruise

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


If you’ve never cruised with us, our 3- and 4-night sailings are a great way for you to “test the waters.” But something I hear all of the time from first-time cruisers is how much they wish they chose a longer voyage for their family vacation. For those of you who want to persuade your loved one to spend an entire week at sea with us, be sure to share my top seven reasons to take a 7-night Disney cruise

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  1. You have 165 hours to eat as many Mickey Bars as you’d like. And that’s not all … with our 24/7 beverage stations and room service, included in your cruise, it’s easy to satisfy whatever you’re craving, whenever you want!

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  1. You can eat twice in each of the three family restaurants … and still have a night for an adult-only dinner at Palo. Your taste buds are sure to thank you – and so are your kids after they get to see not one but two awesome shows at Animator’s Palate. And I think no explanation is necessary as to why you won’t want to miss your chance to have a romantic date night at Palo, wining and dining like you’re in Italy!

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  1. You’ll have more chances to be blown away by the spectacular entertainment in the Walt Disney Theatre. Every night is show time in our grand theatre, so not only will you get to see three Broadway-style musicals, you’ll also have time to catch a first-run film, watch an amusing variety performer and enjoy our heartfelt welcome and farewell theatrical productions.

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  1. You can explore more of the world, still unpacking just once. All of our voyages visit stunning destinations … there’s just more of them on a weeklong cruise! Most of our 7-night cruises call on at least three or more ports, with itineraries visiting Alaska, Norway, the Baltic, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean (including Southern, Eastern and Western itineraries).

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  1. You’ll have double the fun in the adult-exclusive night clubs. With the kids off having a blast in our clubs just for them, you won’t want to miss the fun in our clubs just for you! We have several venues to suit your tastes and mood, from a champagne bar and an elegant lounge to a sports pub and a dance club. Of course more nights gives you the opportunity to experience them all.

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  1. You’ll get extra special chances to say hi to your favorite Disney pals. From character breakfasts to high tea with princesses and photo opps with Anna and Elsa, some meet-and-greets are exclusive to 7-night or longer voyages. Need I say more?

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  1. More nights = more towel animals! Let’s be honest, walking into your stateroom each night to see a new towel animal creation never gets old, does it?

Now it’s your turn … why is a 7-night Disney cruise a great option for your family’s vacation?

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Yellowfin Tuna

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


Serving fish can be intimidating since it is so easy to overcook. That’s one of the reasons I love our recipe for yellowfin tuna, since all it takes is a quick sear on both sides. Complemented with a delicious ponzu glaze, bok choy, soybeans and rice noodles, this Asian-inspired meal is yet another way we bring flavors from around the world onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships!

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Yellowfin Tuna
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 yellowfin tuna steaks (¾ cup ea.)

Vegetables

  • 1 bok choy
  • ½ cup soybeans
  • sesame oil
  • salt and pepper

Ponzu Glaze

  • 1 cup ponzu sauce
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Rice Noodles

  • 1 lb. rice noodles
  • ¹/³ cup olive oil
  • 3 quarts water
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Garnish

  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds (toasted)

Tuna Steak

  1. Sear the tuna steak in a heated skillet with olive oil on both sides
    (approx 1 minute each side).

Bok Choy and Soybeans

  1. Heat with olive oil in a medium skillet. Sauté bok choy and soybeans for 2–3 minutes.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Ponzu Glaze

  1. Add the ingredients to a hot saucepan and reduce until thick.
    If necessary, use a little cornstarch to thicken. Set aside.

Rice Noodles

  1. In a medium stock pot, bring water, olive oil and salt to a boil. Drop noodles in and watch closely (they cook very quickly).
  2. Splash with seasoned iced water to cool. Set aside.
  3. When ready to serve, reheat in a pan and season with salt, pepper and black sesame seeds.

Assembly

  1. Lay the tossed vegetables on the center of the plate.
  2. Roll the rice noodles on a fork and place on top of the vegetables lengthwise.
  3. Gently lay the tuna steak against the noodles.
  4. Spoon the ponzu glaze onto the bottom of the plate.
  5. Garnish with a light sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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Exploring San Juan and the Southern Caribbean with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just six weeks away from our brand-new Southern Caribbean voyages, departing for the first time ever from beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico! As we count down the weeks until the start of this spectacular itinerary, I’ll be sharing insights on all you can see and do when we visit ports on the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.

Today I want to start with the activities in San Juan you won’t want to miss before or after your cruise. With so much history and beauty in San Juan, it’s difficult to narrow down my favorite places to visit, so here’s just a glimpse of what your family can experience …

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Old San Juan
Think blue cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors. You could spend the entire day walking around the old city of San Juan, browsing unique shops and eateries, shopping for arts and crafts in the plaza and exploring the grounds of the fort, Castillo San Cristóbal. Make sure you set aside some time to taste the savory flavors of Puerto Rico’s “Créole” cuisine, called “cocina criolla” by the locals, at one of the many charming cafés.

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El Yunque Rainforest
A lush tropical rainforest, the Caribbean National Forest known as El Yunque is less than an hour away from the city. From high atop the mountains, you can enjoy scenic views of the east coast of Puerto Rico, hike to water falls, explore rugged terrain on horseback or ATV, and more. Keep an eye and ear out for the singing coqui frogs and tropical birds that inhabit the trees.

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Beach and Water Adventures
There are several great beaches near San Juan where you can relax on the warm sand and take a dip in the sparkling Caribbean waters. Isla Verde is one of my favorites for its wide beach, palm trees and close proximity to restaurants and facilities. Adventure lovers can take advantage of the many fun water activities offered in the area, like snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing and scuba diving, just to name some.

Stayed tuned next week for my recommendations on what to do in Antigua. And remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Fun Facts About Very Merrytime Cruises with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that Santa is refreshed from his summer cruise vacation, planning for this year’s Very Merrytime Cruises is in full force! Our holiday fun kicks off in November, which means our team of elves is already busy preparing festive decorations to add a little (okay, a lot of!) sparkle to each ship.

What does it take to decorate a Disney ship so it’s decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer? Take a look at this video full of fun facts about all we’re bringing onboard to make our Very Merrytime Cruises so very merry!

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


How often do you enjoy a multi-course meal for dinner? On a Disney cruise, you have the chance to every night! Appetizers are just as important to us as our entrees (and desserts!), so today I want to share with you one of my top choices for the first course – smoked salmon carpaccio. Topped with capers, shallots, pink peppercorns and dill honey mustard, believe me, it’s as tasty as it looks!

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
Serves 4
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1 tbsp. pink peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup clear honey
  • 1 tbsp. picked dill for honey mustard
  • 1 tsp. picked dill for garnish

Dill Honey Mustard

  1. Finely slice the fresh dill and mix with the honey and mustard. Chill until time to serve.

Assembly

  1. Lay the smoked salmon on the plate, slightly overlapped, to create one uniform layer, leaving ½ inch of space between the fish and plate rim.
  2. Neatly arrange the finely chopped shallots, capers and pink peppercorns on top of the smoked salmon in an even pattern.
  3. Using the tip of a teaspoon, place 8 dots of the dill honey mustard on top of the smoked salmon in an asymmetrical pattern and garnish with the picked dill as per picture.


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A Mom’s Take on Cruising with Disney

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you are thinking about cruising with us for the first time, you probably want to know more about what it will be like for your family. Who better to ask than another parent?

You may have heard about the Disney Parks Moms Panel, a super helpful resource for planning your Disney vacation, but did you know that there are three Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel? These moms have sailed with us multiple times over the years and have so many good insights for families. We caught up with one of our panelists, Diane, to get her take on what a family can look forward to on a Disney cruise.

Check it out!



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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

posted on July 30th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers have been savoring the flavors of South America while sailing throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. One of my favorite Latin America-inspired dishes is our zesty Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak.

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If you’re looking to grill up something different for your next summer barbecue, this recipe is absolutely one to try. The flavors of our citrus marinade, complemented by our spicy chimichurri sauce, will no doubt leave your mouth watering to be back on a Disney cruise!

Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak
Serves: 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 24 hours

Ingredients

  • Whole 6lb flank steak

Marinade

  • 1 bunch cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 5 oranges (juiced and zested)

  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 
2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

  • 2 tsp. dried thyme

  • 2 tsp. ground pepper

  • 1 onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1⁄2 cup distilled white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Chimichurri

  • 2 tbsp. bunch parsley (finely chopped)

  • 2 tbsp. picked oregano (finely chopped)

  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 white onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/3 cup mil red wine

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 tbsp. salt

For the Marinade

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender except the vegetable oil.
  2. Once blended, place in a mixing bowl and whisk in the vegetable oil.
  3. Cover the flank steak completely with the marinade.
  4. Marinate for 24 hours.

For the Flank Steak

  1. Remove the flank steak from the marinade.
  2. Sear both sides on a griddle or pan, place on a baking tray and place into a preheated oven* at 320 degrees for 10 minutes or until medium rare.
  3. Remove and rest before carving.

*Can also be done in a covered barbecue grill.

For the Chimichurri

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve as a side with flank steak.

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Anna and Elsa’s Royal Tour with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Frozen” fun has gone nautical! If you sailed with us recently, you may have seen these two royal sisters for the first time in forever together on a Disney ship.

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Princess Anna and Queen Elsa kicked off their Royal Tour of our ships and are surprising Disney cruisers with special appearances on select seven-night or longer voyages. I had the chance to meet Anna and Elsa on the Disney Wonder in Alaska, where this photo was taken, and for a moment I felt as if I’d been transported to Arendelle!

Of course we can’t forget about Olaf, who has been relaxing in the summer sun at Castaway Cay since last winter. I bet he’s looking gorgeously tanned by now!

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