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Cruising with Little Ones: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re considering taking your little one on their first Disney cruise, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?

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I’ve been chatting with parents who have already cruised with little ones to get their insights. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you answers to these questions, plus many more. If there are specific things you want to know, tell me in the comments and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you.

For now, I’ll leave you with some great tips from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Tracy. Along with the other Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel, she is always happy to answer your questions on DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. Stay tuned next week to find out the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise.

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1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
“Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!”

2. Take your own baby supplies.
“Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!”

3. Take naps.
“You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.”

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4. Take time out for yourself.
“Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. My favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!”

5.Take lots of photos.
“Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is my favorite night, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.”

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back to Port Communities

posted on June 30th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Disney VoluntEARS Month at Disney Cruise Line is a unique opportunity for shipboard crew members to give back to communities in different ports of call around the world. More than 150 crew members across all four Disney ships participated in Disney VoluntEARS Month in May, demonstrating that we all have the ability to make a positive impact.

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This May, 10 organizations from five communities in Central Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean benefitted from more than 450 volunteer hours. Crew efforts impacted charitable causes focused on areas including education, health/wellness and animal care/rescue.

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Each year, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line provide thousands of hours of community service – from raising funds for disaster relief to spreading Disney cheer in children’s hospitals around the world.

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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!



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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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