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Ten Things Disney Cruisers Never Say

posted on September 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Any Disney cruiser will tell you all about the magical memories they are making on their voyage, complete with fun family activities, delicious dining and awesome entertainment. But as much as there is to talk about, there are some things you’ll never hear anyone say aboard a Disney ship

  1. “I’m not sure a worry-free vacation is right for our family.”

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  1. “One ride on the AquaDuck is enough for me.”
  2. “I don’t want any free ice cream.”
  3. “There’s not enough space to store my luggage!”
  4. “I’ll just wait to see that new movie back home in a theater.”

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  1. “I totally didn’t cry at the end of Disney’s Believe.”
  2. “But I like to pay for room service!”
  3. “I wish the serving team wasn’t so good at keeping my kids happy during dinner.”
  4. “There aren’t enough fruity drink options.”

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  1. “It’s Castaway Cay day? I think I’ll stay in my stateroom.”

I know you can relate, Disney cruisers! So tell me, what would you add to list?

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Enjoying Barbados with Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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Boasting unique geological formations, pristine beaches and rich mix of cultures, Barbados has something to suit every taste. It’s sure to be one of your favorite stops on our weeklong Southern Caribbean cruises! During our call on Bridgetown, here are just a few of the many incredible adventures your family will love …

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Harrison’s Cave and Scenic Drive – Harrison’s Cave, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the entire Caribbean, is a stunning cavern formed from a particularly beautiful type of crystallized limestone. This tour includes an underground journey on a tram to see thousands of gleaming stalagmites and stalactites. You’ll visit several areas of the cave, including its 150-foot Great Hall, along with its lowest point where a waterfall plunges into an emerald pool. Located near the center of the island, your visit to this magnificent natural phenomenon includes a scenic drive through the countryside.

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Turtle Shipwreck & Snorkel Adventure – Water and wildlife lovers won’t want to miss this adventure! An exhilarating powerboat ride takes you to one of Barbado’s most beautiful beaches, in addition to two fantastic snorkel spots – a historic shipwreck teeming with marine life and a spot frequented by sea turtles. Swimming with these gentle creatures is something your family will never forget! For a more luxurious experience, consider the 5-Star Catamaran and Turtle Encounter excursion, which also includes a chance to swim with the sea turtles following a catamaran cruise and all-you-can eat-and-drink lunch.

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Discover Barbados – Often called “The Little England of the Caribbean,” British roots are apparent in the island’s many historical sites. This tour gives you a chance to explore some of these locales, including St. John’s Church and St. Nicholas Abbey. The Abbey, built in 1660, is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. This well-preserved mansion is actually a sugar plantation, so a visit here lets you see the traditional way of making rum using handpicked sugar cane. Our Beautiful Barbados excursion also includes a stop at the unique St. Nicholas Abbey, and both tours offer an adult-only departure in addition to one for families.

In the final post of this series, next week I’ll share my picks for what to do in St. Kitts. Don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Top Five Fan Tips for First-Time Disney Holiday Cruisers

posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s almost time to kick off the holiday fun aboard all four ships! Whether your favorite holiday is Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, we have something special for you on either our Halloween on the High Seas voyages or Very Merrytime Cruises.
Top Five Fan Tips for First-time Disney Holiday Cruisers

If this year is your first celebrating onboard with us, you’ll definitely want to read on. We asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter for their best holiday cruise tips, and we got some pretty awesome responses! I read through all of them (hundreds!) and pulled out my favorites.

Here are the best tips you gave for first-time Disney holiday cruisers:

  1. Dress for the occasion… Who says you can only dress up on October 31? Bring a different Halloween costume for each night of your cruise. Pack that tacky Christmas sweater and the family’s matching flannel pajamas. And as always, go all out for Pirate Night!
    • Stacy: “If you’re going for a Halloween cruise, make sure the adults bring costumes! The contest is for the adults and not the kids!”

      Nichole: “Excited about dressing up for Halloween this year! Don’t forget your pirate clothes for pirate night!”

      Colleen: “Bring costumes…even Christmas themed ones.”

      Lorelei: “Bring your Christmas pajamas for holiday photos by the tree!”

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  1. Get in the spirit and decorate… We’ll have the ship decked out from bow to stern, but you can never have enough decorations! Most stateroom doors are metal, so magnets are the perfect accessory to dress up your space. Just remember to follow the guidelines for decorating on disneycruise.com.
    • Tina: “Don’t forget the decor for your room… It really makes a difference!”

      Suzanne: “For Christmas we decorate the door with Mickey and Christmas magnets. We also get a miniature Christmas tree and miniature ornaments for our room.”

      Yvette: “Show your Disney spirit! Don’t forget your Mickey magnets and all things Disney to decorate your cabin door!”
  1. Join the festivities… From trick-or-treating to costume contests on our Halloween voyages, and the atrium tree lighting ceremony to meet-and-greets with Santa on our Very Merrytime Cruises, the celebration never ends! Plan to attend as many holiday-themed activities as you can for non-stop fun.
    • Lorie: “Read the Navigator so you won’t miss anything!”

      Gail: “If there is more than one age group in your party get a couple of extra navigators at guest services. There’s so much going on every day you need to co-ordinate your activities and highlight the ones you don’t want to miss.”

      Katie: “Sign up for free gingerbread house decorating as soon as you can. Fresh baked gingerbread houses! Tasty and make your room smell delicious!”
  1. Pack light… Swim suit, sunscreen, dinner attire, costumes and camera… You won’t need much else! We even provide toiletries in your stateroom and towels for the pool and Castaway Cay. Less stuff in your suitcase means more room to take home souvenirs and gifts you purchase for loved ones back home.
    • Traci: “Don’t over pack. Is the number one error of first time cruiser. Save room for the souvenirs.”

      Salvatrice: “Half as many clothes and twice as many bathing suits than you think while packing!”

      Bev: “Don’t overpack, you can do laundry onboard easily and it’s great to come home with clean clothes”
  1. Just relax and have fun… It is a vacation after all! The busyness of the holiday season will be waiting for you when you get back, so until then, take the advice of these very smart Disney cruisers …
    • Laura: “Just relax and be a kid again”

      Anabel: “Have lots of fun take plenty of pictures.”

      David: “Bring yourself, bring your imagination, tell your inner child he or she is coming out for some exercise and enjoy!!! Never, never (really never) be without the camera!!!”

      Gene: “No matter the holiday, go ALL OUT! Dress up, sing louder, be merrier (or scarier). Holidays on a Disney Cruise are the best!!”
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A Taste of Grenada with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 29th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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Next up in my series about Port Adventures on our Southern Caribbean cruises is what to do from the port of St. George’s, Grenada. Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is filled with spice estates, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, thrilling diving, snorkeling, fishing and exploration through mountain landscapes and waterfalls. There’s an adventure to be had by everyone, with more options than I can possibly tell you about today!

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Tropical Beach Tour – Grenada is known for some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, so many of our excursions bring you to a stunning stretch of sand to relax and swim. If you want to take a step back in time on your way to the beach, this tour gives you the chance to explore the historic Fort George overlooking the capital city. Your stop here also provides a fantastic panoramic photo opportunity above the island and Caribbean Sea! Some of our other beach trips to consider are the Rum And Beach Tour, Aquarium Beach Day With Lunch and Beach House With Lunch.

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Around The Isle Of Spice – This Port Adventure provides a great taste of Grenada with an inside look at the spice and rum industry, along with fantastic views of nature and wildlife. First, discover the reason for Grenada’s nickname with a visit to a garden of spices at a historic estate and to a spice factory to see the seasoning, processing and sorting of nutmegs and mace. Then, after a tour of a famous rum distillery, you’ll visit Grand Etang to see the crater of an extinct volcano and possibly wild monkeys. Your last stop is to Annandale Falls, a 30-foot waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation.

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Amazing Sculpture Park Snorkel By Powerboat – Molinere Point, a protected marine park, is a volcanic reef home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park. After a thrilling ride in a powerboat, you’ll have the chance to snorkel here and see an abundance of tropical fish and other marine life. Before heading back to port, you’ll cruise through Dragon Bay and along the island’s beautiful coast for some great photo opportunities.

Up next, I’ll give you my recommendation for Port Adventures in Barbados. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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A Different Way to Do Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Recently we shared with you a mom’s take on cruising with us, hearing from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Diane, about her family’s experiences over the years. Today, we’re hearing from another panelist, Dolly, whose family has joined us on voyages all around the world.

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Like many of you, Dolly and her family’s love for vacationing with Disney started with visits to our parks and resorts, and now their love also includes sailing with us – what she calls “a different way to do Disney.” Take a look at this video to discover how a Disney cruise combines what you love most about Disney with the relaxation, comfort and convenience of a cruise vacation …

What makes a Disney vacation at sea so special for your family?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Signs of Fall Fun

posted on August 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, some of the coolest photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog gave the first sneak peeks at fall fun that will soon be unveiled.

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Be sure to check out these fun behind-the-scenes shots of Disney Cruise Line preparing some pretty amazing Halloween Trees that will soon be added to their fleet.

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And here at Walt Disney World Resort, Shawn Slater shared the news that the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” street procession will transform into the “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party this fall and will include the addition of Stitch and Phineas & Ferb. Be sure to check out his original blog post here.

Which fall event are you looking forward to most at Disney Parks? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Adventures in St. Lucia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The Pitons (Petite Piton, right, and Gros Piton) Soufriere, St. Lucia

The dramatic Piton volcanic peaks, a famous symbol of St. Lucia, make this island one of the most stunning destinations in the Caribbean. Our call on Castries, the island’s capital, is the second stop of our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan this fall and the starting point for countless adventures! Whether you’re into snorkeling, biking, hiking or just relaxing with beautiful views, you’ll be in paradise on St. Lucia.

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Snorkel Beneath The Pitons – Those of you who want a chance to see the majestic Pitons will love this tour! It includes the perfect photo vantage point of the volcanic peaks from a cruise down the coast, plus time to relax and snorkel at the world-famous Sugar Beach located between Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Your journey along the island’s picturesque west coast on a powerboat is part of the fun of this adventure, and provides views of Marigot Bay and Soufrière Bay. If you want to add a little shopping and luxury to your experience, hop on the Cruise To The Pitons tour, which includes a stop at the shopping village of Marigot Bay.

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Tropical Waterfall Experience – This excursion combines visits to three spectacular destinations – volcanic springs, a historic estate, and a cascading waterfall. Starting at Sulphur Springs, you’ll be amazed at the bubbling mud pots of the only drive-in volcano in the world. Next up, you’ll head to the Morne Coubaril Estate, a plantation full of history, culture, gorgeous gardens and a sugar cane mill. Your final stop is for a dip into a pool of fresh mountain spring water under the 50-foot Toraille Waterfall.

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Sea Trek Helmet Diving At Pigeon Island – Pigeon Island, a national park and historic site with numerous forts, is a great landscape for hiking and breathtaking views. On this family-friendly excursion, you’ll have time to explore the park from both above and below the water. A special Sea Trek adventure, a unique helmet diving experience where you don’t even have to get your hair wet, gives you the chance to walk the ocean floor for an up-close encounter with tropical fish and marine life. The Snuba Adventure is another great options for families who prefer a traditional mask instead of the helmet.

Stay tuned for my suggestions of what to do in Grenada, coming up next week. And remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Behind the Scenes: Planting the Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re nearly two weeks away from the start of this year’s first Halloween on the High Seas cruise! As we prepare for our extra spooky celebration, bringing ghoulishly good fun to all four ships, we’re putting the finishing touches on our new Pumpkin Trees. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of our team getting the trees ready to plant on the ships …

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If you look closely, you may even see some of the décor for our Very Merrytime Cruises. And you thought you needed a lot of space to store your holiday decorations! Who else is excited to celebrate Halloween and all of the winter holidays with Disney Cruise Line?

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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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