Last week, Cruise Director Clayton shared with you some of the spectacular sights Disney cruisers are experiencing in Alaska. They aren’t the only ones having fun amid the stunning scenery … our Disney pals are also soaking up the fresh mountain air, and looking pretty stylish at the same time! So, who do you think who wore it best? Give us your vote!
posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
posted on August 10th, 2015 by Peter Hofer, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line
Greetings from the Disney Magic! Yet again we’re having another fantastic summer in Europe. If you followed along on Cruise Director Brent’s voyage report in June, you know we started out the season in Northern Europe, sailing through the Baltic and, for the first time ever, the Norwegian fjords. Now, we’re kicking off this summer’s cruises in Southern Europe – around the sun-soaked Mediterranean!
Today we arrived in Barcelona, our homeport for the next several weeks as we take Disney cruisers to incredible ports in Spain, Italy and France. It’s my fourth time as Cruise Director during our Mediterranean sailings, and I’m still just as excited as every Disney cruiser joining us! We’ll have the chance to explore famous locales near the coast like Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo and more.
If you’re joining us this month, make sure to say hello onboard. Until then, here’s a look at some of our photos from past seasons, giving you a glimpse at what Disney cruisers will experience this summer and next in the Mediterranean …
posted on August 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Have you taken an Alaska cruise with Disney Cruise Line?
posted on August 5th, 2015 by Clayton Lyndsey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line
Just last week I embarked on the Disney Wonder, marking my first season in Alaska as Cruise Director. I’ve traveled to some pretty spectacular places with Disney Cruise Line, but I have to say that Alaska is now at the top of my list. Where else can you capture spectacular photos of a family of brown bears and have a 12-foot Orca whale swim right under your catamaran, all before enjoying your noon lobster bisque in downtown Juneau?
If you know anything about Alaska, you know it’s famous for stunning scenery and endless outdoor adventures. Not to mention it is brimming with opportunities to spot wildlife and experience native culture. I could go on all day about the many reasons why Alaska tops my list, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few that might inspire thousands of descriptors. Take a look at these 20 awe-inspiring photos of a Disney cruise to Alaska:
We’re sailing from Vancouver to Alaska for about another month, so I hope I have the chance to meet many of you onboard (or maybe even run into you on an adventure in port!) If you aren’t able to join us here this summer, I have good news for you: we’re returning to America’s Last Frontier in 2016!
To learn more about a Disney cruise to Alaska, check out these past posts with videos:
- Discover a Disney Cruise to Alaska in One Minute
- Conversation with the Disney Alaska Cruise Director
- A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney to Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Adrenaline Pumping Alaskan Adventures with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Days in Alaskan Ports With Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Immersing Your Family in the Culture and Cuisine of Alaska
- A Mom’s Take: Top 5 Disney Alaska Cruise Tips
- A Mom’s Take: A Wild Ride in the Great Alaskan Frontier with Disney Cruise Line
- A Mom’s Take: Packing for a Disney Cruise to Alaska
posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Summer is an exciting time for Disney Cruise Line, with brand-new “Frozen” fun and itineraries all over the world. But autumn will be here again before we know it, so we’re already gearing up for another season of ghoulishly good times aboard our Halloween on the High Seas cruises!
Beginning early September through October, Disney cruisers are sure to get their fill of thrills, tons of treats and even a few tricks during this extra-spooky celebration. And the best part? In addition to the wickedly fun fall festivities, you also get tons of tropical fun in the sun.
Check out my top five favorite Halloween on the High Seas experiences, and let me know in the comments which one you’re most excited to see for yourself.
1. The Pumpkin Tree
Looming eerily over the atrium lobby, the Pumpkin Tree magically blooms with Jack-O-Lanterns during the cruise. And on the final evening, the pumpkins let their bright personalities shine—literally!—during a spooky surprise performance.
2. Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party
Who doesn’t love a family costume party with Disney characters? Plus, our “super” Cruise Staff get in on the fun with enough treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
3. A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream
Guests aboard our Halloween cruises get to experience this classic holiday film like never before with 3-D and 4-D effects, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally.
4. Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids
The adult nightlife district aboard each Disney ship becomes the frightfully fun setting for an adult-only costume contest and electrifying dance party, proving once and for all that Halloween isn’t just for kids!
5. Haunted Stories of the Sea
Only the bravest cruisers dare to gather under the stars to hear haunted tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain. Is it just me, or are ghost stories scarier in the middle of the ocean?
posted on July 31st, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line
It’s no surprise Summertime Freeze is a new guest-favorite at Castaway Cay with its “Frozen”-themed drinks and keepsake Olaf cups. So far I’ve given you the recipes for two of our delicious beverages, Warm Hugs and Worth Melting For, which were both inspired by the lovable Olaf.
The recipe I’m sharing today is for Frozen Heart, another one of my favorites since its a blend of so many great flavors. Try it at home, and of course on your next visit to Castaway Cay, and let me know if you agree!
- 5 oz. frozen tropical juice
- 1 oz. coconut water
- .5 oz blue curaçao syrup
- .5 oz. passion fruit juice
- .5 oz. orange juice
- .5 oz. guava juice
Blend frozen tropical juice and coconut water. Layer bottom of glass with blue curaçao syrup. Pour blended drink and add passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Stir to mix.
See the posts below for more Summertime Freeze drink recipes:
posted on July 30th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center
Disney Cruise Line has the only cruise ships in the world where you might catch a famous mouse sunbathing next to you.
The Disney Magic weighs in at 84,000 gross tons, is 984 feet in length, and filled with 100% pure Disney magic. (See what I did there?)
posted on July 29th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared information about taking a Disney cruise with young kids. A lot of that information has come from chatting with parents who have sailed with children under the age of five. One of my conversations was with Debbie, an avid Disney cruiser from Minneapolis.
Debbie and her husband have three kids who all experienced their first Disney cruise as toddlers. She has cruised three times with kids and three times without, which definitely makes her an expert on all things Disney Cruise Line! Here are her answers to some of my questions about cruising with little ones …
What stood out about the amenities for young children?
Debbie: Everything was catered to the kids. The wait staff and housekeeping staff made my kids feel like royalty every day by adding many extra special touches to their service. My three-year-old twins especially loved the splash pad, and it satisfied their need for water activities, while putting my mind at ease in that it was enclosed. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about their swim abilities. The accessibility to the characters is phenomenal. Some of the characters even recognized my kids by mid-week, which made them feel extra special. Evening activities in the kids’ club (i.e. “pajama party”) allowed for some adult time. I felt the kids were very safe in the Oceaneer Club; check in and check out was efficient, yet thorough, and safety was a priority. Also, you can borrow amazing all-terrain strollers (for free!) so you don’t have to bring your own when you disembark at ports of call.
What are some of the ways Disney Cruise Line made it easy for you to enjoy time for yourself onboard?
Debbie: Bringing our kids to the Oceaneer Club during dinner allowed us to relax and enjoy our meal. We were able to enjoy an evening at Remy while the kids were at the Oceaneer Club. The counselors knew of our plans and promised to only call us if it was an emergency. When we did bring our kids with us to other dining rooms, the wait staff catered to them. Servers could sense if the kids were over tired or amped up and would find ways to entertain and amuse them. It was incredible. Also, you can request kids’ food right away during dinner. This way, when they are done, they can leave with a youth counselor and go to the Oceaneer Club. It allows for a much more pleasant dining experience for parents of children who get bored quickly!
How about in port?
Debbie: There are awesome activities for families and kids at Castaway Cay. We never once heard “I’m bored,” which rarely happens when we’re on a beach with the kids. We even went out on a limb and left the kids on the ship when we went to San Juan. We decided to do an adult excursion (kayaking/hiking/ziplining). Early on I was very nervous about leaving the kids on the ship, but it was INCREDIBLE. We had the most amazing time (I HIGHLY recommend that excursion!!) and the kids had a great time on the ship.
What impressed you most about the youth counselors?
Debbie: They are genuinely excited to be with your kids, seem to really enjoy their role, and are fully engaged and highly interactive with the children (they are kids at heart!) They get to know your kids during the week and cater to their needs. I felt like the counselors truly cared about my children. It was like leaving my children with a room full of magical nannies!
What is your response to parents who question if their children are old enough to truly enjoy and appreciate a Disney cruise?
Debbie: First and foremost – it’s Disney. No matter the age, there’s something for everyone. The service on the cruise is second to none. One of the many benefits of the cruise is that you don’t have to think about a thing and you can leave your worries behind. Kids hungry? There’s always food available. Kids bored? Not possible. There’s always something to do.
A big “thank you” to Debbie for her insights. For more on cruising with little ones, check out these past posts:
posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line
When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.
The show’s set designer, Brad Kaye, is no stranger to the challenge of re-imagining an animated world for the stage; he also developed the scenery for “Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video below, Brad tells us all about the scenic elements he is designing for this new show . . . including a first look at the forest and Snuggly Duckling scenes!
For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:
posted on July 24th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line
Do you love carrots as much as Sven does? Then you’ll definitely want to try the drink recipe I’m sharing today!
Sven’s Carrot Delight is one of our most unique smoothies served at Summertime Freeze. The blend of carrot juice with other tropical flavors has a surprisingly great taste that you’re sure to love. Next time you visit Castaway Cay, let me know which drink at Summertime Freeze becomes your favorite!
Sven’s Carrot Delight
- 3 oz. Odwalla carrot juice
- 3 oz. vanilla mix
- 1.5 oz. coconut cream
- .75 oz. passion fruit juice
- .75 oz. orange juice
- .75 oz. guava juice
Blend all ingredients with ice and enjoy!
See the posts below for more Summertime Freeze drink recipes: