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Mixology Class on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 20th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Over the past several weeks, I’ve told you about 10 of our guest-favorite beverage tastings on a Disney cruise. Now it’s time to talk about our seminar that gives you the chance to polish your own bar-tending skills!

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Our mixology class is like going through a mini bartender course – but way more fun! You’ll learn to create popular cocktails, making them first hand and then, of course, tasting them. During this seminar, the bartender will discuss ingredients and details of preparing cocktails, tell you about the proper glasses, teach you how to use the equipment, and much more. Some of the drinks you’ll learn to create could include a muddled drink like a mojito, a build drink like a margarita, a martini, a layered shot and a frozen cocktail.

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Skyline is just one of the themed venues we use to host this lively class. The personality of this space compliments the personalities of our bartenders who will be your expert guides during this fun experience.

To find out more about ways you can expand your adult beverage knowledge and give your taste buds a treat on your next Disney cruise, take a look back at my previous posts in this series:

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Experiencing the Incredible Sights and Tastes of Maui on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 19th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development


Now that I’ve given you suggestions for adventures on both the Big Island and Kaua‘i, let’s look at what you can do in Maui during your Disney Hawaiian cruise. Our call on Kahului gives you access to explore the many famous parts of the island, including pristine rainforests and beaches, Haleakalā National Park and the twisting road to Hana.

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With lunging cliffs and dazzling waterfalls, the Road to Hana is one of the most famous leisure drives in the world. On our Hana Picnic Port Adventure, you’ll enjoy the journey in a luxury limo van at a leisurely pace with many stops along this spectacular sea-coast drive. This relaxed tour includes a scrumptious chicken and fish three-course lunch in Hana with time after to stroll, sunbathe or swim in a freshwater pool under a cascading waterfall. A similar excursion, Hana Cave Quest, also gives you the chance to hike through Ka‘eleku Cavern, an enormous subterranean lava tube.

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Several of our Port Adventures take you to experience the magnificent Haleakalā Crater, the highest point on the island of Maui at 10,023 feet above sea level. Our many options include during the daytime or at sunset, by land or by air, and with or without kids. A unique adventure is our Haleakalā Summit Lavender & Winery Sojourn that also includes a visit to breathtaking lavender fields, a beautiful vineyard and the Hawaiian “cowboy” town of Makawao. Your day includes a three-course lunch, the chance to sip Hawaiian wine and time for relaxation and shopping.

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For an authentic Hawaiian experience, you won’t want to miss our Old Lahaina Luau Port Adventure where a spectacular ocean view adds to the ambiance of this celebration. The evening is filled with traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music and cultural dances, giving you a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history. You’ll have the chance to enjoy a brilliant Hawaiian sunset, tropical drinks, traditional chants, ancient hula and more. One of the highlights of the evening is gathering at the water’s edge to unearth the Kalua pua’a (pig) from the Hawaiian underground oven before your luau feast.

Next I’ll give you suggestions for Port Adventures during our stop at O‘ahu. With tours around the world-famous Honolulu and excursions to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, there’s plenty of family-fun to be had on this island. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Disney Cruise Line Announces New Sailings from the Big Apple in 2016

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The Disney Magic’s arrival to New York City today sparked a grand announcement: We’re returning to the Big Apple in 2016 for sailings to both the Bahamas and Canada!

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And that’s not all … We also revealed that we’re sailing again from Miami and Galveston, Texas with new options from these popular homeports. Cruise Director Ray tells you all about it in this video. Check it out …

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the fall of 2016 from New York, Miami and Galveston:

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  • For the first time, we’re offering seven-night voyages from Miami to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, in addition to shorter options. All sailings from Miami include a stop at Castaway Cay.

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  • A variety of seven-night cruises are departing from Galveston, including Bahamian sailings and Western Caribbean sailings. Plus, for a quick getaway, we’re offering two four-night sailings to Cozumel.

Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public on May 20, 2015. More details can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of disneycruise.com.

Sailings from New York, Miami and Galveston are in addition to our ever-popular cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. Which homeport do you plan to sail from in 2016?

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Beer Tasting on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


We’ve covered several of the tastings adults can indulge in on a Disney cruise, from wine and Champagne, to liquors and cocktails. Last but not least, I’ll tell you about our seminar on the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, beer.

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In this tasting, the bartender will go through the interesting history of beer, the oldest alcoholic drink, and divulge fun facts about it. You’ll learn how to properly taste a beer and distinguish one from another, going through the different types, production methods and ingredients used. Beers tasted during the seminar could include ale, stout, wheat, imported lager and domestic lager.

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Our Irish pub onboard each ship is the perfect setting for this tasting. On your next visit, be sure to ask our expert bartenders about their favorite drink of choice!

Next week, I’ll conclude this series with our beverage seminar that is more than just a tasting. Check back to learn about our mixology class, which is like going through a mini bartender course! In the meantime, get up to speed on the seminars I’ve shared with you so far:

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Get Ready for the Next Castaway Cay Challenge with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


After this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I had the awesome experience of cheering on Disney cruisers competing in our inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. I had a blast chatting with the runners before and after the race, hearing their stories about how far they’d traveled to be there, how many runDisney medals they had collected over the years and what inspired them to be a part of this first-ever challenge.

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For many, it was their first Disney cruise vacation, and they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it was to relax onboard the Disney Dream after their action-packed Marathon Weekend. Those few days of rest recharged them for their run through paradise, where they returned to lounging on the warm sand of Castaway Cay after the race.

I also caught up with Cruise Director Christiaan later that day, who told me more about what runners were enjoying during the voyage. Take a look at this video, and let me know in the comments if I can expect to “run” into you at our next Castaway Cay Challenge!

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Spectacular Kaua’i Adventures on a Disney Cruise to Hawaii

posted on May 12th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development


Last week I gave you Port Adventure recommendations for exploring the Big Island on our Hawaiian cruises. Another gorgeous destination on these voyages is Nawiliwili, located on the spectacular island of Kaua‘i. The area is, put simply, a natural wonderland! It is filled with untouched beaches, lush jungles, idyllic waterfalls and sweeping landscapes.

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The dramatic Waimea Canyon is often described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and there’s no better way to take in its majesty than a helicopter ride. Our Heaven & Earth – the Ultimate Kaua‘i Helicopter & North Shore Experience gives you a bird’s-eye view of the colorful canyon, along with the green valleys, magnificent waterfalls and breathtaking Nā Pali Coast that have made the “Garden Isle” a favorite location for feature films. The second part of this adventure includes a drive along Kaua‘i’s coconut coastline by the North Shore beaches where you can see the picturesque Kīlauea Lighthouse. You’ll have the chance to stroll along the Hanalei Pier for an unforgettable view of the bay and beaches before relaxing during a picnic lunch at Anini Beach Park.

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The Hidden Valley Falls Kayak Adventure Nawiliwili is an excursion for the adventurous, as it combines kayaking, hiking and waterfalls. After a 2-mile, downwind kayak trip, you’ll hike a mile through the valley to a secluded area of waterfalls and natural swimming holes. Here you can swing on a rope into a deep-water mountain pool and enjoy snacks and cold drinks by the waterfall. For the return trip, rather than paddling your kayak into headwinds, you’ll kick back and cruise down the river on your motorized Hawaiian canoe for the perfect end to your adventure mixed with fun and relaxation.

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Want to dive into Hawaii’s gorgeous waters? Try your hand at surfing or snorkeling! Our Po‘ipū Beach Surfing Lessons give you the chance to learn from Hawaiian pros at a surf school owned by Chava Greenlee —one of Kaua‘i’s most famous professional surfers. Your expert instructors will teach you all the basic surfing techniques before giving you time to catch some waves on your own. Our Seafun Beach Snorkel takes place at a protected reef where you’ll swim from one of Kaua‘i’s beautiful beaches. Your tour guides will help you discover an abundance of fish, sea turtles and other amazing creatures in what is sure to be an adventurous marine life experience.

Stay tuned for my suggestions on what to do in Kahului, centrally located on the gorgeous island of Maui, home to world-famous beaches and pristine wilderness. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Rum and Amari Tastings on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 8th, 2015 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


Next up in my series about the beverage seminars available for adults on a Disney cruise, I’ll tell you about two more of our fun liquor tastings – rum and amari.

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Rum Tasting

Rum was first distilled on sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean. A good amount of the world’s rum production still takes place on the islands we visit, making it a beverage of choice for cruisers on our tropical voyages.

As with our other liquor seminars, in our Rum Tasting you’ll learn about the history and production method of this spirit, along with different types such as dark, light, gold, flavored and spiced rum. In addition to tasting three rums straight, you’ll also learn how to make (and of course taste!) two delicious cocktails – Cuba Libre & Caipirinha.

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Amari Tasting

Amari, or in singular form amaro, are herbal liqueurs distilled in Italy known for their digestive qualities. As such, amaro is commonly enjoyed after dinner, served neat, although amari cocktails are becoming more and more popular.

In this tasting, you’ll learn about the production, origins, styles and flavorings of this Italian liqueur. You’ll taste five different types such as Ramazzoti, Limoncello, Strega, Cynar and Fernet. It’s the perfect introduction for those of you who have not yet indulged in this flavorful spirit.



To learn about other beverage tastings you can join on a Disney cruise, look back at my recent posts:

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Disney Days of Past: Happy National Travel & Tourism Week

posted on May 7th, 2015 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


It’s National Travel and Tourism week. Dreaming of your next Disney vacation? Here’s a little inspiration from 2007 when Disney Cruise Line rolled out the red carpet for a few famous characters.

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Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy look ready for a magical voyage aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. Have you been on a Disney cruise? What’s your favorite part? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Top-Five Enchanting Princess Encounters on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


On a Disney cruise, you’ll not only feel like royalty yourself with our legendary service and first-class accommodations, you’ll actually be in the company of true royalty with several Disney princesses sailing the high seas. Throughout your voyage you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be graced by their presence, but here’s what I’ve selected as the top-five enchanting princess encounters on a Disney cruise.

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Princess Gatherings: The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on each of our ships is the perfect setting to meet with Disney royalty. A dazzling chandelier and a grand staircase set the stage for an elegant experience as you have the unique chance to greet and take photographs with three or more princesses.

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Royal Court Royal Tea: Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy is truly a one-of-a-kind affair that celebrates the “royal” in everyone. During this afternoon tea event, you and your children are transported to a fairytale world where storytelling meets reality as classic Disney princesses dance and visit around the room.

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Magical Port Adventure: When the Disney Magic sails to Ålesund, Norway, Anna and Elsa accompany Disney cruisers for a traditional Norwegian summer celebration on a Port Adventure like only Disney can do.The festivities culminate with the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion, Kristoff, who join in the lively revelry.

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Story Time for Kids: Just for little cruisers, Once Upon a Time is a musical story time where a beloved princess shares tales of her adventures in a faraway kingdom. This special youth activity takes places in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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Live Stage Shows: With some of the most elaborate musicals presented at sea, it’s no wonder Disney princesses take center stage in the Walt Disney Theatre. Whether she is the star of the show or a leading role in one of the production numbers, there’s a good chance you’ll spot your favorite heroine singing and dancing in her fairytale world.

Tell us, what’s your most magical memory of a Disney princess onboard one of our ships?

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Exploring the Big Island of Hawai‘i on Two Special Disney Cruise Line Voyages

posted on May 5th, 2015 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Manager, Port Adventures Research & Development


This September, we’re returning to Hawai‘i with two unforgettable 10-night cruises. These voyages will visit the four major Hawaiian islands—the Big Island, Maui, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Over the next several weeks, I’ll tell you about some of the exciting Port Adventures you can join to discover the scenery and experiences found on each island. Let’s start today with excursions in historic Hilo, your gateway to the beauty and culture of the Big Island of Hawai‘i, including Volcanoes National Park.

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The park is home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. On our Volcano National Park Odyssey & Macadamia Nut Factory tour, your adventure starts with a drive along the 11-mile crater rim that circles most of Kilauea’s summit caldera and craters. Stops allow you to view smooth and jagged lava, lava tubes, sulfur banks and bleak desert areas. Next up is the Jagger Museum where there are spectacular overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halema‘uma‘u Crater, videos of volcanic eruptions and other geologic displays for you to enjoy. Last is a visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, the perfect place to shop for delicious gifts.

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If you’re looking for a more active way to explore the area, you won’t want to miss our Kilauea Volcano Bicycle Adventure that takes you around the crater rim on two wheels. In addition to eight miles of cycling, you’ll hike through an incredible rainforest that leads you directly through an amazing lava tube. With steam surrounding your feet, you’ll witness the heart of the volcano at Halema‘uma‘u Crater. This Port Adventure also includes a visit to the Jagger Museum, plus samples of the Island’s fresh fruit and macadamia nuts.

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Those of you who want a taste of the Hawaiian lifestyle will absolutely love our Culinary Hawai‘i Home Tour. This one-of-a-kind adventure is a progressive island brunch, showcasing local ingredients, in the homes of three Big Island residents. You’ll savor the flavors of the Islands, like passion fruit, mango, coconut and Kona coffee, and find out what it’s like to live in paradise. During your insider look at islander living, your guides will share details about each home, local trivia and stories of life in paradise.

Up next, we’ll venture over to the island of Kaua‘i to see the adventures you can enjoy from Nawiliwili. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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