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A Taste of Grenada with Disney Cruise Line

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


St. George's, Grenada
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.

Sulfur Springs Waterfall

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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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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