- You can’t concentrate at work because you’re too busy dreaming of Castaway Cay.
- You find yourself whistling “when you wish upon a star” at 5pm and imagining yourself at the Sail Away celebration.
- Your Throwback Thursday posts are all photos from your last Disney cruise.
- You can’t eat a meal without dessert, especially since every night you dream about Palo’s chocolate soufflé.
- You are considering replacing your home’s windows with portholes and redecorating with a nautical motif.
- Your friends wonder why you keep talking like a pirate and looking for excuses to wear your pantaloons and eye patch.
- You make towel animals and leave chocolates on your kids’ pillows each night.
- You hope every knock on your door is your stateroom host arriving to make your bed and tidy up your house.
Disney cruisers, what else can you add to this list?
We know how much you love to see our exclusive tilt-shift videos, a “miniature scale” of the fun you can have at our parks and on our cruises.
Our first tilt-shift video gave you a glimpse at a journey on the Disney Wonder, and to this day, it is one of our most popular videos. Now, we want to show you some of what you’ll experience over four nights on the Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas. From Broadway-style stage shows and meet and greets with Disney friends, to fun in the sun at Castaway Cay and a relaxing day at sea, every member of your family will find something just for them.
Check it out … the magic of tilt-shift photography combined with the magic of a Disney cruise!
We hear it all the time, “It’s all about the bling!” Well today, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runners who registered for the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Challenge will not be disappointed as we reveal the treasure waiting for them at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
The inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge takes place in January 2015. Hundreds of runners are combining the excitement of participating in a marathon weekend event with a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream. After running their event at Walt Disney World Resort, challenge participants set sail on a four-night cruise and run the Castaway Cay 5K to earn the inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal. They will also enjoy exclusive runDisney activities throughout the cruise, including featured menu items, guest speaker session and special merchandise.
Now some of you might be wondering how can I get one of these amazing medals?
If you are registered for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon you still have the opportunity to claim your treasure. Registered runners can book the four-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream departing Feb. 23 from Port Canaveral, and participate in the Castaway Cay Challenge.
It’s the perfect way to extend your family trip or your ultimate girls weekend and keep the celebration going for four more nights. In addition to the Castaway Cay 5K and the Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal, runners can purchase a trip to Senses Spa for a post-race massage, a steam bath or sauna in the Rainforest room. Continue to relax by the fresh water pools, jetted hot tubs or take an exciting ride on The AquaDuck, a thrilling transparent tube water coaster that actually goes off the side of the ship. End your days with the girls enjoying a Broadway-style show, or dancing and celebrating the night away in one of several nightclubs.
For more information and to register for the Disney Princess Weekend Castaway Cay Challenge, visit runDisney.com.
It may only be September, but I know all of you creative gift-givers are already scheming up some pretty wonderful holiday present ideas for your loved ones. A Disney cruise is always a popular gift, and I’ve heard stories from so many people about the special ways they’ve unwrapped this present for their family.
Whether you’re brainstorming ideas for Christmas morning, or for when you give the gift “just because,” I thought you may be inspired by how some of our current and former Disney Parks Moms Panelists have surprised their families with a Disney cruise …
“Once we surprised our kids with a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning with clues placed all around the house. Each clue was wrapped in a package with items needed for our vacation like bathing suits, sunglasses and even pirate costumes! With every clue found, the kids grew closer to the final package which was waiting for them on the front porch. When they opened it, they found “tickets” for a magical voyage on the high seas with Captain Mickey and a Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD!”
“One Christmas morning, after we exchanged gifts and ate breakfast, I suddenly “remembered” another present that we’d “forgotten.” I told the girls to look on the back porch, and when they opened the door, there were two suitcases with big Mickeys hand sewn on the front, mouse ears and giant Mickey and Minnie plush to greet them. I think my neighbors two blocks away could hear them screaming. “We’re going to Disney!” What they didn’t know (until they opened the suitcases) was that we were going on a Disney cruise! The suitcases were packed with new swimsuits, outfits and pillowcases monogrammed with our sail dates and the name of the ship.”
“We wanted to announce our surprise Disney Cruise Line vacation to the kids in a unique way, so we sent them on a scavenger hunt throughout the house and yard for clues. Each clue they found related to the trip, such as “Do you like warm weather?” and “Did you SEA that your bags are packed?”. The final clues were our itinerary for our Disney Magic cruise and their Magic Bands for our stay at Walt Disney World Resort. They couldn’t stop screaming to know we were leaving right then for a land and sea vacation with Captain Mickey!”
Have you ever given the gift of a Disney cruise? Tell us how you did it in the comments!
Earlier this year, I shared a video featuring some must-have souvenirs for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Recently, I visited the Disney Fantasy, one of four amazing ships from Disney Cruise Line, where I selected a few of my favorite souvenirs that will make any Disney cruise extra magical. The nice part is that you can order many of these products from our Disney Parks online store before your trip. After watching the video below, I invite you to visit http://www.DisneyStore.com/Cruise.
What is your favorite must-have item for a Disney Cruise Line cruise? Please share in the comments below.
Even though you’ve heard there is something for everyone on a Disney cruise, do you still wonder if that truly means for you, too? Of course you know your kids will love it, but as parents, will you enjoy it?
You know my answer is “absolutely!” But we also caught back up with Disney Parks Moms Panelist Dolly to get her take on this frequently asked question. Hear what she has to say in this video…
What’s your favorite way to recharge on a Disney cruise?
For more about cruising with Disney from a mom’s point of view, visit these posts:
Today, Captain Mickey and the Disney Magic arrived to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to kick off our brand-new Southern Caribbean sailings.
These 7-night voyages mark our first-ever itinerary departing from Puerto Rico. San Juan will be the homeport of the Disney Magic for the next four weeks until the ship returns to Port Canaveral for 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean sailings.
To see some of the incredible locations Disney cruisers can visit in San Juan and our Southern Caribbean destinations, check out this video…
To learn more about our Southern Caribbean destinations and Port Adventures, visit these posts:
One of the perks of my job is getting to join you in sailing to incredible destinations around the world. From my experience, I’ve learned a thing or two about packing for a Disney cruise – most importantly that there are some must-have items you never want to forget. Six to be exact …
- Pirate attire - Arrgh mateys! Disney cruisers go all out for Pirate Night, and if you don’t bring your own costume, you’ll wish you had! Bandanas and eye patches are available onboard, but this night is the perfect excuse to pull out that Jack Sparrow wig and those pirate pantaloons.
- Smartphone or tablet – Our newsletter of daily activities, the Navigator, is available as a mobile app. You’ll have a list of what’s happening every minute of every day and a map of the entire ship in your back pocket.
- Wrist watch – This one is especially important if you don’t bring #2… Most people recommend you leave your watch at home during vacation, but on a Disney cruise, you won’t want to miss any of the planned activities! A waterproof watch is even better so you can leave it on at the pool and during our water ride.
- Day bag – Put a few essentials, like a swimsuit, sunscreen and medications, in a small bag to keep with you when you board the ship. Then you can check the rest of your luggage to be delivered to your stateroom later that day. It can also serve as a beach bag for Castaway Cay and extra space to bring home your souvenirs.
- Autograph book – The number of Disney characters onboard never ceases to amaze new cruisers. Bring a keepsake for them to sign, and make sure it’s large enough to hold autographs from all of your favorites.
- Camera – There’s no shortage of picture-perfect selfie spots onboard and at Castaway Cay! Plus our crew members are always happy to snap a family photo for you on your personal camera.
What else has your family learned to always brings on a Disney cruise?
With fall arriving in just a few short weeks, I stopped by the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters in Florida. Fall is one of two times during the year when a variety of new merchandise is introduced both at Disney Parks and on Disney Cruise Line. Here is a look at some new collections you will find the next time you are sailing.
The first program is called “Ahoy Minnie” and features a stylized Minnie Mouse in red, white and blue. The artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist Susan Foy. I like the use of the anchor and Minnie Mouse’s iconic polka-dot covered bow on several items that you can mix and match.
Knotted nautical rope is the foundation of design for the second collection called “Mickey Knots.” This program uses Mickey Mouse’s silhouette outlined with rope on apparel and home goods. I love the coffee mug that uses rope for the handle.
Falling into the category of “long overdue,” the team designed some Captain Mickey Mouse T-shirts. They remind me of the classic Mickey Mouse T-shirts that have been at Disney Parks for years. I love simple designs!
The team also designed a chalkboard-inspired art program that reminded me of the artwork created for Disney Centerpiece in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
The last stop on our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises is Basseterre on St. Kitts, a small, volcanic island in the West Indies. White-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest are the perfect backdrop for adventures your family will enjoy here. Check out some of my favorites…
St. Kitts Scenic Railway and Sail Cruise – If scenic views are what you’re after, this is definitely the tour for you. It starts with an hour-and-a-half catamaran voyage along the island’s southwestern coastline where you’ll enjoy views of small fishing villages, sugar plantations and historical sites, including the first British settlement at Old Road and the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the British “Gibraltar of the West Indies.” The second half of the tour is a two-hour railway ride along the Atlantic north side of the island with sweeping views of sandy beaches and pounding surf. Be prepared to take a ton of photos!
Rainforest Hike – Those of you who want to get your blood flowing with an active adventure will want to join the this two-hour nature hike in St. Kitts’ breathtaking rainforest. Before your hike, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the picturesque Romney Gardens at Wingfield Estate, along with a photo stop at Carib Rock Drawings, a volcanic rock with inscriptions from the first inhabitants of the island. Your transportation for this adventure is an open-air safari vehicle, perfect for checking out the coastal views, picturesque valleys, sugar cane fields and lush green mountains.
4×4 Island Safari And Beach – This adventure also takes you into the rainforest on a safari vehicle to explore the flora and fauna and possibly even see green monkeys. Your destination is a private, mountaintop property, 1,000 feet above sea level, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the island’s rainforest, coastline, the capital city of Basseterre and the sister island of Nevis. The journey continues to the opposite side of the island, past quaint villages, farmers’ gardens and the windswept Atlantic coastline to your final destination – a beautiful beach for swimming, relaxing on the golden sand and savoring your last moments ashore in the Southern Caribbean.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. If you’re joining us on our brand-new adventure from San Juan this fall, let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to most. As I always say, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!
For more about the available Port Adventures during the 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises, visit the posts below: