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Top Five Experiences on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Since our flagship vessel, the Disney Magic, set sail after one of the largest transformations in the cruise ship industry, her magical makeover continues to wow guests of all ages!

Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel recently sailed to check out the enhancements for herself. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to do the same, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this video to see her top five can’t-miss experiences on this re-imagined ship!

If you have sailed on the re-imagined Disney Magic, which enhancement is number one for you?

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Getting Ready for Summer with Disney Cruise Line

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Summer is quickly approaching, and like many of you, Disney Cruise Line is preparing for our upcoming getaways! Both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are getting ready to reposition to new homeports for the exciting itineraries we’re offering late May through early September.


Tomorrow, the Disney Wonder sets sail from Miami for her journey through the Panama Canal to the West Coast. Following stops in San Diego and San Francisco and after calling on exotic ports such as Cartagena, Colombia and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, she’ll arrive to Vancouver to kick off our Alaska season. Once again, we’ll be taking guests to the charming ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, and sailing through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord. And new for 2014, our first cruise of the season will be extra special with a stop in Sitka.


On the same day the Disney Wonder arrives to Vancouver, May 19, the Disney Magic will depart from Port Canaveral for a voyage across the Atlantic. After stopping at Funchal, Portugal and Malaga, Spain, she’ll arrive to Barcelona for her first summer season since the ship’s transformation. The Disney Magic’s exciting summer in Europe includes cruises from both Barcelona and Venice with several Mediterranean destinations in France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

If you’re joining us on the Disney Wonder’s Panama Canal crossing or the Disney Magic’s transatlantic sailing this month, don’t miss your chance to get a special commemorative T-shirts once you’re onboard. Bon voyage!

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Time-lapse Video of Disney Cruise Line in Europe

posted on April 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

This summer, we’re offering so many exciting itineraries for Disney Magic cruisers in Europe! To give you a glimpse at what you can expect to see, we put together this cool time-lapse video of some of our destinations in the Mediterranean. Check it out!


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Magic in the Details: World-Class Accommodations and Dining on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

When you think about what sets Disney apart, what is it that comes to mind? My guess is that most of you will agree it’s attention to detail. No matter where you vacation with Disney, it’s easy to tell right away the thought that’s put behind even the smallest of things. It’s what we call “magic in the details.”

This month we shared with you some of the magical details you’ll find on a Disney cruise, from dazzling entertainment for the whole family to activities catered to kids and adults. Today, take a closer look at the world-class accommodations and dining you can expect when sailing with us.

What other ways do you notice the Disney difference on a Disney cruise?

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Dazzling Family Entertainment Included on a Disney Cruise

posted on April 4th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

What are some of the ways your family likes to have fun together? There’s a pretty high chance whatever you name is already offered on a Disney cruise. And the best part is that it’s all included!

Last week, I shared a video about date night on the high seas with ideas for how adults can spend their time while the kids are having fun in the youth clubs. But today, I want to bring it back to ways the entire family can have fun together.

In this video, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel gives you a glimpse of our family entertainment, like live stage shows, high-energy deck parties and of course, fireworks at sea. She couldn’t cover everything in such a short video, so check it out and let us know some of the other ways your family has fun onboard.

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Exploring Northern Europe with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

It’s no surprise that guests are raving about the new itineraries we announced last week! In case you missed it, in summer 2015 we are sailing to northern Europe – exploring for the first time the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Plus, we are returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries, including sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia.


I know many of you are already planning next year’s summer vacation, so I wanted to give you more details about these new sailings. With all of your options, choosing which cruise to take is sure to be a tough decision!

Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Ever since the release of “Frozen,” set among Norway’s breathtaking mountain ranges, glaciers, geysers and fjords, visiting this enchanting land has been at the top of my list … and I’m sure it’s high on yours, too! Not only is the landscape gorgeous, the country’s Scandinavian culture comes to life through stunning architecture, storybook villages and historic city centers.


To explore the Norwegian Fjords with us, you can choose from seven-, nine- and 11-night options departing from Copenhagen, Denmark. Both the seven- and nine-night itineraries visit the ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen before returning to Copenhagen. The nine-night sailing also calls on Molde and Olden.


On our 11-night voyage, you’ll journey to not only Norway but also Iceland and the Faroe Islands! This cruise visits three destinations in Norway (Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger), two in Iceland (Akureyri and Reykjavik) and one in the Faroe Islands (Torshavn), ending in Dover, England.

Baltic Sea

What’s more, we’re returning to destinations in the Baltic Sea where you can explore richly diverse cultures in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Russia.


The seven-night itineraries beginning and ending in Copenhagen call on Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. These same ports are visited on our 12-night cruises from Dover, England, one of which also stops in Warnemunde, Germany – the gateway to Berlin.


These options are pretty spectacular, don’t you think? And they are only part of what we’re offering in summer 2015! While in Europe, the Disney Magic will also sail the Mediterranean, departing from Spain and calling on France and Italy. The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska and the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries.

So, where do you want to be in summer 2015? Like our friend Olaf from “Frozen,” sometimes I like to close my eyes and imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come!

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Date Night on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a night out with your significant other? Here’s one date night destination you may have never considered: out on the open ocean!

We all know that a Disney cruise is the perfect place for families to spend quality time together. And it’s no secret the kids will have a blast! But something you may not have thought about before is that sailing with us also gives you plenty of opportunities to reconnect with your spouse.

Curious to see what I mean? Check out this video for inspiration on ways you can get quality “we” time on your next Disney cruise!

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Disney Cruise Line Reveals New 2015 Destinations

posted on March 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Today we revealed our itineraries for the summer of 2015, and I am thrilled to share them with you! As you know, sailing to exciting locales around the world is nothing new for us. From Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas to America’s Last Frontier in Alaska and the Greek Isles in the Mediterranean, each year we offer spectacular itineraries for your family to enjoy.

Now, we’re charting a course to even more amazing destinations next year, and since there are so many new options for your family, I asked Cruise Director Brent to help me tell you all about it. Take a look at this video to find out where we’re headed and to get a glimpse of some of the exciting places we’ll be sailing to for the first time ever!

Which of our new destinations is on your bucket list for 2015?

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Santorini, Greece

posted on March 21st, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager

I hope you’ve enjoyed my last few posts about some of the Port Adventures we’ll be offering guests in Europe this summer. Today I’ll give you a glimpse of what you can see and do when we call on the picturesque island of Santorini, Greece.


With its rugged cliffs overlooking the bright blue waters of the Aegean Sea, majestic mountains, colorful lava-sand beaches and charming villages, Santorini is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. We offer a variety of excursions for families, along with adult-only departures of some of the most popular tours. Here are some of my favorites …

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Volcano Of Santorini And Hot Springs – The island of Santorini was formed by a volcanic eruption around 1450 BC, and since then volcanic events have shaped the island’s coastline and culture. On this tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit Erinia Cove on the nearby volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you can hike over volcanic dried sand and lava fragments up to the summit for beautiful sites of the caldera. Next, you’ll venture to volcanic hot springs and get the chance to swim in the warm, mineral-rich seawaters—with some areas reaching 95° F (35° C).

Akrotiri Port Adventure 1

Akrotiri Excavations Site – First on this excursion you’ll be able to explore the Bronze Age town of Akrotiri seeing archaeological excavations of the Minoan Era town with multi-story houses, shops and well-preserved cobblestone streets. The excavations started in 1930 by Professor Marinatos, who in 1967 unearthed a town buried within the pumice of the volcanic eruption of 1450 BC. Then you’ll journey from ancient Akrotiri to the village of Akrotiri to explore one of the five fortified settlements created during medieval times.

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Best Of Santorini – In addition to a boat ride past the Palea and Nea Kameni islands to see the volcano that formed them in the bay of Santorini, along with a visit to the Akrotiri archaeological excavation site, this tour gives you the chance to explore the villages of Oia and Fira. You’ll get panoramic views of steep cliffs and nearby islands, which are the perfect backdrop for capturing photos, sipping coffee and eating local cuisine. One highlight of this trip is a stop at a local winery where you’ll taste wine and snacks including hard bread, cheese and tomato fritters.

From all of the destinations in Greece I’ve shown you that Disney Cruise Line is calling on this summer, including Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Olympia and Rhodes, which is at the top of your list to visit?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Crete, Greece

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The next destination on our Mediterranean voyages I want to tell you about is Crete, the largest island in Greece. The port is in the capital city of Heraklion, where you’ll be surrounded by lively Greek culture and spectacular island scenery.


A must-see during your visit is the Minoan palace of Knossos, located just a few miles from Heraklion. Originally built around 1900 BC, this sacred settlement showcases the region’s Minoan history. The archeological site includes ruins of a small palace, royal villa and many well-preserved fresco-covered buildings.


Knossos Palace Ruins and Arolithos Village with Family Activity – This tour combines a tour of the ancient civilization with a visit to Arolithos, the re-created traditional Cretan village built on the side of a mountain. Here your family can explore the Museum of Agricultural History and Traditional Art, followed by the chance to create your very own kompoloi or “worry beads.” During the craft, you’ll learn the history of the beads, a traditional tool used in Greek culture for relaxation, prayer, rituals and celebration, and enjoy samples of freshly made spinach and cheese pies.


Knossos Palace Ruins and Thalassocosmos Aquarium Behind the “Seas” – Families will love this excursion, which combines a tour of the Knossos Palace Ruins with a visit to the Thalassocosmos Aquarium. Located in Gournes Village, this aquarium houses 2,500 marine species, focusing on the Mediterranean marine life. Your family will get a unique, behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the work involved in caring for all the underwater residents of the aquarium.


Isla Beach Club and Knossos Archaeological Site – If you’re craving some sunshine and views of the turquoise water, this Port Adventure is perfect for your family. Following your tour at Knossos, you’ll head to Gouves Village for lounging by the Cretan Sea. A reserved sunbed with an umbrella, along with a soft drink or frappe coffee, is included and makes for a very refreshing afternoon!

Stay tuned for my final post about Port Adventures in Europe this summer. Next up … breathtaking Santorini! Don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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