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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


How often do you enjoy a multi-course meal for dinner? On a Disney cruise, you have the chance to every night! Appetizers are just as important to us as our entrees (and desserts!), so today I want to share with you one of my top choices for the first course – smoked salmon carpaccio. Topped with capers, shallots, pink peppercorns and dill honey mustard, believe me, it’s as tasty as it looks!

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio
Serves 4
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1 tbsp. pink peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup clear honey
  • 1 tbsp. picked dill for honey mustard
  • 1 tsp. picked dill for garnish

Dill Honey Mustard

  1. Finely slice the fresh dill and mix with the honey and mustard. Chill until time to serve.

Assembly

  1. Lay the smoked salmon on the plate, slightly overlapped, to create one uniform layer, leaving ½ inch of space between the fish and plate rim.
  2. Neatly arrange the finely chopped shallots, capers and pink peppercorns on top of the smoked salmon in an even pattern.
  3. Using the tip of a teaspoon, place 8 dots of the dill honey mustard on top of the smoked salmon in an asymmetrical pattern and garnish with the picked dill as per picture.


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A Mom’s Take on Cruising with Disney

posted on July 31st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you are thinking about cruising with us for the first time, you probably want to know more about what it will be like for your family. Who better to ask than another parent?

You may have heard about the Disney Parks Moms Panel, a super helpful resource for planning your Disney vacation, but did you know that there are three Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel? These moms have sailed with us multiple times over the years and have so many good insights for families. We caught up with one of our panelists, Diane, to get her take on what a family can look forward to on a Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

posted on July 30th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers have been savoring the flavors of South America while sailing throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. One of my favorite Latin America-inspired dishes is our zesty Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak.

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If you’re looking to grill up something different for your next summer barbecue, this recipe is absolutely one to try. The flavors of our citrus marinade, complemented by our spicy chimichurri sauce, will no doubt leave your mouth watering to be back on a Disney cruise!

Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Orange Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak
Serves: 8
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 24 hours

Ingredients

  • Whole 6lb flank steak

Marinade

  • 1 bunch cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 5 oranges (juiced and zested)

  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 
2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

  • 2 tsp. dried thyme

  • 2 tsp. ground pepper

  • 1 onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1⁄2 cup distilled white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Chimichurri

  • 2 tbsp. bunch parsley (finely chopped)

  • 2 tbsp. picked oregano (finely chopped)

  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 white onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/3 cup mil red wine

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 tbsp. salt

For the Marinade

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender except the vegetable oil.
  2. Once blended, place in a mixing bowl and whisk in the vegetable oil.
  3. Cover the flank steak completely with the marinade.
  4. Marinate for 24 hours.

For the Flank Steak

  1. Remove the flank steak from the marinade.
  2. Sear both sides on a griddle or pan, place on a baking tray and place into a preheated oven* at 320 degrees for 10 minutes or until medium rare.
  3. Remove and rest before carving.

*Can also be done in a covered barbecue grill.

For the Chimichurri

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve as a side with flank steak.

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Anna and Elsa’s Royal Tour with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 29th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Frozen” fun has gone nautical! If you sailed with us recently, you may have seen these two royal sisters for the first time in forever together on a Disney ship.

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Princess Anna and Queen Elsa kicked off their Royal Tour of our ships and are surprising Disney cruisers with special appearances on select seven-night or longer voyages. I had the chance to meet Anna and Elsa on the Disney Wonder in Alaska, where this photo was taken, and for a moment I felt as if I’d been transported to Arendelle!

Of course we can’t forget about Olaf, who has been relaxing in the summer sun at Castaway Cay since last winter. I bet he’s looking gorgeously tanned by now!

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Santa’s Summer Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Ho, ho, ho! If you’re following @DisneyCruise on Twitter, you probably saw Santa Claus was spotted onboard this summer. What may have surprised you is what he was doing…

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But even this jolly man needs time away to recharge! His visit brought a smile to lots of faces, including some of your favorite Disney pals. We managed to capture a little of his fun on video, so sit back and enjoy this exclusive look at Santa’s summer vacation on a Disney cruise

Even if you missed Santa this summer, you have plenty of chances to hang out with him onboard this winter. Starting in early November, he’s visiting each of our ships for our Very Merrytime Cruises through the end of December. We’ll be sharing more details on these cruises soon, but in the meantime, you can learn about them on our website at this link and on Twitter with #DCLHolidays.

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Tomato Cake

posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


The recipe I’m sharing today is for our Tomato Cake, the perfect appetizer for a light, summer meal. Chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen, so why not try it tonight? Eating like you’re on a Disney cruise is definitely the best remedy for those days when you’re wishing you could be at sea with us.

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Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Tomato Cake
Serves: 4
Skill Level: Moderate
Time: 6 hours

Ingredients
Tomato Cake

  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon, juice

Goat Cheese

  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ¹/³ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ lemon, juiced

Garnish

  • 3 shallots, sliced into rings and halved
  • 1 tbsp. picked curly parsley
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

For the Tomato Cake

  1. Make an incision in the top and base of each tomato. Blanch in boiling salted water for 2 minutes until the skin starts to loosen. Then submerge in salted ice water. Then peel the skin off each tomato, cut into quarters and remove the seeds.
  2. Season the tomato quarters with salt and pepper.
  3. Layer ¼ of the tomatoes in a 2-inch ring, adding a half teaspoon of tomato ketchup mixed with the ground cardamom between each layer. Work your way to the top of the ring and layer 2 cm over the top; cover with plastic wrap and place onto a plate.
  4. Add another plate on top, placing a couple cans over the top plate to add weight to the “press.”
  5. Refrigerate at least 5 hours.

For the Dressing

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.

For the Goat Cheese

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

Assembly

  1. Remove any of the tomato that has been pressed out over the side of the ring with a knife. Press the tomato cake into the center of the plate, layer the shallots around, spoon the dressing onto the shallots and garnish with the picked parsley. Top the cake with a quenelle of goat cheese and sprinkle with ground black pepper.

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Announcing the New Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

posted on July 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Once again we’re teaming up with runDisney for another Castaway Cay Challenge. This time, we’re calling all princesses!

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Runners who complete the Castaway Cay 5K during the February 23-27 Disney Dream voyage, in addition to one 5K event or longer during the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, will earn the Castaway Cay Challenge finisher medal. This is only the second opportunity ever for Disney cruisers to take on this challenge.

If you’ve never joined us for the 5K on Castaway Cay, you’re in for a treat! You’ll be one of the first off the ship once we dock at our private island for amazing views of the pristine lagoons and beaches. And of course, like any Disney race, you’ll be thrilled with surprise magical moments and entertainment throughout the race.

Registration opens tomorrow at noon ET. Head over to runDisney.com for all of the details, and then grab your running shoes and swim suit for what’s sure to be an incredible week of fun!

If you missed our announcement of the inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge in January 2015, take a look back at all the details here. We’re so excited to be partnering with runDisney on these two exclusive events for Disney cruisers!

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First Look at the New Disney Cruise Line Halloween Pumpkin Trees

posted on July 17th, 2014 by Christiaan Abbott, Cruise Director


Ahoy! As a Cruise Director, I am surrounded by top-notch entertainment and events aboard our ships all year long. But even I was completely blown away last fall during our inaugural Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream! One of my favorite features was definitely the giant Pumpkin Tree that towered over the atrium lobby, which I want to tell you more about today … and give you an exclusive sneak peek at the spooky sketches for the Pumpkin Trees coming to the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.

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That’s right … We are bringing the ghoulish fun of Halloween on the High Seas to all four ships, which means each lobby will have its very own Pumpkin Tree! Halloween fun is always part of a the excitement of a Disney cruise in October, but for the first time ever, beginning in September we are offering everyone the extra-special celebration that premiered on the Disney Dream last year. (To learn more about our Halloween on the High Seas cruises, check out the 7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas video Jonathan shared last week.)

Our Pumpkin Trees are inspired by Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about the traditions of Halloween, “The Halloween Tree.” During every sailing, the trees magically transform from eerie and barren into the life of the party, with sprouting Jack-O-Lanterns, flickering lights and a booming voice. Each Pumpkin Tree is tended to by a mysterious caretaker, who tells stories of the haunted holiday as guests gather in the ghostly shadow of the tree.

What makes our Pumpkin Trees even more magical is that each one has its own unique look and personality, so guests have something different to look forward to aboard every ship. We’re planting the seeds for these trees right now, but our team shared concept art that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. Here’s a first look at the frighteningly friendly faces that you will meet aboard our haunted Halloween voyages this fall:

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Which ship’s magical Pumpkin Tree will you see rooted this fall? If it’s the Disney Dream, I’ll see you then!

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Disney Cruise Line Summer Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Slaw

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Stephen Walker, Fleet Culinary Standards and Consistency Chef, Disney Cruise Line


If you’ve been on a Disney cruise, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed the variety of cuisines available for you to try. Part of the fun of traveling is experiencing new things, which we make possible for our guests in many ways … including dining!

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Today’s dish is Cajun-inspired, so its preparation is simple. Just toss all of the flavorful ingredients together for a delicious Louisiana-style meal!

Check out the full recipe below and download our keepsake recipe card here. Enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp Slaw with Louisiana Sauce
Serves: 6
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 white cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 5 21–25 shrimp (cooked and peeled)
  • 1 white onion (finely sliced)
  • 
1 carrot (shredded)
  • 
1 tsp. horseradish sauce
  • 
3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp. cajun spice
  • 
6 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tbsp. roasted peanuts
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp. curly parsley (chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • 
1 tsp. picked dill for garnish

For the Cajun Shrimp Slaw

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and gently toss together.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Chill before serving.

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7 Reasons Halloween is Better on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Summertime may just be getting started, but I’m already excited about the fun in store for Disney cruisers this fall. For the first time ever, we are celebrating Halloween on the High Seas aboard all four ships!

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Last year, our Halloween on the High Seas cruises aboard the Disney Dream were so popular that this year we’re bringing the excitement to the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic, too!

Beginning this September, our Halloween-themed cruises are packed with costume parties, frighteningly fun activities, lively entertainment and even a Pumpkin Tree that magically transforms throughout the cruise. (More on that next week!)

If you love a ghoulishly good time as much as we do, you’re sure to agree that Halloween is better on the High Seas. Here’s just seven reasons why we think so …

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