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Disney Cruise Line Unveils Brand-New Celebrations for Holidays on the High Seas

posted on July 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today we unveiled some of the magical ways guests can celebrate the fall and winter holidays on a Disney cruise, with enhanced Halloween experiences and even more winter holiday sailings.

I’ll tell you all about winter holidays tomorrow, but first…
“Halloween

Get ready for a frightfully good time this Halloween with Disney Cruise Line!

New for 2013 is Halloween on the High Seas on the Disney Dream! The brand-new event includes tons of spooky fun, like mask-making, pumpkin-carving and a Disney villain takeover of the ship’s announcements. And while you’re there, don’t forget to…

  • Dress up in your best costume and dance the night away with Disney friends at Mickey’s Calling All The Monsters Mouse-Querade Deck Party.
  • Meet Jack Skellington and Sally after an interactive showing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
  • Try not to scream as a mysterious sea captain storyteller tells Haunted Stories of the Sea.

Halloween on the High Seas will take place on most voyages aboard the Disney Dream from late September through October.

On all Disney ships, special Halloween voyages will bring you treats, tricks and lots of magical mischief! Party with all your favorite Disney characters at a fun-filled haunted Halloween costume party – complete with live music, dancing and lots of candy! For added thrills and chills, treat yourself to Halloween-themed movies and frightfully delicious Halloween concoctions, like chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”

So, what do you think? Tell us which Halloween offering you’re most excited about in the comments section below.

And stay tuned for details about the winter holiday celebrations… coming tomorrow!

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AquaDucky Derby on Disney Ships Benefits Make-A-Wish International

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Duckies, duckies everywhere! Thousands of ducks decorated by Disney Cruise Line guests and crew members on all four ships swirled through the ships’ pools and water coasters recently to take part in the first “AquaDucky Derby” rubber duck races to raise nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.

Aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, rubber ducks were placed at the top of the AquaDuck and with the crowd counting down and the sounds of “Wipe Out” playing over the sound system, 10,000 gallons of water rushed into the flume sending the ducks racing through the water coaster’s tunnel and around the ship’s upper decks before splashing down at the finish line.

Aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests and crew voted using applause for the unofficial best decorated duck while One Direction’s song, “That’s What Makes You Beautiful,” played in the background. For the official race, guests and crew splashed and kicked a current to carry the critters to the opposite side of the Goofy pool.

All funds raised from the duck sales are being donated to a very worthy cause – Make-A-Wish International, an organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in 48 countries outside of the U.S. Since the first-ever official wish experience 32 years ago, Disney has helped grant more than 81,000 wishes globally and is involved in nearly 50 percent of the wishes granted each year.

The events saluted the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for Disney cast and crew members to donate their time to worthy causes around the world. Events like this are just a small part of Disney’s commitment to give back to local communities through in-kind donations and the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS. In 2012, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members completed 75 community outreach projects and donated more than 4,500 hours of personal service to nonprofit organizations, working both onboard the ships and in communities across Central Florida, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line provided more than $640,000 in charitable and in-kind donations to organizations supporting children, families and the environment.

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Gingerbread Houses Come to Life on Disney Cruise Line Ships

posted on December 7th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How would you like a gingerbread house like this in your home for the holidays?
The 237-Square-Foot Gingerbread House on the Disney Dream

At 237 square feet, this gingerbread house on the Disney Dream is the largest holiday culinary creation in the Disney Cruise Line fleet! Each Disney ship features an oversized gingerbread house uniquely created by its own crew.

Baked, built and decorated onboard, the Disney Dream’s house took approximately 320 hours from beginning to end. While the ship’s culinary team baked the gingerbread cookies and prepared the other ingredients, the ship’s carpenters built the framework. Then, each brick was individually aligned and stuck to the frame with icing before the real fun began: adding lots of sweet treats and Disney-themed décor!

The 237-Square-Foot Gingerbread House on the Disney Dream The 237-Square-Foot Gingerbread House on the Disney Dream

 
If you are hoping to build your own gingerbread house this size, keep in mind you’ll need 650 pounds of gingerbread dough, 5,250 gingerbread bricks and 220 pounds of icing sugar, not to mention the candies, cookies and other fun decorations you’ll want to add to it!

Be sure to stop by and get a delicious whiff if you’re sailing with Disney this holiday season (Yes, the house smells as good as it looks!), and let us know in the comments if we’ve given you inspiration for the design of your own family’s holiday gingerbread house.


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New Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Do you love Remy as much as me? Well then I have some great news for you! In addition to dinner at this elegant restaurant aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, you now have a second gourmet culinary option with the recently introduced Champagne brunch.

“Champagne

In this video, Disney Cruise Line Food and Beverage Manager Salah Chetbi takes us inside Remy to give us a look at the popular Champagne brunch experience, which falls into the same must-do category as dinner at Remy…

Offered on sea days during cruises four nights or longer, the Champagne brunch is $50 and begins with a complimentary glass of French bubbly. An optional pairing with three additional Champagnes (Taittinger Prestige Cuvée Rosé, Pommery Gold and Moët & Chandon Ice) is an additional $25.

While dinner at Remy is a lengthy experience, brunch is enjoyed in about an hour and a half, still with an unparalleled experience. And while the atmosphere is unquestionably elegant, brunch is a bit more relaxed. Dressy attire is required, but men do not have to wear a jacket as they do at dinner.

Let’s take a closer look at what the six-course meal includes…

“Champagne

Brunch starts in the private wine room with Champagne and pata negra – the finest Spanish ham in the world.

Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Once you’re seated, the first course is a fluffy gnocchi paired with a light-as-air chili foam. That’s followed by lobster cannelloni, topped with a dollop of caviar and baby vegetables.

Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy Champagne Brunch at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Next up, sea bass atop a bed of soft-cooked scrambled eggs, garnished with corn, and veal tenderloin with herb sauce accompanied by a potato croquette. A decadent chocolate duo dessert wraps up the extravaganza.

Is anyone else as hungry as I am now? Tell us in the comments which course you expect will become your favorite!

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Which is Which? Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream: Adult Spaces

posted on August 16th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We played a fun game last week finding the little design differences between the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.

I want to put you to the test again today to see if you can spot which is which in the adult nightlife spaces, Europa (Disney Fantasy) and The District (Disney Dream).

Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? Bonus points if you can name the exact location! Gives us your answers in the comments and check back later today to see how well you know Disney Cruise Line’s two newest ships.

1. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
2. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
3. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
4. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
5. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
6. Is This Adult Space Located on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?

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Which is Which? Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream

posted on August 9th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Before her Maiden Voyage on March 31, we told you about several of the differences between the Disney Fantasy and her sister ship, the Disney Dream. And if you’ve had the chance to sail on both ships, I’m sure you’ve been able to discover some yourself.

But what about the magical touches not as easy to spot? There are plenty, and we want to put you to the test to see who can tell us which design details are from which ship.

Is it the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? The answers are posted below:

1. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
2. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
3. A. Disney Dream / B. Disney Fantasy
4. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
5. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream
6. A. Disney Fantasy / B. Disney Dream

1. Atrium chandelier
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
2. Lobby statue
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
3. Lobby mosaic
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
4. Royal dining room
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
5. Stern character
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
6. Bow design
A.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream? B.Which is Which? Is This on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream?
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Disney Cruise Line Contributes $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

posted on March 16th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line Contributes $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

What better way to celebrate the arrival of our newest ship than to mark the occasion with a donation of $250,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida?

The Disney Fantasy is a place where imagination comes alive. I saw this for myself this morning when some children from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida joined us on the ship for a very special check presentation from Disney Cruise Line to this youth development organization. As the children laughed and played in the specially designed youth spaces onboard and discovered some of the hidden wonders of our new ship, there was a feeling that anything is possible.

Disney Characters Meet the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

The donation will assist in the development of a new Boys & Girls Clubs facility close to our homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, which will allow our crew members to further support these children through Disney VoluntEAR efforts in the future. Last year, Disney hosted a one-of-a-kind benefit cruise on the Disney Dream, the sister ship of the Disney Fantasy, raising $750,000 for the organization.

Disney Characters Meet the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

You may not know that the relationship between Boys & Girls Clubs and The Walt Disney Company started more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney was made an honorary member of the organization’s national board of directors. Disney has been an active supporter ever since, and as the Disney Cruise Line fleet has expanded and the business has grown, it is our pleasure to help the clubs grow as well.

This was also a special day for another reason. In keeping with maritime tradition, Disney Cruise Line hosted a plaque exchange ceremony with key members of the port and community leaders commemorating the inaugural call of the Disney Fantasy on Port Canaveral. Welcome home, Disney Fantasy!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Past Disney Cruise Line Christenings

posted on March 1st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, Disney Cruise Line officially welcomes the Disney Fantasy into its fleet of ships when it will be christened in New York City. This marks the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship christening will take place outside of Port Canaveral, Fla. The Maiden Voyage for the Disney Fantasy will be March 31 from Port Canaveral.

Below is a look back at the christening ceremonies for the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream.

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Every cruise ship has a Godmother, and our Disney Cruise Line ships are no different. The Godmother for the Disney Magic was Patty Disney, for the Disney Wonder it was Tinker Bell, while Jennifer Hudson was the Godmother for the Disney Dream. And later today, the Godmother for the Disney Fantasy will be revealed. Any guesses?

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Winter Holidays with Disney Cruise Line

posted on December 23rd, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Earlier this month we gave you an inside look at decorating the Disney Dream for her very first holiday season. Now that the trees are up, the garland is hung and holiday spirit is in the air, we checked in with Mickey Mouse and his friends to see how they are celebrating this special time of year on the ship.

Along with Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Mickey Mouse flashed his smile in front of the 20-foot-tall tree in the atrium lobby of the Disney Dream.

Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Mickey Mouse Celebrate the Holidays on the Disney Dream

He told us about some of the special onboard holiday events including:

  • Nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, where a young guest helps Disney characters light the glittering, three-deck-tall tree
  • Family holiday crafts such as decorating stockings, building gingerbread houses and making holiday cards
  • Holiday storytellers sharing tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa
  • Traditional holiday feasts in the themed dining rooms

At Castaway Cay, Santa Goofy snuck off to do some decorating of his own…

Santa Goofy Decorates at Castaway Cay

…while Pluto started playing in the “snow flurries” amidst the island’s special decorations.
Pluto Plays in Snow Flurries at a Disney Cruise Line Stop

There’s no doubt about it, holidays with Disney Cruise Line are magical. But even if you aren’t celebrating this year on a Disney ship, the crew sends this special message:

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New Tropical Delectable Dessert at Remy on the Disney Dream

posted on December 16th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that I’ve shared with you two of the newest menu items at Remy aboard the Disney Dream, Jamon Wrapped Shrimp and Tomato Ratatouille, it’s time to talk about my favorite – dessert!

Also new to the Remy menu is Tropical Fruit Mousse on Almond Cake. Coupled with apricot sorbet, this colorful and artsy sweet tastes as good as it looks and is the perfect ending to your gourmet meal.

In this video, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort gives us a look at the new delectable dessert.

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