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Exclusive Bottle of Cognac Delivered to the Disney Dream via Limousine

posted on June 20th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re a wine enthusiast, a cocktail connoisseur or are celebrating a special occasion and really want to treat yourself while sailing on the Disney Dream, we have something just for you!

Rémy Martin’s most exclusive bottling ever was created with the Louis XIII Rare Cask Cognac. Out of only 786 bottles in the world, two of them belong to Disney Cruise Line. One was even delivered to the Disney Dream in a limousine! And we’re saving the second bottle for the Disney Fantasy. Watch the video to learn more about this unique beverage experience for our adult guests.

Cheers!

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A Mom’s Point of View: Adult Activities Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on June 14th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Whether you travel with kids or take an adults-only Disney Cruise Line vacation, we have some amazing activities and dedicated areas onboard that are exclusively for adults. Whether you’re seeking serenity and relaxation, want to indulge in an incredible meal or are hoping for a fun night out, you can enjoy all of this and more.

Our Disney Cruise Line specialist, Andi from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, is back to give you a parents’ perspective on options especially for grown-up guests aboard our newest ship, the Disney Dream. And don’t worry about your children while you’re pampering yourself, because they’ll be having the time of their lives in our amazing youth clubs.

We still have more videos on the way…in the next one, Andi will tell you about entertainment aboard the Disney Dream.

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A Mom’s Point of View: Innovations Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on June 7th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Remember Andi, our Disney Cruise Line specialist on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel? Well, she’s back to show you all the cruise industry innovations aboard the Disney Dream. Follow her around the ship as she shows you cool technological features that are sure to “wow” you! You can get a glimpse of how we’ve redefined the term “a room with a view,” thanks to Magical Portholes; see guests react as pieces of Enchanted Art surprisingly come to life; or climb aboard the first water coaster on a cruise ship, the AquaDuck. Check it out.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as Andi continues to take you on an all-access tour of the Disney Dream.

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Catch Disney on the Season Finale of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ May 22

posted on May 20th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disney on the Season Finale of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

Did you catch last week’s Grand Prize Spectacular episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” which was taped aboard the Disney Dream? Part two of the season finale, which was filmed aboard the cruise ship and at the Disneyland Resort, will air Sunday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. on ABC.

Disney on the Season Finale of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

This year’s grand-prize winner will receive an amazing series of Disney vacations, including a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii, a guided family group vacation with Adventures by Disney and a cruise aboard the Disney Dream.

Check your local listings for channels.

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A Mom’s Point of View: Family Cruising Aboard the Disney Dream

posted on May 18th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


A couple months ago, we introduced you to Andi – the Disney Cruise Line specialist on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

Andi recently sailed on the Disney Dream to host a series of videos providing a parent’s point of view on our newest ship. Check out the first video and join Andi as she takes you around the decks of the Disney Dream.

Be sure to follow along in the coming weeks as Andi takes a deeper dive into Disney Dream innovations, adult areas, youth activities, entertainment, dining and more.



See these posts for more family fun aboard the Disney Dream:

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Catch Disney on ABC Season Finales May 15

posted on May 13th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Set your DVRs, Disney will be featured on two ABC season finales, “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this Sunday, May 15.

Part 1 of the finale of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” will start off at 7 p.m. The episode was filmed aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship, where host Tom Bergeron starts the countdown to see which $100,000 winner will take home this year’s grand prize: a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, as well as a group vacation courtesy of Adventures by Disney and a cruise aboard the Disney Dream.

Next up at 8 p.m., is the season finale episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which features the cast building a home for the Sharrock family, including their son, Patrick, who was born with brittle bone disease.

In the episode, Patrick and his parents, Cindy and Michael, were flown to Hollywood so that he could meet his own personal hero, actor Atticus Shaffer from the ABC comedy, “The Middle.” Like Patrick, Atticus also has a form of brittle bone disease. The Sharrocks also were treated to a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort while construction continued on their house.

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Favorite Dishes on the Disney Dream

posted on April 13th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Rotational dining is unique to Disney Cruise Line, and the three dining rooms on the Disney Dream showcase cuisine that beautifully fits with each theme. Here’s a look at Animator’s Palate, Royal Palace and Enchanted Garden, with our favorite dishes.

In case you haven’t been aboard the Disney Cruise Lines ships, rotational dining is a way of making sure each guest experiences each of the dining rooms. Every evening you have the same tablemates and the same servers as you “rotate” – you get a schedule when you board which tells you exactly when and where to go. Have you sailed on the Disney Dream and have your own favorite dining room and dish?

At Animator’s Palate, we were too busy looking at all the fun animation touches – character sketches, character models, scenes from Disney and Disney•Pixar films – to focus on our menus, but our patient server said he was used to his guests being wowed by the décor. And it only gets better: during dinner, the undersea world of “Finding Nemo” comes alive via more than 100 video monitors on the walls – and Crush, the sea turtle, was talking to us!

Animator’s Palate Aboard the Disney Dream

When we finally focused, what a feast. Favorites included black truffle pasta “purseittes,” little pasta “purses” filled with truffle-scented cheese in a Champagne sauce; the simple smoked salmon tartare; the rich, sesame-flavored rock shrimp and caramelized onion cheesecake (it’s a starter, not a dessert!); and the grilled Pacific black cod. Our sweet ending was the chocolate brownie cheesecake.

For vegetarians, the menu includes stir-fried veggies and black bean chipotle cakes. Meat lovers can choose from veal, beef tenderloin and chicken breast.

Royal Palace takes an elegant approach (we love the whimsical chandelier that’s adorned with Cinderella’s glass slippers) with an upscale menu and Old World wines. It’s a great place to try escargot if you haven’t; their version has finely chopped mushrooms and lots of garlic butter. And we loved the avocado citrus salad with a citrusy vinaigrette, a favorite we now make at home (recipe below). Our favorite entrée was the wild boar tenderloin, but there’s also beef and lobster, double-cut rack of lamb and salmon with a horseradish crust. We also enjoyed the wild mushroom pasta in a light broth, a nice vegetarian option. For dessert, hands-down favorite was the no-sugar-added mango cheesecake. Yum!

Royal Palace Aboard the Disney Dream

Walking into Enchanted Garden feels like spring no matter what time of year, thanks to the 600 light panels arching across the ceiling like a glass canopy, white trellises, a terrace fountain (with a cherub Mickey Mouse) and gorgeous flower light fixtures. If the setting makes you want to eat lightly, try the golden and red beet carpaccio or the curried carrot and apple soup. Entrées include our favorite pan-seared sea bass with risotto, caramelized sea scallops with roasted asparagus, pork tenderloin with citrus-flavored polenta cakes and a hefty New York strip steak with a double-baked potato.

The Enchanted Garden tuna salad features seared sushi-grade tuna and for vegetarians, there are glazed Portobello mushrooms with lentils and a sun-dried tomato cream drizzle or pearl barley cakes with shallots, leeks and rosemary.

We ended our attempt at eating lightly with a bananas Foster sundae – rum-glazed bananas and a caramel sauce. We’ll count calories tomorrow.

Enchanted Garden Aboard the Disney Dream

If you’re not sailing soon, here’s a taste of Disney Dream dining – one of our favorite recipes from Royal Palace. The buttery avocadoes and oranges with a light, citrusy vinaigrette make a perfect spring salad.

Avocado Citrus Salad at Royal Palace on the Disney Dream

Avocado-Citrus Salad

Serves 4

Citrus Dressing
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 lime, juiced
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Avocado-Citrus Salad
4 navel oranges
3 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted
6 cups mixed baby lettuce

For the citrus dressing:

  1. Combine orange juice and lime juice in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in oil, salt and pepper, whisking vigorously until combined. If making in advance, re-whisk before serving.

For the avocado-citrus salad:

  1. Cut peel, including the white pith, from the oranges with a small knife. Cut segments free from membranes; set segments aside and discard membranes.
  2. Cut avocadoes into 3/4-inch-thick slices.
  3. Divide mixed greens among 4 salad bowls. Top with 5 avocado slices and 5 to 8 orange segments; drizzle lightly with dressing. Serve immediately.



Want to try your hand at making some other Disney dishes? Check out the posts below:

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Disney Cruise Line Offers Even More Exciting Itineraries in 2012

posted on April 12th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Did you hear the big Disney Cruise Line news last week? We announced our itineraries and homeports for 2012, including cruises departing from New York, Seattle and Galveston! Based on the reaction of our friends in the Northeast, Gulf Coast, Texas and the Pacific Northwest it sounds like y’all are pretty excited about sailing on a Disney Cruise from your own backyard.

But guess what, I have even more good news! The itineraries I shared with you last week aren’t the only new options for 2012…here are even more offerings for next year.

Back by popular demand, the Disney Wonder will continue sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles for the majority of 2012 (when she isn’t sailing Alaskan cruises from Seattle during the summer months).

The Disney Wonder Visits Charming Cabo San Lucas During a Mexican Riviera Cruise.

In addition, you can cruise up the Pacific Coast on the Disney Wonder during seven-night voyages from Los Angeles on September 16, September 23, September 30 and October 7. You’ll sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco, and also call on San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico during these unique itineraries.

We’re also saying “Aloha” to Hawaii for the first time, as we’re sailing a special 15-night voyage departing from Los Angeles on April 29, 2012, and calling on Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico. Start practicing your hula dancing, and get ready for an amazing glimpse of tropical paradise!

Disney Cruise Line Offers Even More Exciting Itineraries in 2012

Plus, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral, Florida so you can enjoy Caribbean and Bahamian cruises until she is repositioned to the Big Apple in May 2012.

Besides the exciting new itineraries available on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder in 2012, the Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream Docks at Disney’s Private Island Paradise, Castaway Cay.

Finally, the Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, from Port Canaveral for seven-night Caribbean cruises that’ll alternate between Eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and Western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel) itineraries. Select Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 will stop at St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico so you can experience yet another new port of call. And of course, all Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at one of your favorite destinations – Castaway Cay.

The Disney Magic Visits Grand Cayman, One of the Destinations the Disney Fantasy Will Call On In 2012.

We can’t wait to share more magical and wonderful experiences with you, and now from new ports and in new destinations! To learn even more about our 2012 itineraries, you can visit disneycruise.com.

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‘Destination: Disney’ Interview: Tom Staggs Talks the Disney Dream with Samantha Brown

posted on April 5th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Last month, we gave you a first look at the Destination: Disney video series on Disney Online featuring an interview with Bob Iger talking about innovation and technology on the Disney Dream. Today, there’s more to share. This time, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman, Tom Staggs talks about the “Disney Difference” aboard the Dream:

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Bake it Yourself: Recipe for an Animator’s Palate Appetizer from Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 24th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of my favorite things about sailing on a Disney cruise is the food. In fact, thinking about it makes me hungry right now! Each of the restaurants on our Disney Cruise Line ships feature unique and delectable dishes created by some of the most outstanding chefs at sea.

What’s our secret to making such mouthwatering meals? I actually want to give you a little taste of how we do it, by sharing a recipe from one of our menus on the Disney Dream. It’s an amazing appetizer at Animator’s Palate that’s sure to please your palate…the Sesame-Flavored Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake with Asian Barbecue Sauce. I can tell you from experience that this slice of perfection is both rich and delicious. Yum!

Sesame-Flavored Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake with Asian Barbecue Sauce at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream
Want to cook it in your own kitchen? Here’s how…

Crust
1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
6 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Shrimp Filling
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion
1 1/4 pounds raw shrimp, cleaned
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
28 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup liquid eggs
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Micro greens, for garnish

Asian Barbeque Sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons Asian barbecue sauce*
1 teaspoon hot bean sauce*
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce*
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup chicken stock

For the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, stirring until well blended. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake crust until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Cool completely before filling.

For the shrimp cheesecake filling:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté until caramelized. Add shrimp, and sauté until just opaque. Stir in sesame seeds. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine cream cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time; add cream, beating until well combined. Stir in smoked Gouda and chopped parsley.
  3. Spoon filling into crust. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet. Bake until cake puffs and top browns, but the center wobbles just slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer pan to rack and cool. (Cheesecake can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  4. Run a long, thin knife around pan sides to loosen cheesecake. Carefully remove ring, and cut into 14 pieces.
  5. Serve at room temperature with barbecue sauce and micro greens.

For the Asian barbeque sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine vegetable oil, shallots and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add Asian barbecue sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce; cook for 3 minutes. Add sherry and cook for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar and stock; cook for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and process until liquefied. Let cool.

*Asian barbeque sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce are all typical condiments used in Asian cooking. They are available at Asian-foods stores, and in many grocery stores.

Makes 1 (9-inch) cheesecake

Enjoy!

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