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Sophisticated Keys Takes Cocktails to New Level on Disney Magic

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Ahhhh, what a peaceful retreat after a boisterous day of kayaking, snorkeling, and a long bike ride on beautiful Castaway Cay: softly lit Keys piano bar on the Disney Magic. The talented pianist entertained us with Disney tunes (by request) on a beautiful baby grand piano as we settled back in an armchair to peruse a remarkable menu of after-dinner cocktails. Reserved after 9 p.m. for guests 18 and older, the Deck 3 lounge was bliss.

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And no ordinary cocktails on this menu, but the classics combined with trendy new drinks designed by the Disney mixologists, from the bartender’s version of a Manhattan made with Jack Daniel’s “Sinatra Select,” Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth and Cointreau to a Diamonds Martini with Three Olives Strawberry Vodka and Aviation (gin) and Cocci Vermouth di Torrino. This isn’t your dad’s after-dinner cocktail.

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Trendy ingredients are mixed tableside, like the Coco Royale with 1800 Coconut Tequila, Moët Ice Champagne and coconut flakes – a divine concoction that we all agreed was our favorite. The Moji-Do is Keys’ take on a mojito, this version with Kraken Black Spiced Rum, yuzu juice, slice orange, corn shoots and fresh mint leaves, again beautifully mixed tableside. And you wouldn’t recognize the Bloody Mi-Re, a trendy take on a Bloody Mary with Belvedere Bloody Mary, yellow tomato juice, fresh lime juice and Whiskey Worcestershire Sauce.

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Wine is decanted and serve tableside is exquisite Riedel “Black Tie” glassware – gorgeous mouth-blown stemware from Austria, all accented with a beautiful black stem. There’s also a selection of beer, Scotch, Single Malt Tequila, Cognac, Port, Madeira and specialty coffees.

If you feel like dancing post-cocktails, Fathoms is next door, or settle in for a quiet game of backgammon or checkers at O’Gills Pub – all part of the ships’ new After Hours section that caters to grown-ups after dark.

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Just for Adults on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the greatest things about the Disney Magic’s transformation is that our Imagineers thought of everyone in the family when redesigning spaces on the ship. We shared last week a video showing you new ways kids are being entertained, but they aren’t the only ones having fun on this pixie-dusted ship!

Now, check out the re-imagined spaces just for grown-ups!

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Fun for Kids on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 15th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Curious to know more about the fun your kids are having while you’re enjoying “me” time on a Disney ship? There’s no doubt little cruisers are having a blast on all of our ships, but today you’ll get to see some of the extra special things they’re enjoying specifically on the Disney Magic.

Like much of the ship, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab were re-imagined with brand-new experiences. You can get a glimpse at the new enchanted lands for ages three to 12 when you check out this video about the fun for kids on the re-imagined Disney Magic!

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First Look at New Disney Cruise Line Merchandise for Summer 2014 Itineraries

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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My fellow author Jonathan Frontado recently shared an update about the special Disney Cruise Line itineraries for summer 2014. His article had me daydreaming of taking an Alaskan cruise (as a travel photographer by hobby, I’m sure my camera would love it). Since I’m no closer to such a cruise, I stopped by the Disney Cruise Line merchandise showroom at my office to survey new merchandise created for these upcoming sailings.

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Disney Design Group artist Dave Keefer created the Alaskan cruise artwork for the Disney Wonder. I love how he incorporated native tribal artwork along with a splash of Disney characters (the colors are incredible!). He told me he was inspired after seeing some tribal artwork and the giant carved totem pole in Canada Pavilion at Epcot (Alaska’s neighbor, of course). This artwork will be utilized on a variety of items such as a pin, a D-Tech on Demand case, a scrapbook, drinkware and more.

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The artwork will also be used on apparel such as the main logo T-shirt. Guests should also look for a hooded sweatshirt, graphic shirts and other long sleeved options.

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The Disney Magic will be sailing in the Mediterranean this summer, and there is a completely different merchandise assortment for those cruises. The main logo artwork was created by Disney Design Group character artist Casey Jones and senior graphic designer Tim Whalen. Casey drew Mickey Mouse sporting some awesome cruising attire that I would wear.

Guests should look for a variety of apparel items and other goods such as a keychain, a photo album and more.

If you are sailing this summer, please take me with you … I mean, bon voyage!

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First Impressions of the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The re-imagined Disney Magic has made quite the splash since her relaunch! Last week, Marcy from the Disney Parks Moms Panel shared her favorite experiences, and this week, she lets us hear what others are saying about the ship’s transformation.

Check out this video featuring guests sailing onboard the Disney Magic for the very first time, and chime in with your own first impressions in the “Comments” section below!

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Five Types of Cruisers You Meet on Every Disney Ship

posted on May 6th, 2014 by Natalie Bailey, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Greetings from the Disney Magic! As a Cruise Director, my job is to make sure every Disney cruise is exciting, entertaining and enjoyable for all of our guests. One of my favorite parts of cruising is that every sailing is totally different, no matter what ship or itinerary. New guests, new experiences and new memories make each one special.

But after nine years on the high seas, I’ve noticed there are a lot of similarities among our cruisers. When you embark on your own Disney cruise vacation, you’re always sure to spot these people …

1. The New Best Friends
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They may have met only a few hours ago, but they’re already inseparable.

2. The Big “Kids”
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Whether they came with children of their own or they’re sailing solo, these party animals know how to have a good time.

3. The First-Time Cruisers
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These first-timers are taking everything in, from the Broadway-style shows and first-run movies, to the splashtacular upper decks and delectable dining.

4. The Timeless Lovebirds
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What better place to celebrate a lifetime of love than on the most magical ships at sea?

5. The Lifelong Friends
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Nothing compares to the fabulous company of these old pals. They like to pop in on the fun everywhere!

Who would you add to the list of cruisers you meet on every Disney ship? Add your own ideas in the “Comments” below.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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