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Tips to Add Variety to Mealtime on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Last week I gave you a look at the many, many dining choices on a Disney cruise. And believe it or not, there are still additional options to satisfy your taste buds! Here are some of my tips to add even more variety to mealtime …


  1. Opt for dinner at Cabanas or Beach Blanket Buffet.

  2. You know that Cabanas (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic) and Beach Blanket Buffet (Disney Wonder) offer buffet-style dining for breakfast and lunch. But what you may not know is that in the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience, where dinner entrees are cooked to order. No reservations are required, making it a convenient option when you aren’t able to make your assigned dinner time in the main dining room.


  1. Order room service whenever your stomach desires.

  2. Breakfast in bed, afternoon nosh or midnight snack – cravings can be satisfied any time of day with 24-hour complimentary room service. You can feast on fresh, made-to-order food in the comfort of your stateroom around the clock. This convenient service comes in quite handy when your little one is taking a nap during lunchtime or when you can’t pull yourself away from that gorgeous view on your personal verandah.


  1. Eat a delicious barbeque lunch on Castaway Cay.

  2. The chefs you love onboard also grill up specialties like Cajun mahi-mahi, ribeye steaks and chicken on our private island, Castaway Cay. The “all-you-care-to-eat” island barbecue is offered in three spots under the shade of covered pavilions and umbrellas. Two family-friendly locations are steps from the Family Beach, while adults have a dining area all to themselves at the far end of the island next to Serenity Bay.


  1. Try the local cuisine out in port.

  2. Exploring a destination is always a great opportunity to try new cuisine and taste the local fare. I know you’ll miss what the Disney chefs are serving, but don’t miss your chance to eat in port. Do some research before your cruise to determine the best spots, or ask around to get suggestions from other Disney cruisers who have been there before. Even better, choose a Port Adventure that includes a lunch of authentic dishes prepared by locals.


  1. Join the party at a themed buffet for families.

  2. A great party isn’t complete without tasty grub! After our Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, head over to the pirate buffet for a late-night snack on fiesta favorites like fajitas, tacos, rice and beans. There’s also a huge selection of desserts and a made-to-order crepe station with ice cream. In Alaska, our midday barbecue feast of wild Alaskan salmon and other special seafood dishes celebrates the momentous occasion of sailing through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.

Any tips to add? In my final post of this series next week, I’ll tell you about dining indulgences onboard just for adults you won’t want to miss!

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A Peek at This Year’s First Halloween on the High Seas Cruise

posted on September 8th, 2015 by Darren McBurney, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Ready, set, boo!

We’re off on our very first Halloween cruise of the season! It’s day four of Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Fantasy, and it’s no surprise cruisers are having a wickedly good time. It’s always fun to see the creative outfits guests of all ages wear throughout the voyage, especially at yesterday’s costume parties.


In the afternoon, families joined Disney friends at Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party for dancing, and, of course, lots of candy. Then later that night, adults had their own fun at a costume party just for them. As always, it was highly entertaining and a great way to end the night!


On the first night of the cruise, we kicked off the fun with an interactive movie experience in the Walt Disney Theatre, A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Cruisers watched this classic holiday film like never before with 3-D and 4-D effects. A special sing-along was even part of the action. Plus, at the end of the movie, families were treated to a surprise meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.


We’re only halfway through this cruise, so there’s a lot more fun to come! Halloween on the High Seas began yesterday on the Disney Dream and starts early October on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. To see more of the excitement that will take place on all of our Halloween voyages, check out Jonathan’s post, Top Five: Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line. We hope to see you onboard!

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Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Rehearsals for ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

As development is in full swing to produce brand-new music, stunning costumes, storybook sets and more for “Tangled: The Musical,” the incredible Disney Magic cast is putting the finishing touches on the show to get it ready for audiences this November.

We asked two of the key creative players to “take 5” during rehearsals and tell us more about the production. Show director, Gordon Greenberg, and choreographer, Connor Gallagher, told us all about the immersive and interactive environment they’re creating for the stage. Check out the video below for more details and never-before-seen footage from cast rehearsals!

For more inside looks at the development of this production, see the rest of this series:

Can’t get enough “Tangled”? Check out the recently released “Tangled as told by Emoji” video for another cool new way to experience this hair-raising adventure story. Best. Emojis. Ever!

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Disney Cruise Line Kicks off this Summer’s Mediterranean Sailings

posted on August 10th, 2015 by Peter Hofer, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

Greetings from the Disney Magic! Yet again we’re having another fantastic summer in Europe. If you followed along on Cruise Director Brent’s voyage report in June, you know we started out the season in Northern Europe, sailing through the Baltic and, for the first time ever, the Norwegian fjords. Now, we’re kicking off this summer’s cruises in Southern Europe – around the sun-soaked Mediterranean!

Today we arrived in Barcelona, our homeport for the next several weeks as we take Disney cruisers to incredible ports in Spain, Italy and France. It’s my fourth time as Cruise Director during our Mediterranean sailings, and I’m still just as excited as every Disney cruiser joining us! We’ll have the chance to explore famous locales near the coast like Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo and more.

If you’re joining us this month, make sure to say hello onboard. Until then, here’s a look at some of our photos from past seasons, giving you a glimpse at what Disney cruisers will experience this summer and next in the Mediterranean …


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Behind the Scenes: Recreating Rapunzel’s World for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.

The show’s set designer, Brad Kaye, is no stranger to the challenge of re-imagining an animated world for the stage; he also developed the scenery for “Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video below, Brad tells us all about the scenic elements he is designing for this new show . . . including a first look at the forest and Snuggly Duckling scenes!

For more behind-the-scenes videos, see the rest of this series:

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

It’s time to see how well you know the Disney Cruise Line fleet – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy! From stem to stern, there are tons of cool details that make each ship unique. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge …


How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

All of these movies inspired spaces aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship except:
The anchor on the Disney Magic weighs nearly the same as how many full-grown elephants?
Combined, the chandeliers on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have nearly how many Swarovski crystal beads?
A dazzling chandelier glistens overhead in the expansive, three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Dream. Descending more than 13 feet from the ceiling, and spanning more than 22 feet in width, the illuminated masterpiece sparkles with thousands of hand-crafted crystal beads. Reminiscent of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners, contemporary design and Art Deco style grace the grand lobby to exude splendor and sophistication throughout. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Nautical flags on the carpet of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream spell out what?
Pepe the King Prawn, the Muppet who stars in the Midship Detective Agency game, has his very own stateroom on the Disney Fantasy. What is his stateroom number?
Pepe the King Prawn and a cast of Muppets make their debut on the Disney Fantasy in “The Case of the Stolen Show,” a new Midship Detective Agency game. In the game, guests help the Muppets find their missing props for a big performance. Guided by a map and a unique game card, guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence,” such as Pepe the King Prawn’s Muppet-sized stateroom door.
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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Costumes for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Our all-star creative team is preparing “Tangled: The Musical” for its premiere aboard the Disney Magic in November, and they’ve given us another sneak peek at the production. This time it’s a first look at the stunning costume designs.

We caught up with Paloma Young, our Tony Award-winning costume designer, while she was fabric shopping for the perfect materials to bring your favorite “Tangled” characters to life onstage. Paloma talked about her inspiration and creative process, and gave some details about her designs for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Watch the video below closely and you may even catch a glimpse of some of the other characters’ new looks!

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: The Sights of Bergen and a Night of ‘Frozen’ Fun with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 11th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

What a day! We started it by exploring a city rich in art, medieval history and natural beauty, and we ended it by “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!” First let’s look at some of the places Disney cruisers experienced in Bergen, our last port of call on this fantastic Norwegian fjords voyage.


Bryggen – the Hanseatic wharf in Bergen – was a starting point for many of our guests. It is home to colorful wooden architecture, cobblestone alleyways, unique shops and al fresco dining. A few of our Port Adventures combined a visit here with another popular destination, such as the Fantoft stave church or the Mount Fløien lookout point.

Disney Cruise Line Guests Visiting Fantoft Stave Church in Norway Disney Cruise Line Guests Visiting Mount Fløien Lookout Point in Norway

Back onboard, we celebrated the end of our time in Norway with this summer’s newest “Frozen” fun. Little cruisers and families joined us for “Anna’s Chocolate Chase,” an exciting scavenger hunt around the ship, and for “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance, spinning and braiding giant ribbons. Even the dining team got into the fun with a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes and beverages inspired by the film.


As sunset approached (at 10:15 p.m.!) we kicked off our celebration up on deck. The party started with high-energy line dances with Kristoff and Anna, followed by games virtually led by Sven, the trolls and Olaf. Then Elsa arrived with a snowy gust of wind, and in true Disney fashion, unleashed her magic as the sounds of everyone singing “Let it Go” along with her echoed from the ship. I still have chill bumps thinking about it!


I hope you’ve been enjoying my live voyage report on our first-ever Norwegian fjords sailing. Stay tuned for my last post tomorrow when I’ll give you a glimpse of Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the big stage in our new “Disney Dreams…An Enchanted Classic” production number.

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Norway Cruise Director Voyage Report: Fjord Exploration In Geiranger with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Brent Davies, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line

From Jonathan’s post this morning, you’re already aware of how beautiful it is where we anchored today. Tucked away at the end of a fjord, it truly felt like we were in a fairytale world. It’s no wonder the “Frozen” filmmakers chose Geiranger as the inspiration for Arendelle.


Disney cruisers didn’t have to go far for a taste of local culture. The tiny village’s cafes and shops are the perfect place to take in the views while enjoying a traditional Norwegian meal. Nearby, Geiranger’s Fjord Center and octagonal wooden church were also popular spots for more gorgeous views and cultural immersion.


Those wanting adventure joined us for kayaking, hiking and biking tours for an up close view of the area’s stunning landscape. On one awesome Port Adventure, guests paddled through the fjord, gliding along the mountain walls in front of thundering waterfalls.


To see more of the breathtaking scenery and amazing adventures Disney cruisers experienced in Geiranger, take a look at this gallery …

It’s been an incredible voyage so far, and we still have two days left. Not only is tomorrow one last chance to explore the land of Norway during our call on Bergen, it’s also the night “Frozen” fans have been anticipating. Check back to see sights from our newest deck party, “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends!

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Disney Cruise Line Sails Through the Norwegian Fjord that Inspired Frozen’s Arendelle

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Today the Disney Magic sailed through Norway’s breathtaking fjord that inspired Arendelle in “Frozen,” arriving to the charming village of Geiranger.

GEIRANGER, Norway (June 10, 2015) – Today, the Disney Magic arrived in Geiranger, Norway, for the first time in forever, sailing into the majestic fjord that inspired the fairytale kingdom of Arendelle in the animated hit “Frozen.” The Disney Magic called on Geiranger as part of the inaugural Norwegian Fjords itinerary that kicks off the 2015 European season. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

After thrilling Port Adventures in Geiranger, like kayaking through the fjord, hiking to waterfalls and flightseeing over mountains, Disney Magic cruisers will be gearing up for our special day of “Frozen” fun tomorrow. In this video, Cruise Director Brent tells you more about the exciting activities taking place this week with your friends Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf!

If you haven’t been following Brent’s voyage report, take a look back at his posts this week, and stay tuned for more!

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