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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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A Mom’s Take: Experiencing Europe Before You Even Step off the Ship with Disney Cruise Line

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


One of Disney Cruise Line’s differentiators is the way we bring destinations alive on our ships. During our Mediterranean voyages this summer, you’ll get a taste of the area’s culture through various onboard offerings like entertainment and dining.

Even Disney friends get in on the fun with themed attire, which you can get a sneak peek of in this “Mom’s Take” video. Check it out to hear from Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy about some of the ways your family can experience Europe before you even step off the ship.

For more on sailing Europe with Disney Cruise Line, check out the other videos in the series:

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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Disney Ships Receive Top Recognition from Cruisers

posted on February 26th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Are we blushing? The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice awards were announced today, and Disney ships received 29 awards, including 13 number one awards such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Service, Best Dining and Entertainment, Best Cabins and Public Rooms for the Disney Fantasy in the Large Ship category. These are the most awards we have ever received at a single time.

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In addition, all four Disney ships were recently ranked among the top cruise ships in the world on the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice list, claiming four of the top five spots in the Best Large Cruise Ships category. The recently re-imagined Disney Magic was also awarded Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2014 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Makeover.

Everyone here at Disney Cruise Line is thrilled that families enjoy our crew, our ships and overall cruise experience so much. What’s your favorite “best thing” about a Disney cruise?

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Exclusive Look at Disney Magic Renovation Tonight on Destination America

posted on January 18th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


I just got off the Disney Magic this morning after taking one of her first cruises from Port Canaveral since the ship’s massive transformation. I still cannot believe all of the incredible updates and enhanced experiences, and I had such a great time exploring and discovering what’s new and improved.
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I’m fascinated by what it took to complete a makeover of that magnitude in such a short period of time, and I know many of you must be, too. So I wanted to make sure you all know about tonight’s premiere of “Disney Cruise Line: ReImagined Magic” on the Destination America channel. The show will give an exclusive look at the redesign and renovation process with behind-the-scenes footage from the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, and interviews with our Imagineers, cast and crew.

This hour-long special starts at 9 p.m. EST, so be sure to check your local listings for the specific channel number. After the show, let me know in the comments what you found most interesting about the Disney Magic’s transformation, one of the largest renovations ever performed in the cruise industry.

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A Mom’s Take: Cruising with Disney Cruise Line to Europe

posted on January 6th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This May, the Disney Magic is returning to Europe for yet another fantastic summer in the Mediterranean! In preparation for these voyages, I touched base with Marcy, one of the Disney Cruise Line specialists on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, to find out what questions she answers the most about our European cruises. With that information, we created a series of videos where Marcy answers your questions directly, giving destination overviews, Port Adventure recommendations and some great travel tips from her own experiences.

We’ll be sharing these videos at the start of each week over the next couple of months, and I’m sure you’ll find them helpful if you’re planning a European cruise with us, or even just thinking about one. First up, Marcy tells us about destinations in the Greek Isles, which you can experience on both 9- and 12-night voyages this summer. Check it out, and let us know what types of adventures your family would love to have with us in Greece.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more about Disney Cruise Line’s voyages in Europe. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DCLEurope.

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