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A Mom’s Take: Exploring Puerto Vallarta with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 6th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week we introduced a new video series on sailing to the Mexican Riviera with Disney Cruise Line. These videos take you on the adventures of our Disney Cruise Line Mom, Andi, and her family as they sail aboard the Disney Wonder along the sun-kissed Baja Peninsula.

Here’s a look at the first stop in their journey, the culturally rich town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:

Next stop: sunny Cabo San Lucas!

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A Mom’s Take: Sailing to the Mexican Riviera with Disney Cruise Line

posted on February 1st, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


What can you expect on a Disney cruise to the Mexican Riviera?

Through a series of videos, our Disney Cruise Line Mom Andi shows us her family’s experience on a seven-night voyage to the Mexican Riviera.

Check out the first video to see how Mexican culture comes aboard the Disney Wonder!

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Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries and Ports for 2013

posted on January 24th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The wait is over! Today Disney Cruise Line revealed the 2013 itineraries for the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Captain Mickey Mouse sends his regards from one of the new destinations…

Join Mickey Mouse and Disney Cruise Line in Athens, Greece in 2013

That’s right, the Disney Magic is headed back to Europe, and Athens, Greece, is just one of the new destinations!

All European cruises depart from Barcelona, Spain, and guests have the option of four-, seven- and 12-night sailings. In addition to a wide variety of cruise lengths, we also have some Disney Cruise Line “firsts” on tap for the 2013 European season taking place onboard our 12-night sailings. Pick your pleasure… one 12-night itinerary includes an overnight stop in Venice, Italy, and a visit to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and the other calls on Ephesus, Turkey, the Greek Isles and Athens.

Check out these photos from some of our new European ports of call…

The Disney Magic Sails to Venice, Italy  The Disney Magic Sails to Ephesus, Turkey  The Disney Magic Sails to Athens, Greece

Now for the other big news…

Starting in December of this year, Disney Cruise Line will depart for the first time from Miami! The Disney Wonder will sail four- and five-night cruises from the Port of Miami to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean.

Ports of call may include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West and Nassau, Bahamas, and many of the Caribbean voyages will include a stop at Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Wonder at Castaway Cay

What about Alaska?

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in May 2013, departing from Vancouver and sailing to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have their warm clothing ready!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

Now that I’ve filled you in on the wide variety of Disney cruise options in 2013, which itinerary is at the top of your list?

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California Dreamin’ for a Disney Cruise Aboard the Disney Wonder

posted on December 12th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Are you California Dreamin’ on such a winter’s day?

From stunning views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco…

The Disney Wonder Sails Under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

…to sunny weather and miles of sandy beaches in San Diego.

Sail Along the Pacific Coast and San Diego Aboard the Disney Wonder as Part of Disney Cruise Line's Pacific Coast Itinerary

It’s no wonder that a Pacific Coast cruise aboard the Disney Wonder is one of the most popular Disney Cruise Line itineraries in 2012. And with a departure from Los Angeles, this cruise is a great excuse to spend a little more time with Mickey at Disneyland Resort.

There’s no doubt the seven-night Pacific Coast cruise takes guests along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Which stop is most enticing to you?

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Bake it Yourself: Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with Marquise Potatoes

posted on November 22nd, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the things I associate most with the holidays is food, food and more food! And I bet that’s one of the reasons why cruising during the holidays is so popular. Where better to enjoy delicious meals with your family than on a Disney ship?

But even if you aren’t able to sail this holiday season, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat like it! Impress your family by preparing Crispy Roasted Duck Breast, one of the most popular dishes served at Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic and Triton’s on the Disney Wonder. Coupled with a side of marquise potatoes, this mouthwatering dish is a favorite of mine!

Ready to make something different than turkey or ham this year? Here’s how…

Bake it Yourself: Recipe for Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with Marquise Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Duck Breast

Serves 4

Duck
6-8 pound fresh or frozen duck
1 tablespoon olive oil

Marquise Potatoes (Potato Cakes)
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
4 strips bacon, finely diced
1/2 cup finely diced yellow onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
1 egg
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, divided
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter

Pomegranate Jus
1 cup beef stock
1/4 cup pomegranate syrup

For duck:

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. Roast duck for 25 to 35 minutes, or until medium rare. Rest until cool enough to remove breast, thighs, and legs, keeping the skin intact.
  3. Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add duck breast, skin side down, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until skin is crispy.
  4. Place thighs and drumsticks, skin side up, back in oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until skin is crispy.
  5. Transfer duck to cutting board and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

For marquise potatoes (potato cakes):

  1. Boil potatoes until tender, drain and cool on a perforated pan. Shred the potatoes with a box grater; set aside.
  2. Sauté bacon until crisp in a medium skillet. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Add bacon and onions to the shredded potatoes. Mix in parsley, egg, and 1 tablespoon flour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Form into eight 3-inch cakes. Dredge the cakes lightly in remaining flour, coating both sides.
  5. Heat the butter in large skillet over high heat. Cook the cakes until golden brown on both sides.

For pomegranate jus:

  1. Heat beef stock in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour in pomegranate syrup and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.

To serve:

  1. Place 2 potato cakes on 4 entrée plates and serve with duck breast slices, thighs and drumsticks.
  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of pomegranate jus over duck and serve remaining jus on the side.

What’s your favorite holiday dish?

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Disney Cruise Line Doubles the ‘Aloha’ with Second Hawaiian Cruise

posted on September 23rd, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Pack your bags, don your lei and get ready to say “aloha” to Hawai’i. Today we announced the addition of a second Hawai’i cruise to our 2012 Disney Cruise Line schedule!

Disney Cruise Line Doubles the 'Aloha' with Second Hawaiian Cruise

Earlier this year we told you about our first-ever cruise to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands sailing April 29, 2012. With such an overwhelming response, it was clear our guests wanted more options to visit “The Aloha State.”

Departing Oct. 14, 2012, from Los Angeles, the Disney Wonder will sail through the breathtaking Hawaiian Islands, calling on Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, Oahu; and Hilo. Plus, this special 14-night voyage includes a stop in Ensenada, Mexico, and eight fun-filled days at sea.

Guests will experience the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu, see the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui, take in the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai and, on the Big Island, explore the natural wonders of the world’s most active volcano.

With so many West Coast sailing options in 2012, including cruises to Hawai’i, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Coast and Alaska – which destination will you choose?

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Teens Rule Aboard the Disney Cruise Line Ships

posted on August 10th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


There comes a time in every family vacation when teenagers want to get some time to hang out with other teens.

On the Disney Cruise Line ships teens have access to exclusive hangouts designed specially for them. These trendy areas offer an elite getaway for them to create their own vacation agenda – whether socializing with new friends, playing the latest video games, experiencing cutting-edge technology or just chilling out.

On the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder the teen club sits in a primo location, right inside the forward funnel of the ship. The space is decorated like an upscale New York loft filled with technology gadgets and fun activities.

Vibe Aboard Disney Cruise Line Ships

On the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy (premiering March 31, 2012), the teen club is located in the forward-most section of the ship. The chic space features indoor and outdoor areas filled with every must-haves for every teen.

We recently sent Andi, from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, on a mission to bring us a report of Vibe aboard the Disney Dream. Check it out.

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Sailing Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 15th, 2011 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Are you planning a Disney Alaska cruise and you’re not sure what to expect? What to pack? Which excursions to take?

Check out this video series featuring an overview of our seven-night Alaska cruises. The videos take you on a virtual cruise aboard the Disney Wonder, showcasing fun activities aboard the ship, exploring exciting ports of call and providing helpful tips for families who want to experience Alaska with Disney Cruise Line.

Click here to watch the other videos in the series.



Here’s a look at more of what you can expect during an Alaskan cruise on Disney Cruise Line:

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Time-Lapse Video: Sailing to Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Matt Stroshane, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


I was recently able to check off one of my long term travel goals when I visited my 31st state, sailing on the Disney Wonder on its inaugural cruise to Alaska.

During the trip, I thought it might be fun to make a time-lapse movie on the sailing and had originally planned to shoot just part of the journey into the Tracy Arm fjord. After seeing the majestic snow-covered mountains, dramatic narrow passages, and historic port cities I knew I would need to expand the project. More than 10,000 still photographs were captured, edited and sequenced into the final movie.

We sailed past the panoramic Vancouver skyline, under the Lions Gate Bridge, along Alaska’s Inside Passage, around icebergs in the Tracy Arm and to the ports of call of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.

I hope this gives you a small taste of some of the awesome sights on the Disney Cruise Line itinerary – a weeklong cruise condensed into less than two minutes.

Did you spot Minnie and Goofy in their special Alaska gear on the photo boat, or the helicopter used to capture these great photos in Tracy Arm?

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Disney Wonder Cruises Through Tracy Arm Fjord During Inaugural Alaskan Voyage

posted on May 6th, 2011 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Yesterday, I saw one of the most breathtaking sights I’ve ever witnessed as the Disney Wonder sailed past glaciers at the Tracy Arm Fjord during her first-ever Alaskan voyage. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. We captured a photo so you can also enjoy the incredibly beautiful view. We hope you’re able to see it in person someday, too!

Disney Wonder Cruises through Tracy Arm Fjord during Inaugural Alaskan Voyage

Here’s a view of the Disney Wonder sailing near the South Sawyer Glacier at Tracy Arm Fjord.

Disney Wonder Cruises through Tracy Arm Fjord during Inaugural Alaskan Voyage

Disney Wonder Cruises through Tracy Arm Fjord during Inaugural Alaskan Voyage

During our seven-night Alaskan itineraries this summer, Disney Cruise Line also visits Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway where guests can enjoy the splendor, history and adventure that the amazing state of Alaska has to offer.

After seeing this sampling of spectacular scenery, is visiting Alaska aboard a Disney cruise on your to-do list?

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