Disney Cruise Line News

Disney Cruise Line Releases Early 2016 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries through April of 2016 bringing magic to new ports of call! Starting in 2016, Disney Cruise Line will make stops in two popular Caribbean destinations — Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique!

Disney Cruise Line will be setting sail to so many fantastic places! They’ve selected the most stunning destinations in the world for your family to explore and make memories. From the old-world charm of Europe to the arctic allure of Alaska or the colorful Caribbean and Bahamas. With four ships and a variety of itineraries, the choice is yours!

Which Cruise Will You Choose?

Explore these options and contact your Magic Maker® today for booking information:

Disney Fantasy
Disney Dream
Disney Wonder
Disney Magic

Since pricing tends to increase as availability becomes more limited, we always suggest clients book early! Bookings open to the public on Oct. 30, 2014 so contact your Magic Maker® today and prepare to set sail!

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Military Rates

Disney Cruise Line has announced special Military Rates for select sailings. These sailings will give you an opportunity to experience  the best shows, family activities, dining, and ports in the cruise industry.

These Military rates are available to all retired and active U.S. Military personnel (U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Department of Defense personnel). Active and retired members of the U.S. military must provide valid identification at time of check-in. U.S. Military service member is required to sail to take advantage of this offer. Activated members of the U.S. National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve must also show active duty orders (active duty papers must be dated as of January 1st of the previous year to qualify).

Booking Window:

Monday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/27/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 11/10/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian
Disney Dream 11/17/2014 5A
3-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 11/28/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/30/2014 11A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/1/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 12/14/2014 11B
 Miami, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/05/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/23/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/28/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 11B

 

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Offer applies to new bookings only. Not combinable with other discounts or offers. Military personnel will be required to present valid military identification at time of check-in. Offer limited to a maximum of 1 stateroom per sailing. Exceptions will be made for Military personnel with immediate family members exceeding stateroom capacity. Other stateroom types are available at varying rates. Excludes taxes, fees, and port expenses (all amounts are per person and subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Florida Residents Sail and Save on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has announced special rates exclusively for Florida Residents on select sailings. Experience fantastic shows, onboard activities for the entire family, delectable dining, and visits to the most exciting ports in the cruise industry – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Booking Window: Monday, Oct. 13 – Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Miami, FL 5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/05/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 11B
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/19/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/28/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 11B
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/27/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/16/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 11/17/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/22/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/29/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 12/06/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 12/13/2014 5A

 

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Offer limited to 50 staterooms and is subject to availability. Other discounts do not apply. Proof of Florida resident is required for at least one adult member on the reservation within 48 hours of booking. Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation with applicable cancellation fees. Florida resident must be at least 18 years of age. Other stateroom types may be available at varying rates. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses not included. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Updates Coming to Disney Cruise Line Navigator App

Last fall, Disney Cruise Line put the power right in the palm of your hands when they introduced their new Navigator App! Now, an enhancement is on the way to add even more functionality!

Currently the Navigator App gives you access to the valuable information you could once only find in your daily Personal Navigator delivered to your stateroom each evening. With this new update, guests aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will be able to utilize Onboard Chat to connect with other friends and family members aboard the ship! This update will be available starting Oct. 16, 2014 on the Disney Dream and Oct. 25, 2014 on the Disney Fantasy. No launch dates for the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic have been announced.

Additional information you’ll find in the app includes:

  • Listing of onboard activities
  • Character experiences onboard the ship
  • Deck Parties, Live Shows, and other Entertainment
  • Dining
  • Adult exclusive nightclubs and lounges
  • Your upcoming ports of call
  • Spa and other Onboard Services
  • Youth clubs
  • Deck Plans
  • Option to save and be reminded of favorite activities

The app is available for free in the Apple App Store℠ (iOS devices) and Google Play™ (Android devices). Use of the app, which utilizes the onboard WiFi network, is complimentary as long as you follow the specific directions for connecting. However, you’ll want to remember to download the app before boarding the ship to avoid any data charges.

This Week Only: $100 Onboard Credit on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

Catch this limited-time offer before it sets sail without you!

Dreams come true aboard Disney Cruise Line! And for this week only, all guests booking an eligible Early 2015 7-night Caribbean Cruise will receive a $100 onboard credit per stateroom!

Travel Dates:

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruises departing Jan. 4-Mar. 29, 2015 aboard the newly reimagined Disney Magic
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruises departing Jan. 3-Mar. 28, 2015 aboard Disney Fantasy

Booking Dates:

Valid for new bookings made Oct. 6–13, 2014

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Valid for new bookings only made between Oct. 6–13, 2014. Not combinable with other offers or discounts. One onboard credit per stateroom. Onboard credit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Changes to the vacation date or category may result in a loss of any offer. Offer is subject to availability. Visit Disney Cruise Line website for cruise details and applicable terms and conditions.

Adventure is Out There with a Disney Land & Sea Vacation!

By Magic Maker® Melissa Ludwig

Are you ready to experience the ultimate Disney Destination Getaway? Then you are ready for a Disney Land & Sea Vacation! When most people are getting ready to plan a Disney Vacation, they choose one destination, such as Walt Disney World® Resort, or a Disney Cruise Line getaway. Why not combine them for the supreme in relaxation and fun?

Here are some of the options that you could consider for a Disney Land & Sea Vacation:

-Walt Disney World® Resort and a 3, 4 or 5-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation
-Walt Disney World® Resort and a 5-night Western Caribbean Disney Cruise Line vacation
-Disneyland® Resort and a 2 or 3-night Weekend Getaway Disney Cruise Line vacation
-Disneyland® Resort and a 5-night West Coast Disney Cruise Line vacation
-Adventures by Disney® cruise vacation packages, including destinations such as The Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, London, Copenhagen, and Barcelona.

…And more! The possibilities are numerous and there is a Disney Land & Sea Vacation to fit a wide range of budgets.

Last year, my husband and I chose a Disney Land & Sea Vacation for our honeymoon, and it was the perfect selection. I had wanted to go to Walt Disney World® Resort, and he was hoping to try a cruise, as he had never been on one before. So, we hopped on a plane to Orlando, spent two full days at Walt Disney World® Resort, transferred from Orlando to Port Canaveral on a Disney Cruise Line charter bus, and then enjoyed a 3-night Bahamian cruise including port stops at Nassau (home of one of the Atlantis Resorts) and Disney Destination’s own Castaway Cay. We could not have had a better time…we each got what we wanted from our honeymoon, and created countless memories to last a lifetime.

So, if you are struggling to figure out a vacation to suit the whole family, look no further than a Disney Land & Sea Vacation, which will truly offer something for everyone. With pre-and post-cruise add-ons, the options are more flexible than ever, and your Magic Maker® is here for you every step of the way to help make this the vacation of a lifetime.

Holidays at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Walt Disney World® Resort has always brought a little extra magic to the seasonal celebrations of Halloween and Christmas with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park.

Now, the celebrations will be shipped off to sea with specially themed Halloween and Christmas sailings aboard Disney Cruise Line.

In September and October, all four Disney Cruise Line ships will host Halloween on the High Seas Cruises. Aboard these special themed sailings you will experience Halloween like you never have before! Kids will enjoy trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade, while adults will have their own fun with a costume contest and a villainous dance in adult areas. The entire family can come together and enjoy the Mouse-querade party and see Jack and Sally at the Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream Show!

Halloween on the High Seas will be available on the following sailings:

  • Disney Magic: Sep. 27 – Oct. 26, 2014
  • Disney Wonder: Sep. 26 – Oct. 31, 2014
  • Disney Dream: Sep. 7 – Oct. 31, 2014
  • Disney Fantasy: Sep. 6 – Oct. 25, 2014

Then, Disney Cruise Line comes alive aboard all four ships for Very MerryTime Cruises. There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with a nautical flair as each ship is themed to a Christmas wonderland. During the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, the entire family can come together to play games, dance and celebrate with favorite Disney friends! Kids will be able to help launch all of the celebrations aboard the ship at a tree lighting ceremony. And of course, what Christmas celebration is complete without Santa and his elves on hand to greet you!

Very Merrytime Cruises will be available on the following sailings*:

  • Disney Magic: Nov. 9 – Dec. 28, 2014
  • Disney Wonder: Nov. 9 – Dec. 30, 2014
  • Disney Dream: Nov. 10 – Dec. 29, 2014
  • Disney Fantasy: Nov. 8 – Dec. 27, 2014

    * = some elements will begin construction in early Nov. and may not be available until late Nov.

Availability aboard Disney Cruise Line for these special themed cruises is limited! Reserve your spot through your Magic Maker® today to celebrate on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line!

 

Disney Cruise Line Updates Infant Policy

Disney Cruise Line has just announced an update to their current infant policy which goes into effect immediately.

For all new bookings of sailings taking place after Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum age to sail aboard any of the Disney Cruise Line ships will increase from 12 weeks to 6 months. For select itineraries including Transatlantic, Hawai’i and Panama Canal, the minimum age will increase to 1 year of age.

Guests with existing reservations to sail in 2015 with a child between the ages of 12 weeks and 1 year will be unaffected by this change as only new bookings will be subject to the new age limits.

For additional information on this change, please contact your Magic Maker®.

Disney Cruise Line Holds #1 Position for Families

For the sixth consecutive year, Disney Cruise Line has been ranked as the #1 Mega-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for Families in 2014! Also, they have received the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line award.  These awards are based on a survey conduced among Travel + Leisure readers.

Through the addition of their two newest ships, Disney Dream and Disney FantasyDisney Cruise Line continues to lead the cruise industry in the family market. The addition to their fleet allows families to reconnect and recharge in more places around the world! Along with amazing family-friendly itineraries, Disney Cruise Line continues to make shipboard enhancements to their fleet to ensure guests have the absolute best family vacations at sea – like the “reimagineering” of  The Disney Magic that was revealed last year.

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has received more than 100 awards and recognition from the travel industry! Examples of recent recognition includes being named the top “Cruise Ships of the World” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine and receiving a Cruise Critics Cruiser’s Choice Award for Best in Families and several other categories.

Let our Magic Makers® help you experience this #1 experience at sea! Contact us today for more information on Disney Cruise Line!

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‘Going Green’ at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line®

Mechanics of Disney MagicProtecting the environment has always been a rich part of Disney’s history. From Walt’s earliest nature movies to the dedication of nearly one-third of Walt Disney World® Resort property as a wildlife conservation area, these core beliefs from the past carry on today.

In celebration of Earth Week, today we are taking a look at Disney Cruise Line® and their commitment to minimize impact on the environment through their everyday operation. Through the help of some state-of-the-art technology and dedication from Crew members, they are achieving their goals at being Environmental Stewards.

Here is a look at some of their current environmental initiatives:

  • Disney Cruise Line® ships feature an innovative, low-resistance, 100% non-toxic hull coating that reduces drag and increases fuel efficiency. Improved hydrodynamics are also used to maximize fuel efficiency
  • Smart technology is used to self-adjust temperatures and lighting throughout the ship. Use of highly efficient insulation and heat reflective paint has reduced the need for heating, ventilation, and cooling systems by 25%
  • During construction and refurbishments, lighter building materials are used when available, such as fiber optic cables in place of traditional copper cabling
  • Even the elevators guests use daily on board are magical – state-of-the-art gearless elevators use hoisting technology that is 40% more efficient than standard elevators
  • During the Broadway-style shows inside the Walt Disney Theatre, overhead winch motors that are used to raise and lower scenery for the shows generate electricity during the lowering process which is fed back into the ship’s power grid
  • LED lighting is used extensively throughout the ships.
  • Captains utilize special route optimization software to help select the safest and most energy-efficient route
  • Through their waste minimization plans, Crew members eliminate more than 405 tons of metals, glass, plastic and paper from traditional waste streams each year

These are just a few of the ways Disney Cruise Line® makes your “floating home at sea” a little more environmentally friendly!