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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, Sep. 8 – Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 09/27/2014 Select
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/04/2014 Select
 Port Canaveral, FL 5-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/01/2014 Select
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Magic 10/26/2014 9C
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/02/2014 9C
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Magic 11/09/2014 9C
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/11/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
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 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 9C

 

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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 government taxes and fees approximately $77 for 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico; $79 for a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral; $83 for a7-Night Western Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $65 for 5-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral;$71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian cruise from Miami; $44 for a 3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico (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, Sep. 8 – Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 Select
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/4/2014 Select
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder  10/11/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
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 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 9C

 

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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. Excludes government taxes and fees of approximately $77 for a 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, PuertoRico; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami (all amounts subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for 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!

Breaking the Myths – Disney Cruise Line®

Funnel Vision and AquaDuckSince Disney Cruise Line® first set sail in 1998, they have pioneered the family market in the cruise industry. Each of their ships have been designed to provide a unique vacation experience for all ages. Onboard, adults can relax and recharge while children experience all the magic Disney has to offer! Over the years, Disney Cruise Line® has received more than 100 awards in the travel industry!

As a continuation of our “Breaking the Myths” series, today we are focusing on our favorite vacation at sea!

  1. Myth: All four of the Disney Cruise Line® ships features the AquaDuck.
    Each of the Disney Cruise Line® ships have something different or exclusive to offer their guests. From varying shows, restaurants and onboard features, no two ships are the same. The AquaDuck, the world’s first-ever shipboard water coaster, is only available on the Disney Dream® and Disney Fantasy™. 
  2. Myth: Disney Cruise Line® sailings have nothing to offer for adults traveling without kids.
    There’s no hiding the fact that Disney Cruise Line® is the perfect vacation for the young, but they also offer a wide variery of events catered specifically for the young at heart! Onboard, adults will find endless ways to relax and enjoy themselves – from elegant dinners to backstage tours to an exclusive beach on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. And that is just the beginning, so ask your Magic Maker® for complete details.
  3. Myth: We are early eaters – the second seating for dinner won’t work for my family.
    Typically the main seating for dinner is the first to become unavailable on Disney Cruise Line®. But, some of our young families are experiencing that the later seating is more convenient while on vacation for many reasons. First, your normal routine will inevitably be put on hold while you are on vacation. You will be staying up later for shows and parties, waking up early for Port Adventures, and maybe even skipping the normal naps to spend some extra time in the pool. When you are spending the day in port, some feel the main seating cuts your day short by having you back on the ship too early to get ready for dinner. Next, there is no shortage of food on Disney Cruise Line®! If your kids (or you) are hungry before dinner, you can make a quick trip to the pool deck and grab a small snack to hold them over until dinner! Lastly, Disney Cruise Line® offers Dine and Play for second seating – a service allowing families to enjoy dinner together then ushers kids to the Kid’s Clubs to give parents time to relax at the end of the meal and spend time in the adult-exclusive areas of the ship.

Disney Cruise Line® has just released itineraries through the end of 2014! Booking early is the best way to save on a Disney Vacation at sea, so contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning!

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Miss some of our past “Breaking the Myth” articles? Click here to access them.

 

‘Double Your Fun’ at Disney’s Castaway Cay Island in 2014

Disney Wonder at Castaway CayAnyone who has ever stepped foot onto the powdery white sand beaches of Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, would likely describe it with one word – PARADISE! Consistently voted a favorite among Disney Cruise Line® guests, Castaway Cay is located in the tropical waters of the Bahamas and is used exclusively by Disney Cruise Line®.

Many of Disney Cruise Line’s® Caribbean and Bahamian sailings from Port Canaveral pay a visit to the magical shores of Castaway Cay. One of the most often heard comments we receive from our guests after sailing Disney Cruise Line® is that the day at Castaway Cay just wasn’t long enough! If that thought has ever crossed your mind, you’ll want to keep reading!

Off to Neverland Travel® has combed through the new 2014 Disney Cruise Line® itineraries and we found two sailings that are going to be popular. These 4-night Bahamian Cruises will feature a stop at Nassau followed by 2 back-to-back days at Castaway Cay!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Port Canaveral, FL
Day 2: Nassau
Day 3: Disney’s Castaway Cay
Day 4: Disney’s Castaway Cay
Day 5: Port Canaveral, FL

Disney Wonder®: Oct. 6, 2014
Disney Dream®: Nov. 13, 2014

Due to the popularity of Castaway Cay, we expect availability for these sailings to quickly become limited. Take advantage of lower rates by booking early! For standard staterooms, Disney Cruise Line® only requires a nominal deposit at the time of booking with the remaining balance due 75 days prior to travel, so it is easy and convenient to “layaway” your dream vacation!

Allow us to “double your fun in the sun” at Disney’s Castaway Cay! Contact your Magic Maker® today for a free, no-obligation quote!

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New Itineraries and New Ports for Disney Cruise Line® in 2014

Disney Magic from TenderNew itineraries and new ports are on the horizon for Disney Cruise Line® in 2014! Just announced this morning, they will be expanding their collection of European cruises and sailing from two new homeports – Venice, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Here’s a quick preview of their 2014 schedule:

Mediterranean from Venice and Barcelona

In anticipation of an amazing return in 2013, the Disney Magic® will set her sights on the Mediterranean from May through Aug. 2014. Offering a rich array of European itineraries with a variety of cruise lengths and ports of call, these Disney Cruise Line® sailings are a great way to see the best of Europe. You will experience richly diverse cities and cultures, iconic locations, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

New for 2014, Disney Cruise Line® will use Venice, Italy as a homeport for select sailings. The best part of the cruises originating in Venice is that you will overnight in Venice, giving your the opportunity to experience a spectacular evening in the city! New destinations for the Disney Magic® in 2014 include popular locations in the Greek Isles and Sicily, including Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece and Catania, Sicily.

Southern Caribbean from San Juan

The Disney Magic® will homeport in San Juan for the first time in 2014, allowing it to offer an amazing 7-night Southern Caribbean itinerary. Ports of call for these sailings include Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, and Grenada – a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line®. Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is a lush and lively destination filled with spice estates, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, and thrilling water activities like diving, snorkeling, and fishing. These itinerary will be offered for only 4 sailings, Sept. 20 through Oct. 11, 2014.

Alaska from Vancouver

Always a popular itinerary, the Disney Wonder® returns to Alaska to sail a 7-night itinerary from Vancouver. New this year is one special 9-night cruise which adds a stop at Sitka, Alaska – also a first for Disney Cruise Line®. Couple the natural beauty and rich history of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line® and your vacation will be one you never forget!

Bahamas and Caribbean

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line® will sail a variety of Bahamian, Western Caribbean, and Eastern Caribbean sailings from Port Canaveral and Miami, FL. Delight in stops at some of the most popular cruise destinations, including Nassau, Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and even Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay.

Bookings for these new itineraries open at 8 a.m. ET on Feb. 13 for Platinum or Gold Castaway Club Member and to the general public on Feb. 14, 2013.

Disney Cruise Line® caters to the unique vacation needs of families and can take you where ever your adventure awaits – from the wonders of Europe to the great outdoors in Alaska! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning!

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