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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, Jul. 21 – Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 3-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 7/31/2014 5A
3-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 8/7/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 8/10/2014 5A
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/20/2014 Select
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 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 approximately $54 for 3-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral; $85 for 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral; $77 for 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises from San Juan; (all amounts subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

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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Breaking the Myths – Travel Insurance and Passports

DCL Docs and PassportWhen things don’t go as planned, you have to be flexible! Just this past weekend, Winter Storm Nemo caused havoc to the Northeast corridor and brought transportation in the area to a standstill.  Earlier last week, fog delayed the arrival of the Disney Magic® into Port Galveston which created a strain for its passengers to make their flights home!

For today’s “Breaking the Myths” article, it only seems fitting to discuss being prepared for the unexpected!

  1. Myth: There is no reason for a healthy family to purchase travel protection.
    There is no denying that purchasing a travel protection plan is an added expense to any vacation. But coverage for medical reasons is just one part of many plans. Most plans will cover trip cancellation & interruption, trip delays, baggage & personal effects loss, baggage delay, and medical expenses during your trip. Even if you have medical insurance at home, it may not cover you while you are away on vacation! You want to make sure you read through the insurance information closely and direct any specific questions on coverage to the Insurance Company itself as they will be the ones determining eligibility if needed.
  2. Myth: If my credit card offers travel protection, there is no need to purchase an additional policy.
    Some credit card companies off various forms of travel protection, but they may not protect you in cases of travel delay, trip cancellation, or if you need to seek medical attention overseas. If your card does offer protection, be sure to research their coverage to ensure you’re fully protected.
  3. Myth: Purchasing a passport for a cruise is an unnecessary expense.
    Current U.S. government regulations allow U.S. Citizens to cruise with a raised-seal birth certificate and government issued photo ID as long as the cruise both originates and terminates from the same U.S. port and sails within the Western Hemisphere. If you experience a family emergency during your cruise and need to return home via air, a passport would be required to do so. While a passport may not be necessary for all sailings, Off to Neverland Travel® suggests that every guests travels with a passport.  All current guidelines are subject to change at any time. Guests remain responsible for ensuring they have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries on the ship’s itinerary.

Expect the unexpected! Talk to you Magic Maker® about protecting your travel investment. The nominal fee you pay up front may save you in the long run!

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

Weather Impacts Arrival/Departure of Disney Magic® for February 5, 2013

Updated: 2/5/13 8:44a Eastern

Galveston Weather Delay

As of 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on February 5, 2013

The port area in Galveston, Texas, is currently experiencing heavy fog and the channel between the terminal and the Gulf of Mexico has been closed to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic.

At this time, the Disney Magic® is offshore waiting for the fog to clear and for the port to reopen. Once the port reopens, the onboard Guests will need to complete the debarkation process before boarding can begin for today’s sailing.

As a result of this unexpected weather delay, we are asking guests to postpone their arrival to the terminal building by at least one (1) hour after your selected port arrival time. Due to the nature of any weather condition, it is possible that further delays may occur. We will continue to monitor the fog conditions closely and will be sending updates as needed.

For additional details and the most up-to-date information on this delay, Guests are invited to call 1-866-325-4243.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this unexpected weather delay and look forward to welcoming you onboard later today.

Breaking the Myths – Traveling with Disabilities

Chet loading onto attractionIn general, traveling can be stressful! With all the booking, planning, and packing involved, you often wonder when the relaxation of vacation comes into play. For guests with disabilities, there is added stress of accommodations and accessibility during your stay.

All Disney Destinations do a great job in ensuring each and every guest has a magical vacation regardless of any special needs they may have.  As part of our continuing “Breaking the Myths” series, today we are going to focus on traveling with disabilities.

  1. Myth: Someone in my traveling party has a food allergy, so eating at Disney is next to impossible.
    Whether you have a food allergy, food intolerance, or even a medically restricted diet, the chefs at most table service and select quick service locations can often accommodate your needs. It is important that you work closely with your Magic Maker® so that your reservations are properly notated and the restaurants and chefs are aware of your needs. Upon entering a restaurant, be sure to tell your waiter/waitress or cashier that you have a dietary restriction and they will get a member of the culinary team for you to discuss your options.
  2. Myth: Because of my family member’s disability, they just wouldn’t enjoy the parks.
    Because each person’s disability is different, Disney Parks has created a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) Program for those in need of extra assistance. The program allows for your family to meet with a Guest Services Cast Member upon entering a Theme Park on your first day. The Cast Member will discuss what needs you will have over your vacation and issue you a GAC which notes specific accommodations. When visiting attractions, you simply show your GAC to the Attractions Host/Hostess and they will guide you from there. However, having a GAC does not give you front of the line access to all attractions like many think. In fact, use of the GAC at some attractions may result in a longer wait then utilizing the standby line. We suggest you discuss with your  Magic Maker® any special needs you may have prior to travel so we can help you make the most of your vacation!
  3. Myth: Special assistance is only available for those with physical limitations.
    Disney Destinations seeks to provide assistance to all guests regardless of their type of disability. Guests with mobility disabilities may choose to utilize a wheelchair or ECV throughout property and will have reserved seating for most shows and parades. Guests with visual disabilities can utilize braille maps and audiotape guides. Assisted Listening and other captioning devices are available for guests with hearing disabilities in addition to interpreters at select shows. Accommodations for guests with developmental disabilities are also provided as necessary via the Guest Assistance Card. Trained service animals on a leash or in a harness are welcome in most locations throughout all of the Disney Destinations, but may not be able to participate in select attractions or experiences. And as mentioned above, chefs at Disney Destinations will accommodate guests with dietary restrictions to the best of their ability.

Don’t allow any disability to stand in the way of a Magical vacation experience for your family. Our Magic Makers® will use their personal experience and expertise to ensure that any special needs that a member of your family may have are met.

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