Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 21st! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.
Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)
- 21 October – New York (77/57, 0%)
- 22 October – At Sea
- 23 October – At Sea
- 24 October – Charlottetown (66/59, 10%)
- 25 October – Sydney, Nova Scotia (68/57, 20%)
- 26 October – Halifax, Nova Scotia (65/60, 60%)
- 27 October – At Sea
- 21 October – At Sea
- 22 October – San Diego (80/60, 0%)
- 23 October – At Sea
- 24 October – Cabo San Lucas (89/76, 0%)
- 25 October – At Sea
- 26 October – Ensenada (85/63, 0%)
- 27 October – San Diego (75/62, 0%)
- 21 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)
- 22 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 20%)
- 23 October – Port Canaveral (85/75, 20%)
- 24 October – Nassau (87/78, 20%)
- 25 October – Castaway Cay (85/74, 80%)
- 26 October – At Sea
- 27 October – Port Canaveral (77/69, 0%)
- 21 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 20%)
- 22 October – At Sea
- 23 October – Cozumel (86/76, 80%)
- 24 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 40%)
- 25 October – Falmouth (89/77, 50%)
- 26 October – At Sea
- 27 October – Castaway Cay (83/76, 20%)
Disney Cruise Line: In The News
This week we have a few important itinerary changes to report, provided by Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog. The Caribbean islands of St. John and Tortola are still rebuilding from damage sustained by Hurricane Irma, which is delaying cruise activities returning to the island nations. Currently, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are the only ships affected by these changes. If there are further changes, we will update you here with that information.
- Disney Magic – November 26th sailing from New York, New York will now visit Antigua in place of the scheduled stop at Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line Blog
- Disney Magic – December 1st sailing from San Juan may utilize scheduled Tortola stop as a Sea Day if the island is not ready for tourists; via Disney Cruise Line Blog
- Disney Fantasy – December 16th sailing is changed to a Western Caribbean Cruise visiting Cozumel and Grand Cayman in place of St. Thomas and Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line Blog
Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted for the 30th annual Readers Choice Awards, which netted Disney Cruise Line top honors in a couple categories. The Disney Cruise Line received the highest reader score for Large Cruise Ship Lines (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy), as well as placing top six in the Medium Cruise Ship Lines category (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder). Over 300,000 readers participated in the voting, which spanned categories including destinations, lodging, transportation, and much more. Disney Cruise Line ranks remarkably high in most ratings circles, so it comes as no surprise that they would continue to receive top honors once again. Story via Disney Cruise Line Blog.
The Disney Parks Blog has released the next installment of its “Beyond the Curtain” series, focusing on the rehearsal aspect of their Broadway-style productions. This piece specifically mentions Beauty and the Beast, which is set to debut in November exclusively on the Disney Dream.
Disney Cruise Line is holding a Family Memories at Sea contest where you can enter to win a 3-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation for up to 4 people! All you have to do is follow the link and upload a photo or video of a special experience or adventure you had on a Disney Cruise. Best of luck to anyone who enters!
The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:
- Beauty and the Beast
- Born in China
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Cars 3
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
For future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.
Disney on Broadway: Stars Set Sail will conclude its performance series aboard the Disney Wonder on October 27th, as Jenn Gambatese of Tarzan: The Musical fame takes the Walt Disney Theatre stage.
Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information
In the past, we’ve mentioned our fondness for the cocktail tasting courses aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. Now, we have learned of a new offering currently in testing aboard the Disney Magic. The Disney Cruise Line Blog is featuring a guest review of the experience, which pairs a traditional cocktail tasting with a painting course. Cocktails and Canvas – Beauty and the Beast is a two-hour painting class featuring three of Disney Cruise Lines’ signature cocktails. At the time of testing, the course cost $45 and required pre-booking. With the theme being Beauty and the Beast, attendees painted the iconic enchanted rose encased in its glass protector. Beauty and the Beast has been a major success for Disney as of late, with the Broadway style musical set to debut on the Disney Dream next month. It remains to be seen whether this test will lead to further implementation on the other Disney Cruise Line ships as a permanent addition, but with the popularity of cocktail tastings and painting classes in American culture, I feel this would be well received as a permanent offering.
Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.
Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!
That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.