Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of December 16

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Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.

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Disney Cruise Line: In The News

Unless you live in a galaxy far far away (or, actually, even if you live there too), it’s likely that you’ve caught wind of the latest Star Wars craze – those super adorable little Porgs. This week Disney Parks Blog revealed some of the all-new experiences coming to Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, and the “Porgs Onboard! Scavenger Hunt” may be one of most buzz-worthy additions! Guests will embark on a ship-wide hunt for these little trouble makers, culminating with a visit from Chewbacca. There are many other new activities guests will love, including a visit from C-3PO just for the kids at the Oceaneer Club, Star Wars-themed animation lessons at the Drawing Academy, and an Imperial takeover of the atrium by Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. 

In November during a visit to the Nassau, Crew Members representing the VoluntEARS spent time on the island with the Reading Together program. This program, started more than 14 years ago, brings literacy awareness to students in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, and leaving them with a touch of Disney magic. Even Captain Mickey and Cruise Director Minnie got in on this special time with students. 

Cruise Critic released the Editor’s Picks for 2017, and it’s no surprise that Disney Cruise Line came away with three awards. Disney received the nod for Best Entertainment, Best for Families, and Best for Families in River Cruising with Adventures by Disney/AmaWaterways. While we as fans aren’t terribly surprised, it is exciting to see Disney recognized in the River Cruising category, which is still a newer experience offered by Disney.

Upcoming Entertainment

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
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Moana
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.

Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information

Alaskan Minnie is fashion goals!

It wouldn’t be a Disney Cruise without the famous Disney characters, and you will have plenty of opportunities to meet them! There are a few different ways to see the characters that you’ll want to be aware of, especially if it’s a goal to see as many as possible during your cruise. Did you know that you can book certain meet and greets before you even set sail? On specialty sailings, like Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea, some of the exclusive meet and greets can be booked at the same time that you reserve port adventures and onboard activities when your booking window opens. This is also true for the Frozen sisters – who are only available for greetings with a ticket. If you aren’t able to reserve a time prior to sailing, head to the Port Adventures desk as soon as you board, as some tickets may still be available. While onboard, daily meet and greet schedules will be available on your Personal Navigator, as well as on the DCL Navigator app. If there is a character that is a must-see, it’s worth queuing up shortly before the greeting time starts, as the sets are often limited to about 30 minutes. If you are on a more unique sailing, like Alaska or the Mediterranean, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the classic characters in unique themed outfits. On Castaway Cay, especially earlier in the morning, you can often find many of the character around for photo ops. If you go on a Disney Cruise and don’t selfie with at least one character, did you even Disney Cruise??

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!

Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.

Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!

Heather Keller, Storybook Destinations

If it's vacation, it's for Heather! When she is not on vacation (usually someplace with a big Mouse) or planning her own vacations, she is helping clients plan their own magical trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is blessed to have a husband that accepts her travel addiction, and two daughters who are already following in her wanderlust footsteps. Heather can be reached at Heather@StorybookDestinations.com

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