Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

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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

Did you partake in the 2017 Cruise Critic Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards? The results are in, and as usual, the DCL love is showing! The Disney Wonder took the top spot for “Best Entertainment” for Mid-Sized ships (ship size based on passenger capacity), and the Dream took 3rd for the Large-Sized ships. In the “Best for Families” category (not broken down by ship size), the Fantasy ranked 2nd, the Dream ranked 6th, and the Wonder ranked 9th. The Dream ranked 8th for “Best Overall”, 5th for “Best Cabins”, 6th for “Best for First Timers”, and 9th for “Best for Service” – woohoo! You can see the full list of winners here

If you’ve sailed with Disney before, you know that your cruise is only as good as your crew. While it couldn’t be done without the effort of each one of the thousands of crew members that make the magic happen daily, two of the top crew that every passenger will count on are the Cruise Captain and Cruise Director. Disney, of course, employs some of the very best! And, if you’ve cruised before, you may have a favorite that you find yourself hoping to be reunited with on your next cruise. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has shared the schedule for each ship’s Captain from now through the fall, and each ship’s Cruise Director from now through mid-June. Have a personal favorite? Give them a shoutout in the comments!

And finally, this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:

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
  • Doctor Strange
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Moana
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Black Panther

For future reference, films debut on 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

Last month, I spent a glorious week on the Disney Wonder, and finally had the chance to see the additions after her reimagining in November 2016. I fell head over heels in LOVE with Tiana’s Place. This is, beyond a doubt, the greatest thing to happen to one of the main dining rooms on any Disney ship to date. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining here yet, allow me to set the scene. As soon as you enter the hallway to the restaurant, the brick and ivy invite you to New Orleans. Inside, the ivory and green hues of Tiana’s dress create a beautiful backdrop. Tables are set with lily pad placemats, and the plates have frogs decorating the rim. All around the restaurant, there are pictures and posters telling pieces of Tiana’s story – I particularly loved the newspaper article announcing the impending arrival of Prince Naveen! The menus are absolute perfection – taken straight from the movie. The items on the menu are exactly as they should be – from shrimp and grits, to a New Orleans seafood pepper pot, to Creole chicken, to what may just be the undisputed star of the night, Tiana’s Buttermilk Beignets! Like the good restauranteur that she is, Tiana herself comes out to greet the crowd, and makes her way to visit each table as you dine. But the fun doesn’t stop there – a Mardi Gras party isn’t a party without some live music, and the Crawfish Crooners are there deliver, and then some! This jazz trio plays a vibrant and fun set with some jazzy versions of some Disney classics mixed in to New Orleans classics. It’s nearly impossible to resist dancing, so it’s a good thing there’s a dance floor where the kids (and kids at heart) are invited to cut a rug. And, everyone’s favorite trumpet playing alligator, Louis himself comes out to the party! Tiana’s has great food, great atmosphere, and great entertainment – it truly is the whole package, and then some! Have you dined here yet? What did you think??

Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking 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 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 trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is lucky 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

4 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of February 17, 2018

  • February 19, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Has Tiana’s Place become too popular that extra effort needs to be made to include it in your dining plans?

  • February 19, 2018 at 10:48 am

    No extra effort required! You will get a chance to dine here at least once during your cruise (depending on your dining rotation), your table will be ready and waiting for you. No extra charge, no extra effort, but so much extra fun happening here!

  • February 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Thank you. Have decided to substitute Universal and Disney Cruise in place of WDW as vacation destinations for the time being and am absorbing too much info at once to keep it all straight.


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