Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of March 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

Last week, the Disney Magic set sail once again after her quick two-week dry dock. Those lucky guests onboard were the first to experience the brand new Rapunzel’s Royal Table, a highly themed main dining room in the likes of Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has some photos, along with the menu, which you can see here. It’s unsurprisingly clever from appetizers to dessert. How could we not expect to see Angel Hair pasta as a dinner choice? It’s fantastic!

On Tuesday, Disney announced that due to the ongoing restoration in Tortola following the damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Disney Fantasy will visit St. Maarten instead of Tortola on the upcoming Eastern Caribbean itineraries. This change is currently being implemented through June. Guests who have already booked Port Adventures for Tortola will see that those activities will be removed from their account. Guests will be able to reserve activities in St. Maarten beginning on March 16, based on their Castaway Club level booking window.

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
  • A Wrinkle In Time

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

Everybody likes to be part of a club, right? Disney Cruise Line makes is really easy for you to join their club, the Castaway Club! All you have to do is….cruise. That’s it. This right here, this is my kind of club! If you aren’t familiar with the Castaway Club, here are the highlights on how it works, and of course the perks!

• There are three levels of Castaway Club Status: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
• If you’ve completed 1-4 cruises, you are a Silver member. For 5-9 cruises, you are Gold. At 10 or more, you’re Platinum!
• You are automatically a Silver member at the end of your first cruise. How easy was that?
• Castaway Club members get fun gifts, like lanyards at check-in that are specific to your level, and a welcome back gift in your stateroom.
• Gold and Platinum members get shopping discounts onboard.
• Platinum members (and each guest in their stateroom) get one free dinner at Palo, per sailing – a most delicious perk! They also are able to board the ship at anytime after they’ve completed their check-in at the port, and the ship has been cleared.
• Online check-in and activity booking is tiered by level; Platinum can book first (along with Concierge guests regardless of Castaway Club level), then Gold, then Silver, and finally first-time cruisers.
• When new itineraries are released, this same tiered advantage applies, with Platinum booking on opening day, Gold the next day, and Silver the next.

Whatever your level goals are, the Castaway Club is not a bad place to be!

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!!

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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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