Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of March 24, 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

The Disney Magic is currently sailing out of Miami, with select cruises featuring a Marvel Day at Sea. Maybe the date and itinerary looks like the perfect one for you, but you aren’t quite the Marvel mega-fan? No worries! Savannah has some great tips on how to prep so even the Marvel newbie can have one MARVELous sea day!

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

Last week I talked about the Castaway Club. In keeping with the club theme…this week let’s take a look at the coolest club for the elementary-aged kids, the Oceaneer Club!

Oceaneer Club (and Oceaneer Lab) is exclusively for kids ages 3 through 12. The club has multiple themed areas, each with different activities available throughout the day. Parents can register kids in advance during the online check-in process, or once on board. Oceaneers get a special bracelet, like a MagicBand, that they will use to check in and out of the club. Kids that are 7 and under will still need to be checked in and out of the club by a parent, but kids who are 8-12 can be given permission by a parent to sign themselves in and out as they please. There will be open house hours where parents can visit the club with the kiddos on embarkation day – it’s a great opportunity for kids who may be on the fence to check things out….and also for adults. Who may want to test out the Slinky Dog slide in Andy’s room? Just to be sure their kids will like it. (Spoiler alert: they will, and you will too.) The club tends to open around 7 a.m., and stays open until midnight. Those little Oceaneers can party with the best of them – my husband and I have had to drag out kids out at midnight on more than one occasion! There will be planned activities throughout the day, and these will be listed in the Personal Navigator. Your Oceaneer will be in fantastic hands with the Youth Activities counselors – some of the hardest working crew onboard. And don’t worry – if your kiddo or the counselors need to get in touch with you, they’ll use the chat on the DCL app, or you can opt to take the Wave phone with you to stay in touch. Oh, and yes – it’s all included in your cruise fare! Between the free play, crafts, games, character visits, and general excitement, you may have a hard time getting your kids out of here!

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