Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of April 14, 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, you had the chance to vote on your favorite Disney Cruise itinerary. The #AskIt results are in….and it looks like the Caribbean/Bahamian itineraries are the top choice! I’ll go out on a rather short limb and guess that may have something to do with Castaway Cay?? Hard to argue with that little bit of paradise! How do you feel about the results? Tell us in the comments!

Here’s 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:

  • Born In China
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Cars 3
  • Doctor Strange
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • 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

In the last few weeks, we’ve taken a look at the spaces just for the kids. This week let’s talk about the coolest space on the ship for the coolest people on the ship – the teens. Vibe really is awesome – this club is just for those ages 14-17, and it’s really such a cool space. Like Edge, Vibe teens get to come and go as they please. Counselors are present, but in a somewhat different capacity with the older crew. Organized activities tend to start a little later in the morning, and go later into the evening, than those happening in Edge and Oceaneers – because the average teen sleeping pattern is what it is! Vibe is also equipped with a smoothie bar – for an additional fee. The club on the classic ships is located in the forward smokestack. You can check out pictures from the recent Vibe refurbishment on the Disney Wonder over on the Disney Cruise Line Blog – it’s like an ultra cool Manhattan loft at sea! However, the Dream class ships arguably have the best version of Vibe, simply because they have the Vibe Splash Zone. Just when us grown ups thought we were so cool getting Satellite Falls, we find ourselves peering down onto this outdoor area, with lounge chairs and private pools, in total jealousy! If you are cruising on the Dream or Fantasy with your teen, and you never see them, look for them here, because that’s probably where they are!

The exclusivity doesn’t stop onboard – on Castaway Cay, teens who are registered for Vibe can also spend the day at Hideout. Tucked away from the rest of the visitors, teens can enjoy a game of soccer, beach volleyball, chill in a hammock – and don’t worry parents, because counselors will be there to oversee it all.

So if you’ve been reluctant to cruise with your teen for fear they won’t have any fun, fear not! Or, actually, maybe just fear that you may never ever see them until it’s time to disembark!

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