Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of April 21, 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

Palo has a beautifully decorated dining room, with large windows and sweeping views of the sea. But did you know that, circumstances permitting, you will have the option to dine on the deck just outside the restaurant? The Disney Cruise Line Blog has some more information on this “by request only” option. Would you prefer to Palo al fresco or inside?

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

One of the most distinctive features on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy is the AquaDuck. Wrapping around most of Deck 12, it beckons to kids and grown up kids alike, and just screams fun (it’s true, stand near the end, you’ll hear the screams!). Here are some facts about the AquaDuck:

  • The Dream’s version was the first water-coaster on a cruise ship.
  • The AquaDuck is 765 feet in length, and loops out 13 feet over the side of the ship, 150 feet above the ocean!
  • Guests must be at least 42” to ride in a double raft, and at least 54” to ride alone.
  • Children 7 years and younger must ride with someone 14 years or older (and all height requirements must be met).
  • You will get wet!
  • It is so much fun!

The AquaDuck is a great combination of thrill and chill. There are a few hills that dip down, and then your raft is propelled back up. After you round the forward funnel, your tube magically slows down as you gently glide down the starboard side – parents, if you are waiting on the pool deck for that perfect photo op, this is it!

With a ship that has a capacity of 4,000 guests, you can guess that the line can be long, especially mid-day on a sea day. You can generally find shorter lines on port days when many guests are off the ship, or during that main dining time when many guests are at dinner or getting ready. While you are waiting in line, take notice of the signage on the walls, which tells you the “true story” of the AquaDuck. If you haven’t seen it, but just need to know, you can read about it (spoiler alert!) 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

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