Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of June 30, 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 Bahamian Department of Island Revenue has announced that effective July 1, 2018, the VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will increase from 7.5% to 12%. If you are budgeting for a Bahamian cruise after this time, or any cruise that stops at Castaway Cay, keep this in mind when crunching numbers!

The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app has a new update! You may recall that the last major update saw a change to the countdown interface – and internet outrage ensued. Thankfully, jeers have turned to cheers with the new countdown – I mean look at how cute it is!!

 

Want to live vicariously on a Disney Cruise? TouringPlans has you covered–Julia (blog author and Outlet Report Intern), her daughter Lily (of Best Week Ever), and husband Erwin (of…just Erwin, I guess) are setting sail this Saturday for an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy. Follow along with live tweets on the TouringPlans twitter account.

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
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • 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
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story 
  • Incredibles 2 

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

Can you believe next week is already the Fourth of July? Summer, slow down! If you’ll be on board for the holiday, you may be treated to various star spangled activities. Offerings will vary by sailing, but may include themed crafts, stage shows, musical performances, special drinks of the day, characters greeting in patriotic costumes, and perhaps even the Independence Day dinner menu in the dining rooms!

Speaking of special days on board….this week’s #AskIt wants you to pick your favorite DCL themed cruise. Are you a hard-core Halloween on the High Seas cruiser? Maybe it’s the Marvel Day at Sea that tickles your fancy? Make sure to go over and vote, and tell me in the comments about your favorite!

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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