Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of August 11, 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!

Ports of Call

Disney Cruise Line: In The News

Disney Movie Rewards members can enter to win a Marvel Day at Sea cruise! Not a member? You can still join and enter! At the least, you’ll get some good movies to add to your collection.

Previously, it was reported that DCL was potentially looking at property in Eleuthera, Bahamas as a second private port to Castaway Cay. At a recent local town hall meeting, there was an interesting handout given to attendees. It is important to note that there was no official representation by DCL at the meeting. Take a look at the handout that The Disney Cruise Line Blog has shared – what’s your take on it all?

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 
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Christopher Robin

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

Ask many DCL fans what their favorite stateroom category is, and they’ll probably tell you “whichever one I’m in”. And there is some real truth to that – any place to rest your head, as long as it means that you are on the ship, right?

For today, let’s take a look at the least expensive stateroom category – the inside staterooms. The inside staterooms correlate to categories 11C,11B, 11A, 10C, 10B, and 10A on the Magic and Wonder, and to 11C,11B, 11A, and 10A on the Dream and the Fantasy. The 11s are Standard Inside Staterooms. On the Magic and Wonder, these rooms are 184 sq.ft., and on the Dream and Wonder they are 169 sq.ft. They will sleep 3-4 guests, in a queen bed, a single convertible sofa, and an upper berth in some. They have one bathroom. The 10s are Deluxe Inside Staterooms. They’ll sleep the same number of guests in the same configuration, but have a slightly larger square footage (214 on the Classic ships and 204 on the Dream class), but they boast the famous DCL split-bath layout.

So, why might you choose an inside stateroom? Well, budget may be your first thought. And it’s not wrong! Like I already said, any stateroom is a good stateroom. As the name implies, the inside stateroom is just that – on the interior of the ship. So no window, no natural light. For someone who may tend to feel claustrophobic, this may not be your best choice to book. But for someone who loves a nice dark room to sleep in for hours on end (so you know, any teenager pretty much), you can’t go wrong! But perhaps the best reason to book an inside stateroom on the Dream and the Fantasy is the Magical Porthole. You can get a view in your inside stateroom! Your porthole is actually an LED TV screen. A well-placed exterior camera about the ship will give you a real-time view, as if you were looking through an actual window – but maybe better!! If you watch and wait, you’ll see some familiar faces pop up in your porthole view. My favorite might just be Dumbo with his magic feather. Or Goofy on a surfboard. Or Rapunzel swinging by on her hair. Oh and on specialty cruises, like Star Wars Day at Sea, you may get to see something from another galaxy like this!

What’s your verdict on the inside staterooms? Tell me in the comments.

Special thanks to 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