Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of August 18, 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

This month’s Merchandise Review brings you a plethora of fantastic things from the Disney Fantasy. If you are sailing soon, you may want to plan for empty space in your suitcase accordingly!

Rikki Niblett got her hands on a new guest survey floating around focused on themed days at sea, and The Disney Cruise Line Blog has all the details. I’m kind of loving the Disney Music and Broadway themes – such great possibilities for live shows! What one piques your interest?

Disney Cruise Line is fantastic for families, but don’t even think for one second that you kids are a prerequisite for fun. From food to nightlife to pampering, there’s no shortage of appeal to take an adults-only cruise!

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

Let’s continue on our stateroom tour this week, and take a look at the Oceanview options!

On the classic ships, things are pretty straightforward. Categories 9A, 9B, 9C, and 9D are all the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom. Rooms are all 214 sq.ft. and can be found on decks 2, 5, 6, and 7. They all feature the famous DCL split bath. All 9s have a queen bed and a single convertible sofa to accommodate 3 guests, but some will have the upper berth to fit a fourth. Your oceanview will come via one large porthole – unless you are on deck 1. The 9Ds on deck 1 have two smaller portholes!

The Dream and Fantasy offer the same series of Category 9s, with just a few differences. The stateroom size comes in slightly smaller at 204 sq.ft. However, the 9Ds  have some forward staterooms in corner locations, adding some bonus square footage! Category 9s are on decks 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8. The Dream class ships also offer the option of Deluxe Family Oceanview staterooms, listed as Categories 8A, 8B, 8C, and 8D. Adding the word “family” to the category adds square footage to the stateroom, as these come in at 241 sq.ft., and have the ability to accommodate a fifth guest in select rooms that also have the pull-down bed. Perhaps the best feature of these rooms is the porthole – most have a big porthole, and it’s got a seat you can cozy up in to enjoy the view in the comfort of your PJs.

If you tend to go for the oceanview, what deck/location do you prefer? 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 trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is lucky 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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