Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of August 25, 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 DCL Navigator app had a recent update – now you can see the room service menus through the app while on board! Be sure to update the app at home before you set sail.

Another legit sweepstakes alert! Try your luck at winning a 4-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream.

For a limited time, the Disney Dream is offering a pop-up Tiffany & Co boutique, featuring some of the items found in the permanent space that is exclusive to the Disney Fantasy. It’s unclear how long this will be available, so if you are sailing soon on the Dream, take advantage while you can.

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

Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at an overview of both the inside and oceanview staterooms. Today, we’ll finish up with the verandahs!

Not all verandahs are created equal! The entry-level verandah is a Category 7A. Including the verandah, these measure at 268 sq.ft. on the Magic and Wonder, and 246 sq.ft. on the Dream and Fantasy. You can sleep three guests between the queen bed and single convertible sofa, and these rooms feature the split bath. The verandahs here are called Navigator’s Verandah, and are quite unique. On the Magic and Wonder, this outdoor space is mostly enclosed, with a “window” cutout for viewing – they are actually quite charming! On the Dream class, these verandahs are undersized or have and obstructed view. You can snag one of these rooms on decks 5, 6, and 7.

Next up we have Category 6A (on all ships) and 6B (on the Dream class). Square footage is the same as category 7A, and the interior is the same except for the addition of the upper berth in some staterooms to accommodate a fourth guest. While these staterooms have a full verandah, some may have a slight view obstruction, the lower portion of the verandah wall is solid white, limiting the view for crawling babies, toddlers, and those of us who were not blessed with height. You can find 6A staterooms on decks 5, 6, and 7 on the classic ships. Category 6A and 6B are found from decks 5 through 10 on the Dream class.

Category 5 (A-C on the Magic/Wonder, A-E on the Dream/Fantasy) are again, similar to 6 – same square footage, same sleeping arrangements. Categories A-D are largely the same, with the difference being the deck they are on. 5E on the Dream class is the unicorn of the Category 5 staterooms. These rooms are on decks 6-10 aft, and have an oversized verandah – some which are even more oversized! You get great space with great views on the 5E staterooms.

Last but certainly not least, Category 4 steps it up in the verandah options as a Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. Adding the word “family” adds extra square footage (for a total of 304 sq.ft. on the Magic/Wonder, and 299 sq.ft. on the Dream/Fantasy), giving room for a pull-down wall bed in most Category 4 rooms, bringing the total occupancy to 5 guests. Bucking that rule, however, are the Category 4E rooms on the Dream class – these only sleep 4, but they have some nice big verandahs! 4E staterooms on the classic ships don’t have quite the same wow-factor on the verandah – in fact they have the white walls.

Is the verandah worth the money? That’s a million dollar question. For some itineraries, the answer may be absolutely – soaking in the beauty of the Norwegian fjords from your own verandah does sound quite lovely, yes? For more port-intensive itineraries, where you are on the go much more than enjoying downtime, maybe not so necessary.

Are you team verandah? Or is it an easy pass for you? 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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