Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of September 29, 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

Concierge stateroom availability on the Wonder is going to grow. By the end of September 2019, 12 current Category 4A, Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah, staterooms will be converted to Category V, Concierge Family Oceanview with Verandah staterooms. The current 4As are sandwiched by existing Concierge staterooms on Deck 8.

The October 22, 2019 sailing on the Disney Magic from New York to Bermuda has officially been announced as a TCM Classic Cruise. This is a specially chartered event that will feature special guests, and a multitude of TCM-themed activities. This cruise can only be booked direct with TCM.

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:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • 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

Yesterday, Disney Cruise Line announced the early 2020 itineraries. The announcement contained a mix of some of the usual suspects, and some new and very exciting news!

First up, DCL is headed back to Hawaii after a 5 year hiatus. There will be two cruises on the Disney Wonder to choose from, a 9-night or a 10-night. Both will offer 5 sea days, and both will visit the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. The 9-night will sail from Vancouver and end in Honolulu, and the 10-night will begin in Honolulu and finish up in Vancouver, where the Wonder will likely begin her usual summer in Alaska.

The Wonder is also going to be the first of the DCL fleet to call New Orleans home. During the month of February, she’ll arrive fresh off some time in the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, and will sail out of the Big Easy to both the Western Caribbean and the Bahamas. The Wonder was the obvious choice for ship here, with Tiana’s Place on board – beignets by land and beignets by sea! This will be a fantastic port to spend some pre- and/or post-cruise time in.

As it’s been for the past releases, booking will begin on Monday and will be tiered based on Castaway Club status.

You can check out the full details of the itinerary release and booking dates here.

What did you think of the announcement? What itineraries are you hoping to book? 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

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