Disney Cruise Line News — Week of December 22, 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

Late last week, DCL quietly made some price changes – some up, some down. Starting with the good, you can now get a Cabana Swedish massage on Castaway Cay for less than before! A DCL price decrease – a true holiday miracle! The price for one went from $147 to $118, and down from $294 to $220 for a couples treatment.

Now, the less pleasant. Palo brunch and dinner have both increased from $30 to $40. Remy brunch increased from $60 to $75, and Remy dinner increased from $95 to $125. It’s important to note that if you made your reservation for any of these dining experiences prior to December 14, you will still pay the old price. Reservations made after the December 14 will be at the new price.

Finally, ground transfer prices at some ports have changed. Transfers to/from Civitavecchia and Copenhagen have decreased. Most notably, transfers to/from Port Canaveral have increased from $35 per person (ages 3 and up) round trip to $39 per person (ages 3 and up). Even if you’ve previously added transfers to your future reservation, your reservation will be updated to reflect the new pricing.

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:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story 
  • Incredibles 2 
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Christopher Robin
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mary Poppins Returns

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

Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays….except if you are on a Disney Cruise instead. Is that even better??? The magic of Christmas will begin on Christmas Eve and last through Christmas Day. You can expect to see movies on Funnel Vision, holiday crafts, caroling by the crew, holiday storytimes, and more. Of course, the big guy himself will also be onboard to visit. No, I’m not talking about Mickey this time, but Santa! He deserves a little break after all that work!

Religious services will be offered at various times. There is generally a Midnight Christmas mass, and on Christmas day, there are both Catholic and Interdenominational services.

It’s not a holiday without splurging on food and drink, right? There will be a Christmas-themed drink of the day, both alcoholic and a non-alcoholic version. The main dining rooms will serve the Happy Holidays menu at dinner as well.

Whether you are celebrating by land or by sea, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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