Disney Cruise Line News — Week of January 26, 2019

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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

Have you ever said to yourself, possibly with a wistful sigh, “I wish I could live on Castaway Cay”? DCL is hiring a human resources manager with quite the bonus — living on the island! Now’s your chance!

While we eagerly await and speculate on the details of the three new ships coming our way, this week we learned that they are being called the “Triton Class”. The news was revealed in documents out of Port Canaveral regarding renovations to the two terminals that will serve Disney Cruise Line.

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
  • 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

Last week, DCL announced that they would be increasing the amount of the recommended gratuities for three of the tipped positions. The Stateroom Host/Hostess, Server, and Assistant Server positions have been increased by $0.50 per passenger, per night. This brings the new total recommended gratuity amount to $13.50 per passenger, per night.

Gratuities can be prepaid by calling DCL, or your travel agent, and having them added to your reservation. This can be done up until 3 days prior to your cruise. The prepaid amount will automatically be at $13.50 per passenger/per night. You can see how much this will be for your upcoming cruise by using this tip calculator.

If you don’t prepay, the recommended gratuities will automatically be added to your onboard account during your cruise. You do have the option to change the amount of these tips, but it will need to be done at guest services. Alternatively, you can opt to tip entirely in cash, in which case you’ll still need to make a trip to guests services to remove the charge from your onboard account. (Tip: don’t wait until the last morning to do this!!)

Before the last night of your cruise, you will receive in your stateroom an envelope for each tipped position. Along with this will be a sheet that will have a tear off receipt showing the name and amount paid to each recipient. You can distribute these slips/envelopes to each crew member, though it’s not necessary – it’s mostly just a nice gesture.

Don’t forget these are just the recommended amounts! Those envelopes you receive in your stateroom are an easy way to add an additional cash gratuity for exceptional service to the respective crew members.

There are some other instances where you may want to tip a crew member onboard, or services that have gratuities automatically added – Tammy has hashed out the 10 tipping tips you need to know!

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

One thought on “Disney Cruise Line News — Week of January 26, 2019

  • January 25, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Great catch with the gratuity increase. Doesn’t matter much to us as we always tip extra for the great service we consistently receive.


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