Disney Cruise Line News — Week of February 16, 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 always wanted to try out the beautiful Disney Fantasy, but haven’t been able to swing one of her typical 7-night sailings? This August, you’ve got a chance to jump on board for a 3-night Bahamian cruise out of Port Canaveral, departing 8/7/19. Don’t get too excited for this to be a regular thing – this quick sailing is coming off an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise that will then bring the Fantasy back to her regular 7-night rotation departing on Saturday.

Some really great new 2019 merchandise has hit the shops across the fleet. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has a look of many of the items, featuring the new logo for this year’s offerings. What do you think?

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
  • Coco
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • 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

Today is your absolute last chance to book your upcoming cruise and only 50% of the normal required deposit! With this promotion ending today, that usually signals that the release of new itineraries is on the horizon. Yay!!

As you can see from this history of itinerary releases, the summer itineraries are generally announced early March, give or take a couple of weeks, for the following year. The summer release is full of some hot ticket items! Traditionally, the Magic heads to Europe, the Wonder up to Alaska, the Dream sees some Castaway Cay double dip action, and the Fantasy throws us some great unique Caribbean offerings.

Keep in mind, that the release day is not the same as opening day for booking. Luckily, DCL is kind enough to give us a few days to soak in the details so we can narrow down our options to find the perfect cruise. When booking does open, if recent history repeats itself, priority will be given to Platinum Castaway Club members on day one, followed by Gold, then Silver, and finally new cruisers.

Does booking on opening day really matter? For many of these summer cruises, absolutely! Opening day pricing is often some of the best pricing you’ll get. Some of the itineraries have just one sail date – for an example from summer 2019, the 9-night Alaskan cruise on the Wonder is the only one for the season. Staterooms on unique sailings can go quickly, and of course as staterooms fill up, prices go up too.

So now we just sit and wait, perhaps patiently, perhaps not so patiently like me. We will definitely be sharing all the details when the big announcement arrives!

Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line 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