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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
Well, the speculation we discussed last week about Tiffany & Co coming to the Dream is no longer just a dream! The doors officially opened on the boutique this past week. You may want to add a bit extra to your spending budget to bring home some of the exclusive DCL merchandise you can only get onboard!
Speaking of budgets, it’s no secret that cruising with Disney is a considerable expense. But sometimes, there are money-saving fares out there. Tammy has broken down the somewhat confusing world of GT rates – once you give this a read, continue on below to our weekly roundup of what sailings have current GT offers.
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:
The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Captain Marvel
- Disneynature: Penguins
- Avengers: Endgame
- Toy Story 4
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
I love that the approach to dinner is different for each cruise line, but I really love the rotational style dining on DCL! When I’m on vacation, one of the greatest joys (for me at least) is not having to make a decision about dinner plans. Dinner during your cruise really requires but one decision to be made, and that one decision comes at the time of reserving your cruise – main seating or second seating. Times will vary slightly depending on the itinerary, but for the most part, main (“early”) seating will be at 5:45 p.m. and second (“late”) will be at 8:15 p.m. Sometimes, this decision can somewhat be made for you. As you may guess, main seating tends to be the more popular choice of the two, and may be full when you initially book your cruise. If your seating time of choice is full, you can request to be waitlisted for the alternate time. If, for example, you are cruising with little ones and second seating is just too late but all that’s available, all hope is not lost! DCL will take the ages of kids into consideration with waitlist requests. Alternatively, you can also attend the dining session on embarkation day to see if you can be switched.
Each ship has three main dining rooms. You will be assigned a rotation including these three restaurants during your cruise. For longer cruises, this means that you’ll visit one or more restaurant more than once, but with a different menu to spice things up. While the menus may change each evening, one thing will remain the same – your service team. Your server, assistant server, head server, and maître’d will be with you for each night of your cruise. I love getting to know this incredibly hard working team, especially on longer sailings. You’ll likely see your team at other times as well, often during breakfast or lunch at Cabanas. If you have a food allergy or other dietary needs, seeing these familiar faces can often be immensely helpful!
What do you enjoy about the rotational dining setup on DCL? Tell me in the comments!
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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