Disney Cruise Line News — Week of August 10, 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

More itinerary changes! And once again, we see a shift in Key West to earlier in the cruise. The December 27, 2019 and November 20, 2020 7-night Bahamian sailings on the Disney Wonder are both affected in this latest change.

There’s sooooo much to do onboard, that in fact, sometimes you need a little recharge before the next round of fun. From your favorite networks, to on demand movies, to special ship programming (like one of our family’s personal favorites, the morning wake-up show!), Erin has the rundown on everything you can watch on your stateroom television while you relax!

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:

  • Captain Marvel
  • Dumbo 
  • Disneynature: Penguins
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Aladdin 
  • Toy Story 4 
  • Lion King

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

The DCL Grand Slam. Some hold it as one of the highest goals of a lifetime cruising with the mouse. What is the Grand Slam? It’s fundamentally simple – “just” completing a cruise on all four ships in the fleet. And yes, I did say “just”, because we all know sailing with DCL is both an expense and a luxury. There’s nothing official about completing the Grand Slam, just your own satisfaction.

Since there are no time restrictions to completing the GS, it’s kind of fun to play along and dream big! So why not all four ships in the same year? Sounds amazing right? Erin Foster took that daydream and ratcheted it up all the way and presents us with……the back-to-back-to-back-to-back Grand Slam. Like, this is what cruise vacation dreams are made of people!! This dream is a modified back-to-back, because the stars of the cruising schedule won’t quite be able to align to a true B2B. Now here’s the really cool part – she even did the legwork (thanks, Erin!) and found not one, but two doable plans in 2020. And 2020 just may be the year to make it happen – before we are blessed with a new ship in 2021!

Now after this daydreaming, I’m wanting to check my calendar and my savings account…

Have you accomplished the DCL Grand Slam? Let me know 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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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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