Disney Cruise Line News — Week of August 31, 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!

Ports of Call


Disney Cruise Line: In The News

ICYMI, it is hurricane season – our annual reminder that no matter how much we plan, Mother Nature is still in charge. Dorian is the first named hurricane to have an impact on this cruise season. Here’s a list of the impacts, current at the time of posting:

  • The current sailing of the Disney Fantasy, which departed Port Canaveral as an Eastern Caribbean cruise on August 24, altered plans and is now on a Western Caribbean itinerary.
  • The August 31 sailing of the Disney Fantasy looks to sail as scheduled to the Western Caribbean.
  • The August 30 sailing on the Disney Dream will depart as scheduled on Friday. However, it will now be a 5-night sailing and head towards the Western Caribbean. The Dream is projected to visit Cozumel on Sunday, and Castaway Cay on Tuesday. She is anticipated to return to Port Canaveral on Wednesday, September 4. This change is at no additional cost. Guests on this sailing can elect to change the date of their cruise, but must do so by calling 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by noon on Friday.
  • The September 2 sailing of the Disney Dream will now be a 2-night cruise, departing instead on September 4. It is scheduled to visit Castaway Cay on Thursday, and return back to Port Canaveral on Friday. Guests on this sailing will receive a refund of 50% of their cruise fare, as well as a $250 onboard credit. Again, guests can opt to change their dates by calling the same numbers listed above.

This may leave you wondering….is cruising during hurricane season worth it? Natalie takes you through the pros and cons to help you with that decision!

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

By now, you’ve most likely heard the super-fun DCL news announced at the D23 Expo this past weekend. But just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or maybe in line for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge (either is totally okay), let’s recap!

First, we have a name for #5!! The next Disney ship to join the fleet will be named the Disney Wish! Now I admit that I was just a little surprised by the name – I had it on my list of contenders, but I also wasn’t totally expecting another “W” name since we’ve already got the Wonder. But I do love it! How perfect the “When You Wish Upon a Star” horn will be!! It was also announced that Rapunzel will adorn the stern of the ship. We got a beautiful piece of concept art of the atrium of the ship to drool over. We know it will be three stories, and the design will be inspired by an enchanted fairytale, ever so fitting with a name like the Wish. What we don’t know: which character will be the star of the atrium statue! In the concept art, near the bottom of the stairs, we can see the statue pedestal….but that’s it! Okay Disney, you’ve got us, and we’ll just keep on waiting as you slowly trickle those tidbits of info along to us! If you are already ready to show your love of this new ship, the Disney Cruise Line Blog has nicely provided us with Wish products available on TeePublic!

I know I was not the only one at home watching the livestream who cheered when Joe Rohde took the stage to update us on Lighthouse Point! Joe is going to lead the design of this new port of call, and there is quite possibly no man better suited for the job. Culture and the environment are both extremely important to the people of Eleuthera, and Joe is the perfect match to embody all of this into the design of Disney’s upcoming space on this gorgeous island. The plans will need to be accepted by the Bahamian government; hopes are for construction to begin in late 2020, with visits commencing in late 2022 or 2023.

What did you think of the announcements? Do you like the name selected for the Wish? What character would you like to see as the atrium statue? 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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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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