Disney Cruise Line Weekly News — Week of October 12, 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

Just in time for National Handbag Day (hey, I don’t make these days up, I just celebrate them) – new Dooney & Bourke bag alert! Yes, there’s a new print available on board on all four ships right now! Who’s adding this one to their Disney bag collection?

The Conde Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced and surprise, surprise – guess which “large cruise line” was voted tops for the 8th year in a row? Ok I know you didn’t really need any guesses. Yay, DCL!

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
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

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

A funny thing tends to happen when you are on a cruise: you find yourself wanting, nay, needing to book another one IMMEDIATELY. Luckily, the onboard booking is there to come to your rescue!

If you know exactly when you want to cruise, you can go ahead and choose your date, your stateroom, the whole nine yards and have it all squared away before you even disembark. Not sure on the details, or maybe you don’t want to spend the time onboard comparing options? This is where the placeholder comes into play! A placeholder means you put down a deposit for a future cruise, which must occur within 24 months from the time the placeholder is booked, to receive the onboard booking benefits.

What are these onboard booking benefits? Well, the parameters recently changed, so let’s look at the old vs. the new:

  • For all onboard bookings made before September 27, 2019: bookings made for categories 11C-4A will receive 10% off the cruise fare. Cruises of 7 nights or longer will only pay 10% deposit, instead of the standard 20% deposit. Additionally, cruises 6 nights or less will receive a $100 onboard credit, and cruises 7 nights or longer will receive a $200 onboard credit. Cruises booked in the concierge category will not receive the 10% discount or reduced deposit, but will receive the onboard credit.
  • All onboard bookings made on the Disney Fantasy September 28, 2019 or later, or on the other three ships on September 30, 2019 or later will still be eligible for the 10% discount, and reduced deposit. However, onboard credit will no longer be given to categories 11C-4A. Concierge bookings will continue to receive the onboard credit.

If you aren’t sure on the ins and outs of rebooking onboard? Tammy has made a fantastic list of the 10 most important things to know, so be sure to check it out!

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 trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is lucky 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

2 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Weekly News — Week of October 12, 2019

  • October 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

    In the “special” section, what does the IGT, GGT AND VGT mean

    • October 15, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Mike! IGT, OGT, and VGT refer to restricted, discounted fares. The difference between the three is stateroom category: IGT is an Inside stateroom, OGT is an Oceanview stateroom, and VGT is a verandah stateroom. You won’t get to pick the specific category (ie, a Category 4 Verandah), but you will be assigned any available verandah stateroom, selected by DCL. These fares must be paid in full at the time of booking, are non-refundable, and you cannot make changes to your stateoom once booked. For those who don’t mind the “unknown” of where your room will be, the discounted fares can be a really great deal!


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