A new DCL Navigator app update has dropped that everyone with a cruise booked will want to make sure they install, because this one is simply amazing.
Previously, if you were not on board the ship for your cruise, the DCL Navigator app was essentially just a fun countdown timer, but served no real purpose. With version 3.0, everything has changed. First, you’ll be prompted to log in to your reservation using the credentials you use to log in on the DCL web site.
From there, a whole new world opens up. You’ll be able to see all your reservations and add reservation numbers if your cruise (or a linked stateroom for your traveling party) isn’t showing up.
Once you click on your reservation, there’s a wealth of things you can do. Of course you still have your countdown timer. (Anyone else feeling my pain about my cruise being THAT far away?)
You are now able to see the details of your vacation, see where your stateroom is on the deck plan, and modify your stateroom selection.
You are also now able to make a payment on your cruise and, once you’ve passed that magical date, go through online check-in from the app.
From the payment page, you can see the total cost for your trip…
… and make a payment.
There are several other adjustments you can make for your cruise from the app now. Including changing what dining seating you have. . .
. . . add or cancel trip insurance . . .
. . . add your ground transportation information . . .
. . . include the details of your air transportation . . .
. . . and add any special requests, from allergies to special accommodations for traveling with babies to adding a note that you’re celebrating something special when on board.
And, of course, you can also see your itinerary, which should also include your port excursions, specialty dining, and other onboard experiences (nursery, spa, etc.) once you have booked them after you’re paid in full and your booking window opens.
I think it isn’t an understatement to say that the addition of these features through the DCL app is something for Disney Cruise Line fans to rejoice over. More and more, I find myself doing less and less with a computer and relying on my smartphone to do just about everything. With this app update, things that I would typically have to go through the DCL web site to do when I’m at home in front of a computer can now be done from the convenience of my smartphone.
What are your thoughts on this app update? Do you think you’ll use it more and use the DCL web site less, or do you still prefer doing your vacation planning at a physical computer? What’s the best feature out of the ones rolled out today? Let me know in the comments.