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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!
As cruising resumes in select locations around the world, it’s hard not to watch with both a hopeful yet watchful eye, to see what might be in store for us once the Disney fleet is back in the water. Thus brings this recent cautionary tale: guests on an MSC ship in the Mediterranean committed a big no-no, and they paid the price! The family was booked on an official MSC port excursion in Naples, but they chose to leave the group to explore on their own. Sounds okay, right? Nope. When they returned to the ship, they were denied boarding for disregarding the rule that guests must stay with the guided group at all times.
MSC mandates that all guests who wish to explore the ports of call must do so only with an official port excursion; this is being done to maintain a “bubble” to help reduce risk and contact. So we can’t help but wonder if this model will make it’s way to other cruise lines once they resume sailing. And, if it does, would it change the way you do things? Would you embrace DCL-only excursions? Would you be more likely to stay onboard? Or maybe even wait until you’re able to explore on your own once again? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!
Moving along a similar wavelength, it looks like Disney is prepping to lure guests back to the Bahamas. DCL recently struck a deal to bring guests on an exclusive port adventure to Pearl Island. White sand beaches and stunning blue waters in a private setting just a hop, skip, and ferry from the Nassau pier? I know I am all in!
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:
Thanks to Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article. “Sea” you next week
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