Disney Cruise Line News — Week of August 24, 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

Sure, booking your port adventures with DCL is as easy as the click of a mouse, but there’s a whole other world out there to see when you venture out on your own to explore the ports of call. The decision that goes into booking excursions on your own may seem intimidating, but lucky for you Tammy has mapped out the pros and cons to booking your adventures outside of the cruise line.

The combo of WDW land and DCL sea vacation has always been popular. With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge next week in WDW, Star Wars fans can have a land and sea vacay that’s really out of this world. Start your journey visiting Batuu at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and then sail away on the Disney Fantasy for a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise on select sailings from January through March!

The Palo menu just got a bit of an update! No drastic additions or retractions, but just a couple changes to a few of the dishes. The scallops are a personal favorite – and I’m thinking I’ll have to try the updated dish on my next cruise!

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

Stateroom door decorating! If you’ve cruised already, you will know this is one of those unofficial parts of the DCL cruise culture. Not familiar with this phenomenon? Here’s a quick run down!

What do you decorate your door with? Magnets! The exterior of the stateroom doors are magnetic, with the exception to this being the Concierge staterooms on the Dream and Fantasy – those wood-paneled doors are not magnetic. Many people will have custom printed designs on magnet paper, or will affix magnets to the back of other decorations. Cruisers get sooooo creative with their decorations! I’ve seen family photos, strings of battery operated lights, wreaths, it goes on and on! Some families go for a personalized theme – you’ll see many doors with individual magnets for each cruiser. Others opt for an overall theme, for example, Nightmare Before Christmas for a Halloween on the High Seas cruise.

What’s the purpose of decorating the exterior or your door? Well for starters, it can simply be a great way to quickly and easily spot your stateroom in the hallway, especially for little ones. Some cruisers like to use their decorations to flex their previous trips – I’ve seen loads of stateroom doors filled with magnets that have been customized with dates and itineraries of past cruises. But mostly, it’s just fun!

Where can I get door decorations? If you are crafty, you can totally DIY it with printable magnetic paper. There are plenty of sellers on sites like Etsy that offer magnets in just about every theme and design imaginable, and also those who will be willing to work up a custom design for you. And don’t worry – if prepping door decorations didn’t get checked off your pre-cruise to do list, they do sell some cute sets onboard in the shops!

Any rules I need to know about door decorating? Yes, actually there are. The official language from Disney is as follows: “You are welcome to place magnetic signs on your stateroom door. Though, please note that Concierge staterooms on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have wooden doors. You may not affix items to your stateroom doors using tape or any adhesive, including removable gel adhesives, as this can damage the doors’ finish.” Following these rules is not only the right thing to do, but also in your best interest to avoid a fee of $100 per incident if you violate any of the regulations.

Do you decorate your door when you sail? Do you go for a simple approach, or all out? 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 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

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