Disney Cruise Line News — Week of February 23, 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

Disney Cruise Line is going green in their communications! Previously, after you booked your cruise, you’d receive a physical planning guide in the mail. As of this week, that is no longer. That guide is being replaced by a series of emails that will be sent periodically during the course of your planning and prep period, beginning with a welcome email just after your cruise is confirmed. For those who still love Mickey mail, don’t worry — you’ll still get your booklet and luggage tags in the mail just prior to sailing.

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:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story 
  • Incredibles 2 
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Christopher Robin
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Coco
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mary Poppins Returns

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

Perhaps you are stepping on board one of the four gorgeous Disney ships for the first time. You are likely going to be taken aback by the sheer awesomeness, but you may also feel like a fish out of water navigating your way around. It’s okay, you won’t be the only one walking aft when it should have been forward! On embarkation day, DCL offers a Walking Ship Tour. This tour generally meets mid-afternoon prior to the mandatory Guest Assembly Drill – so you’ll have time to enjoy your first of many delicious meals first. Too overwhelmed on embarkation day? No worries! On longer sailings, there is also usually a second chance to do this tour on the first morning of your cruise. The Personal Navigator you receive at check-in will tell you the exact time and location of where the group will meet, but it tends to be someplace like Preludes. Think of this tour as a basic orientation. You’ll hit the main spots like shops, theaters, and restaurants–the big ticket items you’ll certainly be visiting during your cruise. This tour lasts about 30 minutes, and is open to all ages. It’s a great thing to do with your kids if you plan on giving them some freedom to roam on their own to help acquaint them with the layout!

Then, later in your cruise while the kids are off exploring, the adults have the opportunity to explore a second tour option – the Art of the Theme Ship Tour. During this 45-minute to 1-hour tour, your guide will point out some the details in the decoration, music, and theme that give each ship her own character. As is standard with Disney, all design has a purpose and a story, and you’ll get to hear some of those stories from your guide, and ask some questions too. This is a great tour for veteran cruisers as well, and definitely worth repeating on each ship to really dive deeper into the differences in design.

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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