Disney Cruise Line News — Week of June 8, 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

Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea officially kicked off earlier this week on the Disney Fantasy! Usually you get a favor at a party, but this time, you can um, buy your own. Party merchandise will be available in the stores onboard, and you can preview the official logo here.

Tammy has a great list on the 10 things you need to know about tipping on your Disney Cruise – check it out!

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:

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Captain Marvel
  • Dumbo 
  • Disneynature: Penguins
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Aladdin 

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

Good things come to those who wait. And we waited and waited and waited past the middle of May, when we all expected the Fall 2020 itinerary release. But huzzah, the itineraries are finally here!!!

This release was an interesting mix of more of the same, and “oh, hey that’s different”. The Wonder will be back to Baja before her Panama Canal crossing, and then finish the year out of Galveston. But that’s pretty much where the standard itinerary expectations ended.

The Magic has two noticeable itinerary gaps. First, it seems she may be going into dry dock before leaving Europe, with nothing scheduled from September 18 to October. Once she reaches New York, she’ll sail to Bermuda and Canada before repositioning to Miami via San Juan. But that’s where it gets interesting – after she arrives in Miami on November 12, there’s nothing for the rest of 2020. Here’s hoping we see some late-additions to her sailing schedule down the road.

On a similar note, the Dream is off the sailing grid from October 2 to November 12. She’ll pick back up on November 13 in Port Canaveral, with her typical 3- and 4- night Bahamian sailings. That’s an awfully long (maybe?) dry dock, but perhaps we’ll see sailings added to her schedule as recently happened for late Summer 2020.

Now at first glance the Fantasy seems to be on her basic Caribbean route…but in addition to the usual 7-nights, and one 8-night and 6-night, she’s got a 5-night Castaway Cay double dip, 4-night Bahamians, and six 3-night Bahamians as well! These Bahamian sailings take place during the time the Dream is out of commission. There’s also an itinerary gap at the moment for the Fantasy from 10/4-9. Possible DVC member cruise? Turner Classic Movies charter? Hopefully we know more soon!

And of course, the stars of the fall itineraries are the themed holiday cruises, Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime. Spend Halloween in Nassau on the 10/30/20 3-night Fantasy cruise, or at sea on the 10/27 5-night Bermuda on the Magic or the 4-night Baja on the Wonder. Tell Santa you’ll be at sea for Christmas for the 12/24 4-night Bahamian on the Dream, or the 6-night Wonder Bahamian. Or, give your family the gift of a Castaway Cay Christmas on the 12/19 7-night Western Caribbean on the Fantasy. No gift receipt required, guaranteed!

Booking begins Monday for Platinum Castaway Club members! Are you going to be booking any of these itineraries? 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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