Disney Cruise Line News — Week of March 2, 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

The days of tendering at Grand Cayman may soon become a thing of the past. Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise Lines are teaming up and will all be pitching in the build a pier on the island. The ease of getting on and off the ship, and the reduced chances of having to miss the port due to weather, would make the pier a welcome addition for many cruisers.

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

In case you missed the news yesterday, 2020 summer itineraries have been announced! Some old faithful itineraries have returned, and there’s a nice handful of new options too.

The Wonder will be back in Alaska for the season, with 7-night sailings. It was a little surprising to see that a longer 9-night won’t be offered next summer. Also, Hubbard Glacier has been swapped out for Dawes Glacier instead.

The Magic – oh does she have a Magical European summer coming! She’ll be doing a bit of the same, but in a different way. We’ll see her make her way to Barcelona on a 12-night Transatlantic voyage, and from there, she sails a series of Mediterranean cruises where no two are alike. The cream of the crop – Greece! Yes, after 5 years, DCL will once again visit this gorgeous country on two 9-night and one spectacular 12-night sailing. She will also visit a number of new ports on her Northern European adventures to close out the season, such as Rostock (Germany), Gdynia (Poland), and Zeebrugge (Belgium).

The Dream will keep doing her thing in the Bahamas, with her reliable 3- and 4-night cruises. She also steps up the summer fun with a series of 4- and 5- night Castaway Cay double dips – two trips to this Bahamian paradise is always better than one! Based on the calendar, it appears she’s getting a 3-week vacation of her own from August 24-September 14, 2020 – looks like she’s due for her dry dock refurbishment.

The Fantasy will be changing things up a bit, largely during that time that the Dream is in dry dock. If you haven’t been able to make her usual 7-night or longer sailings work, I’ve got good news: The Fantasy will embark on a series of 3- and 4- night Bahamian cruises – and two of those 3-nights will be Castaway Cay double dips!

Now is the time to scour the itineraries and be prepared for booking to open next week. Remember, your booking date is based on your previous sailing status:

Monday, March 4: Platinum Castaway Club
Tuesday, March 5: Gold Castaway Club
Wednesday, March 6: Silver Castaway Club
Thursday, March 7: All cruisers

As a reminder, placeholders will need to be booked over the phone. New cruises can be done online, or of course with your travel agent.

I don’t want to go wishing summer 2019 away before it gets here….but summer 2020 can you please hurry up just a little? Are you planning on booking any of these gems? 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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