Disney Cruise Line News — Week of November 16, 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

No, this isn’t a repeat of last week’s news…the awards just keep flowing in! This time, DCL was named the Best Cruise Line for Families in the 2020 rankings by the US News & World Report – for the seventh year in a row!

Have you started collecting Wishables, the new cute little plush toys featuring classic characters? There’s a new line available onboard, and they are all adorable in their nautical wear!

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
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 

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

Fancy living that suite life on deck? Then DCL concierge may just be the thing you need! It’s no doubt the ultimate pampering onboard. The spoiling starts on land, 120 days before your cruise to be exact. Getting up for that 12 a.m. ET booking window to grab a coveted cabana or Remy reservation? Nope. You snooze, and the Shoreside team takes care of all those requests for you. Embarkation day is nothing but smooth sailing, starting at a dedicated check-in area, then being personally escorted onto the ship and up to the lounge, where one of your magnificent hosts will greet you with a snack, beverage, and basically a magic lamp of wishes to make your cruise everything you dream it to be!

But then….your stateroom. Oh my the rooms!! All the ships have a Category V – which is the same size/layout as the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. It’s a lovely room! But if it’s the suite life you are dreaming of, you’re going to want one of the other options. The Category T is the 1-Bedroom with Verandah. The layout is different between the Classic and Dream class ships, but both are full of luxury. Between the separate bedroom, the two bathrooms, the living area, the walk-in closets, and did I mention the master bathroom with the huge jetted tub?? The Classic ships also have a Category S, a 2-bedroom option – all the glory of the T, but with an extra bedroom and half bath. On the Dream class ship, you could DIY a setup like this, with a connecting Category T to a V.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Because on each ship, you will find two, yes just two, Category R staterooms. R is for Royal, and the Royal Suite absolutely lives up to it’s name!! Oh and speaking of names, one is named the Walter E. Disney and the other is the Roy O. Disney. Natch. The setup differs between the Classic and Dream class ship, but the name of the game is the same for all – decadence. Bedrooms with twinkling star lights in the ceiling. Whirlpool tubs set next to full size windows overlooking the water. A pantry and wet bar, with a fabulous coffee maker I might add. Now, the interior of the Dream class Royal suites is a bit smaller (only sleeping 5, vs. the Classic Royals which have a second bedroom to sleep 7), but the verandah MORE than makes up for it. And it does that in three precise words: private hot tub. I know not everyone is a hot tub person, but if you are, it is private or bust. Not sorry.

A few weeks ago, I was so lucky to hang in the Walter E. Disney Suite on the Dream, as my dear friend and fellow TouringPlans blogger Tammy Whiting was the super lucky one to stay in this suite for her birthday cruise! If you want to know all about her thoughts (spoiler alert: she loved it) on the Royal suites, read all about her experience here!

Have you ever stayed Concierge? Would a stay in a Royal suite be on your bucket list? 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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