Disney Cruise Line News — Week of October 19, 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 Mail is best mail, and now you’ll be finding a new booklet arriving in mailboxes after you book your cruise.  This new “welcome aboard” mailing will ship out approximately one week after the cruise is booked. This does not replace the luggage tag mailer, while will arrive approximately a month or so prior to the sail date.

More shopping alerts this week! If you are Pandora charm collector, you’re gonna need another bangle…because there’s a new line of charms featuring the name of each ship, exclusively sold onboard. And since there is one for each ship, and the respective charm is only sold on the respective ship, this is going to be a bit of a pricey Grand Slam bracelet!

That’s not all that’s new in stores – the adorable plush Wishables have made their way to DCL! There are six friends, in adorable nautical gear, waiting to go home with you!

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 (PremEAR October 18)

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

Before you run to the bow of the ship and claim yourself King of the World (Titanic references are ok for cruising still, right?), you’re gonna need your Key to the World Card (KTTWC). What’s this Key to the World? Well, basically, it’s a plastic card that’s your ID, stateroom key, room charge, and more! To learn all the ins and outs of not only how this card functions, but what all seemingly random letters and numbers printed on it mean, check out this great guide that Erin put together!

Each member of your party will be issued a KTTWC when you check in at the port. If you are a Castaway Club member, you’ll also be given a lanyard with a plastic card to hold your KTTWC. Don’t worry, it’s pretty well accepted that this newly acquired necklace will be totally in fashion while you are sea – so throw it on and enjoy the ease of having your card with you all the time. If you are a new cruiser, keep in mind that you won’t get your free Castaway Club lanyard until your second cruise. You can BYO lanyard from home, but don’t worry, because the shops onboard will have them for sale. Do the youngers cruisers needs to carry their cards around onboard too? Well, that depends. Parents can choose whether or not their young ones can have charging privileges on their card. Also, kids that are attending Edge and/or Vibe will get a sticker on their card to show they are registered to be in the respective clubs.

Do you keep your Key to the World cards once your cruise is over as a souvenir?

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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