Disney Cruise Line News — Week of September 14, 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

Yesterday, Castaway Cay welcomed back the first guests to the island since Hurricane Dorian. While most of the experiences on the island were up and running, there were some things that were unavailable; this included the Stingray Adventure, snorkeling area, and the play structure adjacent to the family beach. Once these areas receive the TLC they need, they will be back in action.

Post-Dorian, if you are interested in making a monetary or physical goods donation to the Bahamas, this list from the Bahamian government has verified and trusted avenues to do such. If you already have a trip to the Bahamas booked, get out there and support local businesses to help these beautiful islands get back on their feet.

Legit sweepstakes alert!!! Enter here for your chance to win a Very MerryTime Cruise on the Disney Dream! You can enter once a day from now through September 25.

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

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

Halloween on the High Seas season officially kicked off last Saturday on the Disney Fantasy! The Dream has also joined the spooky fun, while the Magic and Wonder both have a few more weeks to wait. Just like the party at the Magic Kingdom, this celebration is very much not so scary, just a great time for all ages! If you’ve never sailed a HOTHS (yes that’s the “official” internet moniker) cruise, or have one booked this season, here’s what you can expect:

As soon as you enter the atrium, you’ll be welcomed by the Pumpkin Tree. Each ship has a different tree with a unique name. In true Disney fashion, there’s also an elaborate backstory to the tree; you can read the legend behind the tree here. My personal favorite decoration is definitely the jack-o-lantern faces added to the portholes on deck 3. Impossible not to smile seeing those smiles!

What’s Halloween without costume parties and trick-or-treating? Don’t forget to add your costume to your packing list; you can certainly dress subtle, but don’t be afraid to go all out! I’ve seen some amazing group costumes on board, and it definitely adds to the atmosphere. However, do be sure to keep within the costume guidelines set by DCL. Mickey’s Mouse-querade party is the place to show off your costumes, while doing the Monster Mash with favorite characters, and topping it off with trick-or-treating around the ship. Grown ups get their own bit of fun with an adults-only costume contest after dark!

Activities for families and in the kids clubs will take a not-so-spooky twist, with Halloween themed crafts, pumpkin carving, and more. Haunted storytimes, and the ever popular Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream movie time is not to be missed!

And what’s a celebration without themed food and merchandise? Grown ups, take this limited time opportunity to sip on a Spooky Juice cocktail! The shops will be filled with all sorts of HOTHS that you both wanted and never knew you needed. Don’t forget that if something is a must-have, go on the first night when the shops open before it sells out!

Sound off in the comments if you are taking a Halloween cruise this year – I’ll go first, I’ll be on the Dream next month!

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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