Disney Cruise Line News — Week of September 21, 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

Spooky season just got a bit darker. In advance of the October 18 premier date, guests will get a sneak preview of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil onboard DCL.

The Disney Wonder is a few days into her scheduled dry dock in Vancouver. While the updates to Vibe, Cove Cafe, and Signals will be modern and fresh, possibly the most anticipated change is the addition of the French Quarter Lounge. Can’t wait until the September 30 sailing to see it all. In the words of Mama Odie, oooh this is gonna be good!

A couple more itinerary changes, due to hurricane season activity:

  • The current Disney Magic Westbound Transatlantic sailing will not be visiting the ports of Sydney and Halifax, and will arrive a day early to New York, in order to avoid Humberto.
  • The September 21 Disney Fantasy cruise will now sail a Western Caribbean itinerary, in order to avoid Jerry.

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

Since yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day, let’s talk about Pirate Night on DCL! Pirates in the Caribbean night takes place on most sailings. While it’s not limited to just the Caribbean (you’ll be able to get your pirate on in the Mediterranean if you’d like), you won’t see this on your itinerary in Alaska, for example.

During the day, you’ll notice the background music has taken on a Pirate theme, as well as activities like family crafts, trivia, and kids club fun. Check the Navigator, as you find meet and greets scheduled with some of your favorite scallywags, like Captain Hook or Jack Sparrow. If you feel like you’ve got your own inner pirate that’s just dying to be let out, now is your chance! Pirate dress up is allowed and definitely encouraged, but never required. Your stateroom host will leave pirate bandanas in your stateroom, which make a nice light accessory, in case hook hands and fishnets may not be your thing (though, both are great!). There’s plenty of opportunity to eat like a Pirate, with a themed menu served in the main dining room in most cruises, and a pirate buffet to end the evening. Up on deck, there won’t be any swabbing but lots of partying! Stage shows, dancing, and the world famous fireworks at sea make this night such a blast!

Arrrrrrrrre you a pirate night fan? 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

2 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line News — Week of September 21, 2019

  • September 20, 2019 at 11:57 am

    We went on our first family Disney Cruise this summer, and were ASTONISHED by how much participation there was in Pirate Night. Seriously, we estimated about 90% of cruise goers were dressed in some sort of garb, with about 50% dressed all out in full costumes. It was really impressive to see, and we were glad we went prepared and didn’t stand out as fuddy duddies by not dressing.


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