Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of March 3, 2018

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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 Disney Cruise Line delighted us with the Summer 2019 Itineraries!! 2019 is bringing back some old favorites, some new twists, and some new booking windows, so let’s take a look at it all! 

The Disney Wonder will once again be headed north to Vancouver, where she will sail a variety of 7-night itineraries in Alaska, with one 5-night and one 9-night sailing mixed in to the rotation.

As expected, the Disney Dream will continue 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises. Some of those 4-night sailings will include 2 stops at Castaway Cay, and she will also feature a 5 different 5-night sailings with 2 stops at Castaway Cay. How can you resist the double dip?! 

The Disney Fantasy will continue in the Caribbean, with alternating 7-night Eastern and Western itineraries. She will mix it up a bit with an 8-night Eastern cruise, a 6-night Western cruise, an 11-night Southern cruise, and one short but sweet 3-night Bahamian cruise!

The Disney Magic will head to Europe on an amazing 13-night Transatlantic sailing, where she will then pick up a really nice variety of 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, and 10-night options in the Mediterranean. She will then head to Copenhagen for 7- and 10-night Northern European sailings, and then over to Dover for 7-night British Isles and Northern Europe cruises. The Magic will finally embark on 7- and 10-night cruises through the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.

You have a few more days to mull over the options before the booking frenzy begins next week. On Monday, March 5, Platinum Castaway Club Members (guests who have sailed more than 10 times) can book their cruises. New for this release, residents of Golden Oak will also be able to book on this day. Gold Castaway Club Members (guests who have sailed more than 5 times) will be able to book Tuesday, March 6. On Wednesday, March 7, Silver Castaway Club Members (guests who have sailed more than once), Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventures by Disney Insiders will have their chance to book. Keep in mind that for these three days, all bookings will be over the phone only. Online bookings will become available on Thursday, March 8, when booking will be open to the public.

Early booking matters, especially for some of the more unique itineraries that only have one sailing offered. As the ships fill up, the prices go up! 

You can see a full brochure with all the dates and itineraries here. Are you planning to book a cruise for summer 2019? Tell us which one in the comments!

And finally, 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:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Born In China
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Cars 3
  • Doctor Strange
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Moana
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Black Panther

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

If you’re like me, you’re probably salivating over the release of the Summer 2019 itineraries. Am I the only one that is daydreaming of doing at least 5 cruises….and then quickly waking up from that daydream thanks to the reality of….the budget? It is no secret that Disney Cruises are pricey. It’s also no secret that Disney Cruises are awesome. While the  cruise fare does include many aspects of your vacation, it is not inclusive of all the costs associated with cruising. Budgeting for your cruise is a necessary evil, but planning expenses in advance makes all the difference. Tammy has some great advice on what expenses you will need to budget for your cruise – take her advice, you won’t be sorry that you did!

Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!

Special thanks Scott Sanders of The DCL 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

3 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of March 3, 2018

  • March 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I didn’t realize the summer 2019 itineraries were out now. We’ve cruised on the Wonder twice to Alaska and are ready to go back again. Let the planning begin!

  • March 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you, Cynthia I have been like one of the sailing dinghies circling around a harbor and keeping my eyes, ears and heart open to the teachings and deep sense of spiritual direction that has emerged over the past 20 years as the sailing ships come and go, exploring the deep waters and sharing the treasures to be found. Looking forward to navigating through this particular branch of this Wisdom “verticil (I had to look up this word) With gratitude, Pat


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