Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of August 4, 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!

Ports of Call

Disney Cruise Line: In The News

The two classic ships have the two new hottest restaurants – Tiana’s Place and Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Tammy takes on these two hot spots in a showdown – what’s your take on the winner here??

Lily, the lucky little girl of Julia Mascardo, has been living her best summer ever. The crowning jewel – an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy! You won’t want to miss reading all about her adventure. She did an amazing job with her recap!

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:

  • Born in China
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Cars 3
  • Doctor Strange
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Black Panther
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story 
  • Incredibles 2 
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Christopher Robin

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


You smiled just reading that word, didn’t you? Brunch is, perhaps, the most joyful of all meals. Brunch on vacation? Magical even. Which is why I don’t ever miss a chance to brunch at Palo when I cruise. 

There are a few important things to know about Palo brunch. It is an additional charge – $30 per person, or free for Platinum Castaway Club members cashing in on the one free Palo meal during your sailing. There is a dress code, the official verbiage which you can read here, and you should, as I’ve definitely seen guests turned away for unacceptable dress. (Pro-tip: This is not the time for constricting waistbands, especially if you’ve brunched right.)  Reservations can be made in advance, and while some times will be held back for booking on board, I highly suggest trying to snag one before your cruise.

Once seated, you’ll be offered a complimentary mimosa (or hold the juice for just the prosecco–it is 5 o’clock somewhere), and then your server will take you on a tour of the buffet. It’s truly like being a kid in a candy store, grown-up style. There are meats. Breads. Cheeses. Seafood. Crudités. More seafood. Caviar. Pastries. Desserts. More desserts. And you can go back for plate after plate after plate. Behold some of the beauty in these photos. Just try not to drool on your screen in the process.

But wait! This is Disney Cruise Line. So clearly a well-stocked buffet isn’t enough. There’s also an a la carte menu. That’s not an “or”, that’s in addition (remember above where I told you to be generous in your outfit choice??). From breakfast to lunch, sweet to savory, there’s really no bad choice. (Except, perhaps, overlooking the wonder that is the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast. My husband fancies himself a chicken parm connoisseur, and he dubbed this some of the best he’s ever had. I thought maybe I should be insulted that he ranked it possibly higher than my own version, but I can’t. He isn’t wrong. It’s amazing.)

Like all good brunches, this isn’t a sprint meal. Make it a long, delicious marathon and enjoy every last bite. You won’t be sorry. Very full, but not at all sorry!

What’s your favorite thing to eat at brunch? Tell me in the comments!

Special thanks to 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

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