Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of June 16, 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

It’s going to be an Incredible week onboard! Today, Incredibles 2 hits theaters, and guests who are sailing will also get the chance to see the premier during their cruise. The original film will also be available on demand in staterooms. But I think the most incredible Incredibles event of all is Jack Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash. A crawling baby of your own is not necessary to enjoy this – grab a spot on Deck 4 or 5 in the atrium for the best view. You will not be sorry you made time for this. One could say that it is, well, incredible! (Too much? Nah.)

Tortola is still working to recover after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Progress is being made, but DCL has determined they are not quite ready to stop at the island with guests. The July 14, July 28, and August 11 Caribbean sailings on the Disney Fantasy have been altered and will now stop at St. Maarten instead.

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 (PremEar June 15)

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

First time Disney cruisers often ask about soda packages. Good news – you don’t need to even consider this one, because (most) soda is already included in your cruise fare! This isn’t just limited to soda – it also includes water, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and hot chocolate. You can guzzle down till your heart is content on these in all of the dining rooms, and also at the self-service beverage station on the pool deck.

Yes, I said “most” soda is included. So when do you have to pay for your pop? Ordering soda or water from room service will be an extra charge, as these will be delivered in bottles/cans. Additionally, if you order a soda at any of the bars, lounges, or at Preludes, the snack-bar outside the the theaters, be prepared to pay for that drink! Now with that said…you already know where the free stuff is – so go get it and get the most out of your cruise fare!

The self-service beverage stations on the Magic and Wonder are located on Deck 9, aft, port side. On the Dream and Fantasy, you will find a station both port and starboard side in the mid-aft area of Deck 11. The selections will vary a bit by ship, but all will feature Coca-Cola products. Free cups are available at the drink stations, and you are asked to use a new cup with each refill. Great, right? Well, there is a downside to that. First, those cups are not very big, and you may find that in just a few sips you’ll be needing a refill. It’s a great idea to bring your own refillable cup with you – you’ll definitely appreciate having the bigger cup as you wander around, or head back to your stateroom for the evening. Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about about the removal of plastic straws from cruise ships in an effort to reduce plastic usage and help protect the ocean. Last week, Scott Sanders noted that neither plastic straws or lids were available at the beverage station on the Disney Magic. As this is a trend that may continue to move forward, it’s even more important to consider adding a reusable cup, and maybe even reusable straws, to your packing list on your next cruise!

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

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