Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of June 23, 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 return to Tortola on the Eastern Caribbean itineraries has been closely monitored by DCL recently. While very unofficial, this week BVINews.com is reporting that Disney will return to Tortola on August 28. This is quite possible, as the latest official news released is that the last announced itinerary to be altered is the August 11 Eastern Caribbean sailing on the Fantasy.

Though DCL’s first call to the port of Belfast is more than a year away, Disney Parks Blog is giving guests a first look at some of the port adventures that will be available. From historical sites like Carrickfergus Castle, to family fun at Pickie Funpark, there will be something to please everyone!

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 

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

Disney Cruise Line is known for its world-class entertainment, and you’ll definitely want to make sure to include some of these shows in your plans while on board. Let’s take a look at some of the important things to know about the shows:

  • Shows are free! Okay…they are included in your cruise fare. But let’s just focus on the fact you don’t have to purchase anything additional to attend. 🙂
  • No tickets or reserving of showtimes – there are two shows each evening, designed for guests to attend the showtime opposite of their dinner seating time.
  • No reserving seats necessary either! This is great, but it also means that saving seats inside the theater is discouraged – so you’ll want to arrive together, and early, as lines will form outside the doors of the theater.
  • The shows in the Walt Disney Theater are always appropriate for all ages.
  • Most performances last approximately 45-60 minutes.
  • Feel free to BYOS – bring your own snacks! There is also “concession stand” just outside the theater with popcorn, candy, and beverages for purchase.
  • Depending on your itinerary, you may see an array of shows from Broadway style musicals, to compilation stories featuring favorite Disney characters, to variety acts like comedians or magicians.
  • Each ship has something different to offer! While a few shows overlap, you will find shows unique to each ship.

Do you have a favorite show that you never miss on board? Tell me in the comments!

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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