Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of October 13, 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

We asked, you answered! The majority of our readers weren’t all that wowed with the announcement of the early 2020 itineraries. Disney fans can be oh so tough to please! Of the new additions, the itinerary that seemed to garner more excitement was Hawaii – not too surprising, considering both sailings sold out in the opening days of booking.

Since we are talking about opinions….Conde Nast Traveler announced the results of the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Dream and Fantasy took the top spot in the best large cruise line category, while the Magic and Wonder took 7th for best medium cruise line.

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:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • 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

Dole Whip. You love or hate it, but chances are probably better that you love it. Or, at the least, you’ve tried it. It started off in the Disney parks and rose to cult status. So it was only natural that Dole Whip should find it’s way to the ships. They first appeared back in 2017, and can now be found on all four ships. They can be found at Frozone Treats near the pool on the Magic, Dream, and Fantasy, and at Sulley’s Sips on the Wonder. There are two basic options: straight up Dole Whip, or spiked with vanilla, dark, or spiced rum for guests 21 and over. And yes, they are an additional charge. But are they worth the additional charge?

Well….that may depend on what itch you are aiming to satisfy, and also what level of Dole Whip fanatic you are. These are not, in fact, true Dole Whips as they are found in the parks. On land, the pineapple goodness is in the form of true soft serve. The ship version is mixed in a frozen drink machine and served more like a slushy. And on a warm day, it turns to an interesting liquid consistency pretty quickly. If you are old enough and interested, the addition of the spiced rum is definitely the way to go. For a frame of reference on price, currently on the Magic, the regular Dole Whip is $4.95, $6.75 with the dark rum, and $9.00 with the vanilla or spiced rum.

I will admit, as a lover of all things pineapple, I was super excited to add a Dole Whip on a Ship to the list of places I’ve enjoyed this treat. Sadly for me, it was a one and done – it just wasn’t even a close sub for Dole Whip. It was somehow too sweet, and the texture was a big drawback. 

If you’ve tried the ship version of Dole Whip, what did you think? Yay or nay?

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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