Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of October 20, 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

Recently, guests on the Wonder were treated to a brand-new show, “Disney at Sea with D23!”. This show from the fan club will be a highlight reel of entertainment news from all areas of the Disney company. It’s expected to roll out to all ships, and be on nearly every sailing.

The prices of the Family Beach Cabanas on Castaway Cay were increased by $50. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has a chart of prices for all three cabana categories, which you can see here.

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

There are some things I look forward to even more than others every cruise, and one of them is eating in Cabanas. We basically make a beeline to the lunch buffet as soon as we step foot on the ship (there are crab legs, people!). And there really is nothing quite like a breakfast of all-you-can-eat Mickey waffles at sea. I can almost taste it now…

At night, the hustle and bustle of Cabanas dies down…and it transforms into a casual table service dinner option! Here are some reasons why you should definitely try out Cabanas dinner:

  • It’s open seating! You are free to stop in to eat anytime during dinner hours. Let’s say you have early seating dinner in the main dining room, but a late excursion…you can skip on your scheduled dinner, and eat at Cabanas at your convenience.
  • It’s super laid back! Now, I’m not saying you should go here in your pajamas. But maybe formal wear isn’t your thing, and you’d rather pass on the the dress-up night in the main dining rooms but still have a full-service meal – Cabanas it is!
  • You can still get dishes that are served in the main dining rooms! Each night, there will be a menu pulling a variety of options from the various main dining room menus, including both full entrees and lighter meals. Sometimes, there may even be a surprise or two on the menu – recently on the Magic, I was able to get the New Orleans Seafood Pepper Pot and the Iceberg Wedge that are served in Tiana’s on the Wonder!
  • Often, the servers that are working in Cabanas are training with the hopes of being promoted to the main dining rooms. You are giving them a chance to practice their skills at dinner!
  • Ahem…hypothetically speaking….let’s say you have second seating dinner. And that’s really just way, way too late and you just can’t make it. You can totally go to Cabanas for a light “first dinner” to tide you over until your second dinner. And nobody judges you. Promise.

Cabanas is generally not open on the first and last night of your cruise, so if it is something you’d like to try out, check your Navigator for times and plan accordingly!

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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