Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of September 1, 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

This week’s news can all be filed under the category “really not all that surprised”. 

First up, USA Today has chosen (in what seems to be a very unscientific manner) the 25 most beautiful cruise ships. Lo and behold, all 4 DCL ships made the cut, with the Dream class lumped together at the eleventh spot, and the Magic class taking third.

At the Port Canaveral Commission Meeting earlier this week, the CEO revealed that at least two of the three new DCL ships will call Port Canaveral home. Considering we saw the same scenario for the Dream and Fantasy….it’s great to hear, but still sticking with not surprised on this one!

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

Disney Cruise Line announced a big upcoming change in the final payment and cancellation policy. The old policy differentiated between holiday/non-holiday sailings, as well as U.S. vs. non-U.S. ports. The good news: under the new policy, payment/cancellation schedules are divided between sailings that are between 1 and 5 nights, and sailings that are 6 nights or more (concierge does continue to follow it’s own rules). That’s it. Pretty simple! The bad news: you’ll be making your final payment a bit earlier in some circumstances. Here is the official language on the change:

Effective Sept. 11, 2018, Disney Cruise Line is adjusting its Final Payment and Cancellation Policy:

  • Final payment for all non-suite/non-concierge staterooms on Cruises 1-5 Nights will be due at 90 days prior to arrival and cancellation fees will begin at 89 days versus 74 days.
  • Final payment for all non-suite/non-concierge staterooms on Cruises 6 Nights or more will be due at 120 days prior to arrival and cancellation fees will begin at 119 days versus 89 days.
  • Specific final payment and cancellation policies have been eliminated for holiday sailings and sailings where the Embark and Debark is a non-U.S. port 

For reservations made prior to Sept. 11, 2018, the final payment and cancellation fees assessed will be based on the information listed on the original confirmation unless the sailing date or vacation package is modified.

That last bit is very important – reservations made prior to September 11, 2018 will follow the current policy, which you can read about here.

What’s the most important takeaway here? You may likely need to readjust your budget considering the earlier final payment due date. Booking early obviously gives you the advantage of having more time to save/plan for the balance payment. It’s a good time to check out some of these ideas on how to save on your cruise!

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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