Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of September 22, 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

With hurricane season in full swing, the question of travel insurance is at the top of many vacationers’ lists. Tammy Whiting has a great list of 10 things to consider about adding on insurance. What are your insurance purchasing habits? Go vote in this week’s #AskIt!

Are you an aspiring Aladdin or Jasmine? Auditions are coming up on October 1 in New York City – possibly for a revamped version of the show on the Disney Fantasy! 

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

Start spreading the news….the Disney Magic is back in New York! She returned on September 20, and will be sailing from here until November 24 when she will head out on a 6-night Eastern Caribbean repositioning cruise to San Juan. During her time in New York, the Magic will embark on a mixture of itineraries including Canada, the Bahamas, and for the first time for Disney Cruise Line, Bermuda.

If you are going to be sailing out of New York on any of these great itineraries, or are considering it, here’s a few quick highlights of sailing from here:

  • The Magic will port at the New York Port Terminal on the West Side, either at Pier 88 or Pier 90 (depending on the date). Overnight parking is available at the cruise terminal for $40/night.
  • If you’ll be flying in, there are three major airports that are all relatively easily (easily used loosely in terms of NYC traffic) accessible by car or public transportation: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia International (LGA), and Newark International (EWR).
  • There are a huge selection of hotel options in Manhattan the the surrounding area for any pre- or post-night stays. You can add nights on to your cruise reservation through DCL at the New York Marriott Marquis, and also get transfers to/from this hotel with DCL (for an additional fee).
  • There is always something to do in the city that never sleeps – but if it’s your first visit, you don’t want to miss some of the major tourist landmarks like Central Park, the Empire State Building, the many great museums like the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Trade Center Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty to name just a few!
  • There is just as much to eat as there is to do in NYC! Whatever cuisine you can think of, you can find. For the most authentic experience though…it’s gotta be a “dirty water dog”, a pretzel, and a bag of nuts from a cart on the street!
  • The views during sail away are just spectacular – wave hello to Lady Liberty before sailing under the Verrazano Bridge. Coming back from your cruise is always a bit sad, but you can beat a bit of the blues by getting up early to see a lit up Manhattan skyline welcome you back – there’s nothing else like it!
  • Check out the NYC port cam on September 27 to get a glimpse of the Magic when she returns from Canada!

I personally am super excited to be sailing on the greatest ship in the fleet from the greatest city in the world in a couple of weeks — anyone else cruising from New York this fall??

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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