Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of September 8, 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 Lighthouse Point news continues to develop down in the Bahamas. The official proposal for developing this land in Eleuthera was presented by Disney Cruise Line executives to the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation. This second proposed site, the would-be sister to Castaway Cay, has been met with resistance from locals. With three new ships on the horizon, a second exclusive area is going to be necessary.

Continuing with the theme of expansion, Disney Cruise Line is looking to port year-round in Miami, with a new terminal. New ships, new opportunities….all good things coming down the pike!

The Disney Dream recently added a pop-up Tiffany & Co boutique, and has now added another shopping option on board as well. Guests can get personalized stateroom door magnets and door hangers to use during their cruise, as well as shirts, ornaments, and phone cases.

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

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at inside, oceanview, and verandah staterooms. So today let’s explore the last but not least stateroom category – concierge.

Across all four ships you’ll start with Category V – the Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. This is similar to the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah – similar size and setup, sleeping up to 5 guests in a queen bed, single convertible sofa, and upper berth.

Next up is the Category T – the Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite with Verandah, on all 4 ships. These also sleep just 5 guests – but in double the space. There’s a separate bedroom with a queen bed, and the living room has a pull out sofa and a pull-down bed. There are two full bathrooms – the bathroom off the master is just to die for, with an amazing whirlpool tub!

The Magic and Wonder also have a Category S – the Concierge 2-bedroom Suite with Verandah. At 954 sq.ft., you can sleep 7 guests. The master has a queen bed, twin beds in the second bedroom, and a convertible sofa and pull-down bed in the living room. There’s also 2.5 bathrooms and a huge verandah. There are only 2 of these onboard, so if this room is on your radar, book as early as you can!

And last but oh so certainly not least….the Category R. Concierge Royal Suite. Royal is an understatement! On the Magic/Wonder, these beauties are 1029 sq.ft. and sleep 7. On the Dream/Fantasy, you get 1781 sq.ft. of luxury for yourself and 4 others. This suite is just decadent – from the media library, to the kitchen, to the wet bar, to the giant verandah with the personal private whirlpool tub….this is the ultimate in opulence on board.

That’s a whopping 2 dozen different stateroom categories across the fleet! Now, I still say my favorite category is whichever one I’m in, as long as I’m on a ship. That said…there are some that have an edge in one way or another, so check out the top 10 best categories, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments!

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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