Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 28

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Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 28th! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

Disney Wonder, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 28 October – New York (71/63, 10%)
  • 29 October – At Sea
  • 30 October – At Sea
  • 31 October – Castaway Cay (82/75, 10%)
  • 1 November – Port Canaveral (78/71, 20%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 28 October – At Sea
  • 29 October – Cabo San Lucas (86/71, 0%)
  • 30 October – Puerto Vallarta (87/70, 50%)
  • 31 October – At Sea
  • 1 November – At Sea
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – At Sea
Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 28 October – Nassau (86/78, 100%)
  • 29 October – Castaway Cay (85/73, 100%)
  • 30 October – Port Canaveral (69/60, 0%)
  • 31 October – Nassau (84/76, 10%)
  • 1 November – Castaway Cay (84/76, 10%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – Port Canaveral (81/72, 10%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 28 October – Port Canaveral (80/69, 80%)
  • 29 October – At Sea
  • 30 October – Cozumel (81/73, 10%)
  • 31 October – Grand Cayman (84/80, 40%)
  • 1 November – Falmouth (88/78, 40%)
  • 2 November – At Sea
  • 3 November – Castaway Cay (85/76, 10%)

Disney Cruise Line: In The News

Image Courtesy of Disney

Earlier this year news broke that Disney Cruise Line will be adding three new ships to their fleet by 2022. Little information was given at the time, except for the fact that each new ship would be powered by liquefied natural gas. From the Disney Cruise Line Blog, we have a story coming out of the International Propellers Club Annual Convention which mentions that Port Canaveral expects to have two liquified natural gas cruise ships calling the port home by 2021-2022. While no cruise lines are specifically mentioned, this would line up with the expected completion dates of the newest additions to the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It is unknown at this time where the new Disney Cruise Line ships will call home or even their potential itineraries, but having one or more of the new ships sailing regularly out of Port Canaveral would be a boon for tourism in the region.

Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog has released a blog detailing the newly announced Winter 2019 itineraries for Disney Cruise Line. These sailings run from January 2019 through May 2019 and will be open for booking beginning on Thursday November 2nd for the general public. Platinum Castaway Club members can book Monday October 30th, while Gold level members can book Tuesday the 31st, and finally Silver members will be able to book on Wednesday the 1st of November. Of note: The Disney Magic will be sailing from Miami; The Disney Wonder will be sailing out of Galveston, Port Canaveral, San Diego, and San Juan. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will be sailing out of Port Canaveral.

Fans of Disney Cruise Line’s Broadway-style shows have been anxiously awaiting the newest production of Beauty and the Beast to debut on the Disney Dream. Well, we are just one week away from the debut of the highly anticipated show. Disney Parks Blog has been building the hype with a series of blog posts detailing the process of creating and bringing these shows to life. This week’s post details premiering a new show at Sea. The article notes that Beauty and the Beast will debut on the November 6th sailing of the Disney Dream, and will be joining the lineup of shows including The Golden Mickeys and Disney’s Believe.

Ornate walls lead to and from the Walt Disney Theatre; Photo: Julia Mascardo

In related news, Disney Parks Blog has yet another sneak peak into Beauty and the Beast, which will be premiering aboard the Disney Dream next week. If you’ve missed any of the previous Beauty and the Beast related posts, this article links to the entire series.

A few weeks back, we mentioned that the Disney Magic would be making its inaugural call to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Guardian has a short article looking at the call through the eyes of a first time Disney Cruise Line passenger family. The Disney Magic spent 8 hours in port during its visit to Prince Edward Island, and was one of the final ships to visit Charlottetown for the year. Whether the Disney Cruise Line returns next year is yet to be determined, but it seems to be a hit with the family interviewed for the article.

Disney Cruise Line is holding a Family Memories at Sea contest where you can enter to win a 3-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation for up to 4 people! All you have to do is follow the link and upload a photo or video of a special experience or adventure you had on a Disney Cruise. Best of luck to anyone who enters!

Upcoming Entertainment

The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:

  • Moana
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Born in China
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Cars 3
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok (November 2nd)

For future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.

Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information

The Shopping district aboard the Disney Dream; Photo: Julia Mascardo

If you’re like me, shopping is a severe addiction hobby that I take very seriously, which seems to manifest itself tenfold while on vacation. I cannot walk past a store without wandering inside to see what kind of deal I may find. Fortunately (unfortunately for my wallet) there are many ways to shop on onboard and ashore while on a Disney Cruise. Each Disney Cruise Line ship has shops like Mickey’s Mainsail, White Caps, Sea Treasures, and Vista Gallery. These stores carry a good bit of everything you’d expect to find from a theme park, on the sea. T-shirts, hats, bathing suits, plushes, artwork, pins, postcards, you name it, they probably have it. Some itineraries even have their own exclusive themed merch!

Dooney & Bourke even have a presence on the Disney Cruise Line! Photo: Julia Mascardo

But the greatest shopping tip of all, which will come in handy for those of you traveling aboard Disney Cruise Line this winter, is the chance to visit the Disney Outlets in Orlando. While it’s quite a drive from Port Canaveral, the Disney Outlet Stores are located close to WDW for those staying onsite pre or post cruise. There are treasures to be found at a heck of a discount. Don’t believe me? Check out the longest running monthly Outlet Report by my dear friend Derek. You may be surprised to find that the outlets carry tons of Disney Cruise Line merchandise, with new shipments coming in weekly.

Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.

Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!

That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.

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Brandon Glover

Brandon is an adventure seeking photographer, known for his numerous collaborations with author Derek Burgan on the Saturday Six and other theme park related projects.

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