Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 16th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we have some very important information this week regarding future sailings in the Caribbean.
Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)
- 16 September – Barcelona (69/55, 50%)
- 17 September – Day at Sea
- 18 September – Cadiz (76/64, 0%)
- 19 September – Lisbon (81/65, 10%)
- 20 September – Day at Sea
- 21 September – Ponta Delgada (72/66, 20%)
- 22 September – Day at Sea
- 16 September – Ensenada (76/62, 10%)
- 17 September – San Diego (73/63, 10%)
- 18 September – Ensenada (77/62, 0%)
- 19 September – Day at Sea
- 20 September – Cabo San Lucas (86/75, 10%)
- 21 September – Day at Sea
- 22 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)
- 16 September – Nassau (90/82, 40%)
- 17 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 40%)
- 18 September – Port Canaveral (85/74, 20%)
- 19 September – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
- 20 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 10%)
- 21 September – Day at Sea
- 22 September – Port Canaveral (84/75, 50%)
- 16 September – Port Canaveral (87/77, 20%)
- 17 September – Day at Sea
- 18 September – Cozumel (87/77, 20%)
- 19 September – Grand Cayman (85/80, 50%)
- 20 September – Falmouth (89/79, 40%)
- 21 September – Day at Sea
- 22 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 30%)
Disney Cruise Line: In The News
This week we have several important updates concerning Disney Cruise Line and its Caribbean itineraries in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog has posted the changes to the Disney Fantasy’s Eastern Caribbean itineraries in the upcoming weeks. The Disney Fantasy’s September 23rd and October 7th Eastern Caribbean itineraries will now become Western Caribbean sailings due to extensive damage in several Eastern Caribbean ports. These sailings include stops at: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, and Castaway Cay. At this time, these are the only affected sailings, but Disney Cruise Line will update guests to any further necessary changes.
USA Today posted an article examining the devastation Hurricane Irma brought upon the Eastern Caribbean islands of St. Thomas and St. Martin. The author opines that it could be weeks or even months before cruise ships return to these ports of call due to the high levels of damage inflicted during the storm. Ports of call that could see significant closure time include: St. Thomas, Sint Maarten, Tortola, Key West, St. John, Barbuda, St. Barts, and Cuba. As we mentioned previously, Disney Cruise Line has determined that only two Eastern Caribbean sailings will be affected at this time, but that has potential to be extended as recovery time is further examined. If you are scheduled for one of the Eastern Caribbean itineraries, bear in mind that you may have an altered if not wholly different itinerary by the date of sailing. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of those islands during the long and arduous process of recovery.
Jetty Park, a popular camping, beaching, and fishing destination, will be closed indefinitely according to a report from Florida Today. Disney Cruise Line aficionados may recognize this as the place where patrons line the channel to watch ships depart Port Canaveral as they begin their voyages.
In non-weather related news, Disney Cruise Line has been awarded the title of Best for Families by Cruise International, a UK-based cruise magazine. Our selection for Best Cruise Blogger Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog posted the results of the nominations, in which Disney Cruise Line earned “Winner” and “Highly Commended” in two categories: Best for Families and Best for Onboard Entertainment, respectively.
Our last story this week comes from Fortune, detailing Hurricane Irma rescue and recovery efforts of cruise lines in the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has sent two of its cruise ships to the Caribbean, with their Adventure of the Seas ship making a humanitarian stop on Sint Maarten this Sunday. Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas will also be making a humanitarian stop in Sint Maarten as well as nearby St. Thomas. Both Sint Maarten and St. Thomas were severely ravaged by the storm, leaving many of the inhabitants without homes, electricity, and dwindling food supplies. Norwegian Cruise Line has also sent its Norwegian Sky ship to St. Thomas, delivering supplies as well as serving a humanitarian mission. In addition to their currently deployed vessels, Royal Caribbean has its Empress of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas ships on standby in the event that more assistance is required. I applaud Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines for their efforts to provide relief and support for these island nations as they begin to asses and rebuild their infrastructure, choosing humanitarian needs over profits.
The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:
- 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
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.
The special performances in the Star Set Sail series will continue this month with a Disney on Broadway act performing in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. Show times are available via the Personal Navigator or official Disney Cruise Line app.
- September 16th – Scarlett Strallen
Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information
One if by land, two if by…Disney Fantasy? Did you know that Disney Cruise Line offers Disney Land and Sea vacations? Whether you begin your Disney vacation at Walt Disney World, or aboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships docking at Port Canaveral, Disney offers you the complete experience of their theme parks and adventures on the sea. Transportation is available to and from the Disney Cruise Line terminal in Port Canaveral, with destinations including Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport. Allot 90 minutes of travel time into your schedule for traveling between Walt Disney World and Port Canaveral. If staying on property at Walt Disney World prior to your cruise, transportation is available from your resort to the terminal in Port Canaveral. Guests visiting Walt Disney World will be able to make FastPass+ selections, as well as dining and other recreational opportunities. TouringPlans features several products that can assist with maximizing your Walt Disney World visit, including touring plans, the Lines app, reservation finder, and much more! Derek Burgan and Julia Mascardo will even guide you through the Disney Outlets. (Now that truly completes the Disney experience!)
Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently 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.