Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 9th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We have some very important weather related news to share this week, so lets get right to it.
Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)
- 9 September – Barcelona (75/58, 89%)
- 10 September – Day at Sea
- 11 September – Naples (73/66, 100%)
- 12 September – Civitavecchia (76/61, 20%)
- 13 September – Livorno (77/60, 10%)
- 14 September – Villefranche (75/61, 0%)
- 15 September – Day at Sea
- 9 September – Ketchikan (58/51, 90%)
- 10 September – Day at Sea
- 11 September – Vancouver (74/57, 10%)
- 12 September – Victoria (68/56, 20%)
- 13 September – Day at Sea
- 14 September – Day at Sea
- 15 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)
- Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled September 8th and September 11th sailings have been CANCELED
- Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing has been CANCELED
Disney Cruise Line: In The News
Hurricane Irma is currently moving through the Caribbean towards the US Mainland, which will have an impact on the sailings for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this week. Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog has updated us on the current status of the three upcoming cruises scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral. Due to potentially catastrophic conditions, the Disney Cruise Line has canceled the 3-Night Bahamian and 4- Night Bahamian cruises aboard the Disney Dream scheduled to depart September 8th, and September 11th respectively. The 7-Night Eastern Caribbean sailing scheduled for September 9th aboard the Disney Fantasy has also been canceled. Refunds will be issued automatically, being processed back to the original form of payment used for booking the cruise. Guests are also given an option to book another upcoming cruise with a 25% discount towards a future sailing. At this time there is no further information regarding future sailings, so stay tuned to TouringPlans and The DCL Blog on Twitter as we will be providing updates as to any changes in schedules. We at TouringPlans urge you to use caution and stay safe during the storm, so if you have the option to postpone or make altered arrangements, choose what will be in the best interest of your safety.
On that note, Walt Disney World has offered refunds to guests whom have booked hotel and ticket packages which may be affected by Hurricane Irma in the upcoming days. Laurel Stewart has posted an article detailing the process, which may come in handy for those of you whom booked park stays in addition to your cruises. It is worth noting that Sea World and Universal Orlando resorts have offered the same accommodations to their guests. Cancelling or adjusting your travel plans now can save you trouble later on, so we advise to take this into consideration when making a final decision.
Scott Sanders (@TheDCLBlog) has provided information via Twitter stating that “if necessary, Disney Cruise Line will announce any itinerary updates for Bahamian & Eastern Caribbean cruises on September 12th.” If there are any changes, we will be sure to pass them along to you if and when they are made.
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 several Disney on Broadway acts 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 9th – Josh Strickland
- September 16th – Scarlett Strallen
Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information
The Unofficial Guides Twitter account recently posted a link to five of their favorite activities on Castaway Cay. We’ve mentioned before the tubing, snorkeling, and 5K featured on the island, but they have information regarding Castaway Cay Stingray Adventure as well as parasailing. The Stingray Adventure features a feeding and petting interaction with stingrays and is available at an extra charge for guests 5 and up. Parasailing lasts for roughly one hour and costs $102.25 for guests 8 and up. Feeding stingrays is something unique that you cannot experience in this manner in most places (Sea World merely has a touch tank) and you’re bound to find spectacular views from the heights of the parasailing experience. We would surely add these to our Must-Do’s at Castaway Cay for our next vacation!
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.