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Free Disney Cruise Line DVD Now Available

by on March 21, 2017

Free DCL DVD

Disney has released free planning DVDs for Disney Cruise Line.

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Pro Tips – 10 Things You Shouldn’t Pay For on a Disney Cruise

by on March 10, 2017

10 things you shouldn't pay for on a Disney Cruise

How about a blog post on saving money?  Everyone likes to save money right?  I mean, you’ve spent a lot of money on your Disney cruise, do you need to spend a lot more onboard?  You don’t!  I always say once you are onboard, assuming you’ve prepaid your gratuities, you don’t have to spend another penny to have a great time.  You could spend another penny!  You could spend a lot of pennies in fact, see my post on plussing your Disney cruise for examples of how.  But you don’t have to!  So here are 10 things you can skip.

1. Soda/Coke/Pop – Don’t pay for soda! Don’t you know that Disney is just about the only line out there with free soda, day and night? Well it is!  There is always free soda in the drink machines on the pool deck, and in all of the dining rooms.  I just spent $70 for a week’s worth of unlimited soda on Royal Caribbean and it pained me greatly!  So don’t buy it anywhere!  That’s just silly.  Not from a bar, not outside the movie theater, not from room service.  Don’t do it.  Wouldn’t be prudent.

2. Room Service – Let’s be clear, the vast majority of room service is 100% free. There are some packaged snacks like M&M’s, nuts and popcorn that will cost a few dollars. There are also some soda (see number 1) and alcohol options that cost money.  But why?  Why would you spend money on food from room service when there are great free options right there!  Good free options!  Cheese platter, buffalo wings, French fries, steak sandwich, cake of the day!  Mickey bars!  You really don’t ever need to leave your room if you think about it. Don’t forget to tip the person that brings it to you though!

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Ask It: Your Favorite Disney Cruise Line Ship

by on March 1, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and time for another round of Ask It.

Last week we asked you:

Which Disney Cruise ship is your favorite?

Folks, it doesn’t get any closer than this. With more than 300 votes, here are the results (in order from least to greatest).

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Disney Bucket List – What’s on Ours?

by on March 1, 2017

Disney Bucket List

Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”

Claire:
1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!

2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA
3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort
4. Adventures by Disney to Africa
5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, February 23, 2017: A Wonder-ful Week

by on February 23, 2017

Living as close as we do to the parks has huge advantages. Relaxed lifestyle. Ability to go to Disney for a quick visit whenever we want. Being surrounded by people who really “get” the magic. It does have the disadvantage that going to Walt Disney World, even when staying on property, doesn’t have that same “vacation” vibe that we used to get when visiting from elsewhere. It’s still magical, but a different kind of magic. Every once in a while, it is important for us to recharge that vibe, and our preferred method for doing so is a Disney cruise. It also has the added benefit of keeping us (mostly) out of contact with work. This year, our goal is to do an Ultimate Grand Slam of all four Disney ships in one year. In the past, we’ve only done the “big ships” — the Fantasy and the Dream. Because of this, I was very excited to see how a “small ship” like the Wonder would stack up. After picking our daughter up from school, off we went to Port Canaveral. We arrived around noon and the terminal was fairly empty.

Within moments, we were on board and chowing down at Cabanas while waiting for our room to be ready.

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#PlusMyVacation – 10 Ways to Enhance Your Disney Cruise

by on February 21, 2017

#PlusMyVacation - Disney Cruise Line

Welcome back to another #PlusMyVacation – where we look at ways to add a little something extra special to your travels. Today’s edition looks how to make your Disney Cruise even cruisier and extra relaxy.

A Disney cruise is an amazing experience, and you don’t need to add a thing to have an amazing time! But let’s say you wanted to! Maybe you’ve done several cruises and want to add a little extra. Maybe you want to make this a once in a lifetime kind of vacation. Or maybe you just have money to burn! And if you do, you should definitely invite some of us to go with you. Cruising with the Touring Plans bloggers? What could be more fun?

Whatever reason you may have to plus your vacation, here are 10 ways you could do it!

1. Concierge – If you are going to spend more money on your cruise, this is my number one recommendation for what to spend it on. I cannot say enough about how much I love concierge. I wrote a previous blog post that lays out the amazingness of it. If you thought you were pampered on a cruise in a regular stateroom, you may as well have been on a tugboat compared to the experience you’ll have in concierge. Disney’s concierge hosts are the best of the best. The rooms are luxurious and if you’re lucky enough to be in a suite, you won’t believe how much room you have. There are lounges on all four ships now, which I think is a huge plus. I love relaxing in the lounges. My one caution? It’s very very hard to go back from concierge. Once you’ve done it, you won’t want to ever not do it.

2. Upcharge Meals – It may seem silly to pay for food when there is sooooo much free food onboard. Trust me, these upcharge meals are worth it. Palo is Disney’s adult-only Italian restaurant onboard all four ships. It’s $30 (plus gratuity) a person for dinner or brunch which is served on sea days. $30 for an adult only meal may sell you right there! But if it doesn’t, let me assure you that it’s a delicious meal. I’d be hard pressed to tell you which is my favorite, dinner or brunch. Dinner has filet mignon and one of my top two desserts on the entire planet – the chocolate soufflé. Brunch has my favorite entrée – chicken parmesan. And sticky buns. And croissants. And flatbreads. And I could go on all day. Remy is only on the Dream and Fantasy, and is the adult only French restaurant. Remy has four different dining experiences! There’s an amazing multi course dinner which is $85. There’s also a champagne brunch, a dessert experience, and a small plate tasting. I’m a pretty picky eater, and while there are many things in Remy that aren’t in my normal wheelhouse of foods, I can tell you every meal I’ve had there was delicious. Experience is the right word for Remy. You aren’t just eating delicious food, it’s an experience. From start to finish. Try it! If you’re looking to plus your vacation even more, there are even more upcharge options like wine pairings in your upcharge restaurants.

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10 Romantic Things to Do on a Disney Cruise

by on January 20, 2017

10 Romantic Things to do on a Disney Cruise

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, people!  Are you ready?  Well you better get ready, because it’s coming!  According to your local Target’s seasonal aisles, it’s been coming since December 26th.  So you’re behind!  You better make some plans.  Preferably some romantic plans with the one you love.  I’m here to help.  I have 10 cruise ideas for you.  Use them on Valentine’s Day or to make up for Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t matter!  Here are 10 ideas for romance on a Disney cruise.

1. Pop the Question – At first it may appear that number one is just a shameless excuse to use my now favorite-photo-of-all-time in my blog post! In that vein, I present said photo of my son proposing to his girlfriend on the Disney Fantasy a few weeks ago! Perfect, right?  But that’s not why this suggestion is number one!  That’s just a very (very) happy bonus.  Insert all the smiley emoticons in the world.  But seriously.  If you are ready to take the next step with the one you love, there aren’t many prettier places to do it!  Find a quiet deck at sunset, pick a beautiful island, or drop down on one knee in the atrium craziness before dinner if you want what will probably be a wildly enthusiastic audience!  There are a lot of great opportunities to propose onboard.  It may be the perfect place for you!

2. Leave the Children at Home – Disney cruises are not just for families with children! I’ve done several adult-only cruises, two with just my husband and a few with groups of friends–and I’ve loved every one. If you want the ultimate romantic Disney cruise, leave your children at home, and get away by yourselves.  You won’t regret it!  Think about quiet mornings on the verandah sipping coffee together.  Blissfully alone!  Don’t forget to request a table for two in the main dining rooms!

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever January 19, 2017: Sailing Away!

by on January 19, 2017

Hello, lovebugs! It’s never too early to get working on your new year’s resolutions. With that in mind, I started 2017 off with a cruise! We had planned to sail later in the year, but decided to move it up to the first Star Wars Day at Sea cruise for 2017! More on that later, but below you can see the ship model inside the cruise port. We arrived at roughly 11:15am on our day of departure and were boarding by 12:30pm, so we didn’t have much time to admire the decor.

It was a gloomy, rainy day outside. However, inside the Disney Fantasy it was beautiful and inviting. Even Goofy lined up to welcome us onboard! Maybe I’ve always been too early before, but I’ve never seen characters greeting guests. I also saw Belle later in the day clapping as guests started their vacations!

There’s so much more cruise fun to share! Please click to read more.

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Disney Cruise Line Ships at a Glance

by on January 3, 2017

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Is taking a Disney Cruise on your list of 2017 resolutions? Well, if you’re never done it before, you may have some questions about the four ships in the DCL fleet.

Do you ever find yourself trying to remember what the differences are between the four Disney Cruise Line ships? I know I do. When we write the Unofficial Guide To Disney Cruise Line each year, I constantly have to go back to confirm who has Star Wars and who has Avengers? Which bar is O’Gill’s and which is Crown & Fin? Which dining room features Ariel and which has Tiana? With that in mind, we’re sharing our cheat sheet to the DCL ships.

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Reduced Deposit Special for Disney Cruise Line

by on December 28, 2016

Disney Cruise Line Discount

Want to book a Disney Cruise, but feeling a little tapped after the holiday? Disney Cruise Line announced a discount (or “discount”) today that may help ease your pain.

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If you book a 7-night or longer cruise between now and February 15, 2017, your deposit will be half the normal amount. Disney Cruise Line deposits are normally 20% of the cruise fare (not including taxes. fee, and port expenses). Naturally, the additional 10% you don’t pay upon booking will be due when final payment is due (90 days before sailing for most cruises, but check out our breakdown here for the labyrinth of dates for your particular cruise). No booking code is needed for this offer.

By the way, yes, you do already pay a reduced deposit if you book while onboard.

The fine print:

  • Cruise must be 7-nights or longer (sorry, if you wanted to cruise the Dream).
  • Restricted (IGT ,OGT, VGT) fares are not included.
  • Concierge level cabins are not included.
  • Offer can’t be combined with other discounts or offers.

Thanks for Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations for letting us know about this offer.

Do you enjoy straight talk about the Disney Cruise Line? Check out the Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line.