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10 Free (Included) Activities You Shouldn’t Miss on a Disney Cruise

by on August 22, 2017

Are there free activities on a Disney cruise?  My husband and I disagree on the words “free” and “included”.  He’s of the opinion that nothing is truly free onboard, because you’ve already paid for it.  (It’s just included in your initial cost.)  I, on the other hand, like to think of it as free once I’m onboard!  Coke at the drink station?  It’s free!  Mickey bars?  Free!  And quite frankly, the more Coke and Mickey bars I have, the more “free” it is!  Am I right?

But whichever word you prefer, there are lots of things to do on a Disney cruise that don’t cost you a single penny more.  Here are ten of them!

1. Movies – We take full advantage of the movies on board. We don’t see anything in theaters at home that we know we can see free on an upcoming cruise! Disney plays several first-run movies on board in their gorgeous theaters.  Some are 3D, some are open captioning, and some are just plain old regular movies, whatever those are called.  If you are on a longer cruise, they will often have special movie events like classic black-and-white movie marathons.  If you’re a movie fan, it’s a great way to spend some time on quiet afternoons.  If you’d rather stay in your room and relax, there are movies all day long on your stateroom television.  I recently enjoyed a cruise on Royal Caribbean, but I was surprised by how much I missed the movie theater and having free movies in our room.  On one cruise on the Disney Dream, I probably watched Jurassic World three times through, just by having it on the television whenever I was in the room.  My life’s philosophy is that dinosaurs (and maybe Chris Pratt?) make everything better.  Is that just me?

2. Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash – Another incredibly entertaining few minutes on your cruise will be Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash. I highly recommend it! This riveting racing of the babies is held on every cruise in the atrium.  Parents bring their non-walking babies at the appointed time, and the babies are divided into racing heats.  After a brief personal, on-mic interview, the contestants are placed at the starting line.  When the starting signal is given, off they go!  Or not.  Often they just sit there, despite the cheering of the crowd, and the pleading and outright bribery of their parents.  You’d be amazed at how entertaining begging parents and distracted babies can be.  If you have a crawling baby, on behalf of the other cruisers, I implore you to race your baby!

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of August 19

by on August 18, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 19th! I’m Brand Glover and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. As always, let’s take a look at the weather and see who is going to need a parka this week.

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

Disney Magic

  • 19 August – Barcelona (81/68, 0%)
  • 20 August – Day at Sea
  • 21 August – Naples (86/67, 0%)
  • 22 August -Civitavecchia (84/66, 0%)
  • 23 August – Livorno (83/65, 0%)
  • 24 August -Villefranche (80/70, 10%)
  • 25 August – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 19 August – Ketchikan (57/53, 90%)
  • 20 August – Day at Sea
  • 21 August – Vancouver (76/60, 0%)
  • 22 August – Day at Sea
  • 23 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (63/49, 30%)
  • 24 August – Skagway (63/52, 20%)
  • 25 August – Juneau (61/49, 60%)

Enchanted Garden, Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 19 August – Nassau (91/82, 90%)
  • 20 August – Castaway Cay (91/82, 20%)
  • 21 August – Port Canaveral (88/79, 30%)
  • 22 August – Nassau (90/80, 80%)
  • 23 August – Castaway Cay (90/81, 80%)
  • 24 August – Day at Sea
  • 25 August – Port Canaveral (90/77, 50%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 19 August – Port Canaveral (89/79, 20%)
  • 20 August – Day at Sea
  • 21 August – Cozumel (89/77, 40%)
  • 22 August – Grand Cayman (87/81, 20%)
  • 23 August – Falmouth (88/78, 80%)
  • 24 August – Day at Sea
  • 25 August – Castaway Cay (90/81, 80%)

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Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 11, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 12th! I’m Brand Glover and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. As always, let’s take a look at the weather and see who is going to need a parka this week.

 

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

Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 12 August -Barcelona (78/66, 20%)
  • 13 August -Day at Sea
  • 14 August -Naples (90/70, 0%)
  • 15 August -Civitavecchia (87/70, 0%)
  • 16 August -Livorno (85/67, 0%)
  • 17 August -Villefranche (83/72, 70%)
  • 18 August -Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 12 August -Ketchikan (56/51, 100%)
  • 13 August -Day at Sea
  • 14 August -Vancouver (69/56, 20%)
  • 15 August -Day at Sea
  • 16 August -Tracy Arm Fjord (61/50, 70%)
  • 17 August -Skagway (59/51, 70%)
  • 18 August -Juneau (62/49, 60%)

Disney Dream

  • 12 August -Nassau (91/81, 80%)
  • 13 August -Castaway Cay (89/81, 20%)
  • 14 August -Port Canaveral (90/77, 20%)
  • 15 August -Nassau (91/83, 20%)
  • 16 August -Castaway Cay (90/82, 20%)
  • 17 August -Day at Sea
  • 18 August -Port Canaveral (89/77, 50%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 12 August -Port Canaveral (89/77, 40%)
  • 13 August -Day at Sea
  • 14 August -Day at Sea
  • 15 August -Tortola (82/72, 20%)
  • 16 August -St. Thomas (86/79, 40%)
  • 17 August -Day at Sea
  • 18 August -Castaway Cay (91/82, 10%)

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Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of August 5

by on August 4, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 5th! Brand Glover here. I’ve assembled the latest news, weather, and important tips you need to know before setting sail with the Disney Cruise Line this week. If you missed last week, we previewed the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea, but this week we’re getting into the holiday spirit to discuss one of my favorite itineraries. First, let’s look and see what the weather holds around the world.

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The Best Staterooms in Each of the 10 Categories on a Disney Cruise

by on August 1, 2017

Are you overwhelmed by the number of stateroom choices on a Disney Cruise?  Well, I don’t blame you.  You may think there should be three simple choices:  inside, oceanview, or verandah – but it’s nowhere near that cut and dry.  Each of those three stateroom types has several different classifications of staterooms!  Disney has thirty-one various categories of staterooms.  Thirty-one!  How will you ever decide?

Well, that’s what I’m here for!  I’ve actually sailed in over half of those categories, and been inside every other one.  I’m going to break them down for you, and help you pick the best stateroom for you and your family.

Concierge 1 Bedroom Suite with Verandah – Category T -Disney Dream

A few ground rules and guidelines first:

– I’m not going to recommend accessible staterooms.  If you need an accessible stateroom, there are options in almost every category.  If you don’t need one, pick something else.

– If you don’t need a connecting stateroom, try to avoid them.  Lately, I have stayed in two different staterooms with a connecting door and we could hear the guests on the other side almost as if they were in our stateroom.

– While I will give some specific stateroom numbers in some cases, in other cases I’ll just give general guidance.  It’s always good planning work to check a review of the particular stateroom you have in mind.  There are some staterooms out there that have noise or vibration issues.  There are also some right above the theaters or the nightclubs.  You probably want to avoid those.

– To find stateroom reviews, use Google or check a site like Disney Cruise Line Blog.  Scott has a good list of reviews going over there.  A quick search may save you some headaches on board!

– Finally, the staterooms on the Dream and Fantasy will be the same, so I will address those staterooms as the Dream Class.  Similarly, the Magic and Wonder have the same type of staterooms, so I will address them as the Magic Class.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of July 29

by on July 28, 2017

Sailing aboard one of the four Disney Cruise Line ships this week? Join us as we take a look at what you can expect on your cruise in the latest edition of Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of July 29th. I’m Brand Glover (not to be confused with Derek Burgan) and I’ll be giving you tips and weather to help make your vacation planning easier! Last week we had some major announcements regarding the future of the Disney Cruise Line, but now it’s time to see what we have in store this week…

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Ask It Results: Ready for Your DCL Close-Up?

by on July 26, 2017

Are there any souvenirs better than photos? A photo can bring back memories of a moment of joy, a funny experience, or just the warmth of the great times had on vacation. And even though almost everyone carries a camera with them all the time, sometimes you want something a bit better than a cell phone snapshot for your memory. But professional photos on Disney Cruise Line can be very pricey. Last week we asked you:

When you take a Disney cruise, do you buy the professional photos taken on board?

Here’s your results.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of July 22

by on July 21, 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of July 22nd! In case you missed last week’s debut, my name is Brand Glover and I’m stepping out from behind the camera to bring our readers a weekly look into the happenings of the Disney Cruise Line. It has been an exciting week for Disney fans with major news coming out of Anaheim and the D23 Expo regarding the future of the theme parks and beyond. Along with the reveals of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Epcot, Disney Cruise Line had a couple major announcements of its own. Before we reveal the news out of D23, lets take a look at where in the world the Disney Cruise Line ships are headed this week…

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Ask It: Ready for Your DCL Close-Up?

by on July 19, 2017

Confession time: I had thought about doing “What D23 announcement are you most excited about?” but by Saturday night, I knew that there was no way to fit all possible options in a week’s worth of polls! Instead, I thought it best to go with something completely different.

On the Disney Cruise Line ships, a private photography company handles the professional photographs on board. From the “Just take my picture so I can get on the ship” embarkation photo to the “Wow, we all clean up good” formal night pictures and everything in between, it is possible to get a variety of pictures taken during your cruise. One drawback is that these photos don’t come cheap. A single photo can run you $15-20, and packages can run several hundred dollars. Yet photos do provide a great way to keep memories for future years.

This week we’re asking:

When you take a Disney Cruise, do you buy the professional photos taken on board?

  • No photos for me (46%, 95 Votes)
  • Maybe a couple pics (38%, 79 Votes)
  • I'll take a whole package! (16%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 207

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The poll is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results on the blog next week.

Disney Cruise Line to add Three New Ships

by on July 16, 2017

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We knew that Disney was in the process of increasing its cruise line fleet by adding two additional cruise ships, but during the D23 Expo, they dropped a bombshell. Instead of two new ships, Disney Cruise Line will be adding THREE! This means that Disney will be almost doubling their fleet!

The Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany is building the ships and the scheduled completion dates of the original two announced were 2021 and 2023. This additional ship will be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

All Disney Cruise Line ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, but you can be sure that each of the ships will have its own unique and incredible experiences.

According to Disney, the three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned. That is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

We cannot wait for these new additions. These new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families. Anchors away!