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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 7

by on October 6, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 7th! 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)

Cabanas, Disney Fantasy

Disney Magic

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
  • 10 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 20%)
  • 11 October – Port Canaveral (84/76, 40%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – At Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 7 October – At Sea
  • 8 October – San Diego (74/63, 0%)
  • 9 October – Ensenada (75/63, 0%)
  • 10 October – At Sea
  • 11 October – Cabo San Lucas (87/77, 30%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – San Diego (75/64, 0%)

Disney Fantasy

Disney Dream

  • 7 October – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 8 October – Castaway Cay (87/80, 20%)
  • 9 October – Port Canaveral (86/77, 50%)
  • 10 October – Nassau (87/79, 40%)
  • 11 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Port Canaveral (81/74, 40%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 7 October – Port Canaveral (85/78, 80%)
  • 8 October – At Sea
  • 9 October – Cozumel (86/77, 60%)
  • 10 October – Grand Cayman (86/79,20%)
  • 11 October – Falmouth (87/76, 50%)
  • 12 October – At Sea
  • 13 October – Castaway Cay (85/78, 60%)

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 30

by on September 29, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 30th! I’m Brand 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)

Castaway Cay

Disney Magic

  • 30 September – Saint John (59/40, 0%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – New York (75/59, 0%)
  • 3 October – Sea Day
  • 4 October – Saint John (68/52, 10%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – New York (80/62, 0%)

Disney Wonder

  • 30 September – Sea Day
  • 1 October – San Diego (74/65, 10%)
  • 2 October – Sea Day
  • 3 October – Cabo San Lucas (88/78, 20%)
  • 4 October – Sea Day
  • 5 October – San Diego (75/63, 0%)
  • 6 October – Ensenada (81/63, 0%)

Disney Dream

Disney Dream

  • 30 September – Nassau (89/80, 10%)
  • 1 October – Castaway Cay (87/79, 80%)
  • 2 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 60%)
  • 3 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)
  • 4 October – Castaway Cay (85/77, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Port Canaveral (83/75, 60%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 30 September – Port Canaveral (84/76, 60%)
  • 1 October – Sea Day
  • 2 October – Cozumel (85/77, 80%)
  • 3 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 50%)
  • 4 October – Falmouth (85/80, 80%)
  • 5 October – Sea Day
  • 6 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 80%)

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2018

by on September 28, 2017

It’s time for Disney to salute our Armed Forces!  Again!  Yay!  I’d like to start this post by thanking Disney for renewing the Armed Forces Salute for 2018.  As a military spouse of 28 years (and a military brat before that), I am very familiar with the sacrifices military members and their families make each and every day.  Having said that, Disney doesn’t owe us a thing, and yet they are very generous with their discounts for military.  On behalf of military families, I would like to say it is greatly appreciated.

For as long as I can remember, Disney has had slightly discounted tickets for the Armed Forces at military bases.  For the last several years, Disney has also offered a very large discount, usually referred to as the Armed Forces Salute.  I’ve written blog posts on previous offers, but details change a little each year, so this is an update of those previous posts!

For what should be a pretty straightforward offer, the Armed Forces Salute can be a bit confusing.  To be fair, the military has lots of categories of military personnel (active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired, separated, Allied military assigned to the US, etc…), so it’s no surprise there are lots of nuances to Disney’s Armed Forces Salute.  It seems like every time it’s announced, there are small details and restrictions that have changed and need clarification.  So let me see if I can help clear some things up!

1. Who is Eligible? – Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guardsman is eligible.  Foreign military assigned to US military bases (with a US ID card) in the United States are eligible, as are 100% disabled members with an ID card that says “DAV/PRIM”.  Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also eligible.  If the eligible member is not present, their spouse is eligible.  That’s it, though.  No matter how deserving some others are, Disney did not choose to include those groups within this promotion.  Even within these rules there are complicated situations, so call Disney (or ask in the comments section below) if you still have questions.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 15, 2017

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)

Dream at Sea, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 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

Disney Wonder

  • 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%)

Disney Dream, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Dream

  • 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%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 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%)

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Five Things I Learned on my First Disney Cruise Line Concierge Trip

by on September 11, 2017

 

My husband and I just celebrated our tenth anniversary. We wanted to do something special for this milestone, so we booked a concierge room on the Disney Dream for our anniversary weekend. I had actually booked the upgrade as a secret from my husband, so any researching done ahead of time about what to expect was all on me. In short, we had a fantastic time, but there were a few things that I learned on our first time in concierge.

There’s a Lot of Stuff Included

 

Bath robes, slippers, hangers of different sizes. There’s a lot of difference between concierge and non-concierge.

The price difference between the highest-end non-concierge and a concierge room is fairly steep. We booked a category T one-bedroom suite, which we knew would provide us with a lot of space, and we figured there would be some extras. There were quite a few nice touches that don’t often get mentioned, however. In the closet, there were kid-sized hangers and a couple sachets to keep the walk-in closet (yes, you read that right!) from being musty. In addition, there were bathrobes for our use and slippers for us to use and keep. The closet also had a shoe shine tray, in case we had shoes needed to be shined. Because it was our anniversary, we arrived in the room to find a fruit arrangement on our coffee table. There were canned sodas and bottled water already chilling in our fridge. Bagged popcorn for the shows is included. A small internet package (beyond the 50 MB freebie package), included. Sunscreen is available on the sundeck. DVD rentals are included. Beer, wine, some mixed drinks (depending on what the bartender had), better-than-average coffee drinks, snacks (including mini desserts and hors d’oeuvres) throughout the day, unlimited canned soda and bottled water–all included. That doesn’t mention the amazing staff who go well above and beyond.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 8, 2017

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)

St. Maarten

Disney Magic

  • 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

Disney Wonder

  • 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%)

Disney Dream

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled September 8th and September 11th sailings have been CANCELED

Disney Fantasy

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing has been CANCELED

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 2

by on September 1, 2017

 

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 2nd! 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 in the days ahead.

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

Atrium, Disney Dream

Disney Magic

  • 2 September – Barcelona (74/62, 50%)
  • 3 September – Day at Sea
  • 4 September – Naples (80/66, 0%)
  • 5 September – Civitavecchia (75/60, 50%)
  • 6 September – Livorno (78/61, 10%)
  • 7 September – Cannes (77/61, 0%)
  • 8 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 2 September – Ketchikan (63/50, 30%)
  • 3 September – Day at Sea
  • 4 September – Vancouver (85/61, 0%)
  • 5 September – Day at Sea
  • 6 September – Tracy Arm Fjord (68/54, 50%)
  • 7 September – Skagway (63/54, 60%)
  • 8 September – Juneau (60/50, 20%)

Admiral Donald Duck

Disney Dream

  • 2 September – Nassau (92/80, 10%)
  • 3 September – Castaway Cay (91/81, 20%)
  • 4 September – Port Canaveral (88/78, 50%)
  • 5 September – Nassau (90/81, 60%)
  • 6 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%)
  • 7 September – Day at Sea
  • 8 September – Port Canaveral (88/77, 40%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 2 September – Port Canaveral (88/76, 90%)
  • 3 September – Day at Sea
  • 4 September – Cozumel (88/78, 40%)
  • 5 September – Grand Cayman (87/81, 20%)
  • 6 September – Falmouth (90/79, 30%)
  • 7 September – Day at Sea
  • 8 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%)

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of August 26

by on August 25, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 26! 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 Fantasy.

Disney Magic

  • 26 August – Barcelona (84/72, 10%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Naples (88/73, 0%)
  • 29 August – Civitavecchia (89/71, 0%)
  • 30 August – Livorno (87/69, 0%)
  • 31 August – Villefranche (85/72, 0%)
  • 1 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 26 August – Ketchikan (60/52, 70%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Vancouver (82/61, 0%)
  • 29 August – Day at Sea
  • 30 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (59/49, 70%)
  • 31 August – Skagway (58/52, 60%)
  • 1 September – Juneau (57/49, 60%)

The AquaDuck!

Disney Dream

  • 26 August – Nassau (90/80, 30%)
  • 27 August – Castaway Cay (88/80, 80%)
  • 28 August – Port Canaveral (87/76, 50%)
  • 29 August – Nassau (91/82, 40%)
  • 30 August – Castaway Cay (89/81, 20%)
  • 31 August – Day at Sea
  • 1 September – Port Canaveral (89/77, 30%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 26 August – Port Canaveral (87/77, 80%)
  • 27 August – Day at Sea
  • 28 August – Day at Sea
  • 29 August – Tortola (81/75, 40%)
  • 30 August – St. Thomas (88/80, 20%)
  • 31 August – Day at Sea
  • 1 September – Castaway Cay (89/81, 20%)

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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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