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Disney Cruise Line Releases Summer 2015 Itineraries

by on March 25, 2014

Sound the horns! Disney Cruise Line has released itinerary information through August 2015. There are some exciting additions to the usual repertoire of DCL sailings – here’s what you need to know.

Disney Magic

Every part of Disney is Frozen.

Every part of Disney is Frozen.

The Frozen juggernaut has now made its way into Disney Cruise Line. For the first time in forever, Disney Cruise will be visiting the fjord region of Norway, with additional stops in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. These stops are part of 7, 9, and 11 night sailings departing from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Additional Northern European ports including Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden are part of a 7-night sailing from Copenhagen. A 12-night sailing from Dover, England adds Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany to the port itinerary.

At the beginning of the summer, the Magic will make a long 15-night Eastbound Transatlantic (EBTA) journey from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen, with stops in New York City, St. John’s Newfoundland, and Reykjavik, Iceland along the way. Personally, I had been hoping for a New York/Canada loop as had happened in 2013, but this is only part of the EBTA.

Toward the middle of the summer, the Magic changes course for usual Southern European home. This starts with a 7-night repositioning sailing leaving from Dover and stopping in Gibraltar, Lisbon, and Vigo, Spain on the way to her traditional summer home in Barcelona.

August will see the Magic sailing familiar routes from Barcelona, with a 5 night voyage stopping in Villefranche, France; La Spezia (Florence) and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; and three 7-night voyages which add a stop in Naples, Italy.

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The Adventures by Disney Supplement to Disney Cruise Line: What You Need to Know

by on March 18, 2014

You probably know about Disney Cruise Line (DCL). And you might know about Adventures by Disney (AbD). But did you know that you can combine them into one completely over-the-top travel experience? Here’s what you need to know…

What does “Adventures by Disney Supplement” mean?

On most cruises, you select your port excursions on an ad hoc basis, choosing the bits and pieces that seem most interesting and/or affordable. With the Adventures by Disney supplement, your excursions are pre-selected by AbD experts to give a well-rounded overview of the opportunities at each location. The AbD supplement also gives you the constant guidance and expertise of two Disney-trained guides during all portions of the cruise.

Our AbD guides gave us coins to throw in Trevi Fountain.

Our AbD guides gave us coins to throw in Trevi Fountain.

Is this available on every cruise?

No. Currently the AbD supplement is being offered on the 5, 7, 9 and 13 night 2014 Mediterranean voyages on the Disney Magic. In the past, the AbD supplement has been offered on Alaska sailings on the Wonder.

Have you done this?

Yes, I’ve been on several regular DCL voyages, and several standard AbD trips, as well as one DCL trip with the AbD supplement. Ours was a 7-night Med cruise originating in Barcelona and stopping in Villefranche, France (Monaco); La Spezia, Italy (Florence); Civiatavecchia, Italy (Rome); Naples, Italy; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Additionally, we purchased the “Barcelona Escape” three-day, pre-cruise AbD package, which is only available to guests sailing with DCL.

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Castaway Cay Port Adventures Updates

by on March 4, 2014

The beach at Castaway Cay

The beach at Castaway Cay

TouringPlans has just released updated content for Castaway Cay port adventures for our Disney Cruise Line subscribers.

The most important takeaway is that many prices on the island have gone up substantially. While Castaway Cay excursions are relatively inexpensive compared to those on the other islands, increases of 25 to over 50% for most port adventures leave us asking if we’ve discovered the true pirates of the Caribbean.

Port Adventure Sample Prices
Adventure Old Price New Price
Bike Rental $6 $10
Snorkel Rental (adult) $25 $29
Wildside Teen Adventure $35 $45
Castaway Ray’s (adult) $35 $45
AquaTrike Rental $15 $24
Parasailing (adult) $79 $95

 

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay Best Values

Best values on the island include Bike and Snorkel rentals, and Castaway Ray’s Sting Ray Adventure. For folks who want to double or triple up on activities, DCL offers package deals for bikes, floats, snorkeling, and the sting ray adventure that will save you money off booking everything separately. These package deals must be booked online or from the Port Adventures desk once you’re onboard. They can only be booked a la carte once you’re already on the island.

If you have comments or questions about Disney Cruise Line or Castaway Cay, let us know in the comments section.

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The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line by Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released in April.

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St. Martin and St. Thomas DCL Port Adventures Content Updates

by on March 3, 2014

New Port Adventures Information for St. Martin and St. Thomas

The port of St. Maartin in Philipsburg

St. Maartin Port

After our latest cruise, a 7-night Eastern Caribbean aboard the Disney Fantasy, TouringPlans has updated content for our DCL subscribers on the ports of St. Martin and St. Thomas. We also have the latest information on the DCL port adventures available to cruisers on that itinerary, including links to external web sites for the tour operators to help you make the best decisions with your time and money.

If you have comments or questions about Disney Cruise Line, the Fantasy, or the Eastern Caribbean ports, let us know in the comments section.

The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line

The Unofficial Guide to DCL

Pre-order Our DCL Book Today

The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line by Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released in April.

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10 New Features of the Reimagined Disney Magic and Reviews of Each

by on November 14, 2013

Did you hear the Disney Magic was just “reimagined”? They recently dragged me off I recently returned from the inaugural sailing of the new Disney Magic, and (spoiler alert!) I loved it. Since I had also spent 12 wonderful nights on the Magic this summer before she went to dry dock, I had a very recent experience to compare the “old” Magic to the “new” Magic. So, let me tell you my impressions (and reviews) of the new Magic (and her new features)!

[Shameless plug: Check out our new Disney Cruise Line coverage, with more than 300 pages and 400 photos! - Len]

1. AquaDunk – The AquaDunk is by far my favorite addition. I’m not a big fan of body slides, but it’s a complete rush. It lasts all of 7 seconds and yet somehow feels like you fall for at least 7 minutes. Some critics of the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream and Fantasy felt like it was too tame. Not so with the AquaDunk. You step into a vertical tube with water pouring down your back and a Plexiglas door closes around you. After you give the thumbs up signal that you’re ready, Huey, Duey and Louie count you down, then the floor drops out from under you and you fall. And fall and fall and fall! Oh, and twist through a tube that goes out over the ocean, which is more than 100 feet below you. The wait was short on my sailing, but it certainly could be long during a hot afternoon at sea. Ride first thing in the morning or during the evening shows. If you’re onboard during a port day, the line should be short, as well!

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10 Disney Cruise Line Secrets

by on October 31, 2013

Everyone loves a good secret, right? Of course, as soon as enough people tell it, it’s no longer a secret. Hear that, Disney Vacation Club? So if you’ve been on a Disney cruise or have been researching for a while, there may not be any great surprises here. But here are 10 of my favorite “not so well known” tips. If you’ve got any others, definitely add them in the comments!

1. All Rooms Are Not Created Equal – While there are three basic room types – inside, oceanview, and verandah, each room type has several options. On the Magic and Wonder there are rooms with obstructed portholes that are classified (and priced) as inside rooms because of the obstruction! An oceanview room for an inside price! On the Dream and Fantasy category 8A’s are like mini-suites in some cases! A mini-suite for an oceanview price! Some of the category 5E’s on the Dream and Fantasy have ginormous verandahs! On the classic ships, 7A’s are classified as a Navigator’s Verandah which should mean the verandahs are enclosed with a circular cut out window. Some of them are actually regular verandahs with slight obstructions so they were reclassified into a cheaper category. Some of the concierge staterooms have huge bump out verandahs unlike their concierge neighbors. There are some “hidden” gems out there. Find them before you go all willy-nilly and book the first thing you see!

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Disney Cruise Line Coverage Now On TouringPlans.com

by on October 25, 2013

Disney Cruise Line's Helmsman Mickey Statue on the Disney MagicToday we’re launching coverage of the Disney Cruise Line!

It’s more than 300 pages and 400 photos – the largest expansion ever to TouringPlans.com. You’ll find detailed reviews of every ship, port, show, restaurant, bar, and activity on-board, plus itinerary, port, and Port Adventure details.

Our Coverage Includes

  • A new Fare Tracker shows you the daily price of every cruise on every ship for every stateroom category. See whether you’ll save money by booking now or waiting, and see how Disney priced the same cruise last year.
  • Complete coverage of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, including reviews of every Port Adventure activity, what to pack for your day, food and bar reviews, and more.

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10 Ways to Save Money Onboard Your Disney Cruise

by on October 10, 2013

Woo hoo! Everyone’s favorite topic – saving money! Last week I talked about how to save money when booking a Disney cruise, so today let’s talk about saving money once you board one of DCL’s amazing ships! 10 ways to save money onboard.

1. Don’t Buy Food Onboard – After 11 cruises, I have never spent a dime for food onboard. Oh wait! I lied. I did spend money on the adult restaurants. Totally by choice, totally worth it. Other than that, never a dime. Disney sells some packaged snacks outside the theaters and from room service, but those are so easy to avoid! There’s free food everywhere! You can do without M&M’s for a few days! Substitute free ice cream or room service in their place! Or veggies! Yes. I meant veggies. Similarly, if you get a soda from a bar or room service, they’re going to charge you. Don’t. Go up to the pool deck to get a soda to drink with your room service. Take a soda from up there into the theater. It’s that easy. You can also buy specialty coffees and smoothies, but again, free coffee is always available and free drinks are occasionally available (see #3 below)! If you do feel a need to buy a nice coffee, make sure you get a coffee card! You’ll get the sixth one free, even if it’s on your next cruise!

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