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)
- 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
- 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%)
- 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%)
- 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%)
Disney Cruise Line: In The News
Are Disney Cruises just for kids and families? One of the questions I am often asked when mentioning the Disney Cruise Line is what is there to do for adults? (“Where’s the casino?” is a close second). A recent article on Philly.com examines the trend of adults experiencing Disney Cruises sans children. Industry figures indicate that nearly one fifth of all Disney Cruise Line passengers are sailing without children, which is a relatively large portion of their population. With fine dining, luxurious amenities, and major port destinations, it should come as no surprise that Disney Cruise Line is highly rated and favored by adults. While the ships were designed with the whole family in mind there are a plethora of excursions, clubs, private dining, spa facilities, and more that the adult crowd can enjoy in the company of other adults. So, if you decide to take a cruise and leave the kids at home, don’t worry, you won’t be the only ones – and you’ll still have plenty to see and do!
Len Testa has brought to our attention via Twitter an update to the Travel Warning for the country of Mexico. The warning from the Department of State reads: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.” Reading the posted bulletin will better inform you of the reported threats to individual cities, some of which are ports of call for the Disney Cruise Line. While the ports of call may not be altered, we would recommend consulting this bulletin to determine the threats to a certain port city. Staying aboard the ship while in port is a strong alternative option, one that will provide security as well as a multitude of activities to enjoy your day. These warnings should be taken seriously and given thoughtful consideration before determining whether to disembark the ship in a Mexican port.
On August 17th, a tragic event occurred in the city of Barcelona, Spain that made worldwide headlines. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Barcelona during this challenging time. For those of you traveling to Barcelona on the Disney Magic, USA Today posted a story confirming that all cruise ships scheduled to make call in Barcelona will proceed with their plans. For information regarding Port Adventures or Excursions, contact Disney Cruise Line or your travel agent for further details.
Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog posted a story detailing the approval to renovate the restrooms in Cruise Terminal 8, bringing them up to modern convenience standards. The work will not have any impact upon the guest experience and will be performed on days where there are no scheduled embarkations at the terminal. There is no timetable for completion at this time.
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. Showtimes are available via the Personal Navigator or official Disney Cruise Line app.
- August 26th – Kerry Butler
- September 2nd – Pamela Kashani
- September 9th – Josh Strickland
- September 16th – Scarlett Strallen
Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information
Have you ever wondered how Disney Cruise Line or its competitors price their cruises, and the economics behind such decisions? Our very own Len Testa joined elite podcaster Matt Hochberg on the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast to discuss such matters, comparing and contrasting the pricing structures of the Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This is not only an informative, in-depth look at both cruise lines, but it may help you decide which cruise or cruise line is optimal for your budget.
One thing we love around here is things that don’t cost extra to participate in, or in a word free! We’ve mentioned several of these thus far in our Preview series, but Tammy Whiting has a look at the 10 Best Free Activities on a Disney Cruise. Notable among the items we haven’t discussed are: Character Breakfasts, Karaoke, Trivia Contests, and Free Classes. While aboard the ship, each of these items can be found in the Personal Navigator, or official app, and they are loads of fun! I can tell you from personal experience that Karaoke is a riot, especially when singing Spice Girls at an unpleasantly high pitch. Trivia Contests often include special prizes for participants, which could net a nice little souvenir for all of those random facts you’ve collected watching Disney films and such over the years. What is your favorite “free” activity on the Disney Cruise Line?
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.