Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of December 23

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Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.

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Disney Cruise Line: In The News

Star Wars Day at Sea cruises are nearing their return on the Disney Fantasy in just a few short weeks. Disney Parks Blog has shared a top 10 list of things not to miss during these sailings. If you’ll be on one of these cruises, study up to get the most out of this one epic sea day!


If you are a numbers junkie, check out some of these stats on the Very Merrytime Cruises:

  • 170,000+ individual Christmas lights
  • 100,000+ ornaments and floral picks
  • 19,900 gingerbread bricks
  • 4,226 feet of garland
  • 2,200 lbs. of gingerbread
  • 128 Christmas trees
  • 109 holiday wreaths

Can we say decorating goals?


Beginning in September 2018, Disney Cruise Line will stop at the port of Astoria, Oregon for the first time. Does that port ring a bell? Maybe because you are a fan of The Goonies? Yup, Astoria is where, among other movies, this classic was filmed. Disney Cruise Line announced new Port Adventures that will be available for guests to book. Highlights include a tour to Mount St. Helens volcano, winery and alehouse tastings, and of course, a tour to locations of various movie filming locations, including Free Willy and The Goonies

Upcoming Entertainment

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
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Moana
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.

Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information

From now until February 15, DCL is once again offering the 50% off deposit promotion – pay only half of the usual required deposit at the time of booking. If you are thinking about booking a new 7-night or longer cruise departing between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019, you may be eligible for this offer. The remaining balance will be due at the time of the final payment. There are some restrictions to this offer – it is not available for IGT, OGT, VGT, suites, or concierge staterooms, and it cannot be combined with any other terms or discounts. This offer is available if you book direct, or with your favorite travel agent!

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!

Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.

Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!!

Heather Keller, Storybook Destinations

If it's vacation, it's for Heather! When she is not on vacation (usually someplace with a big Mouse) or planning her own vacations, she is helping clients plan their own magical trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is blessed to have a husband that accepts her travel addiction, and two daughters who are already following in her wanderlust footsteps. Heather can be reached at Heather@StorybookDestinations.com