Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

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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

A new year means new fun onboard! This week, the Disney Magic has officially begun her Marvel Day at Sea sailings. She will continue with 5-night Western Caribbean sailings out of Miami, and the last one for the spring will sail on April 29. The Disney Fantasy is sailing strong with the force, as Star Wars Day at Sea time is once again upon us. The Fantasy will sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, with the last specialty sailing on April 14.

The CDC released fourth quarter cruise ship inspection scores, and how amazing (and yet not surprising) to see the Disney Magic with a perfect score of 100! The Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream both previously received perfect scores in 2017. You can search and read the reports here


I love Sea and Shore week on Wheel of Fortune! The best part – following along each night to find out what the bonus round puzzle solution is, and using those to enter the sweepstakes. Tonight is the last night to enter to win a 4-night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream. If you’ve also been following along, don’t forget to enter. Did you miss a clue earlier this week? No worries, The Disney Cruise Line Blog has you covered! 

Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:

Upcoming Entertainment

The following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Cars 3
  • Doctor Strange
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Coco
  • Moana
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

For future reference, films debut on 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


This week on the Disney Dream, runners participated in the Castaway Cay 5K challenge, as part of the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. Though this race was sponsored through runDisney, you can compete in a 5K on the island anytime you visit! The first thing to know about the Castaway Cay 5K: this race is completely free. Free! Who doesn’t love a free event! You can sign up for the race once you are onboard at the Port Adventures desk. The meeting location and time will be listed in the Personal Navigator. At the check in, you’ll get your race bib to make you official. Adults traveling with kids who both want to run? No worries – you will have a chance to drop the kids off at Scuttle’s Cove for some fun prior to the race. The official age minimum for the race is 10. The start of the race is near the Pelican Point tram stop. Don’t fancy yourself a runner but would still like to participate? Go for it! While the race is “timed”, the overall event is about enjoying yourself…and maybe working off just a few of those calories you have enjoyed at Cabanas. Have you run in the 5K before? Tell us in the comments!

Our own Julia Mascardo rang in the new year on the Disney Magic – take a break from reality and enjoy this wrap up of her best new year ever. She also so graciously scoped out the shops onboard to bring us some of the latest and greatest merchandise available on board – I know there’s now a new Tervis calling my name!

Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking 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 Julia Mascardo, and 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

6 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

  • January 12, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I think the age min for the 5K is 10. My son did the race with me this summer and he was 10. We knew it would be the first time he could do it before the cruise.

    • January 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Matt! The “official” posted age from the cruise line is 12, however, there’s definitely leniency with younger ages being able to participate due to the laid back nature of the race 🙂 Hope your son enjoyed it!

      • January 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm

        He did! And we love that they now give real 5K medals, not the generic mickey ear cruise medal! They must not care as they do have his age on record and can easily look it up.

  • January 13, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Unless things have changed in the past 2 weeks, the “official” posted age is definitely 10 on the Wonder. I looked up a Navigator posted on DCL Blog, and the Disney Wonder’s stop at Castaway Cay on 1/1 lists the activity as 10+. My 10 year old was able to register for it on the Magic in October. Maybe the Dream and Fantasy have a different minimum age?

    • January 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Theresa, thanks for the comments! I’ve done some more research…and it appears that Disney is consistently inconsistent on this. I’ve found a number of Navigators that list the minimum age as 12, and some as 10. While it does seem to be 10 more often in recent years, my advice is to check your navigator to be sure! I’m going to update the article as well. Thanks again!

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