Posts Tagged ‘disney cruise line’

Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 20

by on January 19, 2018

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

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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10 Disney Cruise Line Secrets

by on January 15, 2018

I’ve talked Disney cruise tips, Disney cruise myths, questions, etc. etc.  I even wrote about some Disney cruise secrets way back in 2013!  But this time, friends, we are delving deeper.  I have real secrets here!  Well okay, secrets is a strong word.  But “10 Not Well-Known Things About Disney Cruises” is kind of long.  I think I’ve got at least one thing here that will surprise even the most experienced of Disney cruisers.  I’m going to try at least!  Let’s see if you knew all of these.

1. Disney will Transfer Just Luggage from Disney Resorts – I have good news if you are trying to get from Walt Disney World to the port in a vehicle that won’t quite fit all of your luggage. Disney will transfer it for you! That’s right, you do not need to be on Disney transfers to take advantage of the luggage transfers.  For a cost of $25 for up to 6 bags, and $3 a bag after that, Disney will pick up your luggage in your WDW resort room on the morning of your cruise.  You won’t see it again until it appears in your stateroom later that day.  Call (or have your travel agent call) the cruise line directly the day before you sail to set it up.  It will be charged to your onboard account.  I sail with a large group of ladies every September and we love to take a huge limo to the port, but there is no limo that exists that will hold 24 ladies plus their luggage.  So we send 18 or so of our bags on the transfers while we travel in style.  Worth it.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 13, 2018

by on January 12, 2018

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

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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Julia’s Best Week Ever, January 11, 2018: New Year’s Magic

by on January 11, 2018

Last year, my family set an interesting bucket list item–to sail on all four Disney Cruise Line ships within a calendar year. We sailed on the Wonder in February, the Fantasy in June, the Dream in September, and now it was time to get on board the Magic in December for a New Year’s cruise. Part of the reason we wanted to book this cruise, aside from our first time seeing the Magic, was that this cruise made a stop in Key West, a place we’ve always wanted to visit. The challenge for us is that it sailed out of Miami. We got a hotel for the night before (out of fears of traffic going from the Orlando area to Miami), and on a beautifully clear morning, headed to the port. A word of warning–if you’re used to the ease of getting around Port Canaveral, the Port of Miami is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. The way we were directed in by GPS meant that we didn’t have any signs telling us which dock the Magic was at, and there’s parking scattered everywhere. We ended up spotting the ship, pulling in the next available parking lot, and walking about 1/4 of a mile with our luggage to find a porter. In the end, there was a closer parking area, but it fills up much faster than Port Canaveral, so take parking where you can find it. Also note that the terminal where you leave may not be the terminal you return to. We left from terminal F, but returned to terminal G. Just some background about how “getting there is not half the fun”. I can’t say I’ll never sail from Miami again, but I can say that I love Port Canaveral all the more now.

 

But enough about travel fun. Once in the terminal, it was all Disney experience. Check-in was quick and efficient, security was brief, and even the wait time for our boarding number to be called went quickly in a much more comfortable setting than Port Canaveral. Time flew by very quickly between getting on board, doing a bit of exploring, and then time for sail away. And what a view! Here’s where sailing out of Miami beats the pants off of Port Canaveral. Sailing from a big city is amazing!

In one brief article, it wouldn’t be possible to write about everything that we experienced on the cruise–Key West, Pirate Night, New Year’s parties, exploring new places, and so on–so I figured I’d just give some snapshots from the cruise experience and snippets of details about what we did.

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Ask It Results: Disney Cruise without Castaway Cay?

by on January 10, 2018

They say that the best way to get over the withdrawal after coming back from a cruise is to write a blog post about a survey on cruises, right? Okay, I’m pretty sure no one actually says that, but at least writing about this gives me a chance to look at photos of Castaway Cay and daydream about my next Disney cruise. One of the key differences that Disney stresses about their cruises is time on the private island of Castaway Cay. Everyone knows that Disney cruises are more expensive than many other lines, and part of the value added is that special stop. For many people, saving money on a Disney cruise is highly desirable, but is it worth it to skip Castaway Cay if you got a discount? Last week, we asked you:

If you could book a Caribbean/Bahamas Disney cruise at a discount of 20-30% off, but that cruise did NOT include a stop at Castaway Cay, would you book that cruise?

Here’s your results:

Yes (525 votes, 51%)

As you can see, it was a fairly clean split.

For almost everyone, Castaway Cay is a highlight of the cruise. But a savings is a savings, and for some people a 20-30% discount might be the choice between going for a 4-night cruise instead of a 3-night cruise, or going on a cruise versus not going on a cruise. There are also people who aren’t big fans of beaches. For my family, we tend to spend a couple hours on the island and then the rest of the day on the ship. Having an extra sea day instead of Castaway Cay day wouldn’t be the end of the world for us, especially with lots of activities on board ship. For some people, it’s a decent tradeoff, especially when you know that certain times of year the weather can be less than ideal, and it is possible the ship may not be able to dock during high winds anyhow, or it may be rainy all day.

 

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Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, January 2018

by on January 9, 2018

It’s that time again! Time to officially wear the “I Survived the Bomb Cyclone” shirts? The start of Girl Scout cookie sales? One third of the way to the next Disney Outlet Report? Well, yes, all of those. But it is also time for the Monthly Merchandise Spotlight, showing things that I think looked cool while I was out window shopping. Today’s spotlight shows merchandise on sale on Disney Cruise Line during my New Year’s cruise on the Disney Magic. Let’s dive on it. (Or is that really a bad turn of phrase when talking about being on a ship…?)

I’m torn on these shirts–I love the Donald one, but the Mickey one seems a little cringe-worthy for me. What do you think? Either of these something you’d wear?

It’s nice to see some non-Fab-5 shirts out and about. I’m also torn on these, though. Somehow I don’t think I’m the target demographic for them. Are these a purchase or pass? (All of those shirts are in the $25 range, if that helps with the decision.)

I did spot this sleep shirt that I thought was pretty cute. At $35, I almost bought it, but passed for now. Maybe this summer…?

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Holidays Around the Parks: Disney Cruise Line Edition

by on January 8, 2018

Yes, the holiday decorations are being packed up and put back into storage for another year. But I just couldn’t let the season slip by without including a round-up of the decorations on a Disney cruise. Technically, my cruise on the Magic for New Year’s wasn’t a MerryTime cruise, but the decorations were still up for us. My luck is your gain. Here’s how DCL decks the halls for the holiday season.

 

There’s nothing like boarding a Disney ship, is there? The applause, the moment of Wow as you step into the atrium. It’s marvelous, isn’t it? On every other cruise I’ve done, we’ve entered on Deck 3, but perhaps because we were docked in Miami, this time we entered in on Deck 4, which gave a wonderful view of the atrium’s Christmas tree. What a way to start a trip!

 

We tend to like to board after 12 PM so that people are getting ready to camp in the halls for access to their staterooms, and it makes for a less crowded time in Cabanas for lunch. To what do my wondering eyes should appear? It’s Gingerbread! These are the same miniature gingerbread bites that you can buy at the Grand Floridian gingerbread house. They really are marvelous, aren’t they? And as all-you-can-eat, it makes them taste even better.

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Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

by on January 5, 2018

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

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 Preview — Week of December 30

by on December 29, 2017

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

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 Preview — Week of December 23

by on December 22, 2017

The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.

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.

Ports of Call

 

 

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