While there are numerous things that set Disney Cruise Line apart from all other companies, my absolute favorite aspect is their practice of rotational dining on every ship! No matter which member of the fleet you choose to sail on, every guest will get to experience all 3 dining rooms on board their ship! Upon booking a cruise, guests will select an early or late dinner seating time which will stay the same throughout the cruise, however, the location at which you dine will change nightly! On Day 1, you will meet your servers in the first dining room assigned to you, and they will travel from location to location with you all cruise long; so you will still get that fun, friendly interaction we’ve come to love from our waitstaff! Guests with food allergies can let their waiters know upon meeting the first night, and sail worry-free with waitstaff each night that already know your dietary needs! Not sure which dining room is yours tonight? No problem! Open your Disney Cruise Line Navigator app, and toggle over to My Plans! Scroll down to your dinner time and your assigned dining room for that night will be listed! You can even tap into it and preview the menu! Not sure how to use the Navigator app? No worries, click HERE to learn how! Check out the list below to see which ships offer which themed dining rooms so you know what to look forward to! Disney Magic:
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Celebrating 25 Years of Unforgettable Family Vacations with Disney Cruise Line It’s our quarter-century anniversary, and we’re pulling out all the stops, complete with new offerings and shimmering decorations across our entire fleet of ships. Come join our magical celebration this summer and get ready to kick up your heels with beloved Disney Characters like Captains Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, all decked out in their sparkly best—sailing select dates from May through September 2023 only. oin in the Silver Anniversary at Sea celebration on these sailings—only during summer 2023. DISNEY WISH May 1, 2023, through September 8, 2023Sailing to The Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida DISNEY FANTASY May 6, 2023, through September 2, 2023Sailing to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida DISNEY DREAM May 7, 2023, through September 17, 2023Sailing on Transatlantic and European cruises from Southampton, England; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Barcelona, Spain and Miami, Florida DISNEY WONDER May 15, 2023, through September 11, 2023Sailing to Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia DISNEY MAGIC May 24, 2023, through September 4, 2023Sailing to The Bahamas and the Caribbean from Miami, Florida Where Magic Meets the Beauty and Culture of The Bahamas Disney Cruise Line is excited to introduce Lighthouse Point, our new island retreat nestled on the southernmost tip of the island Eleuthera—where the deep-blue Atlantic Ocean meets the turquoise waters of The Bahamas. Opening summer of 2024, Lighthouse
There are quite a few apps out there that are intended to make our lives easier and sometimes even to keep us organized. The Disney Cruise Line Navigoat rapp does literally just that, and let me tell you, it’s one of the most useful apps to use if you’re going on a Disney cruise! I have gone on two Disney cruises on two separate ships (the Dream and the Wish), and I cannot rave enough about the app. This easy-to-follow video tutorial provides helpful tips for both Android and iOS users. You will have your first chance to use the app for pre-boarding. Before your cruise, you can check in and go through the pre-boarding process. It will ask you to input your check-in information and passport info, you can choose between two dining times, and you can even start booking port excursions/premium activities and reserve any extra-cost dining. The app also allows you to make payments. Once on board, the app becomes your navigation. You can find all the events, activities, characters, dining menus, showtimes, etc. For activity reminders, you can tap the little heart for anything you want to schedule for the day so that if you get caught up in swimming at one of the refreshing pools or shopping, the app will send you a notification before the event/activity you added as a reminder. Source: DCL Here are some of the things you will be able to access on the app while onboard: View a daily onboard calendar
Packing for a vacation can be overwhelming, and if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly worrying about what you’re going to forget and leave behind (you don’t know how many times I scream in frustration that I forgot something when I’m on my way to the airport or the plane!). Making a checklist of items I need to bring on my trip well ahead of time has been extremely helpful. For a Disney cruise, it’s essential to bring everything that is important, so we have made a simple little checklist to help ensure you bring everything you need to sail off on your adventure! **It’s important to note that your luggage will be taken from you upon arrival at the cruise port. You will want to pack any essential items you need for the first few hours on the ship in another bag, such as a backpack or a smaller purse/bag! Passport and/or required citizenship documentation Luggage tags (Disney Cruise Line sends these to you a few weeks before your trip!) Medication (in their original containers) Camera and accessories (batteries, memory card, etc.) Phone and laptop chargers Makeup/makeup remover/face wash Toiletries Extra prescription glasses or contact lenses Sunscreen and hats Swimsuit and cover-up Dinner attire Sunglasses Shorts and tanks/t-shirts/summer dresses Sandals and sneakers (rubber-sole shoes for Port Adventures) If you’re headed out on a cruise to colder destinations, you may want to also pack: Winter wear: gloves, hat, coat, boots, sweatshirt, etc. Waterproof and windproof coat Sunglasses
“Our Imagineering project team continues to draw inspiration from the city of New Orleans for the upcoming attraction, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. On our most recent trip to New Orleans, fellow Imagineers John Dennis, Charita Carter, Ted Robledo and I were part of ongoing recording sessions for the attraction’s music. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are collaborating with award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard on the music guests will hear as part of this adventure. Both natives of New Orleans, PJ, and Terence will help us score a lyrical love letter to the region that first inspired our endeavor with Princess Tiana. We’ll have more to share down the road as our teams make progress on a new original song composed by PJ Morton and new renditions of fan favorite music from the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “The Princess and the Frog.” Both PJ and Terence are well-decorated across music genres with PJ recently celebrating four straight years of Grammy wins — and 19 career nominations — as an independent artist and Terence having won seven Grammy awards for his own discography and trumpeting expertise. Terence also played all of Louis the Alligator’s trumpet parts in “The Princess and the Frog,” so you can only imagine how delighted we were that he was returning to work on this project. As a token of our gratitude, we presented them both with artist interpretations featuring each musician with critter guests will meet on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
While every Disney Cruise is a magical adventure, one of the many things that set Disney apart is their incredible uniquely-themed sailings! Not to mention they’ve just begun celebrating the 25th Anniversary! Let’s dive into what you can book for your family to enjoy right now! Celebrating 25 Years of Unforgettable Family Vacations with Disney Cruise Line It’s our quarter-century anniversary, and we’re pulling out all the stops, complete with new offerings and shimmering decorations across our entire fleet of ships. Come join our magical celebration this summer and get ready to kick up your heels with beloved Disney Characters like Captains Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, all decked out in their sparkly best—sailing select dates from May through September 2023 only. Source: Disney Have a blast meeting Disney Characters, dancing to new music, and toasting exciting adventures ahead. A SILVER JUBILEE Dance, sing, and clap your hands as we cast off to the beat of a brand-new signature song. Serving as the soundtrack of our summer celebration, the uplifting tune features all the excitement of past vacations and new family adventures ahead. Plus, enjoy a special shimmering evening during your cruise—more details to come. CHARACTER ENCOUNTERS Keep your eyes peeled for Captains Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse—all dressed up in their shimmering 25th-anniversary attire. SILVER ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS AT SEA In addition to Pirate Night, we’re adding a second magical night of fireworks at sea to most 4-night or longer sailings
Did you know there is a lounge JUST for teens on board the Disney Wish? Vibe is a happening haven for teens ages 14-17 and is chaperoned by some of the coolest counselors at sea in a laid-back way that allows teens to feel as unrestricted and comfortable as they can possibly be. Inspired by a Parisian artists’ loft, this space features stylish architectural elements with an electric retro twist, sporting vibrant neon signs, and funky pop art. Every angle in this chic space is completely selfie-worthy! Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media I went by to check it out on my recent sailing on the Wish, and this club made me want to be a teen again! The vibrant colors, modern furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows with epic ocean views give off ultimate vacation vibes, all while giving that open space feel that allows teens to feel some freedom to walk about and engage in whatever activity they choose. Vibe also hosts a range of fun-filled daily activities that teens choose themselves at the beginning of their cruise. Designed to encourage active participation, peer bonding, and teamwork, these interactive games are a great way for teens to break the ice and get to know one another. Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media Source: Kingdom Media For specific activity dates
Disneyland Resort Announces Return of Halloween Time and Plaza de la Familia Sept. 1, Plus 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash Dates
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year at Disneyland Resort. The leaves change color, the Halloween spirit creeps in and beloved seasonal celebrations make their return! Beginning Sept. 1, 2023, you’ll discover family-friendly fall fun and fare across the Happiest Place on Earth. During our Halfway to Halloween celebration last month, we shared that the fan-favorite Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party will return this year, and during Halloween Time, Mickey Mouse and some of his pals will debut ghostly new outfits at Disneyland park. Today, I’ll be treating you to even more sweet details for this year’s fall festivities for all ages, including limited-time offerings, beautiful décor all around the resort and dates for Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Halloween Time materializes across the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2023. If you’re a big Halloween fan, that means you can get an early start on the festivities! Spirited seasonal décor and characters dressed in Halloween looks will appear in both theme parks, presenting countless photo opportunities – including the Main Street Pumpkin Festival at Disneyland park and the transformation of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park into Radiator Screams, where the local residents and establishments are decked out in their Haul-O-Ween best. At Disneyland park, Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” will once again wreck the halls of Haunted Mansion Holiday. Another
Calling all adventurers! Have you ever dreamed of channeling your inner Viking in Norway, soaking up the sun in Greece or even exploring ancient ruins in Italy? Now, you can experience it all during your next magical Port Adventure on Disney Cruise Line’s European itineraries this summer! Port Adventures are designed to entertain, educate and inspire guests with one-of-a-kind opportunities to explore destinations in a way only Disney can – and cruisers of all ages aboard the Disney Dream will love the exciting activities available across the continent. Plus, there’s a little extra magic to look forward to on board this summer! All European sailings will celebrate the “Silver Anniversary at Sea” to honor the 25th anniversary of Disney Cruise Line. In addition to the magic on the ship, here are a few of the adventures you can take while at port with the Disney Dream this summer: All smiles in the Greek Isles If you ask someone about their travel bucket list, it’s VERY likely that Greece is right there near the top! This country’s iconic coastline is a beautiful view from the ship when travelers reach the port of call in one of the Greek Isles, Mykonos, but there’s nothing like debarking to see it up close. Are you looking for an active adventure? Mykonos has a ton to offer, from centuries-old architecture to beautiful beaches – and you can experience it all with a scenic tour of the area. Instagram lovers, the photo ops here
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