Disney Cruise Line Announces TWO NEW SHIPS!

Disney Cruise Line is proud to announce plans to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver.

The new ships, each approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. These new vessels will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, and be completed in 2021 and 2023.

While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures.

This is some very exciting news! I can only imagine what the Imagineering team can come up with for these two ships after seeing what they have already came up with for the original four ships. I am really hoping they come up with something even more unique that what the other ships already have!

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DISNEY CRUISE LINE UNVEILS PORTS AND ITINERARIES FOR EARLY 2017

In early 2017, Disney Cruise Line returns to favorite destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries, most from popular Florida ports. Limited-time engagements in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Galveston, Texas, complete the line-up for the first part of the year.

During these sailings, you will visit timeless tropical locales, dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces. Most cruises feature a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, a private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests.

Bookings open Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members on Oct. 7, 2015 and to the public on Oct. 8.

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Booking Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursions, Dining Reservations, Spa Treatments and Children’s Programs – DCL FAQ’s –

You can view your reservation at Disney Cruise Line where you can pre-book your Shore Excursions, Palo reservation and Spa treatments. If you have children under age 18 in your party, you can pre-register them for the kid’s programs.

The first step is to register on the Disney Cruise Line website. Next, you’ll need your Disney Cruise Line reservation number and the birthdate of the lead passenger. (Hint: If that date doesn’t work, try the date of another member of your party.)

There are four options to choose: Shore Excursions, Dining, Vista Spa and Children’s Programming. Within each category you can arrange your schedule of events. Changes and cancellations of your plans are just a click away.

One important part of pre-booking is to schedule your Port Arrival Time.  Disney Cruise Line offers staggered arrival times to help prevent congestion in the port, so you will need to pick from a list of available times.

The Booking Schedule is as follows:

  • 120 Days in Advance – Concierge Guests in Stateroom Categories 1 – 3 and Platinum Castaway Club Members

  • 105 Days in Advance – Gold Castaway Club Members In any Stateroom Category

  • 90 Days in Advance – Silver Castaway Cay Club Members In any Stateroom Category

  • 75 Days in Advance – New Disney Cruisers in Stateroom Categories 4 – 12

**Pre-booking requires that your cruise be paid in full. Reservations can be made up until 2 days prior to your arrival.**

When you view your reservation, you’ll see the cruise itinerary. If you’ve chosen excursions, Dining and/or Spa treatments, you’ll see that information listed on the day that you selected. It’s in an easy to print out format that you can take with you on your vacation.

While you will receive a packet of documents prior to your cruise, you can also access and print the Embarkation form, Payment Authorization form, Cruise Contract, Medical Information Form and Minor Authorization form.

Reservations are filled on a first come, first serve basis and some excursions, reservations and events have capacity limits. I encourage you to make reservations early to avoid any disappointment.

**PLEASE NOTE: Shore excursions are final and non-refundable once you’re within 3 days of your sail date.** Guests who choose not to pre-reserve shore excursions prior to their cruise may stop by the ship’s Shore Excursion Desk, located on Deck 3, on embarkation day, to check availability and purchase excursions. Due to limited availability, some excursions may not be available.

All guests with pre-reserved shore excursions will receive excursion tickets delivered to their stateroom on embarkation day. Payment for confirmed excursions will be billed directly to the guest’s shipboard account. Advance payment is not required or accepted.

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When will I know my flight schedule as arranged by Disney Cruise Line? – DCL FAQ’s –

Disney Cruise Line uses “bulk air” when making flight assignments for their guests. Flights are not finalized until 30 days prior to your arrival and they DO NOT make your seat assignments. Once you have the flight information, you need to contact the airline to have your seating requests noted.

You will be able to access your flight itinerary online approximately 21 days prior to your arrival. (You can call the Air/Sea department once you’ve reached the 30 day mark for this information)

Online access is as follows:

  • Log in at www.disneycruise.com

  • Select My Disney Cruise

  • Select My Reservation

  • Select Retrieve a Reservation

  • Enter your access info (confirmation number & date of birth) hit Continue

  • Your reservation details will appear including your air information which includes your airline, flight number, ticket number, PNR, departure city, time of arrival, city and date for all flight segments

They make every effort to get you to the Orlando airport in a timely fashion, but you may be scheduled for connecting flights.

If you prefer to fly in the day prior or specify a direct flight, airline, etc., you may do so by paying an additional $50.00 deviation fee.

When booking air with Disney Cruise Line as part of your vacation package, it includes complimentary ground transportation while in Orlando.

Note that in accordance with airline policies, children under age 2 are not provided with air unless it is specifically requested. Disney Cruise Line will consider the infant to be a “lap child.” Children age 2 and up are required to have a seat on the plane.

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What paperwork will I receive concerning my Disney cruise and when? -DCL FAQ’s-

You will receive the Cruise Packet anywhere from 30 to 45 days prior to your departure date. The packet will be delivered directly to you from Disney Cruise Line. The Cruise Packet is delivered via United States Postal Service (US) and UPS (Outside of the US). No one needs to sign for it. It can be delivered to whatever address you choose, but it cannot be delivered to a PO Box (outside of the US). Please note that if you choose an alternate address other than your home, DCL still needs to have your home address in their records.

Disney Cruise Line encourages everyone to complete their forms online and bring the Online Check-In Signature Form to the embarkation port for faster, easier boarding. If you’re not able to do so, forms can still be completed at the port terminal. You will receive instructions to access your information when final payment is made.

The forms in the Cruise Packet can include your itinerary, the ship’s policies, gratuity guidelines, luggage tags which are to be affixed to your checked bags when you arrive at the Port unless you’re using Disney Transfers, a form which is to be filled out and notarized if you have a minor under age 18 who is traveling without their parent/legal guardian, and the form which is to be filled out with your credit card information while onboard. You’ll also be provided with any Immigration forms that are required for your particular sailing.

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How do Disney transfers work and how much do they coast for my Disney Cruise? – DCL FAQ’s-

You’ll receive luggage tags in your cruise packet. When flying on the same day as the departure of your cruise, you’ll affix these tags to your luggage before leaving for the airport. (Since your bags may not arrive at your stateroom until 5:00pm or later, pack a carryon bag with your documents and necessities.) Upon arrival in the Orlando airport, these tags identify your bags and they are brought directly to the ship. You do not need to go to Baggage Claim.

Disney Cruise Line agents will be in the main terminal of the airport and are easily identified. Starting at 9:00 am, a “meet and greet” is scheduled. The shuttles are boarded on a first come/first served basis. Departure begins at 10:30 am.

Upon arrival back at Port Canaveral, you will be required to retrieve your luggage from Customs. The major airlines have check-in counters at the port and will transport your checked bags to the airport. Shuttles board and depart on a first come/first served basis.

Prices:

  • Airport to Walt Disney World Resort or resort to airport: No Charge (Magical Express)

  • Any other one way transfer (resort to port or port to resort/airport): $35 per person

  • Cruise Only (round trip airport to Port Canaveral): $70 per person

  • Land/Sea Package (round trip Airport to Resort, Resort to Port Canaveral, Port Canaveral to Airport): $70 per person

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What should I pack for my Disney Cruise? – DCL FAQ’s-

Necessary Items
When packing for your cruise, necessary items include proof of citizenship, valuables, medications (in their original containers), personal items or other items required for check-in or embarkation. Please note, it’s highly recommended that you pack necessary items in your day bag.

Appropriate Attire
During the summer months, lightweight shorts, slacks, sundresses, jeans and tops are all appropriate daytime attire in the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Central Florida. In the winter and on cruises to cooler regions, a light jacket, sweater and socks may be needed.

Bring comfortable shoes like boat shoes, sandals or sneakers. And don’t forget swimwear, a sunhat or visor, sunglasses and sunscreen. Please note that topless sunbathing is not allowed. Swimsuit tops must be worn at all time. Thong-style bottoms are not permitted.

All cruises host a tropical deck party. You’re invited to join in the fun by wearing festive island wear, including colorful shirts, dresses, shorts or pants

The dress policy is “Cruise Casual.” It is requested that you do not wear tank tops, swimwear or shorts to the dining rooms. Jeans are allowed.

If you dine at Palo or Remy, they have a separate dress code in place.

There may be a formal and a semi-formal night. Disney Cruise Line will provide a brochure with tuxedo rental information for gentlemen wishing to have a tux provided onboard.

There is generally a themed “Pirates of the Caribbean” night. Guests may choose to wear “pirate” attire if they’d like.