Disney’s Castaway Cay Named TOP Cruise Line Private Island

What do you love most about Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas? Is it the gorgeous white-sand beaches? Sliding and splashing into turquoise waters from Pelican Plunge? The peace and tranquility of Serenity Bay, the adult-exclusive beach? Or, is it exploring the natural beauty of the island pedaling bikes with family?

 

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Well, the members of Cruise Critic have spoken and apparently love all of the above – and everything else Disney’s magical island has to offer!

 

For the second year in a row, Disney Castaway Cay has been named the Top Cruise Line Private Island in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Also for the second year in a row, Castaway Cay was the most highly rated Caribbean island overall among reviewers, beating out all other Caribbean islands!

 

These awards are based exclusively on firsthand feedback from cruisers themselves, gathered from reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over this past year. Cruise Critic, is one of the leading cruise review and information sites, offering a resource for travelers and hosting the world’s largest online cruise community.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about what all Castaway Cay has to offer, contact me today!

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Discover Rugged Adventures and Natural Wonders in Iceland on a Disney Cruise!

As the Disney Magic tours Europe this summer and next, Iceland is one of the amazing destinations Disney Cruise Line is taking Guests to explore. With ruggedly beautiful terrain, iconic geothermal pools and an abundance of whales swimming just off the coast, it’s the perfect spot for adventure-seeking families.

Akureyri and Reykjavik are both ports of call on the 11-night Norwegian Fjords cruise this summer. An overnight call on Reykjavik gives Guests three back-to-back days in this incredible land of fire and ice. Then, Disney Cruise Line returns to Iceland in 2018 with two days in Reykjavik on our 10-night Norwegian Fjords cruise.

See what rugged adventures and natural wonders await you in Iceland onboard a Disney Cruise in this video!

Stan Lee Assembles Super Heroes for Disney Cruise Line’s Marvel Day at Sea!

You and your family can unleash your inner Super Hero this fall on the inaugural sailings of Marvel Day at Sea with Disney Cruise Line on select 7-night cruises from New York City. Check out this video as Captain America, Iron Man and more get the call from a Marvel legend. 

Marvel Day at Sea kicks off in October on select 7- and 8-night cruises from New York City. The excitement continues on select 5-night voyages from Miami departing January through April.

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!

To find out more information about the Disney Cruise Line, click here!

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.

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.

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.