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Disney Cruise Line Sails Away with Two Gold Badges from U.S. News & World Report

The goal at Disney Cruise Line is to make dreams come true for every person who steps aboard their ships. And, they’re always honored when the cruise experiences that they deliver are recognized as the best of the best.

We’re excited to share that for the fifth consecutive year Disney Cruise Line was named the top cruise line in two key categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Cruise Lines rankings– Best Cruise Lines for Families and Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean.

These rankings are based on cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers and many other factors. According to U.S. News & World Report, our ships “receive kudos from families and critics alike for their kid-friendly atmosphere, whimsical amenities and spacious staterooms. The cruise line’s Disney theme is understated enough that sentimental adults looking to reconnect with their childhood fantasies will enjoy sailing just as much as the kids.”

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delivered incredible family vacation experiences that combine the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world. From Broadway-style productions inspired by classic Disney tales, like the all-new Beauty and the Beast, and dedicated spaces for kids and adults to signature dining and spa experiences,Disney Cruise Line offers something for every member in your family.

We look forward to many more years of making magical memories for your Clients!

Disney Cruise Line Introducing Even More Fun for All Ages with New Spaces and New Experiences Debuting on the Disney Magic in 2018

Exciting new spaces and new experiences designed for guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018. From family dining in an enchanted kingdom, to a transformed teen club, to a sophisticated café exclusively for adults, the ship’s newest highlights include:

An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families

At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, families will delight in an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport Disney Magic guests to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and interactive fun featuring Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs.

Guests will step inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite everyone to take part in a festive celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.

Throughout dinner, guests of all ages will be treated to live entertainment, including spirited singing and dancing led by the maître d’, a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself.

The family fun is complete with themed menus, special activities and a lively parade to cap off the evening in Corona. The charm and enchantment of “Tangled” in Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical” – the spellbinding original production that delights guests during each Disney Magic sailing.

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making. Activities at Vibe are organized and hosted by trained Disney counselors who facilitate the fun and interaction among teen guests.

Refined Escape Exclusively for Adults

Adults can relax at Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat that will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.

In this serene setting by the Quiet Cove Pool, adult beverage tastings are also available at select times for an additional fee. Just steps away, the adjacent Signals Bar will also be transformed with a similar look.

Elsewhere around the Disney Magic, other enhancement highlights include the addition of Club Disney Junior in Disney’s Oceaneer Club for children and a redesigned Rainforest Room with steam and hydrotherapy in Senses Spa for adults.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Magic starting March 9, 2018, on sailings from Miami, Fla. The four- and five-night Disney Magic sailings from Miami visit Key West, Fla.; Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Beginning on May 14, 2018, the Disney Magic repositions to Europe for the summer season.

These additions are part of an overall commitment by Disney Cruise Line to invest in their ships, helping to deliver incredible family vacation experiences for years to come. While making these enhancements to the Disney Magic, crews perform regularly scheduled and wide-ranging maintenance to keep the fleet in tip-top shape, further demonstrating the unwavering commitment by Disney Cruise Line to continually elevate the guest experience.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.

Meet Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader & More During Star Wars Day at Sea

When Star Wars Day at Sea returns on 15 special sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy this January through April, guests will have more opportunities than ever to meet your favorite Star Wars characters on a Disney cruise.

New in 2018, guests are guaranteed a time to meet and take photographs with C-3PO and R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Before they even step onboard, they’ll have the chance to reserve time with these character experiences online under the My Disney Cruise section of disneycruise.com.

These encounters are just some of the ways guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy. The event features a full day of fun, including Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, plus a deck party spectacular with an extraordinary fireworks display.

For a glimpse at the day’s epic fun and some of the other Star Wars characters you may encounter, take a look at this video.

Stay tuned as we share more about the incredible experiences your Clients can have on Star Wars Day at Sea during their Caribbean cruise vacation!

Disney Cruise Line Expands San Diego Season and Returns to Popular Tropical Ports from Both Coasts in Early 2019

In early 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations on a variety of itineraries, including an expanded two-month season from San Diego to the sun-drenched Baja and Mexican Riviera. A host of options to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Florida ports, plus cruises to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico, take guests to visit timeless tropical locales and experience endless amounts of Disney magic.

From January to May, all cruises departing from Florida feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests. The award-winning island is a pristine Bahamian oasis boasting clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, world-class recreation and signature Disney hospitality.

Bookings open via phone for Platinum Castaway Club members on Oct. 30, 2017, Gold Castaway Club members on Oct. 31, 2017, Silver Castaway Club members on Nov. 1, 2017 and to all Guests via phone and online on Nov. 2, 2017.

Disney Cruise Line Immerses Guests in Marvel Universe for Marvel Day at Sea Aboard Select Disney Magic Sailings from New York in 2017 and Miami in 2018

Disney Cruise Line guests will celebrate Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic during seven special sailings from New York in October and November 2017 and eight special voyages from Miami departing January through April 2018. New character interactions and an action-packed deck spectacular take center stage in the lineup of entertainment throughout the day-long celebration on all Marvel Day at Sea cruises.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea. Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the special Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship.

The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea

  • Exclusive character interactions are unveiled, including the debut of Black Panther and Loki as part of a Disney vacation experience and the first official appearance of Iron Man, Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot on a Disney Cruise Line ship.
  • Even more Marvel Universe Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Widow and Hawkeye are onboard for heroic encounters.
  • Families journey into the world of the Mystic Arts with Doctor Strange in an interactive new show in the Walt Disney Theatre. Children play a special role in the experience, as Doctor Strange calls upon young apprentices to put their skills to the test in an epic battle against the Dark Dimension.
  • A brand-new show fills the upper decks with special effects, stunts, pyrotechnics and music. The action-packed spectacular culminates in an epic battle featuring the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and even Chip and Dale join in the fun as they dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes for a dance party on deck.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For children in Marvel’s Avengers Academy, Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye will teach kids the true qualities of being a hero. Kids can participate in special secret agent training, learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.
  • Adults can enjoy an adult-exclusive experience inspired by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Fathoms nightclub, now a Ravager hideout. An electrifying alien dance performance amps up the energy and favorite interstellar outlaws join the party as Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtape provides the soundtrack.
  • Exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Day at Sea from New York will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All cruises will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

The 2018 Marvel Day at Sea sailings depart from Miami on Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 18; April 1, 15 and 29. The five-night cruises include a stop at Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

Disney Cruise Line Wins Highest Honor in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler readers have once again recognized Disney Cruise Line as the “Top Large Cruise Line” in the magazine’s 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The reader survey honors the best travel experiences from around the world. This marks the 15th consecutive year that Condé Nast Traveler readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line in the annual survey.

It’s always such an honor for Disney Cruise Line to be recognized with awards that come directly from travelers themselves, who we know have countless vacation choices. We’re humbled to learn that more than 300,000 readers cast their votes in this year’s survey, submitting millions of reviews.

Since we first set sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delivered incredible family vacation experiences that combine the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world. From Broadway-style productions inspired by classic Disney tales and dedicated spaces for kids and adults to signature dining and spa experiences, Disney Cruise Line offers something for every member of the family.

For a full list of this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards, visit www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

Marvel Super Heroes & Villains Battle in Action-Packed Stunt Spectacular During Marvel Day at Sea

Marvel Day at Sea, premieres this week on the Disney Magic this week, and today we’re excited to share glimpse at the day’s epic finale. For the first time ever, Marvel Super Heroes and Villains will face-off in an incredibly exciting battle at sea!

During an action-packed deck show spectacular like guests have never seen before, incredible stunts, special effects and pyrotechnics put them right in the middle of the thrilling Marvel Universe along with more than a dozen of their favorite Marvel Super Heroes. Let’s set the scene …

Tony Stark is throwing an exclusive gala on the high seas aboard the Disney Magic. The occasion: unveiling the latest Stark Industries technology.

The flashy celebration is in full swing and the party is abuzz as Super Heroes like Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye make their grand entrances to join Tony Stark, who is dressed for the occasion in his Iron Man suit. Of course, powerful new technology is a beacon for evil and plans quickly go awry.

The villainous Loki and some sinister cohorts invade the ship, and as a special guest at the gala, guests are in the middle of the ensuing action. In a whirlwind of excitement, they’ll witness heroic entrances by Thor, Black Panther, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Even Star Lord, Gamora and Groot will join this ultimate confrontation of Super Heroes and Villains.

Now that’s some super-charged celebration! Whether guests are lifetime Marvel fans, a brand-new fans or just love the idea of being in the middle of a sensational stunt spectacular, they need to be at this party.

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018. Stay tuned as we share more details on this unforgettable day at sea

Disney Cruise Line Itinerary Update

In order to enable the British and U.S. Virgin Islands the appropriate time to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, Disney has altered the itinerary for the Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, 2017 Disney Fantasy sailings to include ports in the Western Caribbean. The revised itineraries are below.

Oct. 21, 2017

  • Saturday – Port Canaveral
  • Sunday – Day at Sea
  • Monday – Cozumel, Mexico
  • Tuesday – George Town, Grand Cayman (tender port)
  • Wednesday – Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Thursday – Day at Sea
  • Friday – Castaway Cay, Bahamas
  • Saturday – Port Canaveral

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Saturday – Port Canaveral
  • Sunday – Day at Sea
  • Monday – Cozumel, Mexico
  • Tuesday – Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Wednesday – George Town, Grand Cayman (tender port)
  • Thursday – Day at Sea
  • Friday – Castaway Cay, Bahamas
  • Saturday – Port Canaveral

Port Adventures that guests pre-reserved in Tortola and St. Thomas will automatically be removed from your cruise activities, while those for Castaway Cay will remain as scheduled. Likewise, pre-reserved onboard activities like Palo Brunch, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and beverage tastings are being adjusted to fit this revised itinerary. Should guests wish to explore Port Adventure opportunities featured on this revised itinerary, please visit the My Cruise Activities section of our website at www.disneycruise.com this Friday, when all of the shore excursions and onboard activities are expected to be available on the site. Modifications to your pre-arranged Cruise Activities and Port Adventures can be made online up to three days prior to your sailing.

Family Fun on Marvel Day at Sea Cruises Debuting from New York City this Fall

In less than a month, Marvel Day at Sea cruises premiere on select Disney Cruise Line voyages from New York City. As we count down the weeks, we’re revealing more details about the fun guests can expect during this epic day-long event aboard the Disney Magic.

Marvel Day at Sea hosts an awesome mix of immersive entertainment that will empower guests to unlock their hidden superhuman abilities. Here are just some of the highlights that await guests on this special day of their cruise vacation…

Family costume celebration
Guests are invited to bring their most heroic (or villainous) costumes on the cruise. During what’s sure to be an inspiring costume celebration in the ship’s atrium, we’re encouraging families to celebrate together in Marvel-themed groups.

Super Hero training for kids
For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in Marvel’s Avengers Academy. Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye will teach kids the true qualities of being a hero. Kids will enjoy interactive experiences like special secret agent training, learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.

Film screenings
We’ll have exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The newest Marvel cinematic feature, Thor: Ragnarok, debuts onboard Nov. 3, 2017 the same day as in theaters on land.

Marvel trivia 
Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe. And if guests are new to Marvel or want to brush up on their heroic facts, they can join us for a fun session that covers the basics of the Marvel Universe so they can stay up-to-speed during the entire epic event.

Fun with Mickey and friends 
Even Disney characters are getting in on the action! Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale dress up to honor their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and young cruisers won’t want to miss this opportunity to have some fun and dance with the gang up on deck.

Of course the fun doesn’t stop there! There will be plenty of opportunities for heroic encounters with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including an interactive show in the Walt Disney Theatre with Doctor Strange. Guests can learn how to draw heroes like Spider-Man, Captain, Iron Man and Groot and take a quiz to determine the perfect Marvel comic for them!

They can also meet and hear behind-the-scenes stories from some of Marvel’s animation, game and publishing insiders. What’s more, this action-packed day features an extraordinary evening deck show like never before. More about that soon!

Marvel Day at Sea premieres on select 7- and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from New York this fall, and returns on select 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami in early 2018. Stay tuned as we unveil more details!

Disney Cruise Line Tropical Weather Update

Please note the following Disney Cruise Line updates:

Disney Dream Sailings – Sept. 15, 2017 and beyond

The Disney Dream is expected to sail as scheduled on Friday, September 15. Port Canaveral is currently closed and is expected to re-open prior to Friday’s sailing. Should any changes be needed, Disney will notify Travel Agents/Guests.

Disney Fantasy – Sept. 16, 2017 Sailing

The Disney Fantasy is expected to sail on its Western Caribbean itinerary as scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.  Should any changes be needed, Disney will notify Travel Agents/Guests.

Disney Fantasy – Eastern Caribbean Sailings

We continue to assess Hurricane Irma’s impact on the ports of call Disney visits in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Updates regarding any necessary itinerary changes will be shared later this week.