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VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE NEW ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ MUSICAL COMING TO THE DISNEY DREAM

As we previously shared, a new production of “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream.

To develop this new version of “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney Cruise Line assembled an all-star creative team, including a talented collection of Broadway artists, to create an imaginative, new approach to this iconic story. Check out this video to get an inside look at how they’re bringing this tale as old as time to life like never before …

“Beauty and the Beast” will debut during the Disney Dream voyage departing Nov. 6, 2017, joining an incredible lineup of Broadway-style state productions aboard the ship, including “The Golden Mickeys” and “Disney’s Believe”

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures Invite Guests to Experience Rich Culture and Adventure on Europe and Norway Sailings

Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore culturally rich and exciting locales with Port Adventures like only Disney can do during its Europe and Norway sailings, beginning May 2017 when the Disney Magic returns to Europe for the summer.

Guests exploring these ports will be treated to richly diverse destinations showcasing iconic locations, tantalizing cuisine and unrivaled experiences.

To enhance guests’ experiences while at port, Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures entertain and inspire both children and adults—in true Disney fashion—with an extra dash of pixie dust.

Experience the Inspiration for Disneyland at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, a behind-the-scenes tour invites guests to walk in the footsteps of Walt Disney and experience Tivoli Gardens as he did during his visit in 1950. The age-old amusement park inspired Walt to imagine the beginning of something grand and magical – the plans and designs for Disneyland Resort. With a variety of attractions – everything from merry-go-rounds and whimsical rides to a 100-year-old roller coaster – Tivoli Gardens inspires visitors with the beauty and enchantment that sparked the beginning of Disneyland and beyond.

See the Ceremonial Necklace Worn by Princess Leia in Helsinki, Finland

New to Disney Cruise Line in 2017, guests have the unique opportunity to see the ceremonial necklace worn by Princess Leia in the legendary final throne room scene in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.” Chosen by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the necklace is an iconic piece that is sure to awe Star Wars fans as they experience an up-close look at this movie history icon. Art aficionados can admire other impressive works of Finnish artist, jewelry designer and sculptor Björn Weckström as they’re greeted by the artist himself in his private residence.

Encounter Brave Adventures at Edinburgh Castle in Greenock, Scotland

An adventure to the medieval Edinburgh Castle gives Disney Cruise Line guests an exclusive opportunity to meet the courageous Princess Merida from the Disney-Pixar “Brave” film and feel the excitement while they interact with the fearless young heroine. While visiting the iconic Scottish landmark, nestled high atop Castle Rock with views of the Old Town, guests can tour the former royal residence and fort, dazzle at the magnificent great hall and admire the Scottish crown jewels, first used for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543. Exclusive for Disney Cruise Line, courageous kids can join Youth Counselors from the ship for an exciting shield-decorating activity during this day-long adventure.

Get a Glimpse of 18th Century Royal Luxury in St. Petersburg, Russia

Guests are invited to partake in an extravagant royal ball inside Catherine Palace during the Disney Magic’s visit to St. Petersburg. Complete with a live orchestra and dances with royal courtiers, the gala offers regal festivities to all who attend. In a setting of gilded walls, hand-painted ceilings and period artwork, guests are immersed in 18th century palace life as they experience what it was like to live like royalty in 1750s Russia.

Join in “Frozen” Festivities and Viking Ventures in Ålesund, Norway

Disney Cruise Line guests join Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from the animated hit “Frozen” in Norway, the land that inspired their story. Disney guests are invited to revel in an exclusive Norwegian summer celebration at the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum where the festivities culminate in the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion. After being personally greeted by their “Frozen” friends, and surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Norway, guests dance to local musicians and sample tasty Norwegian specialties, including svele, a traditional sweet pancake from the region.

Another Ålesund adventure exclusive to Disney Cruise Line includes a quest to a Viking village on the island of Giske, where guests head back in history to meet the village chieftain and experience the Viking world. Adventurers find themselves in the middle of daily Viking life and mingle with members of the Norse families, experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Guests also learn traditional Viking handiwork and put it to practice by crafting their own leather bags.

Experience the Great Outdoors of Geiranger, Norway

From the port of Geiranger, the crowning jewel of the Norwegian fjords, comes an experience exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests – a visit to the Gjaera Mountain Farm where a local family provides an up-close look at daily life. Children join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors to create one-of-a-kind decorative pillows in the farm’s printing studio using handmade wooden stamps that have been passed down through the family’s many generations. Meanwhile, adults explore the farm and its microbrewery, sampling fresh brews. After building up an appetite, everyone reunites for a taste of traditional Norwegian foods produced at the farm including juices, breads, creams and cured meats.

Another journey brings Disney Cruise Line guests to the Herdalsetra Mountain Farm, where on the way to a nearby scenic valley they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall made famous in Norwegian folklore. Guests tour the enchanting farm brimming with 30 farmhouses and more than 450 sprightly goats scampering around the property. They also sample the farm’s fresh cheeses including Norway’s famous brown cheese – similar to sweet fudge.

Those looking for even more adventure will find it kayaking through the Geirangerfjord. Gliding over dazzling turquoise waters, guests will get an up-close look at stunning waterfalls roaring down into the fjord and the majestic mountains along the water’s edge.

The Disney Magic sails to destinations throughout Europe and Norway throughout the summer.

Details on all Disney Cruise Line shore excursions can be found on the Port Adventures section of disneycruise.com.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Why Disney Cruises Aren’t Just for Kids

If you want to know what life is like for adults inside the cult of Disney, step aboard one of its cruise ships. Yes, Princess Elsa is onboard doing arts and crafts, and cartoons play on a poolside Jumbotron. But go a little farther into the ship and you’ll stumble upon a British pub with worn-in leather armchairs, fine dining reserved just for the grownups, and a blissfully quiet adult pool deck that will make it hard to believe you’re sharing a ship with hundreds of children.

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5 awesome free things Disney Cruise Lines offers its passengers

Make no mistake: cruising with Disney can be pricey. The good news is that you get a lot of bang for your buck on the family-friendly line, with amazing kids clubs, spectacular stage shows, and fun for every age group. (Animation art class, anyone?)

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures Invite Guests to Experience Rich Culture and Adventure on Europe and Norway Sailings

Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore culturally rich and exciting locales with Port Adventures like only Disney can do during its Europe and Norway sailings, beginning May 2017 when the Disney Magic returns to Europe for the summer.

Guests exploring these ports will be treated to richly diverse destinations showcasing iconic locations, tantalizing cuisine and unrivaled experiences.

To enhance guests’ experiences while at port, Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures entertain and inspire both children and adults—in true Disney fashion—with an extra dash of pixie dust.

Experience the Inspiration for Disneyland at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, a behind-the-scenes tour invites guests to walk in the footsteps of Walt Disney and experience Tivoli Gardens as he did during his visit in 1950. The age-old amusement park inspired Walt to imagine the beginning of something grand and magical – the plans and designs for Disneyland Resort. With a variety of attractions – everything from merry-go-rounds and whimsical rides to a 100-year-old roller coaster – Tivoli Gardens inspires visitors with the beauty and enchantment that sparked the beginning of Disneyland and beyond.

See the Ceremonial Necklace Worn by Princess Leia in Helsinki, Finland

New to Disney Cruise Line in 2017, guests have the unique opportunity to see the ceremonial necklace worn by Princess Leia in the legendary final throne room scene in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.” Chosen by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the necklace is an iconic piece that is sure to awe Star Wars fans as they experience an up-close look at this movie history icon. Art aficionados can admire other impressive works of Finnish artist, jewelry designer and sculptor Björn Weckström as they’re greeted by the artist himself in his private residence.

Encounter Brave Adventures at Edinburgh Castle in Greenock, Scotland

An adventure to the medieval Edinburgh Castle gives Disney Cruise Line guests an exclusive opportunity to meet the courageous Princess Merida from the Disney-Pixar “Brave” film and feel the excitement while they interact with the fearless young heroine. While visiting the iconic Scottish landmark, nestled high atop Castle Rock with views of the Old Town, guests can tour the former royal residence and fort, dazzle at the magnificent great hall and admire the Scottish crown jewels, first used for the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543. Exclusive for Disney Cruise Line, courageous kids can join Youth Counselors from the ship for an exciting shield-decorating activity during this day-long adventure.

Get a Glimpse of 18th Century Royal Luxury in St. Petersburg, Russia

Guests are invited to partake in an extravagant royal ball inside Catherine Palace during the Disney Magic’s visit to St. Petersburg. Complete with a live orchestra and dances with royal courtiers, the gala offers regal festivities to all who attend. In a setting of gilded walls, hand-painted ceilings and period artwork, guests are immersed in 18th century palace life as they experience what it was like to live like royalty in 1750s Russia.

Join in “Frozen” Festivities and Viking Ventures in Ålesund, Norway

Disney Cruise Line guests join Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from the animated hit “Frozen” in Norway, the land that inspired their story. Disney guests are invited to revel in an exclusive Norwegian summer celebration at the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum where the festivities culminate in the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion. After being personally greeted by their “Frozen” friends, and surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Norway, guests dance to local musicians and sample tasty Norwegian specialties, including svele, a traditional sweet pancake from the region.

Another Ålesund adventure exclusive to Disney Cruise Line includes a quest to a Viking village on the island of Giske, where guests head back in history to meet the village chieftain and experience the Viking world. Adventurers find themselves in the middle of daily Viking life and mingle with members of the Norse families, experiencing first-hand the traditions, authentic food and games that come with being a Viking. Guests also learn traditional Viking handiwork and put it to practice by crafting their own leather bags.

Experience the Great Outdoors of Geiranger, Norway

From the port of Geiranger, the crowning jewel of the Norwegian fjords, comes an experience exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests – a visit to the Gjaera Mountain Farm where a local family provides an up-close look at daily life. Children join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors to create one-of-a-kind decorative pillows in the farm’s printing studio using handmade wooden stamps that have been passed down through the family’s many generations. Meanwhile, adults explore the farm and its microbrewery, sampling fresh brews. After building up an appetite, everyone reunites for a taste of traditional Norwegian foods produced at the farm including juices, breads, creams and cured meats.

Another journey brings Disney Cruise Line guests to the Herdalsetra Mountain Farm, where on the way to a nearby scenic valley they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall made famous in Norwegian folklore. Guests tour the enchanting farm brimming with 30 farmhouses and more than 450 sprightly goats scampering around the property. They also sample the farm’s fresh cheeses including Norway’s famous brown cheese – similar to sweet fudge.

Those looking for even more adventure will find it kayaking through the Geirangerfjord. Gliding over dazzling turquoise waters, guests will get an up-close look at stunning waterfalls roaring down into the fjord and the majestic mountains along the water’s edge.

The Disney Magic sails to destinations throughout Europe and Norway throughout the summer.

Details on all Disney Cruise Line shore excursions can be found on the Port Adventures section of disneycruise.com.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

VIDEO: DISNEY CRUISE LINE RECEIVES TOP HONORS

Disney Cruise Line is making a splash! From Best Cruise Line for Families to Best Private Island, see the ‘waves’ of awards they’ve been honored to receive in this video!

DISNEY CRUISE LINE TO ADD EXCITING NEW EXPERIENCES ON THE DISNEY FANTASY

Exciting new experiences designed for Guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Fantasy in May 2017.  From exploring the universes of Star Wars and Marvel, to shopping at unique new onboard venues, new highlights include:

Imaginative New Spaces for Kids in Disney’s Oceaneer Club

  • The new Star Wars: Command Post takes kids on a journey where they will train with heroes of the Star Wars saga and help with missions against the First Order. Here, they will interact with holographic models at a one-of-a-kind Star Wars holotable that projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, Death Star and other famous Star Wars ships, meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.
  • In the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will learn from real-life Super Heroes the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty. In this innovative space, kids can learn the ways of the mystic arts with Doctor Strange who is making first-ever appearances onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Tasty Treats to Delight the Entire Family

  • The new Sweet on You ice cream shop, themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, features hand-crafted gelato and ice-cream, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles and a large selection of candy for purchase, all just steps from the family pool.

Luxury Shopping for Adults

  • Disney Cruise Line will welcome the world’s premier jewelry and iconic American luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., with an exclusive store aboard the Disney Fantasy. Your Clients can indulge in timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the effortlessly elegant Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

These additions are part of an overall commitment by Disney Cruise Line to invest in our ships, helping to deliver incredible family vacation experiences for years to come. While making these enhancements to the Disney Fantasy, crews will also perform regularly scheduled and wide-ranging maintenance that keeps the fleet in tip-top shape.

The new enhancements will debut on Disney Fantasy sailings starting May 17, 2017 from Port Canaveral, FL. The first sailing will visit the Bahamas on a 3-night voyage. Beginning May 20, the ship will resume a regular sailing schedule that includes 7-night voyages alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

ADVENTURES BY DISNEY ANNOUNCES NEW THEMED RIVER CRUISES IN 2018

Adventures by Disney® announces new enhanced river cruise vacation offerings for 2018, including options for special Beauty and the Beast themed experiences along Europe’s Rhine river, and adult-exclusive epicurean style experiences along both the Rhine and Danube rivers.

On six departures in 2018, travelers will celebrate the quaint villages and culture that inspired the Beauty and the Beast films and savor special experiences. They will become part of this beloved story as they tour Riquewihr, an idyllic French village that is as picturesque as Belle’s hometown from the movie. Families will be immersed in a tale as old as time during a Beauty and the Beast themed dinner, as well as other unique culinary experiences inspired by the film. They can also enjoy screenings of both the live-action and animated versions of the film onboard.

Adventures by Disney will also double the number of popular food and wine themed sailings along the Rhine in 2018, offering two epicurean sailings during the fall. Hosted be renowned chefs and sommeliers, these adult-exclusive sailings will serve up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship – including wine tasting and blending, gourmet demonstrations and workshops, culinary walking tours in several ports and more.

In 2018, Adventures by Disney will also offer six departures of its popular Danube river cruises. In addition to summertime and themed holiday sailings, there will be an all-new adult-exclusive Oktoberfest sailing in September 2018. This special itinerary will visit Germany during the iconic yearly Oktoberfest celebration, and will include festive themed parties and culinary treats both on and off the ship.

Sailing with AmaWaterways™, a premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for guests to explore the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy. Adventures by Disney received the 2016 Cruise Critic Editors’ Award for Best River Cruise Line for Families.

DISNEY CRUISE LINE EXPLORES NEW DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE, ALASKA AND THE CARIBBEAN IN SUMMER 2018

In summer 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes your Clients on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Bookings open for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members on Feb. 22, 2017 and to all other Guests on Feb. 23, 2017.

Contact Travel Agents, Scott and Becky Donahue, of Wish Upon a Star With Us to plan and book your vacation.

DISNEY CRUISE LINE TAKES TOP AWARDS IN 2017 CRUISE CRITIC CRUISERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

When guests sail, we love that their experience doesn’t end when they step off the ship. They remember it for a lifetime and relive the magic by talking about it with family, friends — and everyone they meet!

Because of those shared experiences, Disney is excited to be honored with eight first-place awards, including the Best for Families, in the recently announced 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards based on thousands of reviews.

Cruise Critic reviewers recognized the Disney Magic as the No. 1 cruise for families while also ranking the Disney DreamDisney Fantasy and Disney Wonder as top cruise ships in the Best for Families category.

In the large-ship category, the Disney Dream took the No. 1 spots for Best Overall Ship, Best Cabins, Best Public Rooms, Best Service and Best Shore Excursions. This is the third consecutive year the Disney Dream has won Best Overall in the large-ship category.

Also in the large-ship category, the Disney Fantasy was recognized as the Best for Fitness & Recreation. While the Disney Magic took top honors for Best Overall Ship in the mid-size ship category.

The Cruisers’ Choice Awards are selected based on the thousands of reviews and ratings made by the Cruise Critic community last year. Cruise Critic is one of the largest online cruise communities with more than 150,000 cruise reviews.