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Early 2019 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries for early 2019! Schedules are out through April-early May 2019.  Summer 2019 schedules will be released in 2018.

The new itineraries open for booking by Platinum Castaway Club members on October 30, 2017.  On October 31, they open to Gold members, then November 1 for Silver Castaway Club.  On Thursday, November 2 the new itineraries open to the public.

Booking early gives you the best stateroom availability and locks in your cruise price.  This can be especially helpful if you need or want connecting staterooms.  We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

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The Dream will sail 3-Night and 4-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  All of these Fantasy cruises include a stop in Castaway Cay. These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The Magic spends the winter and spring sailing Bahamian and Caribbean cruises out of Miami.  These are nice options if you’ve done Bahamians on the Dream and want something a little different, but still need a short cruise.

The Wonder ends its Galveston season with a relocation cruise from to San Juan on January 9, 2019.  The Wonder spends a few weeks in San Juan sailing 3 Southern Caribbean cruises, all with unique itineraries.

The Wonder then relocates from San Juan to Port Canaveral on February 3, 2019.  The Wonder sails a few short Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral before taking an early Westbound Panama Canal relocation cruise to San Diego.

While in San Diego, the Wonder sails a variety of short Baja and longer Mexican Riviera cruises March to early May.

I’m excited to try a Southern Caribbean cruise!  What news in this release has you excited?

Hurricane Irma – Summary of Impact

Hurricane Irma kept us in suspense for over a week as we watched her strengthen and slowly move across the Atlantic.  Even in her last throes she surprised us with a move inland and aimed more directly at central Florida than was predicted.

The Walt Disney World resort closed all four parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and sensitive locations like Fort Wilderness beginning over the weekend.  The airport and parks remained closed Sunday to Monday.  The strongest part of the storm hit overnight and brought landscaping damage, some water and minor building damage.  The four parks reopened, with some rides still temporarily closed, on Tuesday, September 12.  MCO began limited operations on Tuesday, with full operations beginning as airlines and staff return.

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Summer rain storm – not Irma

Going forward, the resort will continue to be cleaned up and gradually reach full, normal operations.  If you have a vacation planned for the near future, you will find most of your visit run as usual.

Airlines will take some time to recover from mass cancellations across Florida.  Check your flight status directly with your airline as you approach your trip so you are aware of any changes before arriving at the airport.

Disney Cruise Line shortened a Dream Bahamian cruise and a Fantasy Caribbean cruise to return to Port Canaveral early on Thursday, September 7.  The ships sheltered in Cozumel during the storm.  Two Bahamian cruises aboard the Dream and 1 Caribbean sailing on the Fantasy were cancelled.

Port Canaveral is steadily preparing to reopen to cruise traffic.  The ships should pick up their regular schedules on September 15 and 16 for the Dream and Fantasy respectively.

Itinerary changes have not been announced, but are expected.  The US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, which are the backbone of an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, were badly hit by Irma’s Category 5 ferocity.  See a satellite view of the destruction from NASA.

We hope you, dear reader, are safe at home.  Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by Irma as well as Harvey.  Thank you to all the Cast who worked through the storm and kept everyone safe!

My High and Low of 2017 D23 Expo Announcements

If you haven’t heard, more announcements than I can count on two hands were made at 2017’s D23 Expo.  Many of these have been floating around as rumors for some time, but some took me by complete surprise.  If you need a refresher on the announcements, here is a recap post from the Disney Parks Blog.

Out of all the announcements made, here are the highs and lows I can’t stop thinking about!

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Third ship added to Disney Cruise Line expansion
Last year Disney Cruise Line announced two new ships (similar in size to the Dream and Fantasy) that would launch in 2021 and 2023.  DCL has been quiet since the announcement, so a surprise third ship due in 2022 is icing on my I’m-excited-by-the-idea cake.  So little is known about this expansion it’s hard to be excited about specifics.  I remember when the Dream and Fantasy launched in 2011 and 2012 and I’m ecstatic to see more ships expand the line.  I can’t wait to see what destinations and experiences this brings to Disney Cruise Line!

Space restaurant in Epcot
Normally I give a big eye roll to restaurant announcements for Epcot, but the new space themed restaurant near Mission Space has me pumped.  The kid inside me, who wished to go to space camp, who watched Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century more times than you could guess, cannot wait for opening day!  I don’t care what space food they feed me, I’m ready to make my reservation!

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Fall 2018 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries for fall 2018! Schedules are out through December 2018.  Early 2019 schedules will be released later in 2017.

This is the first time the new Castaway Club staggered booking has been used.  On Monday, May 15 new itineraries open to Platinum Castaway Club members.  On Tuesday, May 16 they open to Gold members, then May 17 for Silver Castaway Club.  On Thursday, May 18 the new itineraries open to the public.

Booking early gives you the best stateroom availability and locks in your cruise price.  This can be especially helpful if you need or want connecting staterooms.  We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

The Dream will sail 3-Night and 4-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

There are two special cruises on November 19 and December 31, 2018 that feature a second day at Castaway Cay in place of Nassau.  These are sure to be popular!

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  All of these Fantasy cruises include a stop in Castaway Cay. These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The Magic returns to the US with a Westbound Transatlantic cruise on September 9, 2018. Once the Magic is relocated to New York, she will sail two new one way 7-Night Canadian cruises between New York and Quebec City.  These exciting new itineraries feature 3 new Canadian ports of call, with a 2 day stay in Quebec City.

Throughout October the Magic will be sailing to another new port of call, Bermuda!  These 5-Night and 6-Night Bermuda cruises highlight one port of call at King’s Wharf, and spend 2 or 3 days in port respectively.

Beginning in November 2018 the Magic will sail 7-Night Bahamian cruises that include a stop in Port Canaveral and Castaway Cay.  Your cruise includes a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between the port and Walt Disney World.

On November 24, 2018 the Magic sails one way from New York to San Juan.  Then one short cruise relocated the Magic to Miami, where she’ll finish out the year sailing short Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises.

The Wonder ends its Alaska season with a relocation cruise from Vancouver to San Diego on September 10, 2018.  The Wonder then sails short Baja cruises to Mexico through mid-October.  On October 19, the Wonder has a 14-Night Eastbound Panama Canal to relocate to Galveston, Texas.

Once in Galveston, the Wonder sails Western Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries through the end of the year.  A 6-Night Western Caribbean cruise sneaks into January 2019, which may the last sailing out of Galveston for the season before another relocation.  These cruises are a great opportunity to save on transportation to your cruise if you live in Texas or nearby. The Wonder doesn’t say in Texas for long, so jump on these plans while you can!

These new itineraries offer lots of exciting vacation opportunities!  Where will you sail next?

Summer 2018 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Released

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries for summer 2018! The Dream and Fantasy are released through the end of September 2018.  The Magic and Wonder have scheduled cruises through early September 2018.  On the next 2018 itinerary release we’ll see the Magic and Wonder relocate again to fall cruise home ports.

Booking early gives you the best stateroom availability and locks in your cruise price.  This can be especially helpful if you need or want connecting staterooms.  We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

The Dream will sail 3-Night, 4-Night, and 5-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

The 5-Night Bahamian cruises aboard the Dream are a notable summer offering.  These cruises include two stops at Castaway Cay and are popular options.

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

There are two unique cruises for the Fantasy in summer 2018.  There will be an 11-Night Southern Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral that falls over the 4th of July holiday.  After returning from this long cruise, there will be a short 3-Night Bahamian.  This short Bahamian cruise is great if you’d like to experience the Fantasy but aren’t able to take one of the longer cruises is regularly sails.

The Magic relocates to Europe for summer 2018 with an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise in mid-May.  The Magic starts off the season sailing the Mediterranean.  Most of these cruises are 7-Night cruises out of Barcelona, but there is one 10-Night and one 5-Night.  The Magic will be varying it’s itineraries with one cruise starting in Barcelona and ending in Rome.  The following cruise starts in Rome and ends in Barcelona.  Genoa will be a new port of call on those two cruises and on the 10-Night Mediterranean.

The Magic will then relocate on a 7-Night Western Europe cruise to sail out of Dover and Copenhagen on a variety of Northern Europe, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland, and British Islands cruise from late July through early September.  Cork, Ireland is a new port for the Magic on the British Isles cruise.

The Wonder preps for the summer season is Alaska by relocating from San Diego to Vancouver on a 5-Night California Coast cruise.  The Wonder primarily sails 7-Night Alaskan cruises, with a single 5-Night Alaskan and a single 9-Night Alaskan in July.

No matter what your ideas for summer vacation can be, these cruise itineraries present lots of exciting opportunities for travel!

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Snapshot – Sunset over the Bahamas

There is no better time to wax nostalgic over prior vacations than the middle of winter!  I’ve been pining for any vacation, but right now I’m dreaming of a Disney Cruise.  We’ve made so many great memories on our previous cruises and I’m ready to make new ones.

One memory that stands out is this sunset as we left prepared to Nassau on a 3-Night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream.  It has been drizzling rain all day and we took a nap after spending some time touring downtown Nassau.  When we awoke and peeked outside we were greeted with this stunning view.

sunset in nassau

Away to the window I flew like a flash!  Tore open the shutter and threw up the sash!  Ok, we actually ran up to the adult sundeck on Deck 13.  This was a short jaunt because we were staying Concierge on Deck 12.  Thankfully that short distance allowed us to ogle this sunset before it burned away.

bahamas sunset

Sunset at sea is just one of the many events we look forward to on our Disney Cruises!

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bahamas sunset panorama

50% off Disney Cruise Line Deposit for Limited Time

It’s one of my favorite offers of the year!  For a limited time you can book select Disney Cruise Line voyages with 50% off your deposit!  This is not a discount offer, it’s more like a deferred payment.  The other 50% of your deposit becomes part of your remaining balance due by your final payment due date.  This can be a considerable deferment for a 7-Night Cruise, so it’s worth checking out if you’re thinking about cruising in 2017.

Read through the basics of the offer below, and request your cruise quote on our site today!  We offer Onboard Credit for you to use toward your stateroom charges after you set sail!

50% Reduced Cruise Deposit Offer
Now’s the moment! Book a magical voyage by February 15, 2017, and only put down half of the required deposit on the day you reserve the itinerary.

Offer valid on any new reservation for a 7-night or longer Disney cruise departing between June 17, 2017 and December 30, 2017. Remaining balance due at time of final payment. See Important Details below.

You can embark on a tropical 7-night cruise to the Caribbean or Bahamas – or choose from one of our other fun-filled sailing itineraries throughout Europe, Alaska and beyond. With departures from a variety of ports – including Florida, Texas and New York – there are so many convenient options to explore!

  • 7-Night Caribbean Cruises from Florida
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Canadian Coast Cruises from New York
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Caribbean Cruises from Texas
  • 7-Night and Longer European Cruises
  • 7-Night or Longer Alaskan Cruises

Booking Window: December 28, 2016 – February 15, 2017

Important Details

  • Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses, Gratuities and Port Adventures are not included
  • Not valid on Categories with Restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), Suites or Concierge Level Staterooms.
  • Valid on all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between June 17, 2017 and December 30, 2017.
  • Rates in U.S. dollars.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

Early 2018 Disney Cruise Itineraries Released

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries for early 2018! The Dream and Fantasy are released through the end of May 2018.  The Magic and Wonder have scheduled cruises through early to mid May 2018.  On the next 2018 itinerary release we’ll see the Magic and Wonder relocate to their summer cruising bases.

Booking early gives you the best stateroom availability and locks in your cruise price.  This can be especially helpful if you need or want connecting staterooms.  We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

The Dream will continue to sail 3-Night and 4-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The Magic remains in Miami, Florida for early 2018 sailing 4-Night and 5-Night Bahamian cruises as well as 5-Night Western Caribbean cruises.  These cruises are a great complement the Dream’s and Fantasy’s typical itineraries, offering a few combos those sailings lack.

The Wonder beings with the year one last roundtrip out of Galveston, Texas before reloating to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Wonder sails on three 7-Night Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan.  These cruises a good option if you’d like to mix up your usual Disney Cruise Line itineraries.  The Wonder has a short relocation cruise from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Florida in early February.  Once in Port Canaveral the Wonder sails 3-Night and 4-Night Bahamian cruises as well as 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises through March.  In early April the Wonder relocated to San Diego on a 14-Night Westbound Panama  Canal cruise.  In San Diego the Wonder sails short Baja cruises through the remainder of its released itinerary through mid-May.

I see a lot of exciting itineraries ahead for 2018!  Which one will you sail?

Fall 2017 Disney Cruise Itinerary Available

Disney Cruise Line just released the remainder of 2017’s itinerary!  Book early for the best stateroom availability and to lock in your cruise price.  Some of these itineraries will be very popular and the best staterooms go fast!

The Dream will continue to sail 3-Night and 4-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises.  These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The Magic will return from its summer Mediterranean season on a Transatlantic cruise. The Magic will sail Canadian Coast and Bahamian cruises before relocating to Miami, Florida with an interim stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Magic starts sailing Bahamian and Caribbean cruises out of Miami in December.

The Wonder concludes the summer Alaska season with California Coast cruises.  The Wonder then sails Baja and Mexican Riviera cruises out of San Diego, California.  An Eastbound Panama Canal cruise takes the Wonder to Galveston, Texas where it will sail Bahamian and Caribbean cruises in November and December.

We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

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Using Tax Refund for Disney Vacation

Are you stuck inside on a cold and snowy day?  Makes you want to plan a Florida vacation, right?  Now is a popular time to plan your next Disney vacation and for good reason.  These cold, short days are a great time to plan some fun in the bright Florida sun.  If you’re anticipating a tax refund you can pay for part of your trip without impacting your monthly budget.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to pay for your Disney vacation with a tax refund-

1) Book a Package
Booking a Magic Your Way Package combines multiple aspects of your trip under one booking.  If you prefer to minimize your expenses on the trip, a package with dining is a great choice.  If you have a set budget, tell your agent.  We can work backwards to find a balance between your trip preferences and vacation budget.

2) Travel this calendar year
All of 2016 is available to book a Walt Disney World vacation.  If you’d like to travel in 2017, those dates will be available to book sometime in the summer of 2016.  If you’d like to use this refund to pay for next year’s vacation, you may save the money in a Disney Vacation Account or a special savings account.  We use an online high-yield savings account for our vacation fund.  If you prefer a physical location, check local credit unions for vacation savings accounts.

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