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7/10/19

New Disney Magic Sail Dates Available

Disney Cruise Line has recently opened several sail dates on the Disney Magic between Nov. 12, 2020 – Dec. 30, 2020.

These Bahamian and Caribbean cruises depart from Miami, Florida.

All new Disney Magic sailings, except those beginning on Dec. 26, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020 are Very Merrytime Cruises.

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami

11/12/20, 12/3/20, 12/17/20 12/26/20

5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami
11/16/20, 12/7/20

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami
11/28/20, 12/12/20, 12/21/20

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Miami
11/21/20

 

 

 

 

6/6/19

2020 Fall Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line announces its Fall 2020 lineup! Be among the first to take advantage of special, holiday-themed sailings with a tropical twist.











5/28/19

Spiral Cruise Booklets are Going Good by!

Disney Cruise Line is excited to announce several enhancements to the spiral Guest Travel Booklet that is provided prior to cruising.  These changes have been made to deliver real-time cruise sailing details, reduce the environmental footprint and enhance your Clients’ digital experience. 

Guests are requesting to access their cruise and other important documents via their digital devices; therefore, the multi-page spiral Guest Travel Booklet is transitioning  to a one-page Luggage Tag Mailer that contains: 

  • High level summary of reservation details 
  • Departure Port name and address 
  • Online Check-In reminder and/or confirmation that it has been completed 
  • Arrival day tips
  • Resort name, check-in/check-out time and address, if pre and/or post nights confirmed 
  • Important information emphasizing alcohol policy and what not to pack 
  • Reminder to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App 
  • Two luggage tags per person 

The Luggage Tag Mailer is being mailed to each Guest household address on a booking, unless an alternative address has been provided, including travel agency reservations  

The same content within the spiral Guest Travel Booklet is now accessible online at disneycruise.com through the Cruise Details tab on My Reservations.  A new entry point called Know Before You Go contains vacation planning information such as:  

  • Essential itinerary specific information (i.e. citizenship documentation, what to pack, ship contact information, ground transportation, onboard airline check-in, travel delays, port directions, etc.)  to help your Clients prepare for their upcoming vacation.
  • The content is available to access as soon the reservation is created and up until the time of sailing after your Clients have registered or logged in to My Reservations page at disneycruise.com.

5/17/19

Disney Cruise Line Navigator App At Home Features

A new version of the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App has been released and is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play™ Store. Clients who have previously downloaded the App will need to delete the current version of the App before downloading the new version to their devices. 

The new version includes a pre-cruise experience for your Clients to prepare for their voyage before leaving home. They can sign in with the same log in information they use to access “My Reservations” on DisneyCruise.com. 

The newly redesigned Disney Cruise Line Navigator App will feature the following functionality: 

  • Display reservation details 
  • A countdown clock to the first day of the voyage 
  • Show itinerary and ship details 
  • Allow your Clients to:  
    • Explore and book cruise activities 
    • Complete online check-in 
    • Update dining seating or special requests. 

Please note, in order to see onboard only features using the same app, your Clients will put their personal device in “Airplane Mode” and connect to the “DCL-GUEST” network once onboard. 

3/12/19

Disney Cruise Line Update: Deadline Dates for Ordering Gifts and Amenities and New Cake Order Cancellation Policy

 

Effective Friday, March 15, 2019, all Disney Cruise Line Gifts and Amenities, including onboard credits, food & wine, spa and pre-purchase merchandise or beverages, will follow the order deadlines below: 

In addition, a consistent cancellation policy has been established for specialty cake orders. Effective Friday, March 15, 2019,  specialty cake orders may be canclelled up to 7 days prior to the Guests’ sail date for a full refund. 

European Union Visa Requirements

Here is a link to the current European Union Visa Requirements thru 2020.

Visa Requirements

 

Starting in 2021, the European Commission will roll out a U.S. style electronic travel authorisation system for visitors from countries that are currently not part of the EU. These visitors have been granted visa free access to the EU and Schengen member countries through virtue of their good track record on security issues and, thus, have not been seen as a threat to EU security. For more information see the link below.

https://etias.com/

Disney Cruise Line announces its Summer 2020 season! Be among the first to take advantage of special sailings in Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean and The Bahamas with your family.






Guest Name: Mark
Reservation #: XXXXXXXX

Dear Mark Kechula,

We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Disney Wonder for their Alaska sailing.

We are writing to notify you of a change to their cruise itinerary. Instead of visiting Tracy Arm, the ship will now visit Endicott Arm, which includes the Dawes Glacier. The remainder of the ship’s itinerary will remain the same.

Should you have questions about your sailing, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-325-3905 or 407-939-2784.

Sincerely,

The Cast and Crew
Disney Cruise Line

 

 

 

In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests will be the first to meet Captain Marvel when she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests will encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami.

Captain Marvel joins the event’s awesome line-up of Super Heroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more. In addition to these heroic encounters, Marvel Day at Sea features an extraordinary deck show spectacular, themed youth activities, special merchandise, and unique food and beverage offerings.

Disney Cruise Line Ground Transfer Pricing Updates

By: Disney Destinations
December 14, 2018

Effective Dec. 14, 2018, the following changes will be made to the price of ground transfers for Disney Cruise Line sailings out of Port Canaveral, Florida; Civitavecchia, Italy; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

For Port Canaveral, all reservations with an effective date of Dec. 14, 2018 and beyond will have the updated transfer cost reflected on the reservation.

For reservations with an Effective Date prior to Dec. 14, 2018, the transfers will be priced at the current rate. Guests who are added to a reservation on or after Dec. 14, 2018 will be charged the new price.

For Copenhagen and Civitavecchia, any existing reservations will be adjusted to the new price. An email be generated to any applicable reservations to advise of the pricing decrease.

Home Port Individual Components Booked Dec. 14, 2018 or Beyond (Cost per person 3 years and older) Booked Prior to Dec. 14, 2018 (Cost per person 3 years and older)
Port Canaveral
  • Airport to Port
  • Port to Airport
  • Resort to Port
  • Port to Resort
$39 per person $35 per person
Civitavecchia
  • Airport to Port
  • Port to Airport
  • Airport to Resort
  • Resort to Port
  • Port to Resort
  • Resort to Airport
$55 per person $70 per person
Copenhagen
  • Airport to Port
  • Port to Airport
  • Airport to Resort
  • Resort to Airport
$35 per person $40 per person
Copenhagen
  • Resort to Port
  • Port to Resort
$20 per person $40 per person
Categories: TransportationGeneral

Early 2020 Dates announced!

Early 2020 Itinerary PDF Link

In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line is offering an enticing mix of itineraries to must-see destinations throughout the Caribbean, Hawai’i, The Bahamas and more—including departures from New Orleans for the first time ever!








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Concierge staterooms

By: Disney Destinations
September 25, 2018
Please note the twelve (12) staterooms listed below on the Disney Wonder are being converted into Category V, Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah, accommodations. The furnishings and amenities will be upgraded by the Sept. 30, 2019 sailing on the Disney Wonder.

Stateroom Numbers:

8026       8028       8036       8038       8040      8042

8526       8528       8536       8538       8540      8542

These staterooms will be open for sale as a Category V, Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom in early October and there is no impact to any existing reservations.

Deck Plans on the Disney Travel Agents website and Disneycopyright.com are in the process of being updated to reflect this change.

 

Adventures by Disney Short Escapes!

Webinar! Exciting News!!
Below you will see a link to our upcoming Adventures by Disney Short Escapes webinar on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:45PM EST.

To remind you- ABD guide Lori Coulis  will be presenting a Short Escapes webinar with a brief Canadian Rockies discussion to prep for our Adventures by Disney group departure in 2020. This webinar is exclusive invited guests.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1436494123229606/

Meeting number: 592 710 397
Meeting password: Mickey1
Please click the link below to see more information, or to join the meeting.
https://disney.webex.com/disney/j.php…

Audio conference information: Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-290-0784 (US)
Call-in number: 1-8324451830 (US)

Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf

…Conference Code: 296 145 2079

Disney Cruise Line Final Payment and Cancellation Policy Change

Effective Sept.11, 2018, Disney Cruise Line is adjusting its Final payment and Cancellation Policy:

  • Final payment for all non-suite/non-concierge staterooms on Cruises 1-5 Nights will be due at 90 days prior to arrival and cancellation fees will begin at 89 days versus 74 days.
  • Final payment for all non-suite/non-concierge staterooms on Cruises 6 Nights or more will be due at 120 days prior to arrival and cancellation fees will begin at 119 days versus 89 days.
  • Specific final payment and cancellation policies have been eliminated for holiday sailings and sailings where the Embark and Debark is a non-U.S. port

For reservations made prior to Sept. 11, 2018, the final payment and cancellation fees assessed will be based on the information listed on the original confirmation unless the sailing date or vacation package is modified.

The full Final Payment and Cruise Cancellation Policy can be found by clicking here.

 

Categories: General

Great Ways for Adults to Enjoy Disney Cruise Line

 

A Disney cruise is for the young AND the young at heart… But many adults don’t realize just how much there is for them to do on a Disney Cruise Line vacation.

Whether it’s upscale dining, hip nightclubs, relaxing pool time or luxurious spa treatments, we’ve got all the essentials for anyone’s dream getaway!

Uunwind and indulge with Disney Cruise Line.

Dining in Style
Disney Cruise Line has adult-exclusive dining options that offer delectable dishes, superlative service and romantic ocean views. At Palo, our signature specialty restaurant, your Clients can delight in Northern Italian delicacies with a modern twist for dinner (don’t miss the chocolate soufflé!) or brunch. Aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, your Clients can also savor gourmet French-inspired cuisine — during dinner, champagne brunch or a dessert tasting — at Remy.

Playing the Night Away
Are you looking for a late-night party or a cozy space to enjoy an after-dinner drink? Every Disney ship features a nighttime entertainment district with sophisticated lounges, casual pubs and trendy nightclubs reserved exclusively for adults. In addition to hand-crafted cocktails, beers on tap and world-class wines, these venues also offer live entertainment, from musicians and cabarets to game shows and dancing.

Relaxing in Serenity
Adults have their very own sun-soaked escape aboard every Disney cruise ship: Quiet Cove, a peaceful oasis on the top deck created especially for Guests 18 and over. Here, your can relax in the pool, sip a fruity drink, enjoy live music and soak up the sun. On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, adults can also luxuriate under a rain curtain at the Satellite Falls wading pool.

And for the ultimate luxury on most Bahamian and Caribbean sailings, you can head to Serenity Bay, an exquisite white-sand beach just for adults on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, with lounge chairs, hammocks for two and therapeutic massages overlooking the sea.

Sanctuary for the Senses
Pure bliss awaits at Senses Spa & Salon aboard every Disney ship. This adults-only retreat offers a full menu of treatments, like massages, facials, mani-pedis, hairstyling and more… all while enjoying a magnificent ocean view!

Not to mention, Disney Cruise Line has special adults-only cooking classes, beverage tastings, exotic Port Adventures and more experiences designed with adults in mind. In other words… it’s good to be all grown up on a Disney cruise!

HotS Dates for 2019

2019 Sail Dates
Disney Magic September 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Disney Wonder October 4, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Disney Dream September 9, 2019 – October 28, 2019
Disney Fantasy September 7, 2019 – October 27, 2019

 

 

 

When Can I Book Fall 2019 Itineraries?
Advance Booking for Castaway Club Members
If you’re currently a Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club member, take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on May 24, 2018.
Platinum Members – Begins May 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
Gold Members – Begins May 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
Silver Members – Begins May 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
New guests – Begins May 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time

Link to Fall Itinerary File in Disney Cruising

 

 

 

CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 11, 2018) – Parents magazine has recognized Disney Cruise Line with an “Editor Pick” award for having the most to offer children onboard its ships.

The editor praised Disney’s extensively themed spaces designed just for kids, including Andy’s Room (with a Slinky Dog slide) from the Disney-Pixar film “Toy Story” and the Marvel Super Hero Academy where “recruits” are awed by Iron Man’s suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer. For families, the editor gave accolades to the near-endless variety of games, musical shows and festivities, including a pirate-themed deck party with fireworks, and abundant Disney character interactions.

“Disney Cruise Line delivers a family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world,” said Jeff Vahle, President of Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Golden Oak, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. “Winning awards – especially this one from Parents magazine – is a testament to our focus on creating unforgettable cruise experiences for all ages and speaks to the teamwork and creativity of our Cast and Crew.”

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry. These awards have recognized all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment, to youth activities and spa facilities.

4/25/18

Disney Cruise Line Air Program Update

Disney Cruise Line is excited to announce that Travel Partners will have the option to purchase Flexible Fares or Restricted Fares from one of our Disney Cruise Line  Air Sea Specialists beginning in May. These fares come with a variety of benefits to best fit your Client’s needs.

–       Flexible Fares provide the convenience of customizing your client’s flight schedule, with an extended payment and cancellation option.

–       Restricted Fares let you confirm the best available non-refundable, airline-published airfare offered by Disney Cruise Line at the time of booking, while still receiving the peace of mind of booking your flights with the Disney Cruise Line Air Program.

In order to fully support selling and servicing reservations with Flexible and Restricted Fares, the hours of the Air Sea Specialist team will be expanded to include Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. EST, along with the current hours of 8 a.m.-10 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday.  The Air Sea Specialist team can be contacted directly by calling 877-566-0967.

Please note for any reservations with Disney Cruise Line Air any changes to Guest names, dates of birth, party mix as well as sail date changes will only be available by calling the Contact Center or an Air Sea Specialist.  These changes will no longer be able to made through DisneyTravelAgents.com/DisneyTravelAgents.ca as additional costs may be associated.

In addition to all the changes of Disney Cruise Line Air, the cost of the Vacation Protection will now be calculated off 8% of the cruise fare plus air fare, if applicable.  Also, anytime your client adds Vacation Protection Plan to a reservation they will have the option to purchase the Plan prior to final payment.  The Vacation Protection Plan is non-refundable and will provide coverage from the moment it is paid until your client’s return home.   In the event they have to cancel their vacation for any non-covered reason they will receive a cruise credit in the amount of 75% of the pre-paid, non-refundable cancellations fees to use on a future cruise.

 

For those waiting on Fall 2019 dates to be released, here is what history has shown:

5/15/17 for Fall 2018
5/25/16 for Fall 2017
5/20/17 for Fall 2016
5/21/14 for Fall 2015

3/3/18
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