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Top 5 Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures with Disney Magic and Pixie Dust

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With Disney Cruise Line, adventure is out there! On select cruise itineraries, guests have the opportunity to book special Port Adventures with Disney magic and some extra pixie dust. 

Here are a few of the ways you can immerse yourself in the lands and cultures that inspired some of your favorite Disney films. 

Join in for some “Frozen” fun in Alesund, Norway

Join a special summer celebration in the land that inspired Disney’s hit film, “Frozen.” Explore the Sunnmøre Open Air Museum where you can enjoy live music, play old-fashioned games, look inside the authentic Nordic homes and sample Norwegian specialties such as svelle, a sweet type of pancake. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff even stop by to join the festivities from the neighboring kingdom of Arendelle.

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Explore a medieval, royal castle in Greenock, Scotland

After a scenic motorcoach ride and a tour of Edinburgh, guests visit the historic Edinburgh Castle with a local guide. While parents continue to explore the corridors of the castle, the kids can partake in a shield-decorating activity while learn about family coats of arms. Scottish, Disney royalty Merida from Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” drops by as well for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity at the castle.

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Pan for gold with some special friends in Skagway, Alaska

Take a step back in time to experience Alaska like a gold rusher! Journey to the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp to learn how to pan for gold, enjoy a puppet show, join in on a scavenger hunt and chow down during an Alaskan Salmon bake, all with your favorite Disney Characters. Don’t forget to make some s’mores! 

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Follow in Walt’s footsteps in Copenhagen, Denmark

Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line guests, go behind-the-scenes of the famous Tivoli Gardens – the park that inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland. Opening in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks to remain intact throughout the years. Enjoy a classic Danish open sandwich for lunch and join in on the fun! With a mix of old and new attractions, there are experiences for the whole family to enjoy!

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Release your inner artist in Cozumel, Mexico

Discover art, history and culture at Discover Mexico Park. Here, guests can see the alebrijes – colorful animal-like creatures made out of wood or paper mache – that were featured in DisneyPixar’s “Coco”. Not only are you able to see these beautiful works of art, you get to create your own unique piece! Let your creative juices flow with a figure of your choice and paint away!

Explore all of our destinations to find the next adventure for your family!

Top Five Things to Do During Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line

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In January 2020, the epic Marvel Day at Sea returns to the Disney Magic! This event combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series with the excitement of a Disney cruise during an unforgettable day at sea. You can enjoy the spectacular day-long celebration on select five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami in early 2020.

With Marvel-themed immersive experiences for guests of all ages, here are the top five things to do during Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line. 

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1. Experience the “Heroes Unite” Deck Show. You don’t want to miss this deck show spectacular! Assemble your family and get ready for a nighttime extravaganza hosted by Tony Stark where some of your favorite Marvel super heroes and villains come together for an exciting battle at sea, including Captain Marvel!

Disney Cruise Line guests journey into the world of the Mystic Arts in an interactive new show during Marvel Day at Sea, where Doctor Strange calls upon young apprentices to put their skills to the test in an epic battle against the Dark Dimension. The event features all-day entertainment celebrating the renowned comics, films and animated series of the Marvel Universe. (Preston Mack, photographer)

2. Train with Doctor Strange. Have you ever wanted to learn about the mystic arts and join in the battle against the Dark Dimension? Here’s your chance! Meet Doctor Strange and try your hand at creating interdimensional portals and magic spells.

On the Disney Wonder, young guests get a special visit from Spider-Man while training at the Marvel Super Hero Academy in Disney’s Oceaneer Club. In one mission, Spider-Man appears in person to help children hone their spider senses by perfecting their skills of reflex, speed and sharp minds. Children work on their web-slinging and then get to see themselves in the headlines of the Daily Bugle. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

3. Enroll in the Marvel Super Hero Academy. Enter the top-secret command post of S.H.I.E.L.D. and participate in special secret agent training. At the Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids can learn the path to becoming worthy with Thor, and hone their reflexes, speed and intellect with Spider-Man.

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4. Test your Marvel knowledge in family trivia. How well do you think you know the Marvel universe? Unleash your inner fan with challenging games designed to test your knowledge of Marvel’s heroes and villains.

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5. Learn to draw at Animation Academy. At the Animation Academy you can learn how to draw popular Marvel Super Heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Groot. You also get the chance to discover which Marvel comic is perfect for you.

See what other action-packed adventures you can have during Marvel Day at Sea and book this epic cruise for your family.

Top Five Tips for Sailing with Little Ones on Disney Cruise Line

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The thought of traveling with a little one can sometimes feel daunting, which is why so many parents with babies and toddlers choose a Disney cruise for their family’s vacation. Disney Cruise Line caters to all members of the family, and that includes even the youngest sailors.

If you’re setting sail with a child age 6 months to 3 years old, keep these tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line in mind for smooth sailing during your family getaway…

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1. Take advantage of all that’s included. Traveling with little ones on a Disney cruise is easier than ever with diaper disposal units, bottle warmers, bottle sterilizers, cribs, playpens and high chairs available complimentary for use during the voyage. Strollers are also available, but since there are a limited number, plan to bring your own – one that’s lightweight and foldable for ease of maneuvering and storing it on board. When you visit our private island, Castaway Cay, wagons are available at no charge to facilitate navigating the island’s sandy beaches with toddlers in tow. Most of these items are first-come, first-served, so be sure to add the request to your reservation before the cruise. 

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2. Reserve time in the nursery before you set sail. Inside “it’s a small world” nursery hosted by Huggies, trained counselors care for and entertain infants and toddlers up to age 3 with toys, books, videos, crafts and games. At the back of the nursery, a separate and serene room is reserved for naptime. The nursery offers some of the longest operating hours and some of the lowest hourly rates for baby and toddler care in the cruise industry, allowing you to enjoy time on your own. You can roam the ship “worry-free,” thanks to an onboard mobile phone service that allows counselors to contact you anytime and anywhere on the ship. And if you want to peek in on your child without disturbing him or her, you can glimpse into the nursery’s main play area through a one-way window.

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3. Check the Navigator for special activities and play areas. Toddler Time is a scheduled playtime where parents can join the fun. You can also play with your little one at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab during Open House. If you have a crawler, do not miss Jack-Jack’s Diaper Dash in the atrium. I repeat, do not miss it! And for water babies, each ship has a fanciful water playground exclusively for toddlers up to age 3—and their parents, of course!

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4. Let us help you make mealtime easier. For babies, you can request fresh pureed vegetables and meat, both in the main dining rooms and through room service. When ordering off the kids’ menu, your server will be happy to cut up the food into bite-sized pieces for your little one. And when you’re grabbing a quick bite out on deck, ask a Crew Member to grab a highchair for you. These are just a few of the things you can do to take the stress out of mealtime for your whole family.

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5. Don’t sweat it if you forget it. Essential baby supplies are available for purchase at the onboard merchandise shops, including diapers, training pants, rash cream, infant formula (ready to feed), bottles, pacifiers, baby food, baby shampoo, baby lotion and baby powder. We’ve got you covered!

What are your favorite tips for sailing with little ones on Disney Cruise Line?

11 Things to Do Before Your Disney Cruise Line Vacation

One of my favorite things about a Disney Cruise Line vacation is that it doesn’t require months and months of advance planning like a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. You don’t have to schedule your dining reservations 180 days in advance or any FastPasses 60 days in advance. A Disney cruise offers both a less stressful planning experience ahead of time and more relaxing vacation while you’re away enjoying your vacation. Although you don’t have to spend hours preparing for a Disney Cruise Line vacation, there are a few things that you can take care of in advance to make your vacation even better!

Here are 11 things to do before your Disney cruise:

  1. Online Check In: As soon as your booking window (determined by your Castaway Club status) opens, you should complete online check in. This provides Disney with all of your important information and in turn, allows you to choose how early you would like to arrive at the port. If you are not taking Disney transportation to the airport, this will get you on the ship as quickly as possible by choosing the earliest time available.
  2. Book Port Excursions: If you are planning to participate in any excursions during your cruise, you can book them in advance, as well. Some of the most popular excursions do fill up before the sailing so booking them as soon as your window opens insures the best availability for you to choose your favorite excursions. There’s also a desk onboard that can help you make changes or book excursions during your vacation, if necessary.
  3. Book Onboard Experiences: There aren’t too many activities that need to be booked in advance for a Disney cruise, but there are a couple character experiences (Frozen Meet and Greet and/or Princess Gathering), beverage tastings, Disney Junior character breakfast (for minimum seven night sailings), speciality dining, and spa treatments that can be reserved in advance. If you forget to book these in advance, they can be booked onboard as well, pending availability.
  4. Choose your Dining Time: Disney Cruise Line offers two dining times, either 5:45 pm or 8:!5 pm which also determines your evening show times and even breakfast on the last morning of your cruise. When you book your cruise, you will have the opportunity to choose (pending availability) your preferred dining time. If main dining is full, you can always waitlist it or even ask to change after you board if you are unable to secure it in advance.
  5. Schedule Character Call: You can schedule a complimentary pre-recorded character call from either Mickey Mouse, Goofy, or Mickey and Minnie. This is a fun way to either tell your kids about your upcoming vacation or get them even more excited to go!
  6. Passports: Although passports are not required for some cruises, they are still strongly recommended. If you’re planning to purchase a passport for your cruise, be sure to order it far enough in advance to avoid any rush fees. If you already have a passport, just double check to make sure that it will still be valid for your sailing (and preferably at least six months afterwards).
  7. Transfers: Whether you are purchasing Disney Cruise Line transfers, parking at the port, or purchasing private transfers, you will want to arrange in advance how you’ll be getting to and from the port.
  8. Join your Cruise group on Facebook: Almost every sailing has a group on Facebook where you can connect with fellow cruisers. The biggest advantage to joining these groups is if you’d like to participate in a fish extender (gift exchange) with your fellow passengers. It can also be nice to find fellow cruisers with kids around the same age, if you have any that are apprehensive about going to the kids clubs onboard.
  9. Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App: You will want to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app before you board the ship, if possible. Disney is eliminating the practice of leaving a paper copy of your Personal Navigator in your stateroom each evening so you’ll need to use the app to find out all of the activities planned onboard each day of your sailing. Plus, they have a fun countdown app that will help pass the time while you wait for your vacation.
  10. Prepay Gratuities: You can prepay your gratuities with your cruise fare so you won’t have to worry about them onboard. If you do not prepay your gratuities, Disney will automatically add them to your onboard account. It is nice to have them prepaid so you can only worry about spending money on souvenirs during your vacation.
  11. Purchase a Photo Package: If you’re interested in having any of the pictures taken onboard or at Castaway Cay, you will want to purchase a photo package in advance to take advantage of a pre-cruise discount. One big difference if you’re used to Disney PhotoPass photographers in the parks is that the cruise photographers are not able to take a picture on your device in addition to theirs.

Next, it’s time to start packing for your Disney cruise! What do you think are the most important things to do before your Disney cruise?


Enjoy Shows, Deck Parties and More Entertainment on Disney Cruise Line

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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What’s one of the best things about a Disney cruise? All of the incredible entertainment that’s included! From the time you step onboard to when you wave goodbye, your cruise includes everything you could hope for in a family vacation…including top-notch entertainment. With Broadway-style musicals, interactive deck shows, fireworks at sea and much more, there’s tons of fun for everyone onboard our ships!

Check out this guide to the entertainment on your Disney cruise vacation:

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Broadway-style Musicals

Cruise ship entertainment reaches new heights with our extravagant live shows and entertainment at sea. Each of our ships has a unique lineup of live musicals offered throughout your Disney cruise, taking the most imaginative elements from your favorite films to bring the stories you love to life onstage.

Some guest favorites include:

  • “Beauty and the Beast” on the Disney DreamInspired by the live-action movie, our “Beauty and the Beast” stage show is a unique theatrical experience with high-definition projections and dynamic scenery, plus master puppetry that bring Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth to life in their true scale.
  • “Tangled:The Musical”on the Disney Magic“Tangled: The Musical” immerses you in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music, including three new songs developed exclusively for the show by Academy-Award winning composer Alan Menken and “Tangled’s” Grammy Award-winning lyricist, Glenn Slater.
  • “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”on the Disney WonderInspired by the hit animated film, this musical features dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, dazzling production numbers and incredible puppetry to bring beloved characters to life.
  • “Disney’s Aladdin –A Musical Spectacular” on the Disney FantasyThis musical inspired by the Disney classic raises the bar with special effects and technology, including a magical flying carpet scene.
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Deck Parties

A Disney cruise brings the fun to the upper decks with lively deck parties throughout your vacation!

Some memorable deck parties include:

  • “Sailing Away” on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy: Jumpstart your Disney cruise with this lively “welcome aboard” deck party extravaganza! Join the official cruise countdown with Mickey and friends, and listen for the mighty blast of the ship’s horn that signals the beginning of your cruise vacation!
  • “Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave Party!…A Bon Voyage Celebration” on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic: On embarkation day, you’ll join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald for a high-energy sail away celebration featuring new music and a fashion show for guests!
  • Pirate Night on all Disney ships: For one night on each cruise, your ship will transform into a pirate vessel for an evening of buccaneer fun! Enjoy stunt performers, pirate battles and a spectacular grand finale – fireworks at sea like only Disney can do!
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Dining Experiences

Mealtimes are also entertainment experiences on your Disney cruise! Elaborately themed restaurants and distinctly Disney touches combine world-class cuisine with a full course of fun.

The unique dining on your Disney cruise includes:

  • Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney MagicRapunzel’s Royal Table is the first table service restaurant inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The experience features live entertainment and characters, including spirited singing and dancing by Flynn Rider, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and Princess Rapunzel herself!
  • Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder: Inspired by the animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” Tiana’s Place transports you to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations, with a menu influenced by Southern-style cuisine. You’ll even find Tiana’s personal touches in the menu, the live entertainment and throughout every detail in the restaurant, from Tiana’s family photos to her framed culinary awards!
  • Animator’s Palate on all Disney ships: One of the most popular restaurants on our ships, Animator’s Palate features animation-covered walls and high-definition flat-screens to give you the best view of the animation magic that takes place during your meal.  
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Themed Cruises

We also offer special days at sea and holiday cruises throughout the year, bringing a wide variety of different entertainment experiences onboard and giving your family so many ways to make memories during one-of-a-kind celebrations!

Themed Disney cruises include:

  • Halloween on the High SeasSet sail for spook-tacular Disney fun in the fall, including costume parties and contests, a “sing and scream” movie experience and haunted stories of the sea beneath the night sky.
  • Very Merrytime Cruises: Unwrap holiday magic when our ships transform into winter wonderlands for our Very Merrytime cruises in November and December! Celebrate the holidays onboard a Disney cruise with festive tropical deck parties, carolers throughout the ship and Disney friends dressed in their holiday best.
  • Marvel Day at Sea on the Disney Magic: These popular cruise itineraries let you spend one day at sea with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains. From heroic encounters to secret agent training sessions to a spectacular stunt show at sea, everyone in the family will find an epic adventure!
  • Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney FantasyBlast off on these cruises to experience the legendary encounters of the Star Wars saga up close with character encounters, Jedi training, a deck party spectacular and more on a day-long adventure!

Click to learn more about entertainment on Disney Cruise Line or to see all that’s included on your Disney cruise

Complete Disney Cruise Packing List for Tropical Cruises

Disney cruise is a vacation for the whole family that is unlike any other. In addition to the family fun you will find onboard the ship, these itineraries include visits to beautiful destinations like the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and of course, Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay! With Disney Cruise Line vacations sailing out of Florida year round, you can (almost) always enjoy a warm and tropical cruise vacation.

Even if you are a veteran cruiser, packing can still be tricky or intimidating…so we’ve compiled an all-inclusive list! It’s perfect for warm weather itineraries to the Caribbean or Bahamas, filled with all of your must-haves plus a few items for fun! Here are some of the essentials for your Disney cruise packing list:

Daytime Fun on the Ship

With everything from fun family pools to exclusive spaces for kids and adults alike, Disney cruises are jam-packed with activities for the whole family! Here are the important items you should consider bringing:

  • Swimsuits and cover ups – Pack at least two options to ensure you can spend as much time at the pool, in the hot tub or riding the AquaDuck as possible!
  • Shorts, shirts, tank tops and sundresses – You’ll be spending lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine, so pack accordingly for the warmer temps.
  • Athletic wear and gym shoes – There’s lots of ways to break a sweat on a Disney cruise! Bring clothes to play basketball on Goofy’s Sports Deck or to squeeze in a quick workout at the fitness center. The ocean view from the treadmill can’t be beat!

Evening Entertainment, Dining and Deck Parties

On your Disney cruise, the fun lasts all day! From family and adult-exclusive dining options to Broadway-style entertainment and high-energy deck parties, make sure you come prepared for a different experience each night:

  • “Cruise casual” dinner attire – Plan to dress “cruise casual” in our main family dining rooms, which means no tank tops or swimwear.
  • Dressy dining outfits – Bring dressier outfits for semi-formal and formal nights so you can take advantage of the onboard photography services. Those of you who plan to eat at Palo or Remy, be sure to dress to impress while you enjoy your adult-exclusive dinner! Men should pack dress pants and a collared shirt, while women should bring a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse. For more information, click here for dress codes at Palo and Remy.
  • Pirate attire – There’s no better place to become a pirate than IN the Caribbean! You’ can transform into pillaging pirates and become a part of the crew during “Pirate Night.” Your “pirate style” can include anything from pirate tee shirts and bandanas to eye patches, pirate hooks and even stuffed parrots!
  • Light sweater – Temperatures can be cooler in the dining room and theater or out on deck with the evening ocean breeze, so don’t forget to pack a light sweater or jacket, just in case.
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Adventures Ashore

From exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico and ziplining through the trees in Jamaica during a Port Adventure, to lounging on the warm sand of a sun-drenched beach, there’s an exciting adventure ashore to fit everyone in your party! 

When you visit Disney’s award-winning private island, Castaway Cay, everything you need for a perfect day is included, like an all-you-care-to-eat buffet lunch, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, hammocks and more … but you can still pack a few extra items to make the most of your day!

No matter what shore excursions you experience, here are a few helpful packing tips to prepare:

  • Backpack or collapsible tote bag – This will come in handy for carrying your personal items, as well as toting souvenirs you may buy in port. Considering throwing in some plastic zip-top bags as well in case your belongings get wet during your time ashore.
  • Lightweight pants, capris or leggings – Shorts and a t-shirt are great for many shore excursions like historical village tours or sightseeing at the ruins…but more active experiences like hiking, climbing or ziplining will be more comfortable with pants.
  • GoPro or underwater camera – There’s a lot to see and photograph under the water (including some hidden Mickeys at Castaway Cay) so make sure you have a way to capture it all!
  • Appropriate shoes – Prepare to be on your feet! Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing, sneakers for hiking or biking activities and flip flops or water shoes for a day at the beach.

Just for Fun!

There are lots of small ways to enhance your Disney cruise experience! Consider packing these fun items as you prepare to come aboard:

  • Door magnets for your stateroom – Unique decorations will always bring a smile to your face as you return to your room, and it helps families distinguish their door as they head down long hallways. You can bring your own fun magnets, or buy them onboard.
  • Pajamas – Make sure your kids have at least one pair they are comfortable walking around the ship in. They won’t want to miss pajama parties at the kids clubs or on the last night of your sailing!
  • Autograph book – Never miss an opportunity to grab a special moment with your favorite Disney characters…and commemorate it with autographs! Disney Cruise Line autograph books are also sold onboard the ship.

What’s on your Disney cruise packing list?

10 Reasons You Need to Book a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Experience Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean has completely upgraded and reimagined their private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, to offer a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. From the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool and tallest water slide to the only private overwater cabanas in the Bahamas, everyone will love the Perfect Day at CocoCay.

This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — only on Royal Caribbean®.

  1. Thrill Waterpark: Daredevils Wanted

This is a drench a minute thrill-a-thon for every adventurer. From giggle-worthy tides to shriek-inducing slides towering high into the clouds. Bounce, climb and swing your way through the obstacles in Adventure Pool. Get swept up by the biggest Wave Pool in the Caribbean. Or if you’re up for a true rush, take on the tallest waterslide in North America — Daredevil’s PeakSM. Whatever your thrill threshold, you’ll find firsts to test your bravery at Thrill WaterparkSM.

2. Coco Beach Club: Elevate Your Perfect Day (Opening December 2019)

Welcome to Coco Beach ClubSM, where every moment is elevated. It’s just you and endless blue, lounging in the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. Savor new Mediterranean flavors, then drift along the finest line between poolside and seaside, in an infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean.

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3. Up, Up and Away: Way Above the Ordinary

Take your adventure to the skies aboard a helium balloon and see the islands like never before from the highest vantage point in The Bahamas — Up, Up and Away. Feel your heart race while soaring up to 450 feet above land and sea, then let the wonder wash over you as you coast on the breeze.

4. Oasis Lagoon: A Refreshing Change of Place

This is no mirage, you’ve found it — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Make your way through the different coves of Oasis LagoonSM, each with a vibe all its own. Splash right in at the kidfriendly sloping entry. Take your first sip of a cold Coco Loco at the swim-up bar before lounging on one of three swim-up islands. Or treat yourself to total relaxation in the privacy of your own cabana, complete with attendant service.

5. Harborside Drinks and Dining: Hang Like a Local at Captain Jack’s or Fuel Up for Fun at Skipper’s Grill

We’re not sure where Captain Jack was headed when he marooned on this island, but we’re glad he brought the wing sauce. The legend lives on at the rum-runner’s harborside dive. Grab a Coco Loco at the rowboat bar and settle into a rope swing seat. Or snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped in signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk. Live jams and water views will put you in an island state of mind in no time at Captain Jack’sSM.

Delicious eats with harborside views — Skipper’s Grill is the spot to relax, recharge and refuel for adventure. Tuck into tacos with guac, enjoy some barbecue chicken hot off the grill or treat your taste buds to a juicy burger. Then indulge in double chocolate chip caramel brownies and fresh baked cookies, or keep it light with fresh tropical fruit.

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6. Splashaway Bay: Even More Fun by the Gallon

The coolest aqua park at sea is breaking out beyond the deck and coming ashore at our largest Splashaway BaySM yet. Now kids can enjoy bigger buckets of fun than ever before with more fountains, pools and water cannons — plus five waterslides, and two massive drench buckets.

7. Captain Jill’s Galleon: Small Hands on Deck

From slides and interactive water cannons, to rope features and a splash pad, this interactive galleon is loaded with swashbuckling thrills for kids of all ages.

8. South Beach: Amp Up, Wind Down

Get ready to fuel your competitive fire, because on South Beach action is everywhere you look. Volleyball, beachside basketball, paddle boarding and glass bottom kayaking — it’s all here. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite at the Snack Shack or wade out to the floating bar and cool off with a drink. Or kick back in a photo-worthy teepee cabana, perfect for napping and snapping in the South Beach shade.

9. Zip Line: High Flying Hangout

Leave your cares on the ground and soar above Perfect Day at CocoCay on 1,600 feet of zip line — with a splash landing in the harbor.

10. Chill Island: Out-of-Office Oasis

This is the beach day you’ve been dreaming about — crystal clear tropical waters and powdery sands. Kicking back with your whole crew in a private cabana. And just steps away, you can fill up your plate with tasty BBQ right on the beach at Chill Grill. Once you’re feeling recharged, check out the island sights from a jet ski or on a guided snorkel tour.

Please note that images and messaging for Perfect Day at CocoCay reflect current design concepts and may include artistic renderings. All destination features and experiences, and related delivery timing for these features, are currently in development and are subject to change without notice. Perfect Day and CocoCay are trademarks of Royal Caribbean.

You can view a map of Perfect Day at CocoCay here to start planning your perfect day.

Are you ready to experience Perfect Day at CocoCay? Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

Late 2020 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Available Beginning June 13, 2019

Disney Cruise Line has finally announced itineraries for their four ships from September through December 2020 so you can now start planning your late 2020 Disney cruise. Sailings will be departing from ports in Florida, California, New York, and Texas. The always popular themed sailings will also return with Halloween on the High Seas during most September and October cruises while Very MerryTime Cruises will bring festive fun to most November and December 2020 sailings.

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Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line in September and October 2020 with spooky good times for the entire family. On select sailings across the fleet, guests can enjoy a “mouse-querade” costume party, lively entertainment, ghoulish food and beverage delights, trick-or-treating, seasonal kids’ activities, a villainous party just for adults and a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate décor and a magical pumpkin tree.

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Very MerryTime Cruises

From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday adventures are unwrapped for the whole family with merry parties, a tree lighting ceremony, festive activities, special food and beverage surprises, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire, a winter wonderland ball with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a flurry of “Frozen” snowfall.

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Sailings to Bermuda and Canada from New York

The Disney Magic returns to New York in October for sailings to Bermuda and Canada, all featuring Halloween on the High Seas. Three five-night cruises offer two days in Bermuda, giving guests extra time to indulge in the island’s famous pink-sand beaches, abundant water activities, stylish shopping and distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture.

One five-night cruise will visit Canada’s charming seaport cities including Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s oldest incorporated city, which is home to outdoor activities and an impressive natural phenomenon called the “reversing falls rapids.” Guests on this sailing will also visit Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. Rich in maritime history, Nova Scotia boasts Victorian-style public gardens and one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

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Baja and Mexican Riviera Voyages from California        

The Disney Wonder sets sail from San Diego in September, with Halloween on the High Seas cruises to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja itineraries of two, three, four and five nights highlight the region’s famous beaches and water activities with calls on Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. One seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, with additional stops in Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, completes the southern California sailings. On Nov. 6, the Disney Wonder departs San Diego for a 14-night Panama Canal crossing.

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Bahamas and Caribbean Cruises from Texas     

From late November through December, the Disney Wonder will make Galveston, Texas, its homeport for Very Merrytime Cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with four-, five-, six- and seven-night sailings. Caribbean itineraries include stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman. Bahamian cruises feature stops at Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Florida, as well as Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

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Tropical Island Vacations from Florida

In fall 2020, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida. Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises will delight guests on most sailings.

The Disney Fantasy will sail Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries ranging from three to eight nights, and the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Each of these cruises includes a day of fun in the sun on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

Late 2020 Disney Cruise Line bookings will open to the public June 13, 2019. Where will you visit on your next Disney cruise?

Top 10 Things for Adults on Disney Cruise Line

Think a Disney cruise is just for kids? Think again! There is so much for adults on Disney Cruise Line, whether you decide to drop the kids off in the complimentary kids club or leave them home altogether.

Here are our ten favorite things for adults on Disney Cruise Line:

  1. Serenity Bay at Disney’s Castaway Cay: Serenity Bay is the beautiful adults only beach on Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. You can stick your toes in the sand, enjoy a drink, or swim at this picture perfect beach. There’s even an adults only BBQ with a little more variety than Cookies BBQ and Cookies Too BBQ.
  2. Adults Only Dining Palo (and Remy): All four Disney ships have Palo, an adults only restaurant. Both the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also offer an adults only dining experience at Remy. With spectacular views and fine dining for a small upcharge, this experience is a “must do.”
  3. Beverage Tastings: Disney offers a variety of beverage tastings for guests age 21 and over. You can choose from beer tastings, bourbon tastings, mixology classes, and so many more.
  4. Movies in the Buena Vista Theatre: You can watch first-run films in addition to classic Disney films and popular motion-picture releases in the Buena Vista Theatre. New Disney movies debut at sea at the same time as on land with Disney!
  5. Live Shows in the Walt Disney Theatre: The Walt Disney Theatre has some incredible, Broadway style performances. Be sure not to miss “Beauty and the Beast” on the Disney Dream, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” on the Disney Wonder, “Tangled: The Musical” on the Disney Magic, and “Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular” on the Disney Fantasy.
  6. Senses Spa & Salon: You can have the ultimate pampering and relaxing cruise when you treat yourself to an appointment at Senses Spa and Salon. From massages and facials to manicures and pedicures, there’s a treatment for everyone to enjoy. You can even purchase a Rainforest Spa pass to enjoy the showers, heated loungers, and whirlpool spas.
  7. Fitness Center: Whether you want to try to work off some of the delicious food you eat during your cruise at the gym or try a class with fellow cruisers, there are plenty of ways to stay in shape and still take in those breathtaking ocean views.
  8. Quiet Cove Pool: This adults only oasis offers both a main pool and whirlpool spas in addition to drinks like cocktails and specialty coffees for the ultimate relaxing day.
  9. Adults Only Excursions: Almost all Disney Cruise Line sailings offer adults only excursions. Whether you want to dive to the bottom of the ocean or enjoy a massage on the beach, you can find the perfect adventure for you.  
  10. Lounges and nightclubs: All four ships offer multiple nightclubs and lounges where you can enjoy a drink, live music, and other entertainment and activities.

What are your favorite adult activities on a Disney cruise?

Top 5 Reasons to Love Disney Cruise Line Vacations

You can visit some amazing destinations all over the world while only having to unpack once with Disney Cruise Line. Whether you are looking for a tropical getaway, an adventure to the scenic glaciers of Alaska, or a way to take in the history and culture of Europe, Disney Cruise Line can take you there. Outside of the incredible places that you can visit during your cruise, there are some unique features exclusive to Disney Cruise Line that make it a great vacation for the whole family.

Here are the top five things that we love about Disney Cruise Line:

  1. Castaway Cay: Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas. You get to stop here on all of Disney’s Bahamian and Caribbean cruises out of Florida. This island offers a family beach, adults only beach, kids club, two play areas, Disney characters, and so much more. Plus, most of the food and drinks are included with your cruise fare so you can enjoy the day without added expense.
  2. Food (and drinks): All of your meals, including room service, are included with your cruise fare. We’re not talking about basic theme park food, either. You can choose simple options like burgers or pizza for lunch, but your dinners are fine dining experiences. And who wouldn’t love the unlimited ice cream onboard?!
  3. Kids clubs: With special programming available all day and one-of-a-kind spaces designed just for them, chances are that your kids your kids won’t want to leave Disney’s Oceaneer Club or Lab! Your kids can pilot the Millenium Falcon on the Disney Dream, partake in the MARVEL Super Hero Academy on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, and Disney Fantasy, or join Anna, Elsa, and Olaf for Frozen fun on the Disney Wonder.
  4. Pirate Night: Exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, Pirate Night offers a themed dinner menu, unique programming, and the only fireworks at sea! With the whole family encouraged to dress up to partake in this special evening, it is a one-of-a-kind experience that only Disney can offer.
  5. Onboard Entertainment: There are special activities from morning until night on a Disney cruise and most require no additional cost. From character meet and greets (without the crazy lines in the theme parks), movies, Broadway-style evening shows, and more, you’ll never find yourself without anything to do on a Disney cruise.

There are so many things to love about Disney Cruise Line! What is your favorite part of a Disney cruise?