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Travel Guide Updates for PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line 2009

(2009/seventh edition, released April 2009 - More Book Information)

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Page Number PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line 2008 Update Description
18The crew of the Disney Wonder rescued a passenger who reportedly jumped from another cruise ship. According to news media reports, after receiving the distress call the Wonder diverted from its course and dispatched a small rescue boat. That boat's crew located the individual after he was in the water for about 90 minutes, a little after Midnight on Thursday morning. The rescue took place about 28 miles from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the Wonder then returned as scheduled to Port Canaveral.
- 2009-09-03 16:34:56 [update]
18The general public can make reservations on the Disney Dream, DCL's newest ship, beginning Monday, November 9, 2009. Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members (guests with 5+ previous Disney cruises) were able to book beginning this past Monday, November 2, 2009.
- 2009-11-05 17:41:16 [update]
29When it sets sail in January 2011, the Disney Dream will have two adults-only, extra-cost restaurants. Disney Cruise Line has just announced Remy, a tres elegante French restaurant, named for the star of Disney*Pixar's Ratatouille. Think, "Victoria and Albert's at sea," especially since V&A's Executive Chef, Scott Hunnell, collaborated on the menu. Diners will be served eight or nine small, very elegantly presented courses, fine wine will be a major focus, and, with just 80 seats in the main dining room, 16 more at the Chef's Table (again, V&A-style), and a 16-guest Wine Room, this is going to be the hottest reservation at sea (sorry, Palo). Price has not been announced, but we can't imagine anything less than $50 per person, plus at least that much more for a wine flight to accompany the meal.
- 2010-04-09 00:37:43 [update]
29Construction of Disney Cruise Line's new ship, the Disney Dream, recently reached a major milestone when the last of 80 massive "building blocks" was added to the ship's hull. Fittingly, the final part added, the upper bow, includes the first steel that was cut for the new ship, the intricate scrollwork featuring Captain Mickey. From now on, construction focuses on the interior spaces. The new ship has its inaugural voyage on January 26, 2011.
- 2010-06-02 11:06:23 [update]
29At a presentation to stock analysts in NYC last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger said of the decision to add two new ships to the fleet, “We thought we had an opportunity to expand our horizons, no pun intended,” Iger said. “We’re going to take advantage of that with Alaska, Southern California and Mexico, parts of Europe and, maybe down the road, Asia or Hawaii.” Both locations have potential for Land and Sea vacations from Disney's theme parks in Asia as well as the currently-under-construction resort in Hawaii.
- 2010-06-08 12:06:51 [update]
29DCL has revealed the design of its newest ship, the Disney Dream, and has announced the sailing schedule for its 2011 inaugural sailing season. See From the Authors for their preliminary report!
- 2009-10-30 12:14:47 [update]
29Outdoor recreation facilities on the new Disney Dream ship, which enters service in January 2011, will include 9-hole Goofy's miniature golf, digital sports simulators, and Nemo's Reef, a 1,500 square foot toddler water play area. The adults-only Quiet Cove Pool area will include a swim-up bar and "infinity" whirlpool spas that overlook the ocean.
- 2010-01-28 14:59:20 [update]
31The Disney Fantasy was originally scheduled to have it's "Maiden Voyage" on April 7, 2012. The "Maiden Voyage" is now scheduled for March 31, 2012. The itinerary will be the same - a Western Caribbean cruise visiting Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Castaway Cay. This also affects the March 24, 2012 sailing of the Disney Magic, which will change from a 7-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary to a 6-night Western Caribbean sailing. This will avoid the Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy being at Port Canaveral on the same day.
- 2010-12-28 13:12:24 [update]
39The Disney Cruise Line will visit Alaska in 2011! On January 6, 2011, the Wonder will set sail from Port Canaveral on a 15-night Panama Canal cruise to it's new home in the Port of Los Angeles. January 23 - April 17, the Wonder will do 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises and then move to Vancouver for the summer. May 3 - August 30, the Wonder will do the Alaska itinerary which includes stops in Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. On September 25, the Wonder resumes the Mexican Riviera itineraries for the rest of 2011. The Magic will be returning to the Mediterranean in the summer of 2011 for 10-and 11-night itineraries as well as doing special 10- and 11-night holiday sailings in December.
- 2009-09-17 21:59:00 [update]
150All activities in the Oceaneer's Club and Lab are now open to all ages eligible for the childrens program. Activity recommendations are still in place, but this will now allow family members of different ages to participate in the same activities.
- 2010-01-14 19:11:49 [update]
251Disney Cruise Line is making room for more guests. DCL's new ships will hold 4,000 guests (more than the Disney Magic or Disney Wonder which each hold 2,400 guests) creating a need for an expanded family beach, an additional dining location (Cookies Too), and 20 private cabanas with various levels of service including a dedicated server. There will also be a new all-ages water-play area.
- 2009-09-03 16:36:29 [update]
254Recent Disney Cruise Line visitors report that Pelican Plunge, the new floating play area at Castaway Cay, is open. The play area features two water slides that end in the lagoon.
- 2010-05-11 19:05:43 [update]
255Guests who book an Adventures by Disney vacation between now and January 15, 2010 will also receive a certificate for a free three-night Disney Cruise to be taken between February 1, 2010 and December 15, 2011! Government taxes and fees as well as ground transportation are not included.
- 2009-11-05 17:42:25 [update]
259Sail with popular Disney Channel stars this summer aboard the Disney Wonder during the first-ever "Disney Channel Summer at Sea," presented by Kodak. Stars from shows like "Hannah Montana," "Sonny With A Chance, " "JONAS," "The Suite Life on Deck," "Camp Rock," "High School Musical, " and "Hatching Pete" will be on select 3- and 4-night cruises beginning July 9 - August 2, 2009. These special sailings will include onboard deck parties, autograph sessions, preview screenings, and live performances.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-14 21:23:11 [update]
260A bomb scare closed the Port Canaveral terminal and all the roads leading to it. The terminal had re-opened and boarding resumed by 3:00 pm.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-29 07:46:26 [update]
260Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort (including the Swan and Dolphin hotels) between now and December 31, 2009 are eligible for one free club rental when they purchase a full price round of golf at the Palm, Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista, or Osprey Ridge courses. Call 407-WDW-GOLF to book tee times or for more details.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-29 07:47:06 [update]
273Check out the current schedule (subject to change, as always) on the DCL web site at
- 2009-06-04 15:52:01 [update]
300Nine passengers from the Disney Wonder as well as nine passengers from Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas were robbed at gunpoint while on a "Segway Off Road Back to Nature" tour of Nassau, Bahamas on November 20, 2009. The Royal Caribbean group and their tour guide were attacked by two men with shotguns who ordered them to the ground and took their money, passports, phones, credit cards, etc. The Disney Cruise Line group following the same route happened upon the incident and were also accosted. No one was injured. Disney Cruise Line representatives worked with the affected passengers providing assistance. Both cruise lines have canceled the tour and the crime is being investigated by the Bahamian police.
- 2009-12-04 00:01:13 [update]
300DCL has announced a new stage show for the Disney Magic in 2010. The first full-scale musical dedicated to the Disney Villains will be a family-friendly comedy. "Villains Tonight!" will premiere on the March 27, 2010 abord the Disney Magic and will be shown onboard the Disney Dream when it sails in 2011.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-12-10 23:02:09 [update]
300Guests sailing the 10- and 11-night itineraries on the Disney Magic in the Mediterranean this summer will have the option to enhance their experience by adding on the Adventures by Disney Mediterranean Magic Family Cruise Vacation. This option includes guided Adventures by Disney shore excursions, all shore meals, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities, a night of adult-only fine dining and wine tasting at Palo and special activities onboard the Disney Magic. For more details, check out the Adventures by Disney web site.
- 2009-12-24 22:33:42 [update]
375Disney Cruise Line has revealed that Crush, the 150-year-old sea turtle with the surfer dude attitude, will be the star performer in the Animator's Palate dining room when the cruise line's newest ship enters service in 2011. While the dining room will continue to have animation studio-inspired decor, it will transform to an undersea world, and the animated sea turtle from Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo will use the room's many video screens to table-hop and interact with diners. "Dude, what's that you're munchin'? Sea-sar salad? Does that have any, like, seaweed in it, dude?"
- 2010-04-01 19:55:45 [update]
375Beginning March 25, 2010 on the Disney Wonder and March 27, 2010 on the Disney Magic, guests who are found smoking in their staterooms will be charged a $250 stateroom recovery fee. This fee covers a deep cleaning that includes air filter replacement, carpet extraction, and the cleaning and replacement of drapes, comforters, blankets, and pillows.
- 2010-04-01 19:56:40 [update]
400Beginning March 4, 2010, the Disney Wonder will depart Nassau, Bahamas, 30 minutes earlier and guests must be back onboard by 5:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm.
- 2010-02-11 19:40:34 [update]
400Due to high winds and rough seas, the Disney Magic was delayed leaving Port Canaveral on Friday, February 12, 2010. The ship was required to stay at Castaway Cay through Saturday and returned to Port Canaveral Sunday morning, a full day late. When the Magic arrived at Port Canaveral, it was forced to disembark in a different terminal owing to the Wonder being at the Disney Terminal. Guests waiting to board the Magic on Saturday were provided with a one-day pass to Epcot on Saturday, vouchers for dinner on Saturday, accommodations for Saturday night, and $100 in shipboard credits as well as 20% off the cost of their cruise. Guests onboard whose return was delayed were given 20% off a future cruise and assistance in changing their travel arrangements. (This is one reason why trip insurance is important!)
- 2010-02-17 19:37:55 [update]
999As of now, the Disney Magic is scheduled to set sail from Barcelona, Spain on April 24, 2010. Disney Cruise Line does not anticipate that guests who booked their airfare through DCL will be impacted by the airport closures in other parts of Europe. Guests who booked their own airfare should check with their airlines.
- 2010-04-22 17:07:15 [update]