||PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line 10th Edition (2012) Update Description||31||The Disney Magic will be undergoing extensive refurbishments during its dry dock this fall. The Oceaneer Club will be getting all-new play areas including Marvel's Avengers Academy, Andy's Room and more. The Oceaneer Lab will be getting a pirate theme. Three new water play areas are being added - AquaLab, an interactive water playground for kids ages 3 and up (which replaces the Mickey Pool), Nephews' Splash Zone for kids under 3, and the AquaDunk - a 3-story body slide that starts with a vertical drop! Plus there are updates to dining rooms, staterooms, and more.| - 2013-04-29 16:04:33 [update] |36||The Disney Fantasy dominated the Large Ship Category in the CruiseCritic.com Cruisers Choice Awards this year, winning Best Overall Cruise Experience, Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms, and Best Service. The Dream was awarded First Place in the Shore Excursions category, and came in Second to the Fantasy Best Cabins and Best Service. Disney Cruise Line won the overall Best for Families category. | - 2013-03-05 09:03:51 [update] |42||Disney Cruise Line has revised its fall 2013 schedule for cruises departing from Galveston on the Disney Wonder. Five Western Caribbean sailings in October and November will include a new port of call, Falmouth, Jamaica. The remaining 7-night cruises of the season will visit the Bahamas, calling at Key West, Nassau, and Castaway Cay. The year's end features a 6-night Western Caribbean saiing visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and two 4-night cruises that visit Cozumel. Cruisers can start reserving these itineraries on November 16, 2012, and the cruise line is contacting guests with existing reservations to discuss the changes and present their options.
| - 2012-11-06 11:11:58 [update] |42||All four of the Disney Cruise Line ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2014. The Disney Fantasy will continue to sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of Port Canaveral. The Disney Dream and the Disney Magic will both sail 3- and 4-night Bahamas itineraries, also from Port Canaveral. The Disney Wonder will sail a 4-night Bahamas itinerary and two different 5-night itineraries out of Miami, one all-Caribbean that visits Cozumel and Grand Cayman, the other visiting Cozumel and Castaway Cay. The schedules for the Dream and the Fantasy have been released through August 2014. The schedules for the Magic and the Wonder have been released through the end of April 2014. As is typical, that summer's special itineraries for the Magic and Wonder will be announced later, most likely in early 2013.<| - 2012-12-04 10:12:34 [update] |42||Disney Cruise Line has announced more itineraries for the Magic and the Wonder for late 2013. The Magic will be sailing out of Miami beginning October 27, 2013 and will be sailing three-, four-, and five night cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean, and one six-night and one seven-night sailing to the Caribbean. The Wonder will be going to Galveston, Texas, beginning September 28, 2013 and will be sailing six-, seven-, and eight-night Caribbean cruises.| - 2012-06-26 10:06:45 [update] |42||Disney Cruise Line has announced (almost) the full 2014 schedule. The Disney Wonder will be returning to Alaska for the summer of 2014, sailing from Vancouver. One cruise will add a first-ever stop in Sitka, Alaska. The Wonder will then head to Port Canaveral, offering one 4-night and two 5-night Bahamas cruises. Her schedule currently ends in mid-October, and it's expected the ship will spend all or part of the rest of the year in dry dock. The Disney Magic will be returning to Europe for the summer of 2014, sailing from both Barcelona, Spain, and Venice, Italy. The 4-, 5-, 7-, 9-, and 12-night itineraries and transatlantic repositioning cruises call on a total of 22 ports, 8 of which are first-time visits. The Magic will then sail a new 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico that includes a new port, Grenada, plus Aruba, Barbados, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia. Starting in late October, the Magic will sail out of Miami, Florida offering 4-night Bahamas cruises and 5-night Western Caribbean itineraries. The Dream and Fantasy will continue sailing from Port Canaveral, with the customary Bahamas and Caribbean cruises.
| - 2013-02-12 11:02:57 [update] |51||The Disney Magic, originally scheduled to sail from Miami, Florida in fall 2014, will be moving instead to Port Canaveral, Florida that October. The Disney Wonder, previously scheduled for Port Canaveral, will replace the Magic in Miami, and no changes are being made to sail dates out of Miami (there had been a long gap in the Wonder's schedule, which all presumed had been set aside for an extensive dry dock). The introduction of the Magic to Port Canaveral (filling the "Wonder gap") has resulted in itinerary changes to the Disney Dream. Disney Dream sailings originally scheduled to depart on Sundays and Thursdays are now being changed to Monday and Friday departures. Contact Disney Cruise Line or your Travel Planner to see if these changes will affect your cruise.
| - 2013-06-04 10:06:29 [update] |51||Disney Cruise Line has added a new theme to its 7-night California Coast sailings onboard the Disney Wonder for Fall 2012. The cruises, departing from the Port Of Los Angeles on 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 and 10/7, will now have Pixar artists and filmmakers onboard to discuss the creative process, a special Pixar art exhibit, showings of the entire Pixar film library, the at-sea premiere of Finding Nemo 3D (opening in theaters ashore on September 14), a preview of the upcoming Pixar feature, Monster Academy, and appearances by Pixar film characters! Interest in these cruises was very weak prior to the announcement of this special theme, but we have a feeling interest will pick up.| - 2012-05-30 11:05:31 [update] |184||Guests sailing on the Disney Fantasy, who are within their window for online bookings, can now make reservations for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirate's League on the Disney Cruise Line website.| - 2012-04-24 09:04:25 [update] |185||Help the Muppets find their missing props so they can start the show! The Muppets are the stars of a new adventure game, “The Case of the Stolen Show,” onboard Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Fantasy. The game takes guests on an interactive quest around the ship via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical clues. Intended for guests aged nine and up, this adventure complements "Mickey's Midship Detective Agency," a similar self-paced adventure on the Disney Dream. New elements on the Disney Fantasy include clues that may be discovered on a Muppets bulletin board and a Muppet-sized stateroom door. The game includes random elements, so the experience can be different every time it's played.
| - 2011-11-29 10:11:25 [update] |198||Effective November 15, 2013, Disney Cruise Line will no longer permit smoking on stateroom verandahs. Guests wishing to smoke will need to make use of one of the designated open air smoking areas available. | - 2013-08-13 11:08:57 [update] |244||Disney Cruise Line is adding four new Cabanas to the Family Beach area on Castaway Cay. The Cabanas will be completed sometime this Summer. (For a review of the Cabanas, check out http://www.passporter.com/articles/private-cabana-rentals-castaway-way.html)| - 2014-01-06 12:01:02 [update] |398||Many Disney Cruise Line guests choose to decorate their stateroom doors - to celebrate special events, commemorate previous Disney Cruises, or just for fun! Disney Cruise Line now forbids the use of ANY type of adhesive - gel or other - in any decorations. This includes "removable" adhesives such as Command strips, gel clings, etc. Magnetic decorations are the only decorations approved for use. Guests in violation of this policy will be assessed a $100 fine.
| - 2013-04-29 16:04:12 [update] |435||Disney Cruise Line will now be automatically charging the suggested gratuity amounts to guests accounts on embarkation day. This change follows a test period that was implemented on the Disney Magic. This mandatory payment of gratuities will take place once guests check-in at the port. Guests wishing to adjust the amount of the gratuity or use an alternate form of pyament such as cash, can do this at the Guest Services desk once onboard the ship.
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