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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:05 am

Disney Cruise Line has sent us two photos of the Disney Fantasy's inaugural visit to New York, stopping there for its christening before making its way to Port Canaveral to begin normal service.
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In a photo taken Feb. 28, 2012, the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship of Disney Cruise Line ship, sails past the Statue of Liberty Tuesday after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and DisneyÕs private island, Castaway Cay. (David Roark/Disney, photographer)
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In a photo taken Feb. 28, 2012, the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship of Disney Cruise Line ship, sails past the Manhattan skyline after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will be christened in New York on March 1, then sail to her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. With a maiden voyage on March 31, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and DisneyÕs private island, Castaway Cay. (David Roark/Disney, photographer)
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Postby SharkTums » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:23 pm

Looks like it did quite well crossing the Atlantic, can't wait to see it home ported an hour away from me!

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Postby Mr Stratosphere » Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:25 pm

There is just something very regal and majestic with the color scheme with the Disney Cruise Line's Ships.

I absolutely love them!
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Postby PKIDelirium » Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:51 pm

Personally, I think the black hulls make them look too old-fashioned.
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Postby ernierocker » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:41 am

Disney Cruise Line has sent us this photo of the Disney Fantasy arriving in Port Canaveral!

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In a photo taken March 6, 2012, fireworks light the morning sky as the Disney Fantasy, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, arrives in her home port of Port Canaveral, Fla. after traveling nearly 4,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will welcome guests on her maiden voyage on Mar. 31, 2012, sailing seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral.
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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:08 pm

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-tom-staggs-fantasy-20120402,0,2212268.story

With the Disney Fantasy cruise line now on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean, many Disney Cruise Line fans are wondering if the company will add another a ship — the fifth — to its fleet. That's one topic the Sentinel covered with Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, last week during a preview cruise aboard the $900 million ship.

Here's what he had to say about Fantasy, the future … and the future Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

On the impulse to build even more ships:

"I'll give you both a business answer and a creative answer. In our world they need to come together, and mostly do. The answer is having just doubled the number of ships in our fleet and more than doubled our capacity, we want to make sure we digest this, use this fleet of ships to test some itineraries and to watch the marketplace and to gauge whether and when it makes sense to expand more. So we're going to keep that as an open question.

"What we will absolutely do, and have already done to a certain extent, is ask ourselves 'OK, if we get to a "What next?", we don't want it to be from whole cloth.' We learned so much building these ships. We're trying to make sure we capture that knowledge and learning and understanding in thinking about what might go into the next ones.

"Now, that's not an announcement of anything other we want to make sure that we capture that knowledge and benefit from it if that point comes down the road."

On how it feels to cross the goal line with the Fantasy:

"For us, I'm not sure there's a goal line because we don't really think of things as finished and over. In a way, we're just getting going. … We'll continue to watch and learn and tweak and adjust.

On reviewing the Disney Dream, which launched last year:

"The whole purpose was to talk about what have we learned about the Dream — which was really successful — and what might we tweak a little bit, what could we do a little bit differently, what do we want to change in the Fantasy, how do we want to think about it being a seven-day ship as opposed to a three-, four-, five-[day] now that we've seen that one in action. … The AquaLab [water-play area] came out of that meeting. That came out of the notion of 'How do we think about better organizing the ship for a seven-day voyage,' which is a different thing. That posed a challenge. The Imagineers, in all their brilliance, came up with the AquaLab."

On the Fantasy feedback, thus far, and the pleasant surprises:

"We've just done a couple of test voyages … and a lot of those were Disney folks from around the country. We enlisted their help to test the product, and they're brutally honest.

"Surprise number one — they're amazed by the crew. I think we've got something like 66 percent of this crew is new hires, so newly trained, newly brought into Disney. [They are] so pleasantly surprised over how quickly and how well they were up to speed and how well they were functioning and how great they were. I wouldn't say that's something that surprised us necessarily, but it surprised our folks who went on the ship, and it's impressive that they're able to do that.

"Number two — it's just the amount of stuff there is to do, the amount of entertainment, the amount of great places to go explore, just great places to sit and have a cup of coffee or grab a drink. And then the interactive adventure, I think it's surprised people by how fun it is. Those are the ones I'm hearing the most."

On the lifespan of cruise ships:

"They can easily sail well and safely for 30, 40, 50 years. We do extensive dry dock pretty much every five years on the ships. We are maniacal about the operating conditions, obviously about what our guests see, but just as maniacal about what they don't see, the things that go into making it seamless and making it safe."

On the international flavor of the Disney Cruise Line crews:

"It is standard in the industry, but, at the same time, it's something we embrace and we benefit from. At any point in time, there's 60 to 80 or more nationalities represented onboard a ship, for us, anyway. … The reason I say it's to our benefit is it gives us just a broader array of thinking and dynamics and cultures that makes the overall that much stronger."
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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:29 am

Disney Cruise Line has announced new itineraries from Galveston which now include stops in Falmouth, Jamaica!

Disney Cruise Line Sails to Jamaica for the First Time Departing from Galveston, Texas

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Disney Cruise Line will visit Jamaica for the first time with new itineraries departing from Galveston, Texas in late 2013. The new seven-night Western Caribbean sailings will call on Falmouth, Jamaica, as well as Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

While in Falmouth, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.

Also in late 2013, Disney Cruise Line will sail seven-night Bahamas cruises from Galveston, calling on Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay is the ultimate escape, with powdery white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and swaying palm trees. Always a favorite port of call for guests, Castaway Cay is the place for those seeking adventure, relaxation or quality time with the family.

Fall 2013 Galveston Schedule

NEW: Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. The Disney Wonder will sail from the Port of Galveston on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including a stop at Falmouth, Jamaica. Plus, three days at sea allow guests to experience the world-class entertainment, impeccable guest service and one-of-a-kind shipboard experience found only on Disney Cruise Line.

Ports: Galveston; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico

Departure dates: Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30

NEW: Bahamas, including Castaway Cay. Seven-night Bahamas cruises, include a stop at Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay.

Ports: Galveston; Key West; Castaway Cay; Nassau

Departure dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9, 23, Dec. 7, 14

Rates start at $840 per person for these seven-night cruises departing from Galveston, for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.
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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:34 am

Yay for my ship! Yay for Falmouth (an RCCL built port!) and yay for Disney expanding!

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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:07 am

Disney Cruise Line has sent us a press advisory about its upcoming Wonder cruises out of Miami.

Disney Cruise Line Prepares for Inaugural Season from Miami

Today, Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked-off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to Port Miami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger than life banner proclaiming "See You Real Soon." When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on Dec. 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida. Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami on a variety of itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean, with most cruises taking guests to Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
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Re: The Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:03 pm

Disney Cruise Line has sent us a press release detailing its early 2014 cruise itineraries!

The white sand beaches and azure waters of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, take center stage in the early half of 2014 voyages for Disney Cruise Line. With all four Disney ships sailing from Florida ports, not only will guests have more options to visit Castaway Cay, but they may combine their cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.

In the early part of 2014, the Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, Fla., joining the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder will homeport in Miami. During this time, guests will have more opportunities than ever to enjoy a Disney cruise that visits Disney’s private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries. Every cruise departing from Port Canaveral includes a stop at Castaway Cay.

The itineraries also offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard their Disney cruise ship and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart’s content in local marketplaces.

Three-night Bahamian sailings are perfect for a quick getaway. Rates start at $420 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014

Four-night Bahamian sailings include a day at sea to sample the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience. Rates start at $480 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, including St. Maarten and St. Thomas with three days at sea. Rates start at $1,155 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-Aug., 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel with two days at sea. Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-April, 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. At Falmouth, Jamaica, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes, enjoy lush tropical scenery on a bamboo raft river ride and visit the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls located nearby. Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Disney Fantasy departures May-Aug., 2014

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami (Jan.-May, 2014)

In 2014, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 for five-night cruises departing from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
Departure dates: Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18

Five-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.
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