Posts Tagged ‘Disney Cruise Line’
- Disney’s Buy 4 Get 3 deal booking window ends on December 20th, 2009. This special is good for travel most dates between now and March 27th 2010.
- Disney Cruise Line Kids Sail Free on Mediterranean cruises booking window ends on January 22, 2010 for sailing dates April 24-May 26, 2010.
- The 2 vacations for the price of 1 offer: Book select Adventures by Disney vacations and get a FREE 3 night cruise on Disney Cruise Line booking window closes on January 15, 2010.
To book any of the deals above, just call or email me today! Even if you’re not sure, we can put a deposit down to hold the special while you make up your mind.
Another big news announcement this week came from Allegiant Air. Beginning February 1, 2010; Allegiant Air will be flying into Orlando’s MCO airport. Great news for those looking for cheap flights and the ability to use Disney’s Magical Express transportation!
Disney to Curb Park Discounts as Economy Recovers (Update1)
By Andy Fixmer
The world’s biggest theme-park operator has already reduced discounts from a year ago, Iger said today at a UBS AG investor conference in New York. Disney added promotions in November 2008 to attract visitors during the credit crunch.
“We will be able to continue to dial that back over the latter part of 2010,” Iger said, referring to discounts on hotel rooms, food and merchandise. “We are not making these commitments yet until we see the marketplace conditions.”
After previous recessions, Disney has scaled back the promotions, Iger said. Since last year, the company has offered free hotel nights and discounts on food and merchandise. The parks unit has reported four straight quarters of lower revenue and profit compared with year-ago periods.Last Updated: December 9, 2009 17:08 EST
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I’ve had cruising on my mind lately; a lot. Disney Cruise Line just announced their new itineraries for 2011 and I’m dreaming about a Panama Canal Cruise, Mexican Riviera or Mediterranean Cruise. I’m not sure when or where, but there’s definitely a cruise in my future. Why? Well that’s what I want to talk about today.
Where to start? I love cruising for quite a few reasons. First is value. Yes I know it looks like cruises are expensive, but when you think about it and add it all up; they’re really not much more than a land based vacation. I’ll use Disney Cruise Line as my example because I have the most experience with it (and I love it). When you cruise on DCL and the fare that you pay is it. Of course if you want to go to the spa or order drinks at the bar, there are charges for those but your meals, sodas/coffee,shipboard entertainment, even room service are all included. It’s nice to know that you’re not going to get nickel & dimed to death. Did I mention the meals? There’s food available all the time, as the parent of a growing tween & teen I can’t begin to tell you how helpful that is! On our trip this summer, I think my son ate enough food to have covered all of our fares……In the morning he would eat a bagel from room service before heading to breakfast. Where he would have pancakes, eggs & bacon. That was followed a couple hours later by a large lunch including dessert, then a couple slices of pizza up by the pool. After playing some soccer on the sports deck, he’d grab another few slices of pizza or a hot dog before going to the show (and possibly again between the show and dinner). After dinner, more soccer or club time and another snack, the best is a Mickey Bar from room service. If the boy went more than 2 hours without food during waking hours, I’d be shocked! What did all that pizza cost? Nothing. The Mickey Bar ice cream? No charge, it’s all included. I loved being able to say “order what you want” and ”if you’re hungry, get something to eat” instead of “no” or “I don’t know, how much is it?”. If we had been anywhere else, that would have cost a fortune, but thankfully it was all included.
Why else do I love to cruise? Well, I love that I can do as much or as little as I want, and I can change my mind at any time. Unlike planning a quite beach trip and then getting bored or an active adventure trip and just wanting to sit by the pool and read; you get all of that on a cruise. Every night you’ll receive your Personal Navigator–the schedule for the next day. Just like reading an old TV Guide; you’ll see hour by hour what’s going on in all locations for all age groups. Sailing with small kids? You’ll check the schedule in the Oceaneers Club for the kids and the family section for all of you. The kids want to go make flubber in the Oceaneers Lab? Great, now you can go to the spa or the adult only pool. Maybe that Martini Tasting Seminar in the Navigator caught your eye…… From playing sports on the sport courts, to watching them on TV in Diversions or working out at the fitness center or relaxing in the Rainforest Room in the spa; game shows, bingo, reading a book, watching a 1st run movie, taking a nap. Those are just some of the options of things to do on the ship. There are so many things to do that I don’t think anyone could possibly do everything. The four of us did things together, seperately and off in pairs. There was always something someone wanted to go do; even if it was just to nap on the “secret” deck.
Now, when it’s a Disney Cruise, there are a lot of fun family things to do. The Sail Away party as you leave Port Canaveral is fun for kids, adults and anyone that wants to have fun. Dance & sing along, sip on a Bahama Mama and know that you’re headed for fun! Disney also has a Pirates in the Caribbean Party on deck during one of the evenings of your cruise. More singing, dancing, Characters and FIREWORKS! Only Disney shoots off fireworks at sea and it’s amazing! There are family game shows to participate in (or watch if you’re shy), family karaoke (Disney songs of course), dance contests, pin trading, character meet & greets, pool time, scavanger hunts, ping pong & shuffleboard on deck…….are you tired yet? Those are just some of the things to do on the ship.
What do you do when in port? Whatever you want! There are excursions that you can book (before or during your cruise) that will take you to explore historical locations or cool resorts & aquariums. You can explore a place on your own. We spent a morning in Nassau just walking and wandering around to get the “flavor”. If you’ve “been there done that”, stay on the ship and enjoy a nearly empty pool or take advantage of a “Port Special” in the spa.
No matter if you take a 3, 4, 5 or 7 night cruise in the Bahamas or Caribbean, you will stop at least once at Disney’s own private island Castaway Cay. This is a wonderful place and is only going to get better when the refurb is finished. Right now, there is: a snorkeling beach, family beach, teen beach (13-17 only) and an adults only (18+) beach. The kids clubs (not the nursery) move ashore for the day. Your kids can go on a snorkeling excursion with you and then join their friend in the kids programs for a couple hours and meet back up with you for lunch and a volleyball game on the sports beach. While the kids are off doing their things, you can enjoy a peaceful, quiet nap on the adult beach or sip on the islands specialty drink or indulge in a massage in a beach cabana. Again, you can spend the day resting, being very active or a combination of the two. We went for the combo approach this summer. As a family we did an excursion that included snorkeling, stingray experience & bike/float rental. First thing we did was the snorkeling, all I will say now is that it was really cool and you have to look for the Disney touches…..they’re out there. After snorkeling we went and learned about and fed stingrays. That was pretty neat and we got a lot of time out in the water with them. Then my daughter took off to “chill” at the teen beach and my tween went for lunch (does that suprise anyone?). After lunch he went and joined the kids club group at the game pavillion so we had some time on our own We went to Serenity Bay beach and enjoyed a cool beverage and snorkeled out there for a change of pace (still neat things to find, besides the wildlife). We met back up with our son, and headed to the family beach. He decided to snorkel some more before going to get a float and relax. We did a little shopping and we’re back on the ship in time to get ready for the evening show and dinner. Wondering what happened to the teen? She had directions to be on the ship & in the room at ”X” time. Whenever you leave or come onto the ship, you must go through security and scan your Key To The World card (it’s your room key, charge key, everything key), that way they know who left and came back. When we walked back onto the ship, and they scanned my Key To The World card, I asked the Cast Member if her key had been scanned yet. They were able to look and tell me exactly what time she returned to the ship. Just a nice little piece of mind. We had rested & been active and it was a fantastically fun day!
The DisneyDifference and service are the main reasons I want to go back so bad. From the artwork and design of the ship, the special touches in the snorkeling beach, the towel animals in the cabin each night; it’s wonderful but the people really make it Disney special. The service wasn’t just good, it was excellent and more than that; it was personal. I had Cast Members say hi and welcome me back because they remembered seeing me on my agent cruise. A waitress in the Cadillac Lounge the 1st night, also served us on Castaway Cay and picked the conversation back up from where we had left it. A mix-up/confusion about celebrating our anniversary at dinner was not only fixed, but improved upopn and apologized for more than necessary. The best of the service though can be summed up with 2 experiences that my son had on the last night of the cruise. When he went to give the tip to our room attendant, he told her how much he liked the towel animals. She stuck her head in and asked us if it would be allright if she could come in and teach him how to make them himself. She didn’t have to do that, but he was thrilled! The most amazing was Liam. He was a retail CM at the pin trading event. My son had been looking for a pin to complete a set of 5 for over 3 trips in the previous 18months. The pin he was missing was of course the most limited edition of the set and we didn’t have high hopes of finding it. Liam looked through 5 or 6 pin lanyards while we were talking to him. When he couldn’t find it, he asked for our sons name & room number just in case he found someone with it. In the middle of the night, en envelope was stuck partially under the door. Inside was a personal, handwritten note with the impossible to find Ursula pin attached. That was a Magical Moment and is a big part of why I can’t wait to go back on a Disney Cruise!