Disney Cruise Line Changes Alcohol Policy

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The Disney Cruise Line has less of a reputation for inebriated passengers than do other lines catering to the “booze cruise” market – despite Disney’s fairly liberal alcohol policy, which until now allowed passengers to carry wine, beer, and hard liquor onboard with their luggage.

The cruise line is now setting limits on the amount of wine and beer passengers can bring onboard, and prohibiting passengers from bringing on board any hard liquor. Disney did not disclose a reason for this change, but told the Orlando Sentinel that the policy was consistent with other cruise lines.

New Disney Cruise Line Guest Alcohol Policy

We regularly evaluate our policies and procedures and have recently changed our alcohol beverage policy. In addition, we have made an adjustment in the corkage fee charged to Guests who bring their own wine or champagne into restaurants onboard. The following changes will go into effect on sailings commencing on or after Sept. 30, 2015:

  • Each Guest 21 years and older may bring two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or six beers (no larger than 12 oz) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
  • All alcoholic beverages packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Wine or champagne in excess of the two allowable bottles or beer in excess of the six beers will be stored and Guests may retrieve them at the end of the voyage.
  • All liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) are prohibited and will be stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Guests must retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Uncollected alcohol will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
  • Effective Sept. 30, 2015, the corkage fee charged to Guests who bring their own wine or champagne into one of our restaurants will be $25 per bottle

A Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

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Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties on deck.

In 2015, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships from September through October. This extra-spooky celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. Other special experiences include:

  • Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration in addition to Pirate Night with games, dancing and lots of candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion, will join guests for this fun-filled costume party.
  • A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream, an interactive movie experience where guests are part of the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally.
  • Haunted Stories of the Sea, where the bravest cruisers gather under the stars to hear some true—or not so true—tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller.
  • Creepy Cabaret, a party in the atrium featuring favorite Halloween-themed music performed live by a band of ghostly musicians.
  • Halloween Isn’t Just For Kids: For adults, the nighttime entertainment district on each Disney ship becomes the ghoulish setting for a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor.
  • Spooky Movies: To get guests into the spirit of the season, Halloween-themed movies will be shown in Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and in guest staterooms.
  • Ghoulish Delights: Disney Cruise Line chefs have conjured some very special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes and “Spooky Juice.”
  • More spooky fun includes mask-making and a ghostly takeover of ship announcements!

To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Magic sails four and five-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Oct. 4 to Oct. 28; the Disney Wonder sails a variety of cruises departing Oct. 1 to Oct. 23; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 30; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 5 to Oct. 31.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Disney Cruise Line Earns Top Rankings from Travel + Leisure Readers

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Travel + Leisure readers apparently like Disney Cruise Line … a lot.

The Celebration-based cruise line was ranked No. 1 on the list of Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines and the No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards reader’s survey.

The readers’ survey ranked ships based on the quality of cabins, food, itineraries and excursions, in addition to value.

“This recognition is a tribute to the immersive storytelling and creative entertainment we provide to our guests of all ages, on all of our ships, wherever we sail,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “To be named the best of the best by Travel + Leisure readers is an honor and speaks directly to the quality of the vacation experience delivered by our dedicated crew members.”

This is the seventh consecutive year Travel + Leisure readers voted Disney Cruise Line as the No. 1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families and the second consecutive year they rated Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall.

Florida remains a key player in the cruise industry, with about 60 percent of the nation’s embarkations beginning in the Sunshine State.

According to the latest study from industry group Cruise Lines International Association, Florida businesses received $7 billion, or 36 percent of the direct spending generated by the cruise industry in the nation.

More than 131,000 Florida residents are employed by the cruise industry, the report said.

From the Orlando Business Journal

Mickey Check Helps Parents Keep Kids’ Eating Habits “In Check” on Disney Cruises

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Parents sailing with Disney Cruise Line now have an easier way to identify healthier menu choices for their children. As part of Disney’s commitment to make healthy living simpler and more fun for families, Mickey Check meals are now offered in rotational dining restaurants aboard all four Disney ships.

To receive the Mickey Check, foods must be nutritious and meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines for calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. These guidelines were developed by leading child health experts and align to best-in-class dietary guideline recommendations. A complete Mickey Check kids’ meal, for example, includes three or more nutritious food groups (such as vegetables, whole grains, lean protein), has limited added sugar and does not have any trans fats.

“More and more families are looking for healthier options when they travel, and with Mickey Check, we’ve made it easy for them to identify these choices on our menus,” said Ozer Balli, vice president of Hotel Operations for Disney Cruise Line. “Disney is known for exceptional, innovative and fun dining experiences at its parks and resorts around the world. And dining aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship delivers on the trust, quality and promise guests expect. Now, with the Mickey Check, our expert chefs are taking healthy food and making it fun and delicious for our youngest guests.”

Immersive dining experiences at Disney Parks and on Disney cruise ships blend cuisine with storytelling in a way that only Disney can. Whether it’s a quick meal on the go, a character dining experience or an exquisite adults-only dinner at Remy, cruise guests will find a range of food and beverage options to satisfy their exotic, health conscious and even comfort-food tastes.

The Mickey Check is used at various locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, on Disney-licensed food products sold at retail and on qualifying recipes on Disney.com. The Mickey Check is a part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living commitment that launched in 2006. For more information about Mickey Check and the Magic of Healthy Living, visit Disneymickeycheck.com.

Disney Cruise Line the Big Winner in Cruise Critic Awards

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From Travel Pulse

Cruise Critic, the online cruise community, announced the winners of its 2015 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, and Disney Cruise Line was again the big winner.

The awards are based entirely on consumer reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.

For the third year in a row, Disney Cruise Line was named “Best Overall” with Disney Dream winning in the large-ship category and Disney Wonder in the mid-size category. In total, Disney’s fleet won 12 awards, including “Best Entertainment” and “Best Cruises to the Bahamas” for Disney Dream, and “Best Cabins,” “Best Service” and “Best for Families” for Disney Fantasy.

Oceania Cruises’ Riviera nabbed back-to-back wins for “Best Cabins” and “Best Dining” in the mid-size category, a nod to the ship’s luxurious cabin furnishings, variety of restaurants and onboard Culinary Center.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Liberty was named “Best Value-for-Money” in the large-ship category for the second consecutive year.

“Best Shore Excursions” awards went to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Hawaii-based Pride of America in the large-ship category, Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess in the mid-size category, and Silversea Cruises’ Silver Galapagos in the small-ship category.

The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards are awarded in three ship classes, based on passenger capacity. Large is for 2,000-plus passengers, mid-size for 1,200 to 1,999 passengers, and small for 1,199 or fewer passengers. (Although Disney publishes capacity for the Disney Wonder and Magic at 2,700 passengers, that number includes children in third and fourth berths. Cruise Critic judges all ships on a double-occupancy basis, so the two 877-stateroom ships fit into the mid-size category.)

First-place winners include:

Best Cruises Overall

Disney Dream (Large)

Disney Wonder (Mid-Size)

Pacific Princess (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Cabins

Disney Fantasy (Large)

Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)

Regent Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Dining

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam (Large)

Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)

Azamara Quest (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Entertainment

Disney Dream (Large)

Disney Magic (Mid-Size)

Pacific Princess (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Public Rooms

Disney Dream (Large)

Oceania Riviera (Mid-Size)

Crystal Serenity (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Service

Disney Fantasy (Large)

Disney Wonder (Mid-Size)

Regent Seven Seas Voyager (Small)

Best Cruise Ship Shore Excursions

Norwegian’s Pride of America (Large)

Coral Princess (Mid-Size)

Silversea’s Silver Galapagos (Small)

Best Cruise Ships for Value

Carnival Liberty (Large)

Holland America Zuiderdam (Mid-Size)

Pacific Princess (Small)

Disney Cruise Line Named Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014

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Disney Cruise Line was named Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line and Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families by Travel + Leisure readers in the magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2014. This is the first time Disney Cruise Line has received the Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line award and the sixth consecutive year it has been recognized as a top cruise line for families.

“We are honored once again to be recognized as the ‘World’s Best’ for families by the readers of Travel + Leisure,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “This year is extra special because of the additional honor of Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line. These awards really speak to what Disney Cruise Line is all about – creating magical memories for guests of all ages onboard our ships and taking them to fantastic destinations around the world.”

Disney Cruise Line pioneered the family market in the cruise industry, providing a unique vacation experience where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all Disney has to offer. Today, Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its blueprint for family cruising with a fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Guests can sail out of ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe, among others.

In addition to new itineraries, Disney Cruise Line remains committed to reinvesting in the fleet and continuously making shipboard enhancements that elevate the guest experience. Most recently, the Disney Magic was reimagined to include a new water thrill ride called the AquaDunk, new restaurants and technology to surprise guests such as “Drawn to Magic” at Animator’s Palate, and an all-new line up of nighttime fun for adults at the entertainment district After Hours.

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Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney Cruise Line has consistently received distinguished awards and recognition from the travel industry since first setting sail in 1998. These awards have included all aspects of the operation from dining and entertainment to youth activities and spa facilities. For more information on Disney Cruise Line Awards & Accolades, please visit our web site.

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