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Updated Deck Plan for Disney Magic

Last night we finally got to see the updated deck plan for the Disney Magic.  You can find the plan here thanks to www.disneycruiselineblog.com.

Rumored with the reimagination were new accessible rooms and more connecting rooms.  Based on the map, here is what we have found.

It appears that there will be two new accessible rooms added.  The first will be an inside room, category 10A on deck 7, stateroom 7509.  The next will be a family balcony room, category 4E on deck 8, stateroom 8094.

Next we looked at the new connecting rooms.  All of the one bedroom suites will become connecting rooms on the Disney Magic under the proposed changes.  Several already connect to either other one bedroom suites while others connect to family staterooms.  We are also seeing more connecting balcony staterooms in categories 5A, 5B and 5C.  Here is a chart of the which rooms will connect along with their categories.

Connecting

As we mentioned, these are proposed changes so it is possible that these changes will not happen or will not be completed when the Disney Magic begins sailing.

Removing the Mystery – Port Canaveral

Editor’s Note:  Part 2 of our Removing the Mystery is brought to you from our agent, Jon Fair.  Jon takes away the questions about what happens when you arrive in Orlando for your Disney Cruise and takes you through the check in process at the port.  For any questions or to book your next vacation, please contact Jon@travelonadream.com.  Thanks Jon!

Going on a first Disney cruise, or a fifth or fiftieth is exciting! Packing all your things, planning on getting to the cruise terminal etc. are some of the smaller details that can give you headaches if you don’t anticipate them. I have the fortuitous opportunity to live minutes away from Port Canaveral. If I can share anything that I have learned, please allow me to digress.

  1. If you’re flying in before your cruise please I would highly recommend Disney Transportation. The hassle of moving your suitcases while minding your cranky children after traveling will make you want to pull your hair out. Save yourself some aggravation and let Disney do it for you.  Put your luggage tags on before you leave home and skip baggage claim completely if you have Disney transfers booked.  Besides you can sit back and enjoy more a relaxing time with your family this way.
  2. Have your bags labeled already. You will get your baggage tags in the mail about two weeks to a month from when you set sail, don’t lose them, and have them on your bags when you arrive at the terminal.
  3. You will be going through security screening again. I know you just flew from Minneapolis St. Paul to Orlando International this morning and you haven’t gone on the America’s Most Wanted list. You are still going through security again. Make your life easier by being prepared for this. Have your electronics easily accessible. Take off your watches, pull your cell phones out of your pockets, etc. Be ready to waltz through the TSA screening point, and your cruise will start out with a breeze.  Any alcohol you are bringing aboard should be in your carry-on luggage.
  4. When you are checking in at the Terminal have your passports/ID’s out and ready along with all the documents that you were supposed to pre-sign. It can significantly reduce your wait time, and if you are lucky you can board the ship when you’re ready.

I hope this helps take some stress away from your vacation. Be sure to stretch because now you can do the “I’m on vacation” dance!!!!

Disney Cruise Line 2014 Changes

Yesterday we reported that select sailings on the Disney Dream would be shifting dates.  Today we are reporting that the sailings in late October 2014 through the end of 2014 on the Disney Magic will be switching to the Disney Wonder.  This is because the Disney Magic will be moving to Port Canaveral.  The Disney Wonder schedule previously was not released so this will not be affected.

So what does this all mean?   Here is my speculation:

The Disney Dream already was going to switch sailings from Thursdays and Sundays to Fridays and Mondays around Thanksgiving time.  They are now doing that sooner in October.  From that point on the Dream will be sailing on Fridays and Mondays.  It was indicated that this change is happening because the Disney Magic is moving to Port Canaveral.

We have the Disney Fantasy sailing on Saturdays.  Disney Dream will sail on Fridays and Mondays.  That leaves the remaining days of the week open for the Disney Magic to sail.  I’m guessing that the Disney Magic will sail on Sundays with Western Caribbean sailings.  Right now the Disney Fantasy’s last Western Caribbean sailing is scheduled for November 8.

I think the Disney Wonder will be going into dry dock in October.  The dry dock would be shorter than the Disney Magic’s dry dock.  I don’t think it will be for as long as the Disney Magic will be.  There are only 21 days between the Disney Wonder sailing that returns on October 10 and the next sailing on October 22.  The 2 night sailing on October 20 has been canceled and not replaced, but the October 22 sailing has been replaced.  With three weeks they either won’t do as much or they figure they’ll have it figured out how to do it quicker as the Magic will take 6 weeks.

Additionally, we have heard in the past that the Magic was too top heavy to put Outlook Cafe on it or an AquaDuck.  With the dry dock this fall, they are extending the length of the ship, presumably to allow them to add more weight to the top of the ship.  They may also be doing something with the materials on the top of the ship to lighten it up.  The Wonder doesn’t need these things to be done so it is possible that they won’t need to have as long of a dry dock.

I doubt that we will hear about a dry dock on the Wonder or the Dream before the new Disney Magic itineraries come out.  We know that modifications can be made to the existing sailings next Tuesday and Wednesday, however, we have no idea if the new sailings on the Disney Magic will be available then.  Stay tuned!

Details on Disney Cruises for 2014

Disney has released the itineraries for the rest of 2014 (with one small exception). Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members can begin booking at 8:00 am EST tomorrow with the rest of the bookings opening at 8:00 am EST on Thursday.  Please get your request in to your Travel On A Dream agent as soon as possible so we can make the changes for you (for onboard bookings that are changing) and book your new cruises.

Disney Magic

May 19, 2014
12 night Transatlantic sailing from Port Canaveral to Barcelona
Castaway Cay, Funchal, Malaga, Barcelona

7 night sailings from Barcelona – Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples
May 31, June 7, August 16, 23, 30

12 night repositioning from Barcelona to Venice
June 14, 2014
Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Catania (Sicily), Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice (overnight)

9 night Mediterranean Greek Isles
June 26, July 5, 2014
Venice, Katakolon, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Mykonos, Venice (overnight)

12 night repositioning from Venice to Barcelona
July 14, 2014
Venice, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion, Mykonos, Santorini, Valletta, Barcelona

12 night from Barcelona

July 26, 2014
Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Valletta, Barcelona

4 night Spain
August 7, 2014
Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Barcelona

5 night Mediterranean
August 11, 2014
Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Barcelona

14 night Transatlantic Cruise
September 6, 2014
Barcelona, Malaga, Tenerife, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan

7 night Southern Caribbean
San Juan, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St Kitts
September 20, 27, October 4, 11 2 Night Cruise to Castaway Cay
October 20, 2014 from Miami

Alternating 4 night Bahamian, 5 night Western Caribbean and 5 night Western Caribbean sailings from Miami for the remainder of the year. There will be a 5 night Western Caribbean over Christmas with the Magic stopping at Castaway Cay on Christmas Day.

Disney Wonder

15 night Panama Canal Sailing

Key West, Cozumel, Cartagena, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego

2 Night cruise to Nowhere
May 17, 2014

5 Night Repositioning from San Diego to Vancouver
May 19, 2014 with one stop at San Francisco

9 Night Alaskan Cruise
Sitka, Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver
May 24, 2014

7 night Alaskan Cruises
Tracey Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Vancouver
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1, 2014

4 night repositioning from Vancouver to San Diego
September 8, 2014 (only stops in Victoria)

15 night Panama Canal cruise
Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cartagena, Cozumel, Port Canaveral
September 12, 2014

5 night Double Dip Bahamian cruises
September 26, October 1, 2014

We have no further information on the Wonder past October 6, 2014.

The remainder of the year is set to open for the Fantasy and the Dream as well with the usual itineraries.

New 2014 DCL Itineraries Announced

Disney Cruise Line has finally announced the rest of the 2014 cruise itineraries.  The first half of the year were released in early December and can be found here.  This actually wasn’t that long of a wait when we look back at some recent years, but it seems like forever when you are looking for a specific itinerary or date.  We will look at what’s happening ship by ship.  But first, bookings for these itineraries will open on February 14, 2014 (opening February 13 for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members).

Disney Magic

As was predicted, the Disney Magic will be returning to the Mediterranean to embark on exciting sailings in the summer of 2014.  Select sailings will call Venice, Italy, as her home port.  All Venice sailings will overnight in the city so you can experience the nightlife here.  Disney Magic will visit several ports of call (some for the first time), including Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece and Catania, Sicily.

On June 26 and July 5 there will be new 9-night Mediterranean Greek Isles sailings departing from Venice with visits to Katakolon, Pireaus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Mykonos and then overnighting in Venice.

She will conclude her season in Europe with another Transatlantic sailing returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Here Disney Magic will embark on four 7-night Southern Caribbean sailings with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.  These sailing will be September 20, 27, October 4 and October 11.

Next she will go back to Miami and continue with alternating 4, 5 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.  This is the same itineraries the Disney Wonder will be sailing in early 2014.

Disney Wonder

Yes, the Disney Wonder is going back to Alaska!  But before she gets there, she will be making a journey through the Panama Canal.

The first sailing out of Vancouver will be special as the Wonder will visit Sitka, Alaska for the very first time on a 9-night sailing.  Following the 9-night sailing, she will continue through the summer with 7-night Alaskan itineraries, with ports of call in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and a visit to Tracy Arm fjord.

The 9-night sailing will be on May 24, while the remaining of the sailings will depart on Mondays with the final Alaska sailing on September 1.

Following the Alaskan season, Disney Wonder will go back to the Caribbean and Port Canaveral!

Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue it’s schedule of Bahamas and Caribbean sailings out of Port Canaveral in the fall of 2014.

Ready to Cruise in 2014?

Back in early December, 2012, Disney Cruise Line opened up bookings for the first half of 2014 sail dates.  Many guests were waiting for the rest of the year to open up to see what the classic ships would be doing for the summer.  While we don’t have any more information on when and where, there have been some interesting rumors that have surfaced in the last few weeks.

First we’ll start with the Disney Fantasy.  Port calendars seem to indicate that the Fantasy will be doing only Eastern Caribbean sailings starting in November, 2014.  For those that love the extra day at sea, you won’t have to make sure you are selecting a week that will visit the Eastern Caribbean.  What this all means for the Western Caribbean, we are not sure.  Some sites are speculating that the Disney Wonder will have 7 night sailings only to the Western Caribbean.  We are not sure if these will start from Miami or Galveston or somewhere else altogether.

Based on port calendars from Madeira and Villefranche, it does look like the Disney Magic will be going back to the Mediterranean for summer sailings there.  Initially, Villefranche revealed a large gap in the middle of the summer, but dates have recently been added making it more likely that the Magic will be staying in the Mediterranean all summer, rather than going to the Baltics as some guests had hoped.  This also would mean two transatlantic sailings.  It seems likely that the Eastbound Transatlantic will be in May while it looks like the Westbound Transatlantic will be in late September or early October.  After she returns to the US, the Magic may be doing alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, or go back to the schedule that the Disney Wonder currently is sailing with alternating 4, 5 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

The Wonder will likely go back to Alaska for the summer months.  This will mean a Panama Canal sailing.  One thing that was very interesting was a 9-night sailing that appeared on Disney Cruise Line’s website last week and Sitka, Alaska as a port of call.  One blogger also found an article indicating that Disney Cruise Line would be in Sitka for one sailing in 2014.

While we have no advanced knowledge of an announcement from Disney as to when these dates will be up for sale, we have seen in the past that once the ships are showing up on port calendars, the announcement is generally not far behind.  Some sites are saying February 11, 2013 will be the announcement so hopefully we will have more information next week.

Travel On A Dream agents are ready for the announcement and subsequent sale of these cruise dates.  Most of our agents have short waitlists for these dates so unlike the larger online travel agencies, we can get to your requests much sooner.  Contact us as soon as possible to get your place in line.  In addition to our quality service, we also offer onboard credits as a thank you for booking with us and referral credits as well.  If 2014 is not on your radar and you are looking to book for 2013, we have a bonus onboard credit offer for sailings through the end of the year.  Contact your Travel On A Dream agent or email info@travelonadream.com.

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Time to Book Your Disney Cruise Vacation for 2013!

If you have been thinking about a Disney Cruise Line® vacation this year, now is the time to book!  Your Travel On A Dream agent will find you the best value for your money.  As always, you will receive exceptional customer service and an onboard credit through our Loyalty Program.  For a limited time, you can also receive a bonus onboard credit for booking with Travel On A Dream!

Get $50 Extra Onboard Credit

Book your new Disney Cruise vacation for sailings embarking in 2013 in a concierge level or suite OR a balcony or higher on a 2013 Mediterranean cruise itinerary and receive an extra $50 onboard credit in addition to our Loyalty Program.  To receive this extra onboard credit, request code XTRA50.

Get $25 Extra Onboard Credit

Book your new Disney Cruise vacation for sailings embarking in 2013 in any cabin that does not qualify for the extra $50 offer and receive an extra $25 onboard credit in addition to our Loyalty Program.  To receive this extra onboard credit, request code XTRA25.

Restrictions apply.  The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.  Book by February 14, 2013.  Offer is limited to Disney Cruise Line sailings starting between February 2 and December 31, 2013 and must be booked with a Travel On A Dream agent.  Cannot be combined with onboard booking offer from Disney Cruise Line.  Void if cruise date is moved to a sailing starting January 1, 2014 or beyond. Cruise base price must be $1000 or higher to qualify (base price is the price before tax, transfers, insurance, airfare or land components).

If neither of these promotions fit your needs, you will still qualify for our onboard credits offered through our Loyalty Program or our Referral Program.  Contact our agents today for your Disney Cruise Line® quote or refer your friends and family to us.  Make sure they tell us you sent them!

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