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Summer 2015 Disney Cruise Itineraries Revealed

We finally have the summer 2015 sail dates for Disney Cruise Line! Reservations will be open to book tomorrow, March 26 for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members and on March 27 for everyone else.  If you have not already put in a request for a new booking and would like to make your request now, please use this form http://travelonadream.com/quote.html.

And now, the itineraries!

Disney Dream:

Alternating three and four night sailings departing on Fridays and Mondays. The exception to this will be starting June 26, 2015 where we will see five night double dips (two stops at Castaway Cay). Here are the dates:

• June 26, 2015 – 5 night
• July 1, 2015 – 4 night
• July 5, 2015 – 5 night
• July 10, 2015 – 5 night
• July 15, 2015 – 4 night
• July 19, 2015 – 5 night
• July 24, 2015 – 5 night
• July 29, 2015 – 5 night

Disney Fantasy:

Alternating seven night Eastern and Western Caribbean Itineraries:

• May 16, 30, June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22, 2015 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay)
• May 23, June 6, 20, July 4, 18, August 1, 15, 29, 2015 (St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay)
• May 2, 2015 – Eastern to St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Castaway Cay
Disney Wonder:
The Disney Wonder will again go to Alaska for the summer of 2015:
• May 1, 2015 – 14 night Panama Canal – Miami, Cozumel, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego
• May 15, 2015 – 2 night cruise (not listed on DCL’s site)
• May 17, 2015 – 3 night cruise
• May 20, 2015 – 5 night repositioning to Vancouver (San Francisico)
• May 25, 2015 – 7 night Alaskan Cruises from Vancouver (Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan)
• June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Disney Magic:

Disney Magic will be returning to the Baltic! This time with many more itineraries!

• May 3, 2015 – 7 night sailing to Western Caribbean
• May 10, 2015 – 5 night sailing (not listed on Disney’s website)
• May 15, 2015 – 15 night Eastbound Transatlantic sailing from Port Canaveral with stops in New York City, St. John, Newfoundland, Reykjavik, Iceland, Oslo, Norway overnight in Copenhagen
• May 30, 2015 – 7 night sailing to Northern Europe including stops in Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden
• June 6, 2015 – 7 night sailing to Norway Fjords with stops in Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway
• June 13, 2015 – 7 night sailing to Northern Europe including stops in Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden
• June 20, 2015 – 9 night sailing to Norway Fjords with stops in Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway
• June 29, 2015 – 11 night repositioning sailing from Copenhagen to Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Norway, Reykjavik (overnight) and Akureyril, Iceland, Torshavin, Faroe, ending in Dover, England
• July 10, 2015 – 12 night sailing to Northern Europe visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, Warnemunde, Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia and Tallinn, Estonia
• July 22, 2015 – 12 night sailing to Northern Europe visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia and Tallinn, Estonia
• August 3, 2015 – 7 night repositioning from Dover to Barcelona with stops in Vigo, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal and Gibraltar, UK
• August 10, 2015 – 5 night sailing to Villefranche, La Spezia and Civitavecchia
• August 15, 22 and 29, 2015 – 7 night sailing to Naples, Civitavecchia, La Spezia and Villefranche

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Photo Collection from Disney Magic

Here are some photos from our recent cruise on the newly Reimagined Disney Magic.  Enjoy!

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Reimagined Disney Magic Part II

Here is Part II of our quick cruise on the Disney Magic.  For Part I, please click here.  I will be adding in pictures later.

It was now time to check out our room.  First we noticed the new carpet and then the bed, which is the same as those on the Dream and Fantasy.  While I understand that many people would like to see beds that still split, personally, I find the new beds more comfortable and am happy with this decision.

The sofa beds were all replaced as well with the same style as on the Dream and Fantasy.  The tables were all new, but looked similar to the old ones in design, though were a darker wood.  They do not raise like the old ones did however.  The stools at the desk were different, more of a “mushroom” like stool instead of a “crescent moon”.  There are more outlets available as well as with the addition of the new hairdriers, they needed a 220V outlet by the desk.  While there aren’t a lot of outlets available in the cabin, before there was one or two and now there are four.

In the rooms that had steamer trunks there is now a cabinet in its place.  This is much nicer as it doesn’t stick out into the room and there are a couple drawers and shelves.  I always felt with the steamer trunk that I was piling stuff up in there to get the most use.

I understand that the connecting rooms and two new ADA rooms were completed during the reimagination.  It also appears that the cabin doors (both to the hall and bathrooms) have either been replaced, repainted or resurfaced.

Dinner tonight would be in the new Animators Palate.  The menu was very similar to the one on the Disney Dream and Fantasy.  We only ordered an appetizer and split an entree as we would be at Palo later in the evening.

The show in Animator’s Palate is the same concept as before but significantly upgraded.  Called “Drawn to Magic”, this show shows the progression of animation from the line drawings, to color videos.  There are lighting upgrades, new drawings and new walls.  Everything was amazing!

After dinner, we changed for Palo and went up.  The major changes we noticed here were the flooring, lighting and poles.  The entryway marble floor is gorgeous!  I’m not as thrilled with the carpet or the ribbon of light on the ceiling.  They don’t seem as elegant as the rest of the restaurant.  The shot glasses used for the sgroppino are all Murano glass and very pretty.  It would have been nice to continue the black and tan color scheme throughout the restaurant instead of introducing so many colors in the carpet and lighting.  The food was excellent as usual though.  On the menu, there was now a six course option with wine pairings to give you more of a Remy-like experience.

We didn’t make it for most of the pirate party, but did arrive in time for the fireworks which were the same as before.  After the party we went to After Hours (Beat Street) and Fathoms (Rockin’ Bar D) for Match Your Mate.  They have added new benches for the couples which make it look like more of a show.

Fathoms definitely has a more club feel to it.  The lighting is fun to watch as the jellyfish change colors like the water seems to under the sea.  Other than this, the room is identical in layout.  I am not a club person so this is the one room that I felt indifferent about the changes.

After the show, we checked out Keys (Sessions).  This was an unusual sailing with so many groups of people so the nightclubs were filled with larger groups.  This also meant the noise level was much higher.  In Keys, there was a pianist, but it was more like background noise because no one was listening to her, they were too busy talking in their groups.  I can imagine though on a regular sailing that this will be a great place to go for a quiet atmosphere.

We also had an opportunity to check out O’Gills.  I really liked this on the Fantasy.  I also really liked Diversions on the classic ships.  O’Gills was not like it is on the Fantasy, other than decor, but I still really enjoyed this place.  They still had the comfortable chairs but also had some high tables with stools and the booths are more private now.

Reimagined Disney Magic – Part I

We just returned home from our two night preview cruise on the Disney Magic following her six week dry dock (which became seven).  Before I start my review, I will disclose that I did not pay full fare for our cruise, we were part of the travel agents and media that were invited to sail on the Disney Magic for this two-night sailing.  The opinions however are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Disney Magic at Port Canaveral

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Plans Change – Your Travel Agent Will Help

You’ve been planning a cruise for more than a year.  Everything is perfect.  You have the stateroom you wanted, made all prebooked plans onboard, and all the pre and post cruise plans.  Work has been notified and you are ready to go.  You get the call no one ever wants to get.  “I’m sorry, but we have to cancel your cruise.”

At first you are stunned.  Please tell me this is a joke.  Please wake me and say it was just a bad dream.  But no, it is really happening.  It’s time to make some changes to plans.

If you are like me, you don’t take vacation lightly.  We work hard all year to go on vacation.  The last thing you want is for that to change.

Illness, storms, damage/malfunction of the ship can happen anytime.  This past year we saw the Grandeur of the Seas cancel sailings due to a fire and Celebrity Millennium cancel due to propulsion problems.  There were many disappointed travelers.

This is one of those times that you really wish you had a travel agent working for you, sitting on hold for hours to reschedule your vacation and work out the best option for you.  We are in a better position to take care of this as well.  Your emotions are running higher, you are sad, upset, frantic, you name it.  It’s hard to figure out what is happening much less what you want to do instead.

Last week, we rescheduled guests to other sailings of the Disney Magic, other ships in the Disney fleet and even other cruise lines and Walt Disney World instead of the Disney Magic sailing.

You never know when trouble could happen on a cruise.  Having travel insurance and a great travel counselor on your side makes these situations a bit easier to handle.

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.

Updated Disney Cruise Line Schedules for 2014

We have compiled a list of all the schedules for the Disney ships next fall, following the changes in the last couple weeks.  These sailings are available to book at this time.

Disney Magic®

  • October 4, 2014 – Southern Caribbean out of San Juan (no change)
  • October 11, 2014 – Southern Caribbean out of San Juan (no change)
  • October 18, 2014 – 3 night Repositioning cruise from San Juan to Port Canaveral (Day at Sea, Castaway Cay)
  • October 21, 2014 – 5 night from Port Canaveral (Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West, Day at Sea)
  • October 26, 2014 – 7 night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Two Days at Sea, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – Also November 9, 2014
  • November 2, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Key West, Day at Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – also November 23, December 7 and December 21, 2014
  • November 16, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Day at Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – also November 30, December 14 and December 28, 2014

Disney Dream®

  • 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay –  October 2, 9, 16, 31, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Day at Sea, Castaway Cay – November 7, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay, Day at Sea – October 5, 12, 19, 27, November 3, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay, Castaway Cay – October 23, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Day at Sea, Castaway Cay, Castaway Cay – November 10, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay – December 29, 2014

Disney Wonder®

  • October 1, 2014 – 5 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (no change)
  • October 6, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (no change)
  • Transit to Miami (not for sale) October 10 – 11, 2014
  • October 11, 2014 – 6 night Western Caribbean –
  • October 17, 2014 – 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami – Day at Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Day at Sea – Also October 31, November 14, 28, December 12, 2014
  • October 22, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Day at Sea, Key West – Also November 5, 2014
  • October 26, 2014 – 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami – Day at Sea, Cozumel, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay
  • November 19, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West – Also December 3, 17, 2014
  • December 26, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Day at Sea, Nassau, Castaway Cay
  • December 30, 2014 – 5 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Nassau, Day at Sea, Key West

There are no changes at this time to the Disney Fantasy® scheduling.  With this schedule, unless Disney cancels some of the dates already for sale, there is not going to be a dry dock opportunity for the Disney Wonder or the Disney Dream in 2014.

Don’t forget about our onboard credit offer, available on most sailings.  Also we currently have two promotions for our birthday – one giving you double referral credit and the other with a bonus for groups.

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