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Early 2015 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Out This Week

Hot off the presses!  We have just received word that the 2015 Disney Cruise Line itineraries for the first part of the year will be released this week.  Tomorrow, November 12, 2013, Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members can start booking these dates by phone with dates open to everyone online and by phone on Thursday.  Here is what we are seeing for itineraries:

Disney Fantasy – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 7 night Eastern Caribbean with St. Maarten, San Juan and Castaway Cay – January 3, 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
  • 7 night Eastern Caribbean with San Juan, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay – January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18

Disney Magic – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 7 night Western Caribbean with Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay – January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
  • 7 night Western Caribbean with Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay – January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 5, 19

Disney Wonder – Sailing from Miami, Florida

  • 5 night Western Caribbean Sailings with Cozumel and Castaway Cay – January 4, 18, February 1, 16, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26.
  • 5 night Western Caribbean Sailings with Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay – January 9, 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
  • 4 night Bahamian Sailings with Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West – January 14, 28, February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22

Disney Dream – Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida

  • 3 night Bahamian Sailings with Nassau and Castaway Cay – January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • 4 night Bahamian Sailings with Nassau and Castaway Cay – January 6, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Additionally, Disney Cruise Line has a new offer for 50% off of deposits on new reservations booked up until December 15, 2013.  This cannot be combined with other offers and does not offset the cost of the cruise as the full deposit will be due at the time final payment is made.  This offer is good on category 4A – 11C only and does not include any IGT, OGT or VGT cabins or suites.  Contact us for further details. 

Finally, you can still get your Holiday Gift with Travel On A Dream’s promotion for new cruises booked through December 1, 2013.  Quantities are limited so what are you waiting for?

Contact us today to for your quote as soon as they are available. 

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!

2014 Disney Cruise Watch

Any Disney cruiser like me is waiting, watching and hoping that any day now Disney will release their itineraries for 2014.  Most people are guessing that it will be January or February before we see new dates.  Based on some information I have gathered, I think we will see something before Christmas.

When I called in to Disney Cruise Lines last week, one of the agents asked me a very innocent question about my travel plans this month, specifically out of country travel.  When I said I had no plans, she recalled my trip in January.  That was when Disney released the Mediterranean itineraries for 2013.  That got me thinking and looking for other clues.  I found some significant changes to the Western Caribbean ports of call, that weren’t there before.  The last time we found changes like this, it was just a couple weeks before changes were announced to the Galveston sailings towards the end of 2013.

I must say that when Jamaica was added to select sailings in 2013, I heard from a lot of people that they would like to go to Jamaica but they did not want to sail from Galveston.  This did not spark additional interest from my clients to now book Galveston.

Let’s take a look at what we believe will not change.  We believe the Disney Dream will continue 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas and the Disney Fantasy will continue 7 night sailings from Port Canaveral.  Here are the dates we anticipate:

3 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • November 6, 13, 20, 23, 2014
  • December 4, 11, 18, 21, 28, 2014

4 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • November 2, 9, 16, 26, 30, 2014
  • December 7, 14, 24, 2014

7 – Night Eastern Caribbean

  • January 11, 25, 2014
  • February 8, 22, 2014
  • March 8, 22, 2014
  • April 5, 19, 2014
  • May 3, 17, 31, 2014
  • June 14, 28, 2014
  • July 12, 26, 2014
  • August 9, 23, 2014
  • September 6, 20, 2014
  • October 4, 18, 2014
  • November 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • December13, 27, 2014

7 – Night Western Caribbean

  • January 4, 18, 2014
  • February 1, 15, 2014
  • March 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • April 12, 26, 2014
  • May 10, 24, 2014
  • June 7, 21, 2014
  • July 5, 19, 2014
  • August 2, 16, 30, 2014
  • September 13, 27, 2014
  • October 11, 25, 2014
  • November 8, 22, 2014
  • December6, 20 2014

Now for the changes.

We noticed that once again the Jamaica port calendar has changed.  There will be the same unknown ship, that turned out to be the Wonder, every other week starting May 14.  We also noticed that the Grand Cayman schedule has also changed.  The Magic is no longer on the port calendar.  Instead, only the Fantasy and Wonder will make calls on Grand Cayman.  We are seeing the Disney Wonder on the port calendar twice a month between January and April.  This would be the schedule we would expect if the Magic were continuing her schedule at the end of 2013.

With the changes to the Jamaica calendar, we anticipate that the Disney Fantasy will pick up Jamaica on Western Caribbean sailings between May and December.

Here is our prediction.  The Disney Wonder will move from Galveston back to Miami at the beginning of January.  She will then alternate 4 and 5 night sailings much the same as what the Magic is set to do at the end of 2013.  We predict a schedule like this:

  • January 10, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 15, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • January 19, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • January 24, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 29, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 30, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 4, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • April 9, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • April 13, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 18, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)

After this we cannot predict what will happen since the ship is no longer on the port calendars.

That leaves the Disney Magic and this one is a big mystery.  Will she stay in Miami or move to another port of call?  We do think it’s possible she will stay in Miami and possibly alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.  If she does this, we anticipate there will be different ports of call than the Disney Fantasy as we are not seeing the Disney Magic on either Grand Cayman or St. Maarten’s port calendars.  She could also alternate 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas or Key West.  It’s hard to say.  One thing that we anticipate if the Disney Wonder does move to Miami is that there is the potential that all four Disney ships could be on the East Coast of Florida at the same time.  If this happens, I can certainly see a rendezvous with all four!  That would be a spectacular site to see!

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

While we have no specific knowledge of a release date, we will suggest that this could be before Christmas since these itineraries are not dramatically different from what the ships are doing at the end of 2013.  We don’t anticipate that the entire year will be released, but could see the first half at that time.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent to get your name on our waitlist for 2014 dates.

 

 

Disney Fantasy Arrives in Port Canaveral

This morning Disney Fantasy arrived home to Port Canaveral.  Here are some photos captured from the Port Canaveral Web Cam and WESH TV live feed.

Ten Days Until the Fantasy Christening

Last year I attended the Disney Dream® Christening.  It was much different than the Disney Fantasy® Christening will be.

I remember in late December we were following the Dream on her journey across the ocean, hearing how those on the early January sailings of the Disney Magic® were treated to her site and sounds.  She then arrived in Port Canaveral for the first time.  Many gathered to greet her as she sailed down the channel toward the terminal.  It was certainly an exciting day!

After this followed several preview cruises where the crew “practiced” with Disney cast members and their families.  Photos emerged on many sites so we all had an idea of what they ship looked like inside.

Finally, on January 19 came the Christening.  It was a beautiful day in Port Canaveral when we gathered at the terminal on bleachers to watch the event.  We waited for a long time for the ceremony to begin then enjoyed the performance.  Afterwards, we had champagne and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate and pass the time until we would get onboard for our two night sailing.

The sailing itself wasn’t that remarkable.  We spent a lot of time exploring to see things that we hadn’t seen pictures of and to take more pictures of other areas.  It was a quick trip.  Set sail at 5:00 pm, at Castaway Cay the next day, back to Port Canaveral the next morning.  Don’t get me wrong, it was great to get onboard, it just was a quick cruise with nothing extra special, except of course the precruise event.

It will be much different with the Disney Fantasy.  Last week she set sail for her trip across the ocean.  We have seen some photos, but not a lot.  We haven’t seen any from inside the clubs of Europa.

On February 28, she will arrive in New York City.  Instead of this being the end of the Transatlantic Cruise and starting the “preview” cruises, this will merely be a four day stop and then continue on to Castaway Cay, followed by Port Canaveral and then the start of the “preview” cruises.

During this stay in NYC, there will be media and travel agent previews of the ship.  On March 1, 2012, an evening Christening will take place.  We have been told that there will be a small amount of time that we will be outside, but then we will be onboard for the remainder of the night.

So what do we expect for the evening?  What would you like to see happen?  What do you want us to check out on the ship?  Can’t wait!!

Port Adventures for Disney Cruise Line’s NYC to Bahamas Cruises

Today we are seeing on the Disney Cruise Line® site that Port Adventures are available for the New York City sailings from NYC to Nassau, Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.

Three excursions are offered in New York City on the date of debarkation only with airport transfers.  These will only be able to be booked onboard and you should remove any return transfers before embarking to avoid double charges.

Guests will have an opportunity to go to Midtown Manhattan, including a trip up to the observation deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza followed by a drive towards Grand Central Station, ending at JFK, LaGuardia or Newark airports on this tour.

The second option will take guests for a land and sea tour of the city.  You will board the Zephyr, a luxury catamaran, for a 60 minute tour of the waterways around New York City including views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Staten Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  You will be dropped off at the South Street Seaport for free time before heading to one of the three area airports.

The last option will include visits to the American Museum of Natural History & Central Park.  In Central Park you will have a walking tour, seeing such sites as Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, The Boathouse and The Alice in Wonderland Sculpture.  Next you will go to the American Museum of Natural History with time to explore on your own and enter the planetarium as well before boarding the coach for your trip to the airport.

The first two tours and transfers are $129 for adults and $89  for children with the museum tour at $129 for adults/$99 for children.  Each of the tours is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.  Depending on the number of people, those going to JFK and LaGuardia may be on the same bus.  Flights should not be prior to 3:00 pm for domestic flights (4:00 pm for international) to participate in these offers.

In Port Canaveral, there are many offerings at Walt Disney World® Resort, plus other tours in and around Cocoa Beach including the Cocoa Beach Shuttle, Kennedy Space Center and Real Florida Airboat Adventure.

At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can participate in any of the following tours:

  • Best of Walt Disney World Resort for Young Families – A VIP Tour
  • Illuminations Fireworks dessert Party at Epcot Theme Park
  • Thrills of Walt Disney World Resort – A VIP Tour
  • VIP Tour – Private VIP Tour Experience at Walt Disney World
  • Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Epcot Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Magic Kingdom Via Complimentary Transportation

One day park hopper passes are included with your cruise vacation.  The VIP tours will include FASTPASS entrances to maximize your time in the parks.

All Guests disembarking at Port Canaveral will have to go through Customs and Border Protection Inspection so you will need to bring your passports or birth certificates with you.

Hopefully soon we will get a glimpse of the Port Adventures for the Canada and New England Coast cruises too!

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