Disney Cruise Line to Sail from New Orleans and visit Hawaii in 2020

In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line will offer families even more ways to explore the world together with the addition of a brand-new home port in New Orleans, Louisiana and a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands. Disney Cruise Line will also return to Puerto Rico for a limited time and continue guest-favorite itineraries to tropical destinations from Florida and California.

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Who doesn’t want to take a Disney Cruise to Hawaii?  After a five year hiatus, Disney Cruise Line will be visiting Hawaii again on 2 special cruises in early February 2020; nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8.  During these dream vacations, guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

For the very first time ever, the Disney Wonder will be sailing 6 sailings from New Orleans for a limited time during 2020.  Just the thought of a little bit of food & jazz music for a few nights before my cruise makes me want to jump onboard right now.  Before or after your Disney cruise, you can venture into the city to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music. Travelers will delight in the Southern charm of this new home port, and Disney fans will find magic around every corner as they experience the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”
The Disney Wonder will embark on six cruises during this limited-time season from New Orleans, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing February 7 through March 6.

The Disney Wonder will also continue to offer the popular itineraries from Puerto Rico before moving to California to continue the Mexico & Baja cruises from San Diego.

The Disney Magic, Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy will all sail out of Port Canaveral and include stops at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

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I know what you are thinking…. how, when & where do I book my cruise?
It’s simple, contact your Disney focused travel agents (hopefully that’s me) and talk to them before the cruises open up next week.  The ships will fill quickly & the prices go up as the rooms fill.  For the best price on a Disney Cruise, you should consider making your reservation as early as possible.

Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club members, can take advantage of the opportunity to book early 2020 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on October 4, 2018. Book either online or by phone during the designated booking window.
October 1, 2018: Platinum Members
October 2, 2018: Platinum and Gold Members
October 3, 2018: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
October 4, 2018: all Guests


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Which destination is the right fit for your family? Where to dine, shows, crowds and all that goes along with planning a vacation is a lot to think about.  With a Disney-focused travel agent by your side, you can plan as much or as little as you desire.  My complimentary planning assistance all comes at NO additional cost to you and is based on countless hours of education and personal experience.

  • Receive a welcome packet when you book, filled with information & a custom planning calendar.
  • Onboard activity & shore excursion reservation assistance. Let me help you make your reservations for those popular Disney activities. *based on availability
  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary (digital only itineraries can be requested)
  • Complimentary Planning. All of my assistance comes at no added cost to you.  When you book your trip through me, you will get all of the magical extras that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Assistance planning your pre or post-cruise hotel, transportation & more.

You get all of this and more when you book your Disney vacation through (me) Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures.  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.


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New Experiences for Star Wars Day at Sea Revealed

The Disney geek in me is squealing as I read this information from Disney!  We will be experiencing this in person & sharing our journey with you in February.  What’s not to love about a Star Wars Cruise by Disney?

Brand new experiences featuring the Dark Side, the Resistance, the droids and more are coming to the Disney Fantasy when Star Wars Day at Sea returns on 15 special sailings this January through April. Check out some of the new out-of-this-galaxy experiences that are setting sail:

The Dark Side

    • To kick off Star Wars Day at Sea celebrations, in a one-time experience the night before the event, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers will march into the ship’s atrium for an Imperial takeover.
    • Kylo Ren will appear in “Jedi Training Academy,” where young Jedi-in-training summon their courage and the Force to face off against Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.

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The Resistance

    • Rey will take the stage in the “Summon the Force” nighttime deck show that celebrates great moments from across the Star Wars galaxy including iconic characters and new favorites, complete with an epic fireworks finale accompanied by John Williams’ iconic music.
    • In “Porgs Onboard! Scavenger Hunt,” Chewbacca needs help tracking the Porgs that have been wreaking havoc throughout the ship. You can help find and decode secret messages to solve a ship-wide quest and be greeted by everyone’s favorite Wookiee at the end of your adventure.
    • In the days leading up to the epic celebration, you can check out all of the Star Wars  feature films in the Buena Vista Theatre, culminating in a showing of the newest film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

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Fun for the whole family

    • New in 2018, you are guaranteed a time to meet and take photographs with C-3PO and R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Before you even step onboard, you have the chance to reserve these character encounters online under the My Disney Cruise section of disneycruise.com.
    • You can step into the saga and pose with a life-size replica of Han Solo frozen in Carbonite, as well as other cool Star Wars-themed backdrops.
    • In Star Wars  Drawing Academy, you can learn to draw some of your favorite Star Wars characters and a new character from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
    • Star Wars-themed interactive games, trivia and activities for the whole family will be hosted by Disney cruise staff on the pool deck and in the D Lounge.

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These are the droids you’re looking for

    • C-3PO will make an appearance in Star Wars: Command Post in Disney’s Oceaneer Club. During a special activity, children train to be members of the Resistance and fend off the First Order. C-3PO pays a visit to check on their training and further human-cyborg relations.
    • Droid Racing is a fast-paced activity that the whole family will enjoy where Guests can race BB-Unit droids around a course in the ship’s atrium.
    • In a hands-on activity for families, everyone tests their skills to become master droid builders and create an intergalactic droid.

All of these cool new experiences are included in a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise, and just some of the ways you can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy.

Stay tuned as we share more about the exciting experiences you’ll have on Star Wars Day at Sea

Dose this sound like fun to you?  There are some great rates out there right now & the rooms are selling out quickly.  Will you be joining the force with us & the others who will be participating in Star Wars day at Sea?  You should & it all starts with a free quote.
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Save NOW on Select Disney Fantasy Cruises!

SAVE 20% THROUGH 25% OFF SELECT CARIBBEAN CRUISES FROM FLORIDA
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With this offer, you can save 20% through 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Stateroom with Restrictions (Category VGT) on select 5-night and 7-night cruises departing from Florida on January 6 and 7, February 17 and March 17, 2018.

Eligible for 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on March 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Drop anchor in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $2,191 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.
    • Book though December 1, 2017.

Eligible for 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on January 6, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Chart a course to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,568 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $122 per person not included.
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on February 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Set sail to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,925 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $123 per person not included.
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Marvel Day at Sea from Miami on January 7, 2018 on Disney Magic – Cast off to Cozumel and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.

Important Details on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT)

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Additional Important Details

  • Rate does not include gratuities or Port Adventures.
  • Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family and I have sailed on all four of the cruise ships.  Allow me to help you plan your cruise vacation at no additional cost to you.  It all starts with a free quote.
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CLIA Plan A Cruise Month is Here! What it means for you…

The feel of the sea breeze in your hair, the sound of the ocean waves, sunsets at sea, the taste of gourmet food and the sand between your toes.  What’s not to love about the adventure of cruising?  During the month of October I will be focusing on sharing cruise information with you all month long, and why I personally love cruising.

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October is CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Plan A Cruise Month.  This month there are great offers from numerous CLIA Cruise Lines; too many to list in this one blog post.  😉  I’ve seen some amazing, last minutes deals, that you can contact me about. (Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com)  The offers for CLIA Plan A Cruise Month are only good for official members of CLIA.  As an Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC) CLIA member, I can help you search for the perfect deal.  Many offers are only good for the first week in October, so don’t delay!

This month I will be focusing on information all about cruising.  Different cruise lines, different destinations, food, fun, family and more.  Cruises are perfect for those group vacations and you can possibly score your cruise free of charge if you are the leader of your group; just ask me how.

Below are some of the offers from the cruise lines – please don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information on any of these special offers.

Disney Cruise Line is offering a free onboard credit for all 7-night cruises onboard the Disney Fantasy that depart from February – March 2018.  See the full flyer below…

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has several great offers: 50% off the second guest + kids sail free and a bonus of $100 to spend at sea.  All are on select sailings.  Contact me for amazing ‘last minute’ deals on this cruise line!

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Carnival Cruise Line also has several great offers:

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Norwegian Cruise Line is offering onboard credits of up to $1000. Read the details below or contact me for more information.  This offer ends on October 9th.

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Princess Cruise Line has a couple of super offers for Plan A Cruise Month.  Pick your destination & then find the perfect offer!

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Do you see anything that intrigues you?  Contact me today & we can get started planning your dream cruise vacation.

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Disney Cruise Line Planning THREE new Ships!

Last year  Disney Cruise Line announced that it would build 2 new ships for their fleet.  These ships were scheduled to set sail in 2021 & 2023.  Well… recently they have told the public that they would be adding not two but three new ships, nearly doubling the size of their current fleet.  The additional ship is scheduled to set sail in 2022.  This means that Disney would have a new ship every year for 3 years in a row, beginning in 2021.

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“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said.

The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is a little larger than the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.  The ships’ names & design are still in development at this time.

Disney boasts that these new ships will “usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before.”

Personally having cruised on all 4 of Disney’s ships, I can say that the Disney Cruise Line experience is nothing short of luxurious.  I have to wonder with these new ships, where will Disney Cruise Line take us to next?  Will the original ships set sail in China, Australia or any number of new destinations.  Maybe one of the original ships will be a part of the Adventures by Disney itineraries in the future?  Will this possibly bring down the price of the Disney Cruise Line experience or just create more hype for this highly sought after cruise experience?  This all remains to be seen.

Stay tuned & I will be sure to pass along any new announcements from Disney Cruise Line.

My name is Melissa & I am a Disney addict; I’m also a travel agent.  I currently live in Florida with my family, which allows me to keep up with all of Disney’s every changing offerings from the parks to the ships, I always love to explore it all.  If you are dreaming of a Disney Cruise, you can now book through the end of 2018 and I can help you plan at no added cost to you.  That’s right, it costs the same to book through me or directly through Disney Cruise Line & you get personalized service & never a hold time on the phone.  It all starts with a free quote.  😉  Visit my website or contact me for more information.
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New Experiences announced for the Disney Fantasy

As if I needed another reason to take a Disney Cruise….  On May 17th, 2017 the Disney Fantasy will set sail with a full range of new experiences.  This special sailing on May 17th will be one of the very few 3-night sailings that the Disney Fantasy will offer in the near future.  On this special 3-night Bahamian sailing the ship will debut the following new additions to the ship…

Exciting new experiences designed for Guests of all ages are coming to the Disney Fantasy in May 2017.  From exploring the universes of Star Wars and Marvel, to shopping at unique new onboard venues, new highlights include:

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Imaginative New Spaces for Kids in Disney’s Oceaneer Club

  • The new Star Wars: Command Post takes kids on a journey where they will train with heroes of the Star Wars saga and help with missions against the First Order. Here, they will interact with holographic models at a one-of-a-kind Star Wars holotable that projects 3-D images of the Millennium Falcon, Death Star and other famous Star Wars ships, meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.
  • In the all-new Marvel Super Hero Academy, kids will learn from real-life Super Heroes the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty. In this innovative space, kids can learn the ways of the mystic arts with Doctor Strange who is making first-ever appearances onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Tasty Treats to Delight the Entire Family

  • The new Sweet on You ice cream shop, themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, features hand-crafted gelato and ice-cream, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles and a large selection of candy for purchase, all just steps from the family pool.

Luxury Shopping for Adults

  • Disney Cruise Line will welcome the world’s premier jewelry and iconic American luxury brand, Tiffany & Co., with an exclusive store aboard the Disney Fantasy. Your Clients can indulge in timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the effortlessly elegant Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

These additions are part of an overall commitment by Disney Cruise Line to invest in our ships, helping to deliver incredible family vacation experiences for years to come. While making these enhancements to the Disney Fantasy, crews will also perform regularly scheduled and wide-ranging maintenance that keeps the fleet in tip-top shape.

The new enhancements will debut on Disney Fantasy sailings starting May 17, 2017 from Port Canaveral, FL. The first sailing will visit the Bahamas on a 3-night voyage. Beginning May 20, the ship will resume a regular sailing schedule that includes 7-night voyages alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Thank you for reading, My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict; I’m also a travel agent.  I live in Florida and you will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney World Parks.  My family has made some of our fondest memories onboard the Disney ships.  If you would like to plan a Disney vacation, I can assist you at NO additional cost to you and it all starts with a free quote.

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Disney Cruise Line Releases Summer 2018 Cruises.

Disney Cruise Line is one of the most popular cruise lines in the industry.  Often times the best deals you will see on cruise fares will be as soon as they are released to the public.  Today Gold & Platinum Castaway Club members can book their summer 2018 Disney cruises and beginning tomorrow the cruises will be open to everyone!  If you are interested in booking a Disney Cruise for the summer of 2018.  Contact me today and I will get a free, no obligation quote for you tomorrow morning when the dates are open.  Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com  www.PixieDustAdventures.com

There are some fantastic itineraries including Alaska, Southern Caribbean, Rome, Barcelona and more as well as the, well known, sailings to the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

Here are the details that Disney has released so far:

In summer 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes Guests on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

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New sailings from Rome and Barcelona
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line Guests can experience more of the rich culture of Barcelona and inspiring history of Rome in a single cruise. In Rome, Guests can explore the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, and sample authentic local cuisine. Barcelona offers beautiful beaches, the market streets of La Rambla, the artistic architecture of Gaudi and the famed Sagrada Família church.

On June 16, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome). Ports of call include Marseilles and Villefranche, France; and Genoa (Milan), Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Naples, Italy.

On June 23, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night itinerary from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona. Ports visited on this cruise are Naples, Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Genoa (Milan), Italy; and Cannes and Marseilles, France.

First-time visits to Milan, Italy
Disney Cruise Line will call on Genoa, Italy for the first time in 2018, as part of three special sailings from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome). The historic port town of Genoa, located on the Italian Riviera, is a gateway to the beautiful metropolis of Milan and the picturesque locale of Portofino. Milan is a global capital of fashion and design, featuring top-name designer stores, boutiques, open-air markets and art galleries.

A 10-night Mediterranean itinerary sailing from Barcelona on July 7, 2018, calls on Genoa, as well as other popular ports in Italy, France and Spain.

First-time visit to Cork, Ireland and first seven-night British Isles
The Disney Magic will call on Cork, Ireland for the first time as part of a first-ever seven-night British Isles cruise, departing on September 2, 2018. Additional ports visited on this sailing include Dublin, Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; and Liverpool, England. Cork is home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes. It invites visitors to connect with Ireland’s ancient past, with historic sites like Blarney Castle, where visitors can kiss the famed Blarney Stone.

Throughout the summer, the Disney Magic will continue to tour Europe with engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Return to Alaska
In 2018, the newly re-imagined Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. A variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries will depart from Vancouver, Canada, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Southern Caribbean Special Sailing
In 2018, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a special 11-night southern Caribbean itinerary departing June 30, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches, including Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and the Disney private island, Castaway Cay.

Castaway Cay – More Opportunities to Explore Disney’s Exclusive Private Island
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently a top-rated destination. In 2018, the Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay so Guests can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of the pristine island paradise.

Bookings open for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Guests on February 22, 2017 and to all Guests on February 23, 2017.

Be sure to book with your favorite travel agent in order to take advantage of free, experienced, planning assistance as well as special stateroom credit offers in addition to any special offers through Disney.  Planning your next cruise all starts with a free quote: www.PixieDustAdventures.com  Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com
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