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A Grandparents’ Guide to Cruising with Disney in 2016

Grandparents often tell us that the best part of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is seeing their grandchildren’s joy throughout the voyage. I recently shared the top five ways to spoil your grandkids on a Disney cruise – things you can do to make any getaway with us extra special.

Here are some suggestions for specific cruises to take with grandkids for the ultimate grand-travel vacation. All are jam-packed with memorable experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Grandparents, here’s your guide to cruising with us in 2016…


Dream a little bigger aboard the Disney Dream. New experiences are coming to the Disney Dream in late 2015, including super-cool play areas in the kids club, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Your grandkids may not want to leave once they enter these new worlds of fun, but grandparents can join the play during Open House. Another brand-new space both you and your grandchildren will love is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a shop serving handmade gelato and ice cream, novelty sundaes, and more candy than you can imagine. The made-to-share signature sundaes are a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth of the young and young at heart.


Experience the Force in the Western Caribbean. On eight special sailings from January through April, the Force will be strong! For the first time ever, we are offering Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, perfect for a new out-of-this-galaxy experience with your grandchildren. The day-long celebration features a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. There will also be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Have the time of your life with your grandkids, you will.


Explore the magic of Disney on land and sea. Three of Disney’s ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2016, giving you the chance to extend precious time with your grandkids through a combined Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line vacation. Their home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami are driving distance from Orlando where you can experience Disney’s world-class resorts and four incredible theme parks. Pre- and post-cruise add-on options give you flexibility to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort before or after your magical voyage. A trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise? You’re getting the Best Grandparent of the Year award!


Discover the grandeur and culture of Europe and Alaska. In the summer of 2016, Disney is returning to exotic locales around the world and, once again, offering Port Adventures designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. On the Disney Magic, you’ll have the chance to visit destinations in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Cruises to Alaska on the Disney Wonder offer family-friendly adventures like whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding and more. There’s no better way to share your love of traveling the world with your grandkids than in true Disney fashion, with an extra dash of pixie dust for both grandchildren and grandparents.


Seek thrills and chills during Halloween on the High Seas. Who says Halloween can only be celebrated on October 31? Weeks before the big day, you’ll enjoy Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor onboard all four ships. One of the best celebrations for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a costume party with Disney friends, games, dancing and lots of candy. Make sure you get into the fun by bringing a costume of your own! For this one, you’ll receive the Coolest Grandparent of the Year award!


Join Santa and his elves on Very Merrytime Cruises. Starting in November, Disney ships transform with a 24-foot Christmas tree, a life-sized gingerbread house, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more. Each voyage has festive events like a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus meet-and-greets and a tropical holiday deck party. Especially for grandparents who can’t be with their grandkids on Christmas morning, Disney holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy together the traditions of this special time of year.

Eight Dining Indulgences Just for Adults on a Disney Cruise

A Disney Cruise is perfect for the entire family and Disney provides dining experiences for all ages,  but today we’re giving you a look at not-to-miss dining indulgences just for adults. With two adult-exclusive restaurants on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Remy and Palo, there are at least eight ways aboard these ships to send your taste buds into overload …


1. Petites Assiettes de Remy: This culinary journey is offered on embarkation day at Remy to sample small plates of gourmet cuisine and fine wine. It is hosted by the Executive Chef who provides insight into the culinary creations and the Sommelier who presents specially selected wine to pair with each dish.


2. Brunch at Palo: During sea days and select port days, a spectacular Champagne brunch at Palo offers you a sumptuous buffet of international cheeses, fresh pastries, made-to-order entrées, desserts and champagne. It’s the perfect set-up for second (and third!) helpings of incredible cuisine.


3. Brunch at Remy: You can also enjoy an elegant Champagne brunch on sea days and select port days at Remy. The brunch features a decadent six-course French-inspired meal and a selection of Champagnes to perfectly pair with each dish.


4. Snacks at Cove Cafe: Cove Cafe is an exclusive area for adults to enjoy gourmet coffees, specialty drinks and lighter fare cuisine. Muffins, pastries and desserts are offered throughout the day, and a selection of antipasto is served before dinner.


5. Pompidou’s Dessert Experience at Remy: Offered on sea days at Remy, this six-course dessert tasting is hosted by Remy’s Executive Chef. As each course is served, the chef shares fun facts about the dessert, allowing for an intimate and in-depth culinary dialogue.


6. Dinner at Palo: Palo provides an unforgettable dinner experience at sea with a menu of delectable modern Italian cuisine, classic reserve wines and superior service. Palo’s nightly culinary journey starts with both cold and hot antipasti selections, followed by a main course of pasta, seafood or meat, and a sweet indulgence for dessert.


7. Dinner at Remy: With gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs, Remy melds classic and contemporary styles for a fine French dining experience. Dinner is a lavish and leisurely affair, starting with a signature cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses complemented by a stellar wine list.


8. Late-night buffet: Even in the midnight hour, you can satisfy your hunger with snacks in the adult nighttime entertainment district. Those who work up an appetite dancing in the night club or want something savory to accompany their beer in the sports pub don’t have to go far.

Tips to Add Variety to Mealtime on a Disney Cruise

You never run out of dining choices on a Disney cruise. Here are some tips to add even more variety to your mealtimes …

Opt for dinner at Cabanas or Beach Blanket Buffet.

You know that Cabanas (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic) and Beach Blanket Buffet (Disney Wonder) offer buffet-style dining for breakfast and lunch. But what you may not know is that in the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience, where dinner entrees are cooked to order. No reservations are required, making it a convenient option when you aren’t able to make your assigned dinner time in the main dining room.

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Breakfast in bed, afternoon nosh or midnight snack – cravings can be satisfied any time of day with 24-hour complimentary room service. You can feast on fresh, made-to-order food in the comfort of your stateroom around the clock. This convenient service comes in quite handy when your little one is taking a nap during lunchtime or when you can’t pull yourself away from that gorgeous view on your personal verandah.

dpodpo73812223-613x409Eat a delicious barbeque lunch on Castaway Cay.

The chefs you love onboard also grill up specialties like Cajun mahi-mahi, ribeye steaks and chicken on our private island, Castaway Cay. The “all-you-care-to-eat” island barbecue is offered in three spots under the shade of covered pavilions and umbrellas. Two family-friendly locations are steps from the Family Beach, while adults have a dining area all to themselves at the far end of the island next to Serenity Bay.
Try the local cuisine out in port.

Exploring a destination is always a great opportunity to try new cuisine and taste the local fare. I know you’ll miss what the Disney chefs are serving, but don’t miss your chance to eat in port. Do some research before your cruise to determine the best spots, or ask around to get suggestions from other Disney cruisers who have been there before. Even better, choose a Port Adventure that includes a lunch of authentic dishes prepared by locals.


Join the party at a themed buffet for families.

A great party isn’t complete without tasty grub! After our Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, head over to the pirate buffet for a late-night snack on fiesta favorites like fajitas, tacos, rice and beans. There’s also a huge selection of desserts and a made-to-order crepe station with ice cream. In Alaska, our midday barbecue feast of wild Alaskan salmon and other special seafood dishes celebrates the momentous occasion of sailing through the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord.

Any tips to add? In my final post of this series next week, I’ll tell you about dining indulgences onboard just for adults you won’t want to miss!

10 Things NOT To Do On A Disney Cruise

The recipe for a great Disney cruise is pretty simple: show up, relax and have fun! But there are some other things you’ll want to make sure you don’t do so your family can have the ultimate Disney Cruise Line vacation. Here are ten things not to do on a Disney cruise …


  1. Carry your own luggage onboard. We’ll do it for you! Whether you arrive to the cruise terminal on Disney Cruise Line transportation or in your own vehicle, we offer services that keep you from having to lug your suitcases onto the ship. Just bring aboard a day bag with your personal items, and we’ll deliver your luggage to your stateroom in the afternoon.
  2. Live out of your suitcase. Our staterooms are designed with families in mind and offer lots of storage space, including a place to tuck away your suitcases. One of the perks of cruising is visiting multiple destinations and only unpacking once, so make yourselves at home on the first day by assigning closet space and drawers to each member of the family.
  3. Clean your stateroom. As difficult as it may be to break your daily habits, now’s the time to try! Forget about making the bed each morning, and don’t worry about washing your towels and taking out the trash. Our stateroom hosts are there to make your stay as pleasant as possible, and if there’s anything you need, just ask.


  1. Introduce yourself to your dining servers each night. Your serving team stays with you as you visit different restaurants and enjoy new menus each night. That means only one round of introductions are needed. And chances are their personalized service and hospitality will make your servers unforgettable.
  2. Miss out on time for yourself. It’s your vacation, too! Activities for families to do together are endless on a Disney cruise, but there’s also no shortage of fun just for adults. The kids clubs are supervised by trained counselors and have the longest operating hours at sea, so there’s no excuse for parents to not take advantage of adult-only dining and other experiences.


  1. Worry about your kids in the youth spaces. See number five. We have the most extensive youth activity spaces of any cruise line, with age-specific areas and interactive programs to entertain children up to 17 years old. Getting your kids to leave the kids clubs may be the one challenge of your cruise.
  2. Throw away the Navigator. Your only excuse for tossing this daily activity guide is if you already downloaded the Navigator app on your smart phone. With so many activities happening throughout your cruise, you’ll want Navigator info handy at all times. It gives you the scoop on what’s happening every minute of every day and even categorizes the fun for kids, adults and families.


  1. Watch our fireworks at sea through your camera lens. This show is so spectacular that it’s completely understandable you’ll want to capture every moment on your camera. Resist the urge and just enjoy the moment! If you take your eyes off the fireworks, it should only be to glance over at the smiles on your family’s faces.
  2. Head back to the ship for lunch while at Castaway Cay. We’re the only cruise line that docks at its own private island, so it’s easy to go back on the ship throughout your day at Castaway Cay. But if you want to maximize beach time, head to one of three all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffets served under the shade of the island’s covered pavilions.
  3. Explore destinations on your own. Port Adventures are the best way for your family to have an unforgettable experience ashore. Along with the peace of mind that comes with having all the planning done for you, we offer one-of-a-kind activities that you can only experience through Disney. Many excursions even offer just-for-kids components, so parents have a little time alone.

Enjoy a Frightfully Good Time on Disney Cruise Line

When you sail on a Disney Cruise Line vacation this fall, they’ll enjoy a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland. Several spooky events are planned to celebrate Halloween including a costume contest for adult Guests and a special costume parade for children.  From spellbinding storytelling, fun-filled family entertainment and yummy treats, the Halloween on the High Seas voyages are truly special.


You can join the special Halloween celebration by bringing along their own costumes. When considering costume options, your Clients should refrain from bringing toys or props that resemble guns, knives or other related implements, as these items will not be allowed onboard.

Halloween on the High Seas will be offered on cruises that depart in the following time periods:

Disney Magic To Debut Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique This Fall

Aspiring young princesses and knights are in for a treat when Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique debuts on the Disney Magic this fall! This whimsical salon for children ages three to 12 is coming to Deck 10 in the forward part of the ship.


Our fairy godmothers-in-training are storing up fairy dust for the very special makeovers they’ll be granting at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Kids can choose from several looks, including a Disney Princess, royal knight and more. On pirate party night, this boutique becomes The Pirates League, and pirates of all ages can be transformed here from landlubber to buccaneer.


Tweens are also in store for new adventures when Edge moves to Deck 9 midship. This super cool space will feature a dance floor and high-tech gaming stations. What won’t change is the fact that this area is reserved just for 11- to 14-year-olds, giving tweens the chance for a little independence from their parents (under the supervision of our fun youth counselors, of course!)

Cruisers on our transatlantic voyage from Spain to Miami, departing September 19, will be the first to enjoy these enhancements. The Disney Magic will then sail 4- and 5-night voyages from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean throughout the fall.

Is your little one most excited about becoming a princess in a paradise or a pirate IN the Caribbean when you visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Magic?

Tips For Cruising With Little Ones On Disney Cruise Line

If you’re considering taking your little one on their first cruise on Disney Cruise Line, chances are you have several questions about what to expect. What activities are onboard for young children? What supplies do I need to bring with me? Will there be opportunities for “me time”?


1. Take advantage of the many opportunities to meet characters.
Have your little one pose with ANY character you encounter! And be sure to pack your child’s princess gown for the Princess Gathering. The photos will be precious!

2. Take your own baby supplies.
Bring a small umbrella stroller or a baby carrier, as those hallways are especially long for little legs! Also, pack more diapers than you need, and after you empty them out of your suitcase, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs!

3. Take naps.
You are never very far from your room. Do NOT hesitate to go there and have your little ones (or yourself) take a nap. Before Pirate Night, have your little ones nap in the afternoon so that they can make it to the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, complete with fireworks.


4. Take time out for yourself.
Be sure to schedule nursery time so that you can enjoy “me time” in the adult-exclusive spaces. A cruise favorite is brunch at Palo, followed by an afternoon at the spa!

5.Take lots of photos.
Always have your camera handy, as you’ll want to capture your child’s excitement all throughout the cruise! Pirate Night is a favorite, and it usually is for little ones, too. Be sure to pack your best pirate-y outfits and take LOTS of pictures.

Disney Cruise Line Expands Premium Offerings at Remy

If you’ve enjoyed dinner or brunch at the French-inspired restaurant, Remy, on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream, no doubt you agree it’s a dining experience unlike any other. The combination of a sophisticated adult-only setting, impeccable service and elegant dishes developed by three Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement and award-winning Chef Scott Hunnel are unparalleled.


Now, Disney Cruise Line has expanded their collection of offerings at Remy to include a unique tasting opportunity, a decadent dessert experience, a seasonal truffle menu and special caviar selections. Over the next few weeks, we will learn more about these offerings, but today we want to give you details on the brand-new Petites Assiettes de Remy, a progressive tasting experience that is the perfect introduction to this fine dining restaurant.


The Petites Assiettes de Remy experience is designed to provide a taste of Remy, where adult guests travel throughout the restaurant to sample small plates of Remy’s gourmet cuisine and fine wine. It is offered during the early evening hours on the first day of each cruise and is hosted by the Executive Chef who serves as an epicurean guide for this six-course culinary journey.


Throughout the Petites Assiettes experience, Remy’s Sommelier joins the Executive Chef to present specially selected wine that pairs perfectly with each dish.

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Following the first course of blinis with Californian caviar and Champagne in Remy’s spectacular wine room, for the next four courses guests move through the main dining room where they are presented with superb French-inspired dishes from the restaurant’s seasonal menu, such as grilled salmon with smoked salmon cream and Kobe beef with turnip and potato gratin.

This unique tasting opportunity concludes with a sophisticated dessert and the final wine pairing in the private Chef’s Table dining room.


Check back next week when we discover the new offering at Remy created especially for dessert lovers.

A Zipline Adventure In The Antigua Rainforest

My Zipline Adventure, took place in the breathtaking Antigua Rainforest as part of a port adventure on a Disney Cruise Line Transatlantic Repositioning cruise.

The description when I signed up read “Here, you’ll zipline through lush coastal plains, mangroves, lagoons and limestone mountains. This is the perfect setting for your unforgettable nature-adventure experience.”

I consider myself a daring traveler, as in driving a NASCAR at 149 MPH and riding a motorcycle through the European Alps for a month, with my wife on the back of the bike.

This September day would turn out to be anything but ordinary.

Antigua Rainforest


I was anxious about the thought of zipping along 14 zigzagging lines that traverse the emerald canopy and reach heights of 350 feet above the earth, yet it seemed like a perfectly good idea.
As I arrived for the three hour adventure that morning, the sun streamed through the clouds, and exotic birds chirped a greeting from concealed tree limbs.

Looking towards the forest, it was dissected by a web of cables and ropes. Our leader assured all of us that the three-year-old course had been built to the most modern, “double-redundant” specifications, meaning that every harness, rope and zip line had a backup. The operation was fully certified, and all 30 members of the staff had been professionally trained.

He finished with “Just get ready for the Intimidator! That one makes grown men cry.” Oh GREAT!

Excitement was in the air as 24 of us put on the gear and watched the demonstration on the correct procedures.


We all watched the instructional briefing as the rangers demonstrated proper zipping technique and, more importantly, what not to do.

They declared us certified and competent to hurl ourselves out of trees. We were each fitted into a rope and carabiner ensemble topped off with a hard hat and gardening gloves and we were ready to roll.

We looked like a chain gang as we moved towards the first Treehouse with my fellow zippers.

Robert was in front of me and when it was his turn he said, “Maybe I’ll just watch.”


The next thing he knew, he was bungeed and clipped to the line, and just as suddenly shoved off the platform on the first leg of his zip-roaring adventure.

I was up next, nervous but excited. Hooked up and connected, I jumped off and shrieked and clawed desperately at the air with giant gloved hands as I streaked through the trees.


I’d forgotten everything I’d just learned.  As the wind whipped in my face it was AMAZING.  I just let go and surrendered to the experience and the fail-safe apparatus.

I was struck by a revelation: that this crazy zip-lining thing is actually a BLAST and I threw caution to the wind and hurtling my body between trees was awesome!

Seconds later, when I landed on the platform across the ravine, I was eagerly looking forward to the thirteen adrenaline-pumping zips still to come.

“I’ll show those weepy men how it’s done,” I thought. “Bring on the Intimidator!

About Dr. Howie:
Married to my beautiful bride Joan, for 49 years, we have 2 kids, Mark, and Jenny, six Grand Kids, Jonathan, Christian, Brock, Ava, Luca and Ben. One Great Grand Daughter Evelyn. I was a classroom teacher for 20 years, owned and managed a retails computer store for 10 years in Arizona and then a CIO (Chief Information Officer) in Durango, Colorado. Retired in 2007, I now travel the world instructing educators and administrators on how to bring Disney into the classroom. I have a Disney Themed Office, and anyone that enters must take off their shoes and rub “Mickey’s” head (LOL) Graduate of Florida State University (BS), Northern Arizona University (MA), Western Pacific University (Ph.D.).

How I Became Hooked on Disney:
In 1974, our family took our first trip to Disneyland, California. At the time, I was an Electronics Teacher at Lake Havasu High School and became fascinated on how Walt Disney created the attractions and park. My first ride at Disneyland was the “Matterhorn.” I had to know how they built the attraction and purchased two books-one on Walt Disney and a Disneyland souvenir book.

Since then I have purchased over 170 books on Disney, the parks, Imagineers and designers. That trip began a journey of over 102 visits to Walt Disney World and Disneyland for the next 40 years. We drank ALL the wine and now own two DVC’s at Beach Club and Bay Lake towers and have completed 6 Disney cruises including one 14 day cruise from LA to Panama Canal and then to Galveston, TX. We attend the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival and the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival each year.

Travel + Leisure Award Both Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


Travel + Leisure announced its World’s Best Awards 2014, and Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa earned top distinctions.


Disney Cruise Line has been named as the 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.

The World’s Best Awards are selected by Travel + Leisure readers who participate in a survey and rate cruise lines on several criteria, including staterooms, food, service, itineraries, excursions and value.

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.


Located on the white sandy shores of O’ahu in Ko Olina, Hawai’i, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is a family paradise with a touch of magic – where everyone can enjoy amazing adventures, both together and on their own. With spectacular entertainment, an interactive kids club, themed pool areas, as well as an award-winning spa and incredible dining – Aulani is a whole new world of family fun.

Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries for Summer 2015

Adventure awaits as Disney Cruise Line charts a magical new course for northern Europe in summer 2015.

The Disney Magic

For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will be visiting the Norwegian fjords, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Disney Cruise Line is also returning to the Baltic for all-new itineraries!  This included sailings from Copenhagen, Denmark to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Norwegian Fjords Itineraries

On 7- and 9-night sailings departing from Copenhagen, you will be immersed in both the splendor and charm of Norway with exciting new ports, steeped in Viking history. An 11-night sailing allows you to explore the Norwegian fjords, as well as Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

NEW 7-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway

Departure Date: June 6

NEW 9-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway

Departure Date: June 20

NEW 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Dover, England

Departure Date: June 29

Northern Europe Itineraries

On Northern Europe cruises, the Disney Magic will sail the Baltic waters where you will explore richly diverse cultures and national capitals including Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg – known as the cultural capital of Russia. These itineraries depart from Copenhagen, Denmark and Dover – just a quick jaunt from London, England.

NEW 7-night Northern Europe

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden

Departure Dates: May 30, June 13

12-night Northern Europe

Ports: Dover, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (July 10 cruise only); Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia

Departure Dates: July 10 and 22

The Disney Magic will also return to the Mediterranean in August, treating Guests to popular European destinations on 5- and 7-night sailings departing from Barcelona, Spain. And, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with 7-night cruises departing out of Vancouver, Canada.

The Disney Dream

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail during the summer to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida – these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island – Castaway Cay.


Disney Cruise Line Advising Chef Wins Coveted Three Michelin Stars

We have some very exciting Disney Cruise Line news to share with you from Disney Parks Blog. Chef Arnaud Lallement, advising chef to our French-inspired restaurant Remy, was recently awarded a prestigious three Michelin stars for his family-run restaurant L’Assiette Champenoise, near Reims in the Champagne region of France.

Chef Arnaud Lallement

Chef Lallement was the only new addition to the highest ranking in this year’s France Michelin Guide, the world’s most esteemed food guide and restaurant-reviewing institution. The guide’s 2014 France edition lists only 27 restaurants with three stars.

Those of you who have sailed on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have hopefully taken advantage of your exclusive chance to taste Chef Lallement’s world-class cuisine at Remy. Chef Lallement creates and implements menus for Remy, Disney Cruise Line’s first ever premier dining option, alongside Victoria & Albert’s Chef Scott Hunnel.

Twice a year, Lallement personally sets sail and steps into the Remy kitchen to develop new menu items and work with the onboard culinary team. Some of his signature dishes include Maine lobster with paprika curry, salmon with coriander jus and sea bass with herbs crème and sweet vermouth. For dessert, he’s created sweet selections like the choux pastry with praline cream and a green apple tarte tatin with salty caramel sauce.


For those of you who haven’t had the chance to dine at Remy yet, reserved exclusively for adults, Remy features exquisite cuisine, impeccable service and superior, seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world. Dinner at Remy is a lavish and leisurely affair, starting with a signature chilled Taittinger Champagne cocktail made tableside, followed by eight to nine small courses.

Remy also offers an elegant brunch on sea days during four-night and longer cruises, featuring a decadent six-course French-inspired meal and a selection of Champagnes to perfectly pair with each dish.

Please join us in congratulating Chef Lallement on this prestigious accomplishment! Next time you’re dining in Remy, be sure to have a toast in his honor!

Disney Ships Receive Top Recognition from Cruisers

The Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice awards were announced and Disney Cruise Line ships received 29 awards, including 13 number one awards such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Service, Best Dining and Entertainment, Best Cabins and Public Rooms for the Disney Fantasy in the Large Ship category. These are the most awards Disney Cruise Line has ever received at a single time.


In addition, all four Disney ships were recently ranked among the top cruise ships in the world on the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice list, claiming four of the top five spots in the Best Large Cruise Ships category.

The recently re-imagined Disney Magic was also awarded Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2014 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Makeover.


What’s your favorite “best thing” about a Disney cruise?

Kids Unleash Their Inner Super Heroes on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

One of the coolest new spaces on the re-imagined Disney Magic is Marvel’s Avengers Academy, located inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

Super Heroes on the Disney Magic

When young Disney cruisers entered Marvel’s Avengers Academy for the very first time last week, they were in for a surprise of “super hero” proportions … the chance to meet Captain America and virtually train in Iron Man’s suit!

Meet Captain America

These epic adventures are part of the special missions and operations training for super hero “recruits,” a multi-day experience that begins when kids are briefed via video conference by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury on the need to train new recruits to keep the world safe from evil. After building their own super-suits by constructing masks, capes, chest plates and repulsor rays to reflect their super powers, the super heroes-in-training are surprised by one of their favorite Marvel icons — Captain America himself! Checking in on the training, Captain America teaches the group the “Avengers Assemble” call sign so they can truly step into the role of the Avengers.

Cap teaches the  “Avengers Assemble” call sign

On Day Two, recruits report for more training of their super-skills, when S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts an urgent transmission. Super-villain Red Skull has planned another diabolical plot to turn a “certain sea vessel” into a deadly weapon! When recruits realize their own Youth Activities counselors have been put under an evil spell, it becomes clear that it’s up to them to save the planet. Using their own super hero powers and creative reasoning to work together, recruits must find a solution to thwart Red Skull’s evil plans so that they can save the Avengers and prevent the Disney Magic from takeover!

Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor

For added inspiration to help the recruits in their academy missions, Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer are on display. They’ll want to closely examine the suit before they get the chance to “Become Iron Man” themselves! Trainees begin this simulated experience, which happens on a video screen display complete with flashing lights and sound effects, by virtually suiting up, piece-by-piece in the armor, and testing their agility in the suit. Next, recruits practice accuracy by blasting targets with the repulsor system. The training simulation concludes with a fast-paced flight test to get kids used to jetting around in the suit—a skill they may find handy in the future!

Does your little super hero have what it takes to be the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit?


Top Ten Things to Do at Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

There’s no doubt Castaway Cay is a Disney Cruise Line guest favorite, and it’s one of our favorite’s too.  So here are the Top Ten Things to Do On Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay

10. Start your day off relaxed with yoga on the beach.
Be one of the first off the ship and to the peaceful Serenity Bay for morning yoga, one of the many fitness classes included in your cruise. You’ll practice relaxing yoga techniques on the warm sand of this pristine beach, just steps away from calm, turquoise waters.

9. Get wet from head to toe with swimming, snorkeling and floating.
Castaway Family Beach is home to special swimming and snorkeling lagoons for those who want to cool off. You can drift on floats or in inner tubes, swim with tropical fish and search for sunken treasures, including a hidden Mickey!

Diving on Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay

8. Get up-close and personal with stingrays.
Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure gives you the chance to feed, touch and snorkel with stingrays in a private lagoon. This up-close encounter also includes a fun info session led by a marine specialist with interesting facts about stingrays.

7. Enjoy the crystal clear water from above.
Parasailing, water cycling, paddle boating, paddle boarding, kayaking and sailboating are all ways you can enjoy the ocean without even getting in it. Of course, I recommend at least dipping your toes in these warm, tropical waters!

Pelican Plunge at Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay

6. Make a huge splash at Pelican Plunge.
Just a short swim from shore, venture to the floating Pelican Plunge for tons of get-wet fun. A giant “bucket dump” is sure to soak you, and two water slides – one open and the other enclosed – take you on a twisting ride into the lagoon.

5. Take a photograph with your favorite Disney friends.
Enjoy lots of photo ops with Disney characters in their island attire. Character meet-and-greets in front of iconic backdrops like the ship and Mt. Rustmore make for great family pictures!

Bike riding on Disney's Castaway Cay

4. Explore the 1,000-acre island on foot or bicycle.
There are a number of paths to the island’s interior that can be explored either on foot or bicycle. The morning runDisney Castaway Cay 5K is a great way to get to know the island and take in the lush tropical landscape, without costing you a thing!

3. Send “snail mail” from the Bahamian post office.
Castaway Cay has its own post office where you can send a message to family and friends back home. Bahamian stamps are required, making it even more fun to mail a souvenir postcard to yourself to commemorate your time on the island!

Observation Tower on Disney's Castaway Cay

2. Climb the 40-foot-tall observation tower.
For a breathtaking view of Castaway Cay and the ship in the distance, you can journey down the bike trail toward the interior of the island and climb 47 steps to the top of the observation tower. Don’t forget your camera!

1. Join in on a unique family activity like only Disney can do.
One-of-a-kind island activities are great ways for your family to have fun together. Cheer on a new “friend” in our crab races or excavate artificial whale bones and other fossilized treasures in the Family Whale Dig.

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