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PassPorter’s® Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line® and Its Ports of Call—Tenth Edition by Jennifer Marx and Dave Marx

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PassPorter’s® Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line® is not affiliated with, authorized or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, The Disney Cruise Line, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this travel guide, the passage of time will always bring changes, and consequently the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors that may occur. All prices and operating schedules quoted herein are based on information available to us at press time. Operating hours, maps, policies, fees, and other costs may change, however, and we advise vacationers to call ahead and verify these facts and any others which are subject to change. The authors and publishers of this book shall not be held liable for any information (valid or invalid) presented here and do not represent The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Cruise Line® is a registered trademark of The Walt Disney Company. This book makes reference to various Disney characters, trademarks, marks, and registered marks owned by The Walt Disney Company and Disney Enterprises, Inc. The use in this guide of trademarked names and images is strictly for editorial purposes, and no commercial claim to their use, or suggestion of sponsorship or endorsement, is made by the authors or publishers. Those words or terms that the authors and publishers have reason to believe are trademarks are designated as such by the use of initial capitalization, where appropriate. However, no attempt has been made to identify or designate all words or terms to which trademark or other proprietary rights may exist. Nothing contained herein is intended to express a judgment on, or affect the validity of legal status of, any word or term as a trademark, service mark, or other proprietary mark. PassPorter’s® Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line® is authored and edited by Jennifer Marx and Dave Marx. The information presented is for your personal vacation planning. Any stated opinions are ours alone, unless otherwise noted, and do not represent The Walt Disney Company or anyone else. Materials submitted and credited by persons other than ourselves are here with their permission and any associated rights belong to them. Any and all written messages, suggestions, ideas, or other information shared with the authors in response to this guide shall be deemed and shall remain the property of PassPorter Travel Press. Special Sales: PassPorter Travel Press publications are available at special discounts for bulk purchases for sales premiums or promotions. Special editions, including personalized covers and excerpts of existing guides, can be created in large quantities. For information, write to Special Sales, P.O. Box 3880, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48106.

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Introduction Reservations Staterooms Dining Activities

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Ports of Call

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Magic

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Reservations

Introduction

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Dining

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Ports of Call

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Magic

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Latest information on the new ships—the new Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have now joined the Disney fleet! Learn all about the new staterooms, eateries, activities, and more! Coverage of all the recent changes aboard and at Castaway Cay, including the new kids club policies, and more! More information on “tween” activities (ages 11–13) onboard. Coverage of all ports of call for 2012, including the Mexican Riviera and Alaska! Listings of the many new shore excursions along with detailed descriptions and extra information, plus updated details for all existing excursions in all ports. Sneak peek at new itineraries for 2013.

Comprehensive yet concise information is packed into our pages—PassPorter is information-rich and padding-free! Blending of personal experience and photographs from your authors and the collective wisdom of tens of thousands of readers means a guidebook that’s full of heart and soul. Well-organized chapters and pages make it easy to find what you need. We edit our information carefully so that sections always begin at the top of a page. Extensive index to make it easier to find things. Worksheets to jot notes and make travel arrangements Reader tips that highlight practical and helpful ideas from vacationers like you. Magical memories from your authors and fellow travelers to convey the spirit and wonder of Disney cruising. Expert peer reviewers to ensure accuracy and thoroughness. Changes highlighted with a light gray background to mark significant changes since our last edition. Cruise Journal for you to keep notes on your adventure.

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Toddler Play Area (Wonder)

Mickey’s Kids’ Pool

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Reservations

Starboard

Staterooms

Ladies’ Locker Tropical Rainforest Vista Spa

Salon

Fitness Room

Dining

Spa Villas

Mens’ Locker

Arcade

Treatment Rooms

Port

Activities

Outlook Bar

Cove Café

Crew pool

Starboard

Ports of Call

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Wide World of Sports Deck

Magic

5000-24 & 5500-24

Wide World of Sports Deck Vista Spa & Salon Fitness Room Bridge 8000-14 & 8500-14 7000-14 & 7500-14 6000-26 & 6500-26

Stage

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Walt Disney Theatre Shops Preludes Beat Street/Route 66 Rockin’ Bar D/WaveBands 2000-38 & 2500-28 2032-2058 & 2532-2558 Medical Center 1030-1053 A - Crew Only B - Crew Only Main Gangway Tender Lobby

Oceaneer Lab

Outlook Bar Quiet Cove Adult Pool 8016-8032 & 8516-8532 7016-7046 & 7516-7546 6028-6058 & 6528-6558

Signals, Cove Café, & Quarter Masters Arcade

Forward (Fwd)

Port

Beverage Station

Tender Lobby

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Vibe (Teen Club)

Lobby Atrium

11 10 9 Mickey’s Kid Pool Pluto’s Pinocchio’s Goofy’s Family Pool 8 8034-8078 & 8534-8580 7048-7108 & 7548-7608 7 6060-2120 & 5560-2620 6 Oceaneer Club Buena Vista Theatre Flounder’s Reef 5 Shutters Photo Studio Studio Sea 4 Promenade Lounge ` 3 Lumiere’s/Triton’s Edge Tween Club 2 2060-2116 & 2560-2616 1 1054-1079 A - Crew Only B - Crew Only

Goofy’s Galley

Midship (Mid)

Introduction

Tip: Once you know your stateroom number, note it on this page and highlight the section of the ship where it is located in the profile map to the left.

Index

A - Crew Only B - Crew Only

Palo Topsider’s/Beach Blanket 8080-102 & 8582-602 7110-38 & 7610-38 6122-54 & 5622-54 5122-50 & 5622-50 Animator’s Palate Parrot Cay 2118-53 & 2618-63

Aft

Disney Magic/Wonder Deck Plans 3

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Goofy’s Family Pool

Pluto’s Dog House

Deck 10

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Disney Magic/Wonder Decks 8, 7, 6, and 5 Port

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8500 4B 8502 4B 8504 4B 8506 4B 8508 4B 8510 4B 8512 4B 8514 4B

Forward (Fwd)

8000 4B 8002 4B 8004 4B 8006 4B 8008 4B 8010 4B 8012 4B 8014 4B

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Activities

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9A

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Index

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6000

T

Ports of Call

Starboard

Bridge

8032

Magic

Port

Crew Pool

Starboard

11B

11B

5500 9A 5502 9A 5504 9A 5506 9A 5508 9A 5510 9A 5512 9A 5514 9A 5516 9A 5518 9A 5520 10A 5522 10A 5524 10A

11B

11B

11B

11B

11B

11B

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Midship (Mid)

Starboard

Port

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Top of Atrium

Oceaneer Club

Flounder’s Reef Buena Vista Movie Theatre

Aft

Port

Aft

Dining

Staterooms

Reservations

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5513 5509 5505 5501

Introduction

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5122 5C 5622 5C 5124 5C 5624 5C 5126 5C 5127 11B 5627 5626 5C 5128 5C 5129 11B 5629 5628 5C 5130 5C 5131 11B 5631 5630 5C 5132 7A 5133 11B 5633 5632 7A 5134 7A 5135 11B 5635 5634 7A 5136 7A 5137 11B 5637 5636 7A 5138 7A 5139 11B 5639 5638 7A 5140 7A 5640 7A 5142 6A 5642 6A 5144 6A 5644 6A 5146 6A 5646 6A 5148 6A 5648 6A 5650 6A 5150 6A

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Deck 6 Deck 5 .................................................................................. –4–


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Stage

Main Gangway

Lumiere’s/ ` Triton’s

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Galley

Parrot Cay

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Animator’s Palate

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Promenade Lounge

Bottom of Movie Theater

Aft

Shutters

Galley

Forward (Fwd)

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Ports of Call

Studio Sea

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Lobby Atrium

Midship (Mid)

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Midship (Mid)

Guest Services

Shore Excursion Desk

Rockin’ Bar D/ WaveBands

Forward (Fwd)

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Middle of Atrium

Midship (Mid)

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Walking/Jogging Track

Snacks

Treasure Ketch

Mickey’s Mates

Preludes

Walking/Jogging Track

Drinks

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Forward (Fwd)

Diversions

Medical Health Center

Aft

Walt Disney Theatre

2000 9C 2500 9C 2002 9C 2502 9C 2004 9C 2504 9C 20069C 2506 9C 2008 9C 200911C 250911C 2508 9C 2010 9C 201111C 251111C 2510 9C 2012 9C 201311C 251311C 2512 9C 2014 9C 201511C 251511C 25149C 2016 9C 201711C 251711C 25169C 2018 9C 201911C 251911C 2518 9C 2020 9C 202111C 2520 9C 2022 9C 2522 9C 2024 9C 2524 9C eeee 2026 9C 2526 9C 2528 9C 2028 9C 2530 9C 2030 9C 2532 9C 2032 9C 2034 9C 203510B 253510B 2534 9C 2036 9C 203710B 253710B 2536 9C 2038 9C 2039 10B 253910B 2538 9C 2040 9C 2041 10B 254110B 2540 9C 20429B 2043 10B 254310B 2542 9B 20449B 204510B 254510B 2544 9B 20469B 204710B 254710B 2546 9B 2548 9B 20489B 2550 9B 20509B 2552 9B 20529B 2554 9B 20549B 2556 9B 20569B 2558 9B 20589B 2560 9B 20509B e e e e 2562 9B 20629B Edge 20649B Tween 2564 9B 2566 9B Club 20669B 20689B 2568 9B 20709B 207110B 257110B 2570 9B 20729B 2073 10B 257310B 2572 9B 20749B 207510B 257510B 2574 9B 20769B 207710B 257710B 2576 9B 20789B 207910B 257910B 2578 9B 20809B 2081 10B 2581 10B 2580 9B 20829B 208310B 258310B 25829B 20849B 208510B 2585 10B 25849B 25869B 20869B 2588 9B 20889B 2590 9B 20909B 2592 9B 20929B 2594 9B 20949B 2596 9B 20969B Laundry 2598 9B 20989B 21009B 210110B 260110B 2600 9B 21029B 210310B 260310B 2602 9B 21049B 210510B 260510B 26049B 21069B 210710B 260710B 26069B 21089C 210910B 260910B 26089C 21109C 211110B 261110B 26109C 26129C 21129C 26149C 21149C e e ee 2616 9C 21169C 2618 9C 21189C 2620 9C 21209C 2622 9C 2122 9C 2124 9C 2624 9C 2126 9C 2626 9C 2128 9C 212910C 262910C 2628 9C 2130 9C 213110C 263110C 2630 9C 21329C 213310C 263310C 2632 9C 21349C 213510C 263510C 21369C 213710C 263710C 21389C 213910C 263910C 2638 9C 2140 9C 214110C 264110C 2640 9C 2142 9C 214310C 264310C 2642 9C 2144 9C 214510C 264510C 2644 9C 2146 9C 214710C 264710C 2646 9C 2648 9C 2148 9C 2650 9C 2150 9C 2652 9C 21529C

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265310C

Sessions/ UpBeat/ Cadillac Radar Lounge Trap

Reservations

Starboard

Staterooms

Port Starboard

Dining

Starboard Port

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Magic

Port

Activities

Starboard

Index

Port

Introduction

Disney Magic/Wonder Decks 4, 3, 2, and 1


Index

Magic

Ports of Call

Activities

Dining

Staterooms

Reservations

Introduction

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Disney Magic/Wonder Directory (M) = Disney Magic; (W) = Disney Wonder

Location Deck Page Adult pool 9 Fwd 3 Adult cafe 9 Mid 3 Adult district 3 Fwd 5 Adult restaurant 10 Aft 3 Aerobics studio 9 Fwd 3 Animator’s Palate 4 Aft 5 Assembly stations 4 5 Atrium (Lobby) 3-5 Mid 5,4 Arcade 9 Mid 3 Bars 3,4,9,10,11 5,4,3 Beach Blanket Buffet (W) 9 Aft 3 Beat Street (M) 3 Fwd 5 Beverage station 9 Aft 3 Buena Vista Theatre 5 Aft 4 Buffet restaurant 9 Aft 3 Cadillac Lounge (W) 3 Fwd 5 Casual dining 9 3 Children’s clubs 5 Mid 4 Children’s pool 9 Aft 3 Conference rooms 2 Mid 5 Cove Café 9 Mid 3 Dance club 3 Fwd 5 Deck parties 9 Mid 3 Diversions 3 Fwd 5 Duty-free shops 3 Fwd 5 Edge (tween club) 2 Mid 5 Family nightclub 4 Mid 5 Family pool 9 Mid 3 Fast food 9 3 Fitness center 9 Fwd 3 Flounder’s Reef 5 Mid 4 Fruit station 9 Aft 3 Goofy’s Family Pool 9 Mid 3 Goofy’s Galley 9 Aft 3 Guest Services 3 Mid 5 Hair salon 9 Fwd 3 Hot tubs 9 3 Ice cream station 9 Aft 3 Internet Cafe 3 Aft 5 Kids pool 9 Aft 3 Kids clubs 5 Mid 4 Laundry rooms 2,6,7 Mid 5,4 Liquor shop 3 Fwd 5 Lobby (Atrium) 3 Mid 5 Lounges 3,4,9,10,11 5,3 Lumi`ere’s (M) 3 Mid 5 Medical Center 1 Fwd 5 Mickey’s kids’ pool 9 Aft 3 Mickey’s Mates 4 Mid 5 Movie theater 5 Aft 4

Location Deck Page Nightclubs 3 Fwd 5 Nursery 5 Mid 4 Oceaneer Club & Lab 5 Mid 4 Outdoor movies 9 Mid 3 Outlook Bar 10 Mid 3 Palo 10 Aft 3 Parrot Cay 3 Aft 5 Photo studio 4 Aft 5 Piano lounge 3 Fwd 5 Ping-Pong tables 9 3 Pinocchio’s Pizzeria 9 Mid 3 Pluto’s Dog House 9 Aft 3 Pools 9 3 Preludes Bar 4 Fwd 5 Promenade Lounge 3 Aft 5 Pub (Diversions) 3 Fwd 5 Quarter Masters arcade 9 Mid 3 Quiet Cove adult pool 9 Fwd 3 Radar Trap duty free (W) 3 Mid 5 Restrooms 3,4,5,9,10 5,4,3 Rockin’ Bar D (M) 3 Fwd 5 Route 66 (W) 3 Fwd 5 Salon 9 Fwd 3 Sessions lounge (M) 3 Fwd 5 Shore excursion desk 3 Mid 5 Shuffleboard 4 5 Shutters photo studio 4 Aft 5 Shops 4 Mid 5 Sickbay 1 Fwd 5 Signals 9 Mid 3 Snack bars 9 3 Spa (Vista Spa) 9 Fwd 3 Sports deck 10 Fwd 3 Teen club 11 Mid 3 Tender lobbies 1 Fwd & Aft 5 Theater (movies) 5 Aft 4 Theater (stage shows) 4 Fwd 5 Toddler water play area 9 Aft 3 Topsider’s Buffet (M) 9 Aft 3 Treasure Ketch 4 Mid 5 Triton’s (W) 3 Mid 5 Tween club 2 Mid 5 UpBeat duty free (W) 3 Mid 5 Vibe (teen club) 11 Mid 3 Vista Spa & Salon 9 Fwd 3 Walt Disney Theatre 4 Fwd 5 Waterslide 9 Aft 3 Whirlpools 9 3 WaveBands (W) 3 Fwd 5 Wide World of Sports Deck 10 Fwd 3

Fwd, Mid, or Aft? These common abbreviations are for the Forward (front), Midship (middle), and Aft (rear) of the ship. Refer to the labels on our deck plans.

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Tip: Once you know your stateroom number, note it on this page and highlight the section of the ship where it is located in the profile map to the left.

Outlook Lounge

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Deck 14

Concierge 12514 T Lounge

12016 V 12018 V

12516 V 12518 V

12520 T

T

12022 V

12522 V

12624

T

12524 T

12626

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12528 V

12028 V

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Funnel Vision

Cove Cafe

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Sun Deck

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Mickey Slide

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Golf Sim

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Golf Sim

Goofy Golf Course

Remy

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Palo

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Cabanas

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Staterooms

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T

Dining

T

12614

10500 5A 10502 5A 10504 5A 10506 5A 10508 5A 10510 5A 10512 5A 10514 5A 10516 5A 10518 5A 10520 5A 10522 5A 10524 5A 10526 5A e e 10528 5A e e 10530 5A 10532 5A 10534 5A 10536 5A 10538 5A 10540 5A 10542 5A 10544 5A 10546 5A 10548 5A 10550 5A 10552 5A 10554 5A 10556 5A e 10558 5A e e 10560 5A e e 10562 5A e 10564 5A 10566 5A 10568 4A 10570 4A Laundry 10572 4A 10574 4A 10576 4A 10578 4A 10580 4A 10582 4A 10584 4A 10586 4A 10588 4A 10590 4A 10592 4A 10594 4A 10596 4A 10598 4A 10600 4A 10602 4A 10604 4A 10606 4A 10608 4A 10610 4A 10612 4A 10614 4A 10616 4A 10618 4A 10620 4A 10622 4A 10624 4A 10626 4A 10628 4A 10630 4A 10632 5A 10634 5A 10636 5A 10638 5A 10640 5A 10642 5A 10644 5A 10646 5A e e 10648 5A e e 10650 5A 10652 5A 10654 5A 10656 5A

Activities

12612

10000 5A 10002 5A 10004 5A 10006 5A 10008 5A 10010 5A 10012 5A 10014 5A 10016 5A 10018 5A 10020 5A 10022 5A 10024 5A 10026 5A 10028 5A 10030 5A 10032 5A 10034 5A 10036 5A 10038 5A 10040 5A 10042 5A 10044 5A 10046 5A 10048 5A 10050 5A 10052 5A 10054 5A 10056 5A 10058 5A 10060 5A 10062 5A 10064 5A 10066 5A 10068 4A 10070 4A 10072 4A 10074 4A 10076 4A 10078 4A 10080 4A 10082 4A 10084 4A 10086 4A 10088 4A 10090 4A 10092 4A 10094 4A 10096 4A 10098 4A 10100 4A 10102 4A 10104 4A 10106 4A 10108 4A 10110 4A 10112 4A 10114 4A 10116 4A 10118 4A 10120 4A 10122 4A 10124 4A 10126 4A 10128 4A 10130 4A 10132 5A 10134 5A 10136 5A 10138 5A 10140 5A 10142 5A 10144 5A 10146 5A 10148 5A 10150 5A 10152 5A 10154 5A 10156 5A

Ports of Call

Spa

Senses Spa Treatment Couple’s Salons Couple’s Villa Villa 11000 Mens’ V Locker 11002 T Rainforest Room 11004 V Ladies’ 11006 T Locker 11008 T Fitness Area 11010 V

Magic

12504 V 12506 T

12008 V Treatment 12508 V Rooms 12510 V 12010 V

12620

Currents

12502 R

10045 11A 10047 11A 1054511A

12002 R 12004 V 12006 T

10158 6A 10160 6A 10162 6A 10164 6A 10166 6A 10664 6A 10662 6A 10660 6A 10658 6A

12000

T

Sun Deck

Index

Starboard

Reservations

Our stateroom number: __________________ Port

Concierge Sun Deck

7 Introduction

Disney Dream/Fantasy Deck Plans


9111 11A 9103 11A 9101 11A 9611 11A 9503 11A e e

e e

9667 10A 9669 10A

Deck 9

6A

e e e

Laundry

e e

e e

8669 11A 8671 11A 8673 11A 8675 11A 8677 11A 8679 10A 8681 10A

8682 6A

Deck 8

6B

e e

e e

e e e

e e e

e e e e 7673 10A 7675 10A 7677 11B 7679 11B 7681 11B 7683 11B 7685 11B 7687 11B

Deck 7

7504 9A

7506 9A 7508 8C 7510 8C 7512 8C 7514 8C 7516 8C 7518 8C 7520 5C 7522 5C 7524 5C 7526 5C 7528 5C 7530 5C 7532 5C 7534 5C 7536 5C 7538 5C 7540 5C 7542 5C 7544 5C 7546 5C 7548 5C 7550 5C 7552 5C 7554 5C 7556 5C 7558 5C 7560 5C 7562 5C 7564 5C 7566 5C 7568 5C 7570 5C 7572 5C 7574 5C 7576 5C 7578 5C 7580 5C 7582 5C 7584 5C 7586 4C 7588 4C 7590 4C 7592 4C 7594 4C 7596 4C 7598 4C 7600 4C 7602 4C 7604 4C 7606 4C 7608 4C 7610 4C 7612 4C 7614 4C 7616 4C 7618 4C 7620 4C 7622 4C 7624 4C 7626 4C 7628 4C 7630 4C 7632 4C 7634 4C 7636 4C 7638 4C 7640 4C 7642 4C 7644 4C 7646 4C 7648 4C 7650 5C 7652 5C 7654 5C 7656 5C 7658 5C 7660 5C 7662 5C 7664 5C 7666 5C 7668 5C 7670 8C 7672 8C 7674 8C 7676 8C 7678 8C 7680 6B 7682 6B 7684 6B 7686 6B 7688 6B

6006 9A

6004 9A 6002 9A 6001 11B 6000 9A 6501 10A 6500 9A 6502 9A

7501 10A

7004 9A 7002 9A 700009A 7500 9A 7502 9A Laundry

7031 11B 7027 11B 7021 11B 7107 11B 7033 11B 7029 11B 7023 11B 7109 11B 7531 11B 7527 11B 7521 11B 7517 11B

7006

9A

7008 9A 7010 8C 7012 8C 7014 8C 7016 8C 7018 8C 7020 8C 7022 5C 7024 5C 7026 5C 7028 5C 7030 5C 7032 5C 7034 5C 7036 5C 7038 5C 7040 5C 7042 5C 7044 5C 7046 5C 7048 5C 7050 5C 7052 5C 7054 5C 7056 5C 7058 5C 7060 5C 7062 5C 7064 5C 7066 5C 7068 5C 7070 5C 7072 5C 7074 5C 7076 5C 7078 5C 7080 5C 7082 5C 7084 5C 7086 5C 7088 4C 7090 4C 7092 4C 7094 4C 7096 4C 7098 4C 7100 4C 7102 4C 7104 4C 7106 4C 7108 4C 7110 4C 7112 4C 7114 4C 7116 4C 7118 4C 7120 4C 7122 4C 7124 4C 7126 4C 7128 4C 7130 4C 7132 4C 7134 4C 7136 4C 7138 4C 7140 4C 7142 4C 7144 4C 7146 4C 7148 4C 7150 4C 7152 5C 7154 5C 7156 5C 7158 5C 7160 5C 7162 5C 7164 5C 7166 5C 7168 5C 7170 5C 7172 8C 7174 8C 7176 8C 7178 8C 7180 8C 7182 6B 7184 6B 7186 6B 7188 6B 7190

7069 11B 7071 11B 7567 11B

8027 11A 8023 11A 8017 11A 8029 11A 8025 11A 8019 11A 8015 11A 8527 11A 8523 11A 8517 11A 8515 11A e e

8063 11A 8059 11A 8051 11A 8065 11A 8061 11A 8053 11A 8563 11A 8559 11A 8551 11A e e e

9A

6008 9A 6010 8D 8A

6504 9A

6506 9A 6508 8D

6012

8A

6510

Laundry

8A

8A

6014

6512

6016 6018 5D 6020 5D 6022 5D 6024 5D 6026 5D 6028 5D 6030 5D 6032 5D 6034 5D 6036 5D 6038 5D 6040 5D 6042 5D 6044 5D 6046 5D 6048 5D 6050 5D 6052 5D 6054 5D 6056 5D 6058 5D 6060 5D 6062 5D 6064 5D 6066 5D 6068 5D 6070 5D 6072 5D 6074 5D 6076 5D 6078 5D 6080 5D 6082 5D 6084 4D 6086 4D 6088 4D 6090 4D 6092 4D 6094 4D 6096 4D 6098 4D 6100 4D 6102 4D 6104 4D 6106 4D 6108 4D 6110 4D 6112 4D 6114 4D 6116 4D 6118 4D 6120 4D 6122 4D 6124 4D 6126 4D 6128 4D 6130 4D 6132 4D 6134 4D 6136 4D 6138 4D 6140 4D 6142 4D 6144 4D 6146 5D 6148 5D 6150 5D 6152 5D 6154 5D 6156 5D 6158 5D 6160 5D 6162 5D 6164 5D 6166 8D 6168 8D 6170 8D 6172 8D 6174 8D 6176 8D 6178 6B 6180 6B 6182 6B 6184 6B 6186

6514

8A

8A

9A

e e

e e

e e e

e e e

e e

e e

6669 10A 6671 10A 6673 10A 6675 11B 6677 11B 6679 11B 6681 11B 6683 11B

6516 5D 6518 5D 6520 5D 6522 5D 6524 5D 6526 5D 6528 5D 6530 5D 6532 5D 6534 5D 6536 5D 6538 5D 6540 5D 6542 5D 6544 5D 6546 5D 6548 5D 6550 5D 6552 5D 6554 5D 6556 5D 6558 5D 6560 5D 6562 5D 6564 5D 6566 5D 6568 5D 6570 5D 6572 5D 6574 5D 6576 5D 6578 5D 6580 5D 6582 4D 6584 4D 6586 4D 6588 4D 6590 4D 6592 4D 6594 4D 6596 4D 6598 4D 6600 4D 6602 4D 6604 4D 6606 4D 6608 4D 6610 4D 6612 4D 6614 4D 6616 4D 6618 4D 6620 4D 6622 4D 6624 4D 6626 4D 6628 4D 6630 4D 6633 4D 6634 4D 6636 4D 6638 4D 6640 4D 6642 4D 6644 4D 6646 5D 6648 5D 6650 5D 6652 5D 6654 5D 6656 5D 6658 5D 6660 5D 6662 5D 6664 5D 6666 8D 6668 8D 6670 8D 6672 8D 6674 8D 6676 8D 6678 6B 6680 6B 6682 6B 6684 6B 6086

6188 6B 6190 6B 6192 6B 6090 6B 6088 6B

e e e

9087 11A 9079 10A 9077 11A 9587 11A 9579 10A 9577 11A

e e e

e e

8504

8506 9A 8508 8C 8510 8C 8512 8C 8514 8C 8516 8C 8518 8C 8520 5B 8522 5B 8524 5B 8526 5B 8528 5B 8530 5B 8532 5B 8534 5B 8536 5B 8538 5B 8540 5B 8542 5B 8544 5B 8546 5B 8548 5B 8550 5B 8552 5B 8554 5B 8556 5B 8558 5B 8560 5B 8562 5B 8564 5B 8566 5B 8568 5B 8570 5B 8572 5B 8574 5B 8576 5B 8578 5B 8580 5B 8582 5B 8584 4B 8586 4B 8588 4B 8590 4B 8592 4B 8594 4B 8596 4B 8598 4B 8600 4B 8602 4B 8604 4B 8606 4B 8608 4B 8610 4B 8612 4B 8614 4B 8616 4B 8618 4B 8620 4B 8622 4B 8624 4B 8626 4B 8628 4B 8630 4B 8632 4B 8634 4B 8636 4B 8638 4B 8640 4B 8642 4B 8644 4B 8646 5B 8648 5B 8650 5B 8652 5B 8654 5B 8656 5B 8658 5B 8660 5B 8662 5B 8664 8C 8666 8C 8668 8C 8670 8C 8672 8C 8674 6A 8676 6A 8678 6A 8680 6A

8001 11A

8091 11A 8089 11A 8083 11A 8591 11A 8589 11A 8583 11A

9021 11A 9017 11A 9009 11A 9023 11A 9019 11A 9011 11A 9007 11A 9521 11A 9517 11A 9509 11A 9507 11A 9055 11A 9047 10A 9043 11A 9057 11A 9049 10A 9045 11A 9555 11A 9547 10A 9543 11A

e e

8008 9A 8010 8C 8012 8C 8014 8C 8016 8C 8018 8C 8020 8C 8022 5B 8024 5B 8026 5B 8028 5B 8030 5B 8032 5B 8034 5B 8036 5B 8038 5B 8040 5B 8042 5B 8044 5B 8046 5B 8048 5B 8050 5B 8052 5B 8054 5B 8056 5B 8058 5B 8060 5B 8062 5B 8064 5B 8066 5B 8068 5B 8070 5B 8072 5B 8074 5B 8076 5B 8078 5B 8080 5B 8082 5B 8084 5B 8086 4B 8088 4B 8090 4B 8092 4B 8094 4B 8096 4B 8098 4B 8100 4B 8102 4B 8104 4B 8106 4B 8108 4B 8110 4B 8112 4B 8114 4B 8116 4B 8118 4B 8120 4B 8122 4B 8124 4B 8126 4B 8128 4B 8130 4B 8132 4B 8134 4B 8136 4B 8138 4B 8140 4B 8142 4B 8144 4B 8046 4B 8148 5B 8150 5B 8152 5B 8154 5B 8156 5B 8158 5B 8160 5B 8162 5B 8164 5B 8166 8C 8168 8C 8170 8C 8172 8C 8174 8C 8176 6A 8078 6A 8180 6A 8182 6A 8184 6A

7191 11B 7192 6B 7194 6B 7690 6B 7689 11B

Index

6A

e e

9500 8B 9502 8B 9504 8B 9506 8B 9508 8B 9510 8B 9512 5A 9514 5A 9516 5A 9518 5A 9520 5A 9522 5A 9524 5A 9526 5A 9528 5A 9530 5A 9532 5A 9534 5A 9536 5A 9538 5A 9540 5A 9542 5A 9544 5A 9546 5A 9548 5A 9550 5A 9552 5A 9554 5A 9556 5A 9558 5A 9560 5A 9562 5A 9564 5A 9566 5A 9568 5A 9570 5A 9572 5A 9574 4A 9576 4A 9578 4A 9580 4A 9582 4A 9584 4A 9586 4A 9588 4A 9590 4A 9592 4A 9594 4A 9596 4A 9598 4A 9600 4A 9602 4A 9604 4A 9606 4A 9608 4A 9610 4A 9612 4A 9614 4A 9616 4A 9618 4A 9620 4A 9622 4A 9624 4A 9626 4A 9628 4A 9630 4A 9632 4A 9634 4A 9636 4A 9638 5A 9640 5A 9642 5A 9644 5A 9646 5A 9648 5A 9650 5A 9652 5A 9654 8B 9556 8B 9558 8B 9660 8B 9662 8B 9664 6A 9666 6A 9668 6A 9670

8143 11A 8141 11A 8143 10A 8641 11A

9A

Laundry

8186 6A 8188 6A 8684 6A

8006 9000 8B 9002 8B 9004 8B 9006 8B 9008 8B 9010 8B 9012 5A 9014 5A 9016 5A 9018 5A 9020 5A 9022 5A 9024 5A 9026 5A 9028 5A 9030 5A 9032 5A 9034 5A 9036 5A 9038 5A 9040 5A 9042 5A 9044 5A 9046 5A 9048 5A 9050 5A 9052 5A 9054 5A 9056 5A 9058 5A 9060 5A 9062 5A 9064 5A 9066 5A 9068 5A 9070 5A 9072 5A 9074 4A 9076 4A 9078 4A 9080 4A 9082 4A 9084 4A 9086 4A 9088 4A 9090 4A 9092 4A 9094 4A 9096 4A 9098 4A 9100 4A 9102 4A 9104 4A 9106 4A 9108 4A 9110 4A 9112 4A 9114 4A 9116 4A 9118 4A 9120 4A 9122 4A 9124 4A 9126 4A 9128 4A 9130 4A 9132 4A 9134 4A 9136 4A 9138 5A 9140 5A 9142 5A 9144 5A 9146 5A 9148 5A 9150 5A 9152 5A 9154 8B 9156 8B 9158 8B 9160 8B 9162 8B 9164 6A 9166 6A 9168 6A 9170

8004 9A 8002 9A 8000 9A 8500 9A 8502 9A

Disney Dream/Fantasy Decks 9, 8, 7, and 6

9172 6A 9174 6A 9176 6A 9674 6A 9672 6A

Magic

Ports of Call

Activities

Dining

Staterooms

Reservations

Introduction

8

9A

Deck 6

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9 Introduction

Disney Dream/Fantasy Decks 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1

Vibe Deck

Entrance to Vibe

5516 8D 5518 8A

5520

5680 6B 5682 6B 5684 6B 5686

Royal Palace/ Royal Court

e e

e e

Evolution/ The Tube

11C

2507 11C

e e

e e e

e e e

Tender Lobby

Tender Lobby

Enchanted Garden

The District/ Europa District 687/ Lounge/ O’Gill’s La Piazza Pub Pink/ Ohh La La

Skyline Lounge

Tender Lobby

e e

Ports of Call

D Lounge

Guest Services

Lobby Atrium

Vista

Middle of Cafe Atrium

Vista Gallery

e e e

Tender Lobby

Tender Lobby

e e

e e

e e

e e

Tender Lobby e e

e e

Animator’s Palate

Index

5666 8D 5668 8D 5670 8D 5672 8D 5674 8D 5676 8D 5678 8D

5688 6B

5188 6B 5190 6B Laundry 5192 6B

5650 5E 5652 5E 5654 5E 5656 5E 5658 5E 5660 5E 5E e 5662 e 5664 5E

e e e

2500 9B 2502 9B 2504 9B 2506 9B 2508 9B 2511 11C 2510 9B 2513 11C 2512 9B 2515 11C 2514 9B 2517 11C 2516 9B 2519 11C 2518 9B 2521 11C 2520 9B 2523 11C 2522 9B 2525 11C 2524 9B 2526 9B 2528 9B 2530 9B 2532 9B 2534 9B e 2536 9B e 2538 9B e 2540 9B 2542 9B 2545 11C 2544 9B 2547 11C 2546 9B 2549 11C 2548 9B 2551 11C 2550 9B 2552 9B 2554 9B 2556 9B 2558 9B

e e

Activities

11C

Disney’s Oceaneer Lab

9A

Whitecaps

Sea Treasure Bon Voyage

e e e

Shutters

Walking/Jogging Track

Conference Rooms

e e e

Disney’s Oceaneer Club

5186

Mickey’s Mainsail

e e

Laundry 2000 9B 2002 9B 2004 9B e 2006 9B e 2008 9B 2010 9B 2011 11C 2012 9B 2013 11C 2014 9B 2015 11C 2016 9B 2017 11C 2018 9B 2019 11C 2020 9B 2021 11C 2022 9B 2023 11C 2024 9B 2025 11C 2026 9B 2028 9B 2030 9B 2032 9B 2034 9B e 2036 9B e 2038 9B e 2040 9B 2042 9B 2044 9B 2045 11C 2046 9B 2048 9B 2050 9B 2052 9B 2054 9B 2056 9B 2058 9B 2035 2033

e e e

It’s a Small World Nursery

5150 5E 5152 5E 5154 5E 5156 5E 5158 5E 5160 5E 5162 5E e 5164 5E 5166 8D e 5168 8D 5170 8D 5172 8D 5174 8D 5176 8D 5178 8D 5180 6B 5182 6B 5184 6B

e e

Preludes

11C

Buena Vista Theater

Buena Vista Theater Balcony

Port e Adventurese Desk e

e e

Preludes

11C

e e

Health Center

2535 2533

8A

5524 5E 5526 5E 5528 5E 5530 5E 5532 5E 5534 5E 5536 5E 5538 5E 5540 5E 5542 5E 5544 5E 5546 5E 5548 5E e 5550 5E e 5552 5E

Walking/Jogging Track

5024 5E 5026 5E 5028 5E 5030 5E 5032 5E 5034 5E 5036 5E 5038 5E 5040 5E 5042 5E 5044 5E 5046 5E 5048 5E 5050 5E e 5052 5E e

6:00 pm - 6:00 am only

8A

Walt Disney Theatre

Walt Disney Theatre Balcony Seating

5522

5022

2007 11C

8A

8A

6:00 pm - 6:00 am only

5020

9A

Deck 5

Staterooms

5016 8D 5018

8A

Dining

5509 11B 5511 11B 5513 11B 5515 10A

Magic

5009 11B 5011 11B 5013 11B 5015 10A

Reservations

5005 11B 5003 11B 5001 11B 5501 11B 5503 11B

Vibe (teen club)

Deck 4

Deck 3

Deck 2

Deck 1

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Index

Magic

Ports of Call

Activities

Dining

Staterooms

Reservations

Introduction

10

Disney Dream/Fantasy Directory (D) = Disney Dream; (F) = Disney Fantasy

Cabanas restaurant 11 Deck Aft 7 Location Page 687 (D) / O’Gills (F) 4 Aft 9 Adult pool 11 Fwd 7 Adult cafe 11 Fwd 7 Adult district 4 Aft 9 Adult restaurants 12 Aft 7 Animator’s Palate 3 Aft 9 AquaDuck entrance 12 Mid 7 Assembly stations 4 9 Atrium (Lobby) 3-5 Mid 9 Arcade 11 Mid 7 Bars 3,4,11,12,13 Beverage stations 11 Mid 7 Bon Voyage desk 3 Mid 9 Buena Vista Theatre 4 Mid 9 Buffet restaurant 11 Aft 7 Cabanas restaurant 11 Aft 7 Casual dining 11 7 Children’s clubs 5 Mid 9 Children’s pool 11 Mid 7 Chill Spa (teens) 11 Fwd 7 Coaster (water) 12 Mid 7 Concierge Lounge 12 Fwd 7 Conference rooms 5 Mid 9 Cove Café 11 Mid 7 Currents Bar 13 Fwd 7 Dance club 4 Aft 9 Deck parties 11 Mid 7 D Lounge 4 Mid 9 The District (D) 4 Aft 9 District Lounge (D) / La Piazza (F) 4 Aft 9 Donald’s Family Pool 11 Mid 7 Duty-free shops 3 Fwd 5 Edge Tween Club 13 Mid 7 Enchanted Garden 2 Mid 9 Evolution (D) / Tube (F) 4 Aft 9 Eye Scream/Frozone 11 Mid 7 Family nightclub 3 Mid 9 Family pool 11 Mid 7 Fast food 11 7 Fitness center 11 Fwd 7 Flo’s Cafe 11 Mid 7 Funnel Vision Stage 11 Mid 7 Goofy’s Sports Deck 13 Aft 7 Guest Services 3 Mid 9 Hair salon (Senses) 11 Fwd 7 Hot tubs 11 7 Ice cream station 11 Mid 7 It’s a Small World Nursery 5 Mid 9 Kids pool 11 Mid 7 Kids clubs 5 Mid 9

Location Deck Page Laundry rooms 2,5–10 7–9 Liquor shop 3 Fwd 9 Lobby (Atrium) 3 Mid 9 Lounges 3,4,11,12,13 7,9 Medical Center 1 Fwd 9 Meridian 12 Aft 7 Mickey’s kids’ pool 11 Mid 7 Mickey’s Mainsail shop 3 Fwd 9 Mickey slide 11 Mid 7 Midship Detective Agency 5 Mid 9 Movie theater 4 Fwd 9 Nightclubs 4 Aft 9 Nemo’s Reef 11 Mid 7 Nursery 5 Mid 9 Oceaneer Club & Lab 5 Mid 9 Outdoor movies 11 Mid 7 Palo 12 Aft 7 Photo studio 4 Mid 9 Pink (D) / Ooh La La (F) 4 Aft 9 Pools 11 7 Preludes Bar 3 Fwd 9 Quiet Cove adult pool 11 Fwd 7 Remy 12 Aft 7 Restrooms 2,3,4,5,11,12,13 Royal Palace/Royal Court 3 Mid 9 Salon 11 Fwd 7 Sea Treasure shop 3 Fwd 9 Senses Spa & Salon 11 Fwd 7 Shore excursion desk 4 Mid 9 Shuffleboard 4 9 Shutters photo studio 4 Mid 9 Shops 3 Fwd 9 Sickbay 1 Fwd 9 Skyline Lounge 4 Aft 9 Snack bars 11, 3 Fwd 9 Spa (Senses Spa) 11 Fwd 7 Sports deck 13 Aft 7 Tender lobbies 1 9 Theater (movies) 4 Fwd 9 Theater (stage shows) 3,4 Fwd 9 Toddler water play area 11 Mid 7 Vibe teen club 5 Fwd 9 Vista Café 4 Mid 9 Vista Gallery 4 Mid 9 Walt Disney Theatre 3,4 Fwd 9 Waterslides 11 & 12 7 Waves bar 12 Mid 7 Whirlpools 11 7 Whitecaps shop 3 Fwd 9 Whozits & Whatzits 11 Mid 7

Fwd, Mid, or Aft? These common abbreviations are for the Forward (front), Midship (middle), and Aft (rear) of the ship. Refer to the labels on our deck plans.

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Introduction Reservations Magic

Ports of Call

Dave Marx and Jennifer Marx

Staterooms

The take-along travel guide and planner

Dining

10th Edition

Activities

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Jennifer Marx grew up in Michigan, where you can stand anywhere within the state and be less than six miles from a lake, river, or stream. Her shipboard experiences include two weeks aboard a sailboat as a crew member and nine months working aboard the sternwheeler “Michigan” on Lake Biwa, Japan. Her first Disney Cruise Line adventure was for three nights in October 1999. A four-night cruise followed in May 2001. She had the good fortune to be aboard the Panama Canal crossing (eastbound) in August 2005. Her most recent cruise was aboard the Disney Fantasy for Magical Inaugural Preview Cruise. Jennifer is the author of more than 60 books, including the guide that started it all: PassPorter’s Walt Disney World. Jennifer makes her home in the university town of Ann Arbor, Michigan with her amazing son, Alexander (see below).

Dining

Residence: Ann Arbor, MI

Activities

Date of birth: 04/07/55

Staterooms

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Dave Marx may be considered a Renaissance Man, a jackof-all-trades, or a dilettante, depending on how you look at things. He took a 20-year hiatus between his early journalism training and the start of his full-time writing career. Beyond coauthoring more than 40 books with Jennifer, he’s been a radio writer/producer; recording engineer; motion picture music editor; broadcast engineer supervisor; whitewater safety and rescue instructor; developer of online publishing courses; and newsletter editor and promotions chief for an online forum. He discovered the Walt Disney World Resort in March 1997 and first cruised in October 1999. He’s since cruised 16 more times, including his award cruise for being a Million-Point Winner at the retired “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire—Play It!” attraction at Walt Disney World. His most recent cruise was aboard the new Disney Fantasy in March 2012. Dave lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Alexander Marx is our seven-year-old “Kid Contributor.” He’s had the good fortune to be have cruised nine times in his young life, with his first cruise at just five months old. He’s experienced cruise life at every stage of his development—as an infant, toddler, preschooler, and now as a school-age child. He adds his comments throughout the book to help other kids know what to expect when cruising and to make sure they don’t miss out on the “really cool stuff.” Look for the special KidTip tag to find his notes!

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0 PassPorter Peer Reviewers What’s behind our smiling faces? A team of amazingly talented individuals with years of collective experience traveling and cruising. These folks combed through our manuscript checking for omissions, errors, and ways we could improve this guidebook for you. In many cases, our peer reviewers have reviewed multiple editions of this guidebook to ensure accuracy and readability for you! Many thanks to our peer reviewers! Tanya Blissman is looking forward to her cruise in 2012, when she will sail aboard the Disney Dream with her husband and young daughter. She has been Walt Disney World fan since age of 3 and has enjoyed introducing her husband and daughter to Walt Disney World. Tanya also enjoys being a PassPorter Forum Guide. Dianne Cook is a PassPorter Forums Guide and has been a Disney Vacation Club member since 1994. She and her husband along with their two college age sons have been on the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream. They are cruising on the Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean in 2012. Marisa Garber-Brown is a Destination Specialist with MouseEarVacations.com. Her parents brought her to Disney in 1979 and she has visited and cruised multiple times every year since. She enjoys being a PassPorter Forums Guide and spending time with her husband Tim. Cam Matthews sailed on the Disney Wonder in 2006 to celebrate her and her husband Luke’s 25th wedding anniversary and her daughter Stefanie’s graduation. She and Stefanie are currently scheming to take a cruise on the Disney Dream soon. She also enjoys serving as a PassPorter Guide. Bruce Metcalf works at a major Central Florida resort, so cruising is his preferred form of vacation. He enjoys “messing about in boats” of all sizes from the Tomorrowland Phantom Boats to the Disney Wonder. Bruce has been on XXX Disney Cruises, and most recently sailed on XX to XX. Sarah Mudd is a U.S. Navy wife, PassPorter Message Board Guide and Travel Consultant with Ears To You Travel. She has been visiting the U.S. Disney parks since she was an infant in 1977. She, her husband Mike and two children live in the Pacific Northwest and are looking forward hopefully to sailing with Disney soon! Cheryl Pendry is a PassPorter Guide and a Disney Vacation Club member. She and her husband Mark are regular Disney visitors, despite living in England. They recently enjoyed their three-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream and are looking forward to cruising Alaska with Disney and their trip on the Fantasy in 2012. Terri Sellers is a Disney Vacation Club member, PassPorter Guide, and avid Disney vacation fan. She recently completed her seventh Disney cruise on the Disney Dream for her first anniversary with her husband Chris. She and Chris love dining at Disney restaurants and being pampered at Disney Spas on the cruise ships and in the resorts. They are looking forward to their next cruise on the Fantasy in 2012.

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Marnie Urmaza and her family first set sail on the Disney Wonder in 2006, followed up by the Disney Magic in 2009. They have also cruised in Alaska. She’s hoping for a trip on the Disney Fantasy in the next year or two! Marnie also enjoys being a PassPorter Forums Guide. Sara Varney is the Editor of PassPorter News and Co-Host of the PassPorter Moms Podcast. Sara is also a Travel Planner affiliated with MEI & Mouse Fan Travel. She has been on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder for multiple cruises and was on the second sailing of the Disney Dream. Sara, her husband Shawn and their son Ryan live in New England. .

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AllEars®.net (http://www.allears.net). Thanks, Deb! CruiseCritic.com (http://cruisecritic.com). Thanks, Laura! MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan Travel (http://www.mei-travel.com). Thanks, Beci! MouseEarVacations.com (http://www.mouseearvacations.com). Thanks, Jami! MousePlanet (http://www.mouseplanet.com). Thanks, Mark, Alex, and Mike! MouseSavers.com (http://www.mousesavers.com). Thanks, Mary! The Platinum Castaway Club (http://www.castawayclub.com). Thanks, Barb & Tony! Unofficial Disney Information Station (http://www.wdwinfo.com). Thanks, Pete!

A special thank you to the Guides (moderators) of our own message boards: Tiffany Bendes, Tanya Blissman, Sandra Bostwick, Wendy Braddick, Dyan Chaplin, Michelle Clark, Dianne Cook, Pam Dorr, Lesley Duncan, Dawn Erickson, Marisa Garber-Brown, Rob Gatto, Kristin Grey, Debbie Hendrickson, LauraBelle Hime, Linda Holland, Christina Holland-Radvon, Kelly Hughes, Claudine Jamba, Ann Johnson, Deb Kendall, Robin KreningCapra, Susan Kulick, Marcie LaCava, Denise Lang, Jodi Leeper, Eileen Lloyd, Keri Madeira, Heather Macdonald, Janine Marshall, Cam Matthews, Yvonne Mitchell, Sarah Mudd, Bill Myers, Rebecca Oberg, Allison Palmer-Gleicher, Cheryl Pendry, Sheana Perry, Susan Rannestad, Sabine Rautenberg, Carol Ray, Terri Sellers, Ann Smith, Donna Sonmor, Marie St. Martin, Mindy Stanton, Marnie Urmaza, Sara Varney, Susan Wagner, Suzi Waters, Don Willis, Debbie Wright, and the 58,000+ readers in our amazing community at http://www.passporterboards.com. A heartfelt thank you to our family and friends for their patience while we were away on research trips or cloistered at our computers, and for their support of our dream: Allison Cerel Marx; Alexander Marx; Carolyn Tody; Tom Anderson; Fred and Adele Marx; Kim, Chad, Megan and Natalie Larner; Dan, Jeannie, Kayleigh, Melanie, and Nina Marx; Gale Cerel; Jeanne and David Beroza; Robert, Sharon, and Nicole Larner; Gregory A. Reese; Tracy DeGarmo and Jeff Skevington; Gordon Watson and Marianne Couch; and Marta Metcalf. Printer: Malloy Lithographing, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan Newsletter Editor and Online Coordinator: Sara Varney Sorcerers’ Apprentices: Chad Larner, Kim Larner, Carolyn Tody, and Tom Anderson Special thank yous to Ernie Sabella, Phil Adelman, Jeff Howell, Fred Marx, Paul McGill, Christi Erwin Donnan, Jonathan Frontado, and the Disney crew members. Last but not least, we thank Walter Elias Disney for his dream.

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Mary Waring, Michelle Bryant, Carrianne Basler, Sherisse White, Valerie Pfenning, Eric Platt, Monique Craft (page 1); Allison Hickman (page 112); Mary Albright (page 142); Christine Krueger (page 170); Renea Govekar, Glenn Laterre (page 206); Jody Williams (page 418); Cindy Seaburn, Kathleen David-Bajar (page 440), and our photo contributors Cheryl Pendry, Sabine Rautenberg, Terri Sellers, Kenny Jenkins, Mike Powell, Judy Vosecky, Gail F. May you each receive a new memory for every reader your words touch.

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Bon Voyage!.......................................... 19 Preparing to Cast Off.................................20

Getting Your Feet Wet .....................21 The Disney Cruise Line ............................. 22 Introducing the Dream and Fantasy ......... 24 Why Cruise? ............................................... 27 First-Time Cruisers ..................................... 28 What’s Included in a Disney Cruise? ........ 29 How Do They Measure Up? ......................30 Fleet Facts and Differences .......................31 Can I Afford It?........................................... 32 Money-Saving Ideas and Programs........... 34 Porthole to More Cruising Information .... 36 The Future of the Disney Cruise Line .......37 Cruise Reviews (Tips and Memories) .......40

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Choosing Your Itinerary ............................ 42 Selecting Your Sail Dates ........................... 53 Weather ...................................................... 54 Hurricanes ................................................. 58 To Visit Disney Parks, or Not? ................... 59 Cruise Rates ...............................................60 Cruise Add-Ons (Packages) ...................... 62 Reserving Your Cruise ............................... 63 Have Your Passports Ready ....................... 68 Getting to Florida .......................................70 Lodging Near Orlando Intl. Airport .......... 77 Getting to Port Canaveral .......................... 79 Disney Cruise Line Motorcoach ............... 82 Lodging Near Port Canaveral .................... 84 Disney Cruise Line Terminal ..................... 87 Check-In and Embarkation (Port Canaveral) ......88 Getting to California ..................................90 Getting to Vancouver ................................. 96 Getting to Seattle .....................................100 Getting to New York City ......................... 104 Getting to Galveston ................................ 108 Getting to Barcelona ................................ 102 Packing for Your Cruise ............................ 112 Adventuring! (Tips and Memories) ......... 116

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Bahamas Itinerary Map .......................43 Caribbean Itinerary Map .................... 44 Transatlantic Crossing Map ................ 45 Mexican Riviera Map ...........................47 Alaska Itinerary Map ...........................48 Itinerary Comparison Chart.................52 Weather Chart .................................... 54 Rate Range Chart ............................... 60 2012/2013 Rate Trend Chart .............. 61 Cruise Reservation Worksheet ............. 67 Passport Worksheet ............................. 69 Orlando Int’l Airport Map ................... 73 Sanford Airport Map ...........................74 Travel Worksheet ..................................75 Port Canaveral Map ............................ 81 Ground Transportation Worksheet ...... 83 Cruise Terminal Map ............................ 87 Los Angeles International Airport .......90

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Rotational Dining......................................152 Dressing for Dinner .................................153 Special Diets............................................. 154 Lumi`ere’s/Triton’s/Royal Palace/Royal Court ...155 Animator’s Palate ......................................157 Parrot Cay/Enchanted Garden ................159 Palo............................................................. 161 Remy ..........................................................163 Dining on the Dream and Fantasy ...........165 Special Dining Themes and Menus .........167 Topsider’s/Beach Blanket Buffet/Cabanas ...168 Casual Dining ............................................169 Castaway Cay Dining .............................. 170 Kids’ Dining ............................................... 171 Beverages ..................................................172 Stateroom Dining ......................................173 Our Recommendations .............................174 A Melting Pot of Notes .............................175 Determining Dining Schedules ................ 176 A Recipe for Fun (Tips and Memories) ...178

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Selecting Your Stateroom .........................118 Disney Dream Class Staterooms............. 120 Outside Concierge Suites (R,S,T)............ 124 Outside Verandah Staterooms (V, 4-7) ... 130 Outside Porthole Staterooms (cat. 8–9) ...136 Inside Staterooms (cat. 10-11) ..................139 Amenities and Services ............................143 Rocking to Sleep (Tips and Memories) ... 150

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Putting Into Port..............................215

Island Daze ................................................216 Shore Excursions .......................................219 Shopping Ashore......................................220 Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach .............221 Nassau ...................................................... 229 Castaway Cay ............................................. 239 St. Maarten/St. Martin ........................... 249 San Juan, Puerto Rico................................257 St. Thomas and St. John ........................... 263 Galveston, Texas ....................................... 273 Key West ................................................... 277 Grand Cayman ......................................... 285 Cozumel, Mexico ...................................... 293 Costa Maya............................................... 303 Port of San Pedro .........................................311 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ............................. 315 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ............................ 325 Ensenada, Mexico ...................................... 335 Seattle, Washington ................................... 339 Vancouver, Canada ....................................343 Tracy Arm, Alaska ......................................347 Skagway, Alaska .........................................349 Juneau, Alaska............................................ 353 Ketchikan, Alaska ...................................... 357 Victoria, Canada......................................... 361 San Francisco, California........................... 365 San Diego, California .................................369 Sneak Peek at 2012 Ports ........................... 373 Cavorting in Port (Tips and Memories) ....376

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Cruising With Kids ....................................378 Childcare ..................................................380 Photographs ............................................. 382 Shopping Onboard ....................................383 Formal and Semi-Formal Occasions ........ 384 Special/Celebrity Cruises........................ 385 Special Occasions .................................... 386 Reunions and Group Cruises ...................387 Weddings and Vow Renewals .................. 388 Preventing Seasickness ........................... 389 Staying Healthy........................................390 Doing Business Onboard ..........................391 Disney Characters ................................... 392 Tipping and Feedback ...............................393 Customs Allowances ................................ 394 Debarkation ............................................. 395 Castaway Club.......................................... 396 Magical and Wonderful Tips ................... 398

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Index ......................................................... 401 Cruise Journal ........................................... 414 PassPorter Online ....................................424

Key to Shore Excursion Charts ........... 218 Port Canaveral Map ..........................225 Nassau Map ...................................... 231 Castaway Cay Map ............................241 St. Maarten Map ............................... 251 San Juan Map .................................... 259 St. Thomas Map .................................249 Galveston Map .................................. 275 Key West Map .................................... 267 Grand Cayman Map .......................... 277 Cozumel Map .....................................285 Costa Maya Map ..................................... San Pedro Map .................................. 295 Puerto Vallarta Map .......................... 299 Cabo San Lucas Map ......................... 317 Ensenada Map ................................... 331 Seattle Map ............................................. Vancouver Map..................................335 Skagway Map.....................................341 Juneau Map ...................................... 345 Ketchikan Map ..................................349 Victoria Map ......................................353 San Francisco Map .................................. San Diego Map ........................................ Port Activity Worksheet ..................... 417

Bonus Features... Bookplate for personalization ....................... inside front cover 2012/2013 Planning Calendars ........................ inside back cover Important Phone Numbers ........................ inside back cover Web Site Index ............................pages 408–413 Important Numbers ......page 430 Planning Timeline Worksheet .........................................page 431 Cruise at a Glance Worksheet .........................................page 432

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This field guide is the embodiment of not just our knowledge and experience, but that of our fellow cruisers and PassPorter readers as well. In essence, this is a cruise guide by cruisers, for cruisers. We share what we like and don’t like, and you may find some differing opinions just within the pages of this guide. Reader opinion plays a big part of our shore excursion reviews in chapter 6. And our expert reviewers shared their own opinions and experiences to enrich our information. Use this field guide for planning before you embark, and then keep it handy onboard during your voyage. We hope you find this field guide a useful companion on your adventure!

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You’re holding the tenth edition of the first guidebook dedicated to the Disney Cruise Line! As always, we include in-depth coverage of scheduled “special itinerary” ports along with Disney’s regular stops. Changes and updates aboard the Disney Cruise Line since our last edition are highlighted in gray, too! The Disney Cruise Line is constantly evolving, which makes this travel guide a perpetual work in progress. Please tell us what you like and where we’ve missed the boat so we can improve our next edition!

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Our original travel guide, PassPorter’s Walt Disney World, contains the basic information for the Disney Cruise Line. Even so, our readers sent in many requests to add more details on the cruises. Our answer is this guide, which is chock-a-block with information on virtually every aspect of cruising with Disney. We designed it to stand alone or work with our Disney World guidebook and/or the PassPorter travel planning system. Everything you need to know to plan and enjoy a magical cruise is within these pages!

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You’re about to embark on a marvelous voyage aboard one of the most beautiful and celebrated cruise lines in the world. You couldn’t have made a better choice—the Disney Cruise Line will surprise and delight you with its stunning architecture, legendary service, and fun-for-the-whole-family activities. Boy, we wish we could go with you!

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Preparing to Cast Off Cruising doesn’t just refer to the time you’re onboard—it’s a state of mind. To help you get into the spirit of the adventure that awaits, try out our favorite ways to build excitement for a Disney cruise. You may discover they help you “cruise” through the planning process without a hitch! Check Out the Literature A trip to your local travel agent will reward you with the free Disney Cruise Line Vacations booklet—it’s in full color and crammed with photos. You can also request one at 888-325-2500 or at http://www.disneycruise.com. The Disney web site is also a great source for photos, excursions, etc. Watch the Video or DVD Request your free Disney Cruise Line video or DVD by calling 888-3252500 or on the web at http://www.disneycruise.com. It arrives in about 3-4 weeks. Both the video and DVD offer a fun peek at the ship and ports. Network With Other Cruisers Fans of Disney cruises are scattered far and wide—chances are you know someone who has been on a Disney cruise. If not, come join us on the Internet, where many Disney cruisers congregate to share tips. See page 36 for links to popular gathering places, including PassPorter.com. Tune In to TV Watch the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel for specials about cruises and the Caribbean. Or have fun with reruns of “The Love Boat.” FROM CASTAWAY CAY

Being on Castaway Cay and hearing all this great music reminds us that there’s nothing like steel drums to conjure up visions of cruising through the Caribbean. Find some Caribbeanstyle music and play it as you plan. We guarantee it’ll get you in the mood. If you have access to iTunes, try the Reggae/Island radio stations.

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Before you delve deeper, we want to share a secret. Yes, it’s true that you could plunk down your money and just show up. But you wouldn’t be getting your money’s worth—not by a long shot. Planning is the secret to any successful vacation. Not only do you learn the tips and tricks, but you get to start your cruise early through anticipation. By the end of this guide, you’ll know more than the vast majority of your shipmates. You’ll know the way to get those coveted reservations. You’ll know the way to pack and what to bring. You’ll even know your way around the ship before you board it. In short, you’ll be cruising your way ... straight out of those uncharted waters and into the true “magic” and “wonder” of a “dream” cruise of “fantasy.”

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We figure you don’t want a splash of cold water in your face, so instead we offer this chapter as a friendly introduction to the world of cruising with Disney. We filled the chapter with highlights and histories, as well as facts and figures. You can read the chapter straight through or jump to the sections that interest you. We’ve included articles on the Disney Cruise Line, cruising in general, and hints for first-time cruisers. And to help you make important decisions, we also provide comparisons with other cruise lines and Walt Disney World, fleet facts, the differences between the two ships, budgeting, money-saving ideas, and the best places to find more information. We wrap up the chapter with tips and memories.

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Now that you’ve decided to cruise, you’re likely to have one of two reactions. You may feel overwhelmed by the complexity that looms ahead. Or you may be lulled into a sense of complacency, sure that all the details will be taken care of. We understand—before our early cruises, we wavered between these two reactions ourselves. It wasn’t until we learned more about the Disney cruises that we received a welcome splash of cold water. Thanks to a boatload of knowledge and the experience of other cruisers, we were able to dispel that feeling of drifting into uncharted waters.

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The Disney Cruise Line The Disney Cruise Line is more than just another cruise. Disney designed its ships to be innovative, offering unique facilities and programs, each with Disney’s hallmark, first-class service. The history of the Disney Cruise Line began in November 1985, when Premier Cruise Lines became the official cruise line of Walt Disney World Resort. Premier’s “Big Red Boat” offered Disney characters and packages that included stays at the Walt Disney World Resort. When the ten-year contract with Premier was up, Disney set off on its own with an ambitious goal: To become the best cruise line in the world. Disney commissioned the Fincantieri Shipyard (in Venice, Italy) to build a 350-million-dollar liner reminiscent of the grand, trans-Atlantic liners of the early 20th century. A private island was developed into the delightful Castaway Cay, a stop on each Florida-based itinerary. On July 30, 1998, the Disney Magic set sail on her maiden voyage. The magnificent new ship boasted a classic, streamlined silhouette, twin funnels, and well-appointed interiors. The Disney Magic sailed from her dedicated, art deco-inspired cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida on three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas. The Disney Wonder set sail for the first time on August 15, 1999. Seven-night itineraries to the Eastern Caribbean on the Disney Magic were added in 2000, leaving the shorter cruises to the Wonder. In 2002, 7-night Western Caribbean cruises were added. The Disney Magic sailed the Mexican Riviera in 2005 and 2008, the Mediterranean in 2007, and went back to Europe in summer 2010, with a bevy of itineraries in both the Mediterranean and Baltic. In 2010 the Wonder added five-night itineraries, with visits to Nassau, Castaway Cay, plus either a second day at Castaway Cay or a stop in Key West, Florida. Both ships have received upgrades over the years, enhancing their comforts. The cruise line took a big leap forward in 2011–2012, with the addition of the two brand-new ships built by Meyer Werft Shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. The Disney Dream entered regular service on January 26, 2011 from its home port of Port Canaveral, Florida. It took over the Wonder’s historic assignment, the 3- and 4-night Bahamas itineraries. The Disney Wonder departed Florida on January 6, 2011 for its new home port of Los Angeles, California, the jumping-off spot for Mexican Riviera itineraries. In spring 2011, Disney visited Alaska for the first time, with 7-night itineraries sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia during the spring and summer. In 2012, Disney’s fourth ship—the Disney Fantasy—entered service and currently offers 7-night Caribbean cruises. What lies ahead? See pages 37–39 for a discussion of the future.

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Disney Cruise Line introduced a new category of shore excursions in 2010, or as they’re now called, “Port Adventures.” Along with the bulk of the excursions, which continue to be produced and provided by outside excursion operators, Disney has begun to collaborate with tour operators to add distinctively “Disney” family-oriented experiences, with several including the presence of Disney characters. Imagine, if you will, a glittering, princess-studded Royal Ball at the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. In other cases, ship’s counselors will accompany the kids on kids-only excursions.

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The Disney Dream began service on January 26, 2011 and The Disney Fantasy entered service on March 31, 2012. Both are almost identical vessels, approximately 50% larger than the Magic and Wonder. Their appearance and features echo and expand upon the now-classic design of the Magic and Wonder, and several exciting new features have been announced. The new ships carry approximately 50% more passengers, with a comparable increase in the number of staterooms and the overall size of the vessels (including two additional passenger decks). Stateroom size is roughly 2%–3% smaller than that of the Magic and Wonder, but the design manages to maintain the features Disney cruise passengers love, including the split bathroom. All ships are a delight to the senses.

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The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are almost identical vessels, with only a few minor differences (see page 31). The ships’ hulls are painted dark blue-black, white, yellow, and red (Mickey’s colors) with elegant gold scrollwork that cleverly reveals the silhouettes of classic Disney characters. As you board, you are greeted by friendly crew members in the three-story lobby atrium, distinguished by a sweeping staircase and a bronze statue (Mickey on the Magic, Ariel on the Wonder). Warm woods, polished metal railings, and nautical touches embrace passengers in elegance. Subtle Disney touches are abundant, from character silhouettes along the staircase to valuable Disney prints and artwork on the walls. Every area The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder of the ship is decorated and themed.

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Introducing the Dream and Fantasy The new Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships are similar in many ways to the older Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Most changes are evolutionary, not revolutionary. Most public facilities are 50% larger, reflecting the ship’s size. The decor on the Disney Dream is Art Deco, like the Magic. Donald Duck comes into his own on the Dream, with a statue of Admiral Donald in the Atrium Lobby (still on deck 3). Sorcerer Mickey dangles from the Dream’s stern. So what’s new? The Walt Disney and Buena Vista Theatres each moved down one deck, and both added balconies. The adult entertainment district, The District (creative name, huh?), moved from deck 3 forward to 4 aft, and added two more lounges. The Promenade Lounge on deck 3 disappeared, with a small new bar, Bon Voyage, within the Atrium Lobby on deck 3, and Vista Cafe overlooking the lobby on deck 4. Shutters Photo Studio now also overlooks the lobby from deck 4. What about the main dining rooms? Animators Palate (with an enhanced “show”) moved from deck 4 to 3. Enchanted Garden, replacing Parrot Cay, is down on deck 2 and has a small “show” of its own, a formal garden/conservatory motif that transforms from day to night. Royal Palace, the most formal regular dining room, is on deck 3 adjacent to the lobby. Adults-only Remy joins Palo, on deck 12, as the extra-cost dining choices, paired with Meridian Lounge next door. Deck 11 hosts the pools, Flo’s Cafe quick service food counters, and Cabanas casual dining. Cabanas has multiple serving stations offering a variety of cuisines. There are still three swimming pools, but Donald now “owns” the family pool. Toddlers have a much bigger, shaded and glass-enclosed water play area by the Mickey Pool. Goofy’s Sports Deck occupies deck 13, with Goofy mini golf added to the old standbys. AquaDuck, a 765-foot “water coaster” starts on deck 16 and splashes down on deck 12 (see page 192). The children’s programs echo recent changes (see pages 184–188), but “tweens” age 11–13 got the forward funnel (“Edge”), and teens age 14–17 moved to “Vibe” on deck 5, with its own outdoor deck. The Peter Pan-themed Oceaneer’s Club (ages 3–10) also added areas themed on Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, and Pixie Hollow; and “Turtle Talk with Crush” (an interactive audiovisual experience) shows on a 103" video screen. The Oceaneer’s Lab features Stitch on its interactive screen. Video technology is used widely, with “Living Art” that comes to life in the public areas, including the Skyline Lounge with glittering, penthouse views of great cities. New stateroom categories are the Family Oceanview Stateroom with Porthole that sleeps up to 5, and Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. Concierge and suite guests have a lounge on deck 12 and a private sun deck. Inside Staterooms gain a “virtual porthole,” a video screen with a live, outdoor view. Verandah partitions on connecting staterooms can open, for a double-wide experience.

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It began when Dave stepped on board into the Atrium Lobby, a space easily twice the size of the lobbies on the Magic and Wonder, with all the elegance of a very grand, fairytale ballroom. Dining room décor, too, is more elegant and distinctive. Kid-only and adult-only areas are dramatically expanded and upgraded, and the recreation decks bring more fun and the luxury that comes with space. Concierge accommodations are more elegant, comfortable and protected, the spa more extensive and pampering. Even the elevators are greatly improved, in quantity and size. Overall, the increased space in the ship’s public areas enhances the cruise experience in every way. Size only becomes a liability on the stateroom decks, with hallways of seemingly infinite length. Entertainment, perhaps, shows the smallest boost. How much better could Disney do? The theaters are, naturally, larger, and the stage shows as wonderful as ever. Little additions are appreciated, like the live musical groups who perform in the Atrium Lobby and by the adult pool. The ship herself has become more entertaining, and on a constant basis. The interactive Enchanted Artwork on display around the ship, Virtual Portholes in the inside staterooms, huge video screens posing as windows into the sea and overlooking great cities, and the subtle integration of Disney storytelling into even the smallest detail have made this a ship we love to explore. The Disney Dream Maiden Voyage, the first cruise with paying passengers, was quite an experience. Jennifer was one of the 3,000 or so passengers who ponied up more than double the price of a regular cruise for the privilege of being aboard. And she, too, found a great many things to like about the Disney Dream and only a few that needed improvement. She absolutely loves the beds in the staterooms—these are some of the most comfortable beds she’s ever experienced, on land or sea. Plus, the beds are now elevated so she could easily store all her suitcases underneath. Another thing she really enjoyed was the round tub in her Family Oceanview Stateroom, a huge improvement over the rectangular tubs found in most other stateroom categoiries. She also really enjoys the stage shows in the gorgeous Walt Disney Theatre, particularly “Believe”—do not miss this show! There’s still room for improvement in the dining—service was spotty and the “shows” in Animator’s Palate and Enchanted Garden could be tweaked to better enhance the dining experience. She has no doubt that both will improve over time, though!

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The Disney Dream Christening was an exciting, two-day whirlwind. Not only was there a new ship to experience, but the ship was loaded with Disney Cruise Line managers and Disney Imagineers, on hand to brief the assembled media. Jennifer and our six-year-old son, Alexander, focused on the family/kids experience, while Dave took guided tours, explored on his own, and interviewed the assembled experts. Dave’s immediate impression was that the Dream is far more ship than Disney conveyed in advance. The technological innovations, many unheralded, dazzled and entertained, and the ship’s design and décor surpassed his dreams. He was expecting a bigger version of the Disney Magic and Wonder, and what he found was a ship in a league of its own.

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We were fortunate to sail on the Disney Dream’s Christening Cruise in 2011. Jennifer then followed that up with the four-night Disney Dream Maiden Voyage less than a week later, and Dave sailed again on the Disney Dream in February 2011. Then, in March 2012 we were aboard for a 3-night Preview Cruise on the Disney Fantasy. We’ve gone over every bit of the ships in detail—we know the Disney Dream-class ships!

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Dave’s impressions were reinforced on a second, four-night cruise that he shared with his parents. He snagged one of only 150 inside staterooms, which are now, amazingly, coveted spaces onboard thanks to the Virtual Portholes that deliver both a view to the outside world and a bit of Disney whimsy. On this adults-only cruise he experienced the ship in greater detail, and basked in her adults-only culinary delights. Palo is a dining experience most cruisers are likely to enjoy, elegant but accessible. Remy, however, with its high price tag and French “tasting menu,” may best be enjoyed by those who identify with food critic Anton Ego in the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille, “...I don’t just like food, I loooove it.,” (as does Dave). While Dave and Jennifer agree on most things, he had much more consistent (and excellent) dining room service, and was delighted by the “show” in Animator’s Palate. The Disney Fantasy, though in most ways identical to the Dream, has unique delights of her own. It starts right in the Art Nouveau-styled Atrium Lobby, a style we tend to prefer to the Dream’s Art Deco. Designed for 7-night cruises, the Fantasy has features suited to longer voyages. Our son, Alexander, was delighted with his Pirate Night makeover at Pirates League (which at all other times is Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a Princess makeover salon)! Longer voyages include several days at sea, so the recreation decks have more places to get wet, taking some pressure off the main pools and drawing guests to under-utilized sun decks. We saw two of the four new shows produced for the Walt Disney Theatre, and another new show in Animator’s Palate dining room. The theater shows, Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular, and Disney’s Wishes, are certainly up to the cruise line’s standards. Aladdin, is, of course, a classic, and Wishes is like Disney Dreams in theme, but with a High School Musical/Glee spin. Animation Magic made its debut in Animator’s Palate, melding classic Disney animation with some amazing technology. Imagine our excitement when characters drawn by both Alexander and Jennifer were “animated” by Sorcerer Mickey at the end of our meal! The adult entertainment district has a different theme on each Disney ship. We find the Fantasy’s theme, Europa, the most appealing of the lot, especially the London subway-themed night club. The Disney Dream and Fantasy are magnificent vessels, beautiful on the inside and out. To learn more about our experiences, visit http://www.passporter.com/disney-dream and http://www.passporter.com/disney-fantasy where you’ll find 50+ videos, 500+ photos, and several articles all about these new ships!

My Cruisea on Mickey’s New Boats by Alexander I really really really REALLY liked the Disney Dream and Fantasy. My favorite thing to do was the Midship Detective Agency because I got explore the ship and solve a mystery! I didn’t have time to finish the puppy mystery on the Dream, so I made sure I finished the new Muppet mystery on the Fantasy! I also like swimming in Mickey’s pool and playing in the water fountains in Nemo’s Reef. The Aqua Lab on the Fantasy is really cool, too. The kids club was super awesome—I spent most of my time in the Oceaneer Lab. I got to do crafts and we even made cupcakes one Alexander at Nemo’s Reef night. Castaway Cay is my favorite “pirate island” and I found buried treasure on it every time I’ve visited. I think other kids would really love Mickey’s new boats!

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Cruising Myths Here are some oft-quoted reasons why some people don’t cruise—each is a common myth that we’re happy to dispel. Myth #1: It’s too expensive. Actually, cruising costs the same as a land-based vacation—a Disney Cruise is equivalent to a comparable stay at the Walt Disney World Resort. Myth #2: I’ll be bored. If anything, there’s too much to do! You’ll find it hard to choose between activities, and you’ll probably disembark with a list of things you wish you’d had time to do. Myth #3: I’ll get seasick. Most people don’t, but there’s a chance you could be one of the unlucky few. But if you follow our tips on page 357, you should be just fine. Myth #4: Cruises are too formal. Hey, this is a Disney cruise! Yes, the cruise is luxurious, but you won’t feel out of place. Casual clothing is the norm onboard (most of the time). Myth #5: The Disney Cruise is for kids (or people with kids). Kids love the Disney Cruise, but so do adults (we cruised many times sans kids). There are plenty of adult activities and areas. Myth #6: I’ll feel claustrophobic or unsteady on my feet. Disney ships’ staterooms are 20-25% larger than most other lines, and the ships have stabilizers to minimize rolling.

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People cruise with Disney for many reasons. Some love everything Disney, some want to be pampered, others enjoy the onboard activities, and still others want to visit foreign ports. Some families love the togethertime they can have onboard, while other families appreciate the many activities for different ages. Adults love the peace of the adults-only areas, the gourmet tastes at Palo, and the evening fun in the adults-only club district. Teens love having their own hangout and meeting fellow teens. Kids love the Oceaneer Club/Lab and the pools. What about us? Our first Disney cruise was to experience Disney’s “next new thing.” What brought us back again and again? Pure relaxation! A vacation to Disney World is wonderful, but very intense. On the cruise, we take a deep breath and slow down. We disembark refreshed and Jennifer blows bubbles during the renewed, ready to tackle anything.

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Cruising is something very special. Imagine yourself on a big—really big—beautiful ship. A low hum of excitement fills the air. The ship’s whistle sounds smartly (Where have you heard that tune before?) and the ship begins to glide out of her berth. The ship is yours—deck upon deck of dining rooms, lounges, theaters, and staterooms.

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Are you going on your first cruise and wondering what to expect? You’re not alone—many of your fellow cruisers will also be on their first cruise. We remember our first cruise well—we had only “The Love Boat” reruns and stories from friends and family to rely upon. We fretted over getting seasick, which wasn’t a problem at all. We worried there wouldn’t be enough to do, but in fact there was too much—a cruise is quite overwhelming (especially for first-timers) and we wished we had more time. We were even concerned we’d feel like “poor relations” mingling with wealthier cruisers, but we fit right in. Life aboard a Disney cruise ship is unlike most land-based vacations, unless perhaps you live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Even if you’re staying in budget lodgings, you’ll receive the same level of luxurious, personal service as the deluxe guests. Your stateroom attendant will keep your room ship-shape (cleaning twice a day), see to your special needs, and turn down the bed every night (perhaps even with a cute animal made from towels). You may form a personal relationship with your dining room team, who’ll attend you at every shipboard dinner (apart from Palo and Remy). And you’ll eat! Nearly all food and soft drinks onboard are included in your Disney cruise—meals, snacks, room service, more snacks—so order anything you want, even if it’s “seconds” or two different entrées. The ship hums with activity, from sunup to the wee hours. Parties, live shows, children’s programs, recreational activities, first-run movies, seminars, and guest lectures ... nearly everything is included in the price of your cruise, as is the right to do “none of the above.” Some say that modern cruise ships are “floating hotels,” but “traveling resort” is a better description. Each day brings new vistas and often a new port. No matter how distracted you may be by onboard activities, the subtle vibration and motion of the ship whispers that your luxurious little world is going somewhere. Unlike long road trips or jet flights, your life doesn’t go into an uncomfortable state of suspended animation while en route to your destination. Getting there can be far more than half the fun! Our advice to first-time cruisers is two-fold: Learn as much as you can about cruising, and then leave your expectations at home. Keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. You can rest assured that Disney has taken the needs of first-time cruisers into mind and considered your needs even before you realize you have them.

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Shipboard Entertainment and Activities: Disney offers a wide variety of entertainment, including live stage shows, first-run movies, deck parties, live bands, dancing, nightclubs, karaoke, trivia games, Disney character meet and greets, seminars, tours, art auctions, and social gatherings. Sports and Recreation: Three pools, four whirlpool tubs, fitness center, aerobics studio, walking/jogging track, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, basketball, and the Wide World of Sports deck (with mini-golf on Dream & Fantasy). Kids’ Activities: Participation in kids’ programs is included for ages 3–17, with activities and areas for varying age groups. Kids’ shore excursions (other than Castaway Cay programming) are not included, however. Ports of Call: Stops at all ports on the itinerary are included, as is transportation to the shore by tender (small boat), if necessary. Port charges are included in the price quote, unlike some other cruises.

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Shipboard Meals: Three full-service dining room meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Alternatives for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as buffets, quick-service, and room service, are also included. Let’s not forget the snacks (soft-serve ice cream, fruit, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza), afternoon cookies, evening hors d’oeurves, and at least one late-night dessert buffet. The seven-night and longer cruises serve up even more late-night munchies. Soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Hi-C pink lemonade, and Hi-C fruit punch), milk, coffee, tea (Twinings hot and Nestea iced), hot cocoa, water, and ice are always free at meals and at the Beverage Station (deck 9/11), but are not free through room service or at the bars. Lunch (with soda) at Castaway Cay is also included.

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Shipboard Accommodations: Up to 20%–25% larger rooms than other ships—from 169 sq. ft. to 304 sq. ft. for non-suite staterooms.

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Your airfare may or may not be included in your cruise package—check when making your reservation. This goes for insurance and ground transfers between the airport to the ship as well. Accommodations, meals, and park passes for any time you spend at Walt Disney World are not included, unless you book a land/sea package that specifically includes these. Other extras: alcoholic beverages, specialty beverages (i.e., smoothies), soft drinks (at a bar or from room service), Internet, bingo games, spa and beauty treatments, Palo meals ($10–$20/adult), Remy meals ($75), childcare for kids under 3, arcade games, onboard or off-ship shopping, photos, formalwear rental, shore excursions, meals off-ship (except Castaway Cay), medical treatment, laundry services (including the self-service washers and dryers, though you can use the iron and ironing board freely), parking at the cruise terminal, and gratuities.

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Topic: Comparing the Cruise

How Do They Measure Up? Despite today’s age of the mega-ship, the Disney vessels are still among the most spacious ships afloat. Staterooms are 25% larger on average than those found on non-Disney ships. Other unique aspects of the Disney Cruise Line include split bathrooms (in most stateroom categories 10 and up), a cruiser-friendly dining system (different dining rooms, same servers), half a deck designed just for kids (with programs for specific age groups), areas reserved just for adults (pool, restaurant, Cove Café, spa, beach on Castaway Cay, and an entertainment district that’s reserved just for adults after 9:00 pm), a visit to Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island), Disney’s famous characters, and that Disney magic! Experienced cruisers may miss having a casino or a library aboard. The sentiment seems to be that the Disney Cruise Line offers the best family cruise afloat, but that it lacks enough activities for adults without children. We disagree (especially after several “drydock” upgrades)—we’ve sailed without kids and never lack adult activities. The generous adults-only areas deliver welcome isolation and surpass other “family” cruise lines. Some cruisers have also reported that the Disney Cruise Line is too, well, “Disney.” Let’s face it: If you don’t like Disney, you may not like this cruise either. But these aren’t theme parks. The quality service and elegant surroundings could easily outweigh any negative associations you have with Mickey Mouse. Safety and cleanliness is a big deal on cruise ships, and all international ships are inspected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a regular basis. The Disney ships were most recently inspected in late 2011 and mid-2012. All four ships passed their inspections, receiving a score of either 99/100 or 100/100. To view the latest inspection results, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/default.htm. If you’ve been to the Walt Disney World Resort and wonder how a Disney cruise compares to a resort vacation, it is really quite different. The cruise feels more laid-back yet formal at the same time. The excitement (and stress) of dashing from attraction to attraction is gone, and you may feel like you’re missing “something” that you can’t identify. On the upside, everything is within walking distance, the food is “free,” and rain isn’t the same party-pooper it is at the theme parks. You’ll take things a bit slower on the cruise (although there’s still plenty to do), all the while feeling pampered by the gorgeous setting and excellent service. Walt Disney World and the Disney cruise do share many perks, however: single key-card access for rooms and purchases, Disney character greetings, and that “red carpet” guest service. Don’t expect to find “Walt Disney World on water.” You’ll discover the Disney Cruise Line has its own unique charm.

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Passenger Decks Lifeboats Staterooms Theatres Restaurants Buffets/Snack Bars Lounges Pools Shops Decor Bow Decoration Stern Decoration Atrium Statue Grand Dining Room Casual Dining Adults District Dance Club Piano Bar Teen Club Navigator’s Verandah

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Los Angeles Port Canaveral Port Canaveral The Bahamas 1998 1999 2011 2012 C6ZL6 C6PT7 C6QM8 C6YR6 Captain Tom Forberg, Captain Henry Andersson, Captain John Barwis, Captain Gus Verhulst, Captain Thord Haugen, and Captain Marco Nogara 950 crew members 1,458 crew members 4,000 (2,500 at double occupancy) 2,400 (1,750 at double occupancy) 48.3 (at double occupancy) 51 (at double occupancy) 83,000 130,000 964 ft./294 m. (longer than Titanic!) 1,115 ft./340 m. 106 ft./32.25 m. 121 ft./36 m. 25.3 ft./7.7 m. 27 ft./8 m. 21.5 knots or 25 mph/40 kph 22 knots or 25 mph/40 kph Five 16-cylinder diesel engines, two Three 12-cylinder and two 19-megawatt GE propulsion motors, 14-cylinder MAN V48/60CR three bow and two stern thrusters, diesel engines, plus 2 x 19 MW and one pair of fin stabilizers Converteam Motors, stabilizers 11 13 20 (150 persons each) + rafts 16 (270 persons each) + rafts 877 (252 inside, 625 outside) 1250 (150 inside, 1,100 outside) 2 (975 seats and 268 seats) 2 (1,340 seats and 399 seats) 4 (138 in Palo, 442 in rest) 5 (176 in Palo, 96 at Remy, 697 in rest) 4 (294 seats inside, 332 outside) 6 8 12 4 (one is for crew only) 3 4 5 Art Nouveau Art Deco Art Nouveau Art Deco Sorcerer Mickey Steamboat Willie Captain Mickey Sorcerer Mickey Boatswain Goofy Donald and Huey Sorcerer Mickey Dumbo Helmsman Mickey Ariel Donald Duck Minnie Royal Court Lumi`ere’s Triton’s Royal Palace Cabanas Topsider’s Beach Blanket Cabanas Europa Beat Street Route 66 The District The Tube Rockin’ Bar D WaveBands Evolution Sessions Cadillac Lounge District Lounge La Piazza Vibe The Stack Aloft Vibe Round porthole Oblong porthole n/a n/a

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Can I Afford It?

Cruises were once reserved for wealthy globetrotters. These days, cruises are more affordable, but not always “inexpensive.” Disney Cruise Line’s popularity and “demand-based” pricing keep pushing rates up. Still, a seven-night Disney cruise can be comparable in price to a seven-night land vacation at Walt Disney World. To determine what you can afford, make a budget (see below). Budgeting not only keeps you from spending too much, it encourages you to seek out ways to save money. With a little research, you can often get more for less. To get an idea of what an actual cruise costs, check out our recent cruise expenses at the bottom of the page. A cruise package may include ground transportation, airfare, insurance, lodging at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or your European home port; theme park admission, and other extras. This may seem convenient, but planning each aspect of your cruise yourself often saves you more money. Learn about cruise packages on pages 61 and 64. Your cruise expenses fall into six categories: planning, transportation, lodging, cruise passage, port activities, and extras. How you budget for each depends upon the total amount you have available to spend and your priorities. Planning, transportation, lodging, and cruise passage are the easiest to factor ahead of time as costs are fixed. The final two—port activities and extras—are harder to control and can quickly add-up, but we provide sample costs throughout this field guide to help you estimate. Begin your budget with the worksheet on the next page (use pencil at the start). Enter the minimum you prefer to spend and the most you can afford in the topmost row. Set as many of these ranges as possible before you delve into the other chapters of this book. Your excitement may grow as you read more, but it is doubtful your bank account will. Our Recent Cruise Expenses As you uncover costs and ways to save (2 adults, 1 child) money, return to your worksheet and update it. Your budget is a work in Round-trip airfare: $420 Rental mini-van: $50 progress—try to be flexible within your 7-night cruise (cat. 6): $3517 minimums and maximums. As plans Port activities: $20 crystallize, write the amount you expect Souvenirs: $49 (and can afford) in the Goals column. Beverages: $35 If you are using PassPockets (see the Phone/Internet: $300 Deluxe Edition on page 465), transfer Gratuities: $85 the amounts from the Goals column to TOTAL: $4476 the back of each PassPocket when you are satisfied with your budget. ..................................................................................


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Money-Saving Ideas and Programs The Disney Cruise Line enjoys great popularity, so discounts can be scarce. Here are the ways we’ve found to save money on your cruise: Reserve Early to Get Early Booking Savings Reserve early enough and you could save approximately $100–$890 per stateroom (7-night cruises) or $30–$650 per stateroom (3- and 4-night cruises). Staterooms at this discount are limited, however. To get the best early booking savings, reserve your cruise as soon as dates are announced (generally up to 18 months in advance). Go à la Carte Disney emphasizes the Add-On Package, combining a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort with a cruise. This is appealing to many vacationers, but it can be pricier than making your own arrangements as you can usually find better deals on hotel rooms at Walt Disney World. Find Promotions and Discounts As with most cruise lines, Disney uses demand-based pricing. Unlike most cruise lines, this means prices generally rise as a cruise date approaches. The last-minute specials common with other lines are rare at Disney. With Disney Cruise Line, the earlier you reserve, the better your rate. That said, deals and specials are available, if you’re alert. Check about 75 days before you want to cruise (this is the final payment deadline for current reservations). Visit http://www.disneycruise.com to learn more. Also visit MouseSavers.com (http://www.mousesavers.com), which summarizes available discounts, and http://www.themouseforless.com. Use a Travel Agent Larger travel agencies are able to pre-book blocks of staterooms, locking in discounts for you to snag later on. Check with agents before booking on your own (see page 65 for a list). Travel agents are very good at finding the best prices, too! Mouse Fan Travel (http://www.mousefantravel.com) and MouseEarVacations.com (http://www.mouseearvacations.com) have saved us considerable money on our cruises (yes, we find travel agents quite helpful!), and other agencies can do the same. Watch for Onboard Credits Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra $25 or $100 sitting in your onboard account? Keep an eye out for onboard credit specials. At the time of writing, guests who book online get a $25 credit, and use your Disney Visa card for a $50 credit. Credits are sometimes offered when you book onboard (see next page) and through special deals offered by travel agents. Credits for repeat cruisers have been replaced by in-stateroom gifts.

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Stay Off-Site Before Your Cruise If you’re like us and prefer to arrive at least a day ahead of your cruise, look for an inexpensive hotel or motel. In-airport hotels can be pricey—to save money, see page 80 Lodging is described on pages 79–80. It can sometimes be less expensive to fly in a day early, so always investigate. Compare Local Transportation Costs Depending on your party size, it can be less expensive to rent a car to drive from the airport to the port and back again. On the other hand, transportation companies such as Quicksilver Tours & Transportation may offer price plus convenience. Explore your options on pages 72–76.

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Book Your Next Cruise Onboard On your next Disney cruise, check the Personal Navigator or the Cruise Sales Desk on Deck 4 for onboard specials. Not only can booking onboard offer great prices ($100 less than land-based prices recently), but sometimes onboard credits, too. Two catches: The best rates are often for cruises sailing the same time next year, and you must reserve before you disembark. If you see a deal, grab it—you can change or cancel your reservation later if necessary; just call Disney at 888-325-2500. Tip: You can give the reservationist your travel agent’s information when booking onboard or transfer your booking to your travel agent when you return home.

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Move to Florida We’re not serious about moving, but if you’re already a Florida resident you may get discounts up to 50% off select cruises (limited staterooms). Call Disney at 888-325-2500 to inquire about Florida resident discounts, or check http://www.mousesavers.com. Proof of residency is required.

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✔ Disney Vacation Club members may be eligible for exclusive cruises at good rates. Check with this program or the Disney Cruise Line for details. ✔ Canadian residents may get special rates on select cruises. Contact the Disney Cruise Line or a travel agent.

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✔ AAA and Costco members can get rates and make reservations through these companies and often get excellent deals. AAA members: Ask about your local AAA chapter’s “Disney Month” for extra savings and goodies, and be sure to inquire about any extras (such as an onboard credit) with your AAA Disney package.

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Special Tips for Special People ✔ Infants and kids 12 and under are less expensive than adults, but only if there are two adults along as well (the first two stateroom guests always pay full adult fare). The third and fourth adults in a stateroom also cruise at a lower price. See page 62.

✔ Repeat cruisers are automatically members of the Castaway Club and receive special perks, including some great deals (see pages 438–439 for more details).

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✔ Military personnel may be eligible for some last-minute rates, similar to those offered to Florida residents. Call the Disney Cruise Line or a travel agent for more details.


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Porthole to More Cruising Information While this field guide could serve as your single source, we recommend you gather as much information as possible. Each of the sources described below offers its own unique porthole into the world of Disney cruising. Official Disney Information—Definitely get the free booklet and video/DVD we mention on page 20, and visit the web site (http://www.disneycruise.com). Any other brochures you can get from your travel agent will be helpful, too. Disney also sends cruise documentation (more about this on page 68) that contains some basic information. Books—Disney published an official guidebook, Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line, starting in 2004, but we were disappointed to find little detail beyond what’s available at the Disney Cruise Line’s web site—the shore excursion reviews are insightful, however. And while virtually all Walt Disney World Resort guidebooks mention the Disney Cruise Line, most only give it a few pages. The two with the most information are Fodor’s Walt Disney World with Kids by Kim Wright Wiley and The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Bob Sehlinger (Wiley). Both have about 10 pages on the topic. Several other PassPorter publications contain information on Disney Cruise Line: PassPorter’s Cruise Clues is an e-book filled with cruise tips, packing lists, and cruise line comparisons (see page 465), PassPorter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons is another book with solid information on getting married or honeymooning onboard a Disney cruise ship (see page 467), and PassPorter’s Disney Vacation Club covers cruising on points (see page 467). Magical Disney Cruise Guide—This excellent, free online guide offers a detailed overview of Disney cruising, including reviews. http://www.allears.net/cruise/cruise.htm. Web Sites—Some of the best sources of information are the official and unofficial sites for the Disney Cruise Line. Here are our picks: Disney Cruise Line Official Site—http://www.disneycruise.com Disney Cruise Line Official News Site—http://www.disneycruisenews.com PassPorter.com (that’s us!)—http://www.passporter.com/dcl PassPorterBoards.com (advice from fellow cruisers)—http://www.passporterboards.com Platinum Castaway Club—http://www.castawayclub.com DIS—http://www.wdwinfo.com (click “Disney Cruise Line”) and http://www.disboards.com Disney Echo—http://disneyecho.emuck.com AllEars.net—http://www.allears.net/cruise/cruise.htm epinions.com—http://www.epinions.com (search on the ship names) These are excellent sites on general cruising: CruiseCritic—http://www.cruisecritic.com About.com—http://cruises.about.com CruiseMates—http://cruisemates.com AvidCruiser—http://avidcruiser.com

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The Future of the Disney Cruise Line

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In many ways, the future of the Disney Cruise Line arrived in January 2011, when the Disney Dream entered service, ending Disney’s 12year stretch as a two-ship cruise line. This fabulous new vessel (see Our Disney Dream and Fantasy Cruises on page 25), and her sister-ship, the Disney Fantasy (which entered service in March 2012) have raised the bar for the cruise line and the cruise industry as a whole.

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With the cruise line’s passenger capacity 2 1/2 times what it was in 2010, the immediate challenge for the cruise line is to fill all four ships with happy passengers. Having exciting new ships is a big help, but the bigger challenge is to keep the older ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, in high demand. We expect their future will include upgraded facilities, visits to new destinations, and experiments with a variety of temporary home ports. It’s way too soon to know whether Disney will build even more ships. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a history of slow, careful expansion. The cruise line will have to prove that additional ships are a top-flight investment, both for Parks and Resorts, and the Walt Disney Company as a whole. For now, we don’t know if the cruise line will perform well at its new size, both in good years and bad.

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We suspect that features from the new ships may be added to the older ships, if they’ll fit. The new technology-based items, like the Virtual Portholes, Enchanted Art/Mickey’s Midship Detective Agency, and interactive play floors for the kids clubs would seem the most likely early additions. In years to come, might they add a version of the new AquaLab water play area, or even the AquaDuck water coaster to the older ships? It seems possible. Some sort of highly visible, marquee play facility seems mandatory in today’s cruise market.

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The new ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy were built by Germany’s Meyer Werft (for the record, “werft” means “shipyard”). They weigh 130,000 Gross Register Tons (GRT)—the Magic and Wonder each are 83,000 GRT. Still, that’s downright intimate next to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels, the largest cruise ships ever, which are 225,000 GRT. Still, when ranked by class (most cruise lines have several ships of the same class), Disney’s new ships are still in the top 10 and are “Post-Panamax,” which means they are too large for the Panama Canal. They will fit comfortably through the canal’s new locks, which are slated to open in 2014. However, we don’t expect to see either new ship pass through the canal for many years. There’s just not enough demand to justify sending the larger ships to the West Coast. Disney’s new ships each have 1,250 staterooms (up from 875 on the Magic and Wonder). That’s 2,500 passengers at double occupancy (4,000 max./3.2 guests per room), compared to the Oasis Class, with 5,400 at double occupancy (6,296 max./2.3 guests per room). Disney’s ships are built from the keel up for the family trade.

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The Dream and Fantasy have been assigned full-time to the Bahamas/Caribbean, the world’s largest cruising market, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. We also expect they’ll continue to call Port Canaveral “home” on a year-round basis. Disney has a long-term agreement with the Port Canaveral authorities to home port the new ships there, in exchange for enhancements to the Disney Cruise Line Terminal. Even without that deal, with Disney already geared-up to bring so many vacationers to Central Florida, we can’t imagine greener pastures. Disney’s original expansion plan was to permanently locate a ship on the West Coast, cruising Alaska during the summer season and the Mexican Riviera the rest of the year. But even as the welding torches were blazing at the Meyer Shipyard, Disney’s hopes for south of the border took a nose dive, due to that nation’s problems. It may be many years before vacationers again consider Mexico a safe destination. The cruise line slashed three months off the Disney Wonder’s 2012 Mexican Riviera schedule, substituted 7-night California Coast cruises and a pair of two-week Hawaiian cruises, and and will move the ship to Miami in time for the 2012 holiday season. We don’t see enough ongoing demand for either Hawaii or California Coast cruises to justify offering those on a frequent basis, so we predict a bi-coastal existence for the Wonder for some time to come. Summers are a period of opportunity for the cruise line. Nearly any destination in the North Atlantic basin is practical during the warm weather season—Northern Europe, the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, and the East Coasts of the U.S. and Canada. The challenge comes in the cooler months. The Caribbean/Bahamas region is the only consistently healthy destination in the cruise industry at that time. Even business in the Mediterranean is quite light. This past year has shown that our ability to predict the cruise line’s future itineraries is less than brilliant. We certainly didn’t consider Miami as a potential home port, and following the announcement of 2012’s summer cruises from New York City, and considering the economic conditions in Europe, we hardly expected the cruise line to return to the Mediterranean in 2013, but that’s where they’re headed. We didn’t come close to imagining that all four ships would be cruising the Caribbean and Bahamas from January through early May 2013, with the Magic sailing from Galveston Texas, and the Wonder from Miami! We don’t yet know where the Magic and Wonder will home port after 2013’s summer season, but Galveston, Miami, New Orleans, and San Juan Puerto Rico are on our short list. Though new for Disney, this multi-homeport strategy is a common approach for the larger lines in the cruise industry. Cruises become much more affordable when passengers can drive, rather than fly, to board the ship, so the cruise lines bring the ships to the passengers. Any port that has tens of millions of potential cruisers within a half-day’s drive is a candidate. Even the Florida market offers some opportunity. With the ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale hosting the world’s biggest fleet of cruise ships, why would the typical South Floridian (or vacationing Snow Bird) drive 3–4 hours to Port Canaveral for the sake of a Disney cruise? Disney’s clearly betting that a ship with “The Disney Difference” can make an impact on a clientele that doesn’t routinely vacation in Central Florida. Time will Jennifer and the Disney Dream tell, of course.

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What about special itineraries for 2014 and beyond? At this point we wouldn’t rule out anything. As we’ve mentioned before, the East Asian cruise market holds some potential, both due to synergies with the Tokyo and Hong Kong Disney theme parks, and the strength of the region’s economy. Might the Wonder depart Alaska for the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, or China in years to come?

The Future of this Guidebook Will we cover the new ships, new terminal(s), and new ports in future editions of this guidebook? You bet! Will we figure out how to fit it all in without having to attach reinforced straps so you can carry the hefty book around like a backpack? Well, we’re up to the challenge! With the new ships and new ports, we’re faced with an extra challenge. Our policy on port descriptions has always been to include just those ports that are being visited in the current calendar year of the guidebook. However, with the existence of more “one-off” itineraries, we are beginning to publish supplemental e-books covering those cruises, rather than add their bulk to the printed edition. Thus, we encourage you to visit our web site at http://www.passporter.com (click on the Cruises tab) for e-books, special supplements, first-hand reports, and the status of new editions. We also encourage you to subscribe to our free newsletter at http://www.passporter.com/news.htm, where we make frequent announcements.

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Although we believe this is a very long shot, many have wondered whether there might someday be a Disney Vacation Club cruise ship, or vacation club “villas” on several Disney ships. The up-front sale of vacation memberships offers the company some financing advant ages, but cruise ship timeshares is still an unproven business. Would it be sufficiently popular? Disney’s family-focused business is especially suitable to the timeshare concept, so Disney might succeed in ways no other line could. Could that be a crowning career achievement for New oval wading pool on the Disney Fantasy 60-year-old Karl Holz?

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One thing is certain—synergies are the future. Disney Cruise Line’s President, Karl Holz, also heads Disney’s New Vacation Operations; the “off-property” resort business that runs Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii, the Disney Vacation Club timeshare business, and the Adventures by Disney guided tour organization. While we’re not quite as optimistic about near-term synergies among these organizations as we had been, Adventures by Disney has been offering escorted tours using the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder as its base of operations. Adventures by Disney provides the tour guides and shore experiences, and cruise passage is included in the tour package.

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Topic: Cruising Tips and Memories

Cruise Reviews You Can Use Cruiser reviews and reports are one of the absolute best ways to evaluate and get acquainted with the Disney Cruise Line before you embark. With that in mind, we’ve collected several tips and memories from our own experiences. Enjoy! If you have access to the Internet, make it a point to get online and explore the web sites listed throughout this field guide. PassPorter’s readers post many interesting, detailed trip reports on their cruises at http://www.passporterboards.com/forums/sharingyour-adventure-disney-cruise-reports. We also recommend you visit MousePlanet’s Trip Reports web site, which offers a nice collection of cruise reports at http://www.mouseplanet.com/dtp/trip.rpt. Want to find other like-minded travelers to hang out with on your cruise? The PassPorter message board has a forum expressly for the purpose of meeting up with fellow cruisers! Come visit and tell us about your plans at: http://www.passporter.com/cruisers One of the first “guides” to Disney Cruise Line was a free online publication by Mickey Morgan, the “Magical Disney Cruise Guide.” You can still find this informative online guide at AllEarsNet. Read it at http://www.allears.net/cruise/cruise.htm.

“We love to ‘dream’ about and plan our next cruise right after booking. We do countdown parties for every 100 day countdown. This last time we actually had 500+ days to countdown but it went very quickly with the anticipation of our 100 day “parties”. We planned out each party with a character theme, food theme, and then a craft or activity which will be used on the ship. Here’s an example: 300 party was Chip and Dale, we ate peanut butter desserts and decorated magnetic memo boards for our stateroom doors to keep in touch. Other activities included: making T-shirts for our group,decorating over the door shoe holders for our bathroom items (dollar store find), making magnetic fun foam door banners with a catchy phrase and ‘who we are’ (example: ‘there’s no traffic when you travel on the Magic’ - Diehl’d from Pennsylvania. Using the Car’s theme to decorate). We have also used the time to plan excursions, packing lists, and just talk about the food we look forward to eating again! Our final party will be a Bon Voyage theme and we will wear our Caribean attire or newly made T-shirts, eat a dessert buffet, and then make some special luggage tags so our luggage is easily noticed at pick up! Have fun dreaming and the time will go by quickly!” ...as told by author Sharon Diehl

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So just how do you plot the course that takes you from your front door to the gangway of your Disney cruise ship? In this chapter, we’ll chart the many steps in the journey, from selecting your cruise itinerary and sail dates to steering your way around tropical storms. You’ll be able to pick your way through the turbulent waters of cruise rates and packages and safely reserve your snug stateroom. Your ship’s captain will ably plot your course on the high seas, but you’ll need your own map and compass to get to Port Canaveral or other port of embarkation. We cover the many highways and byways that form your journey-before-the-journey, including fair lodgings at the port itself. Finally, it’s Embarkation Day! We make sure you aren’t waylaid enroute to the cruise terminal, that your important identity papers are all in order, and that your trunks and sea bags are packed!

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Some of you may be embarking on a cruise and/or leaving the United States for the very first time. While you may be visiting cozy, nearby ports, you’ll encounter some subtle and not-so-subtle differences between cruise preparations and land journeys. Start your planning as far ahead as possible. Not only can you save some money, but you may need that head start to obtain the proper identity documents.

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Every journey starts with the first step, and this vacation is no exception. That step, of course, is planning. Planning is the keel upon which the rest of your cruise is built. This chapter is filled with the principal planning steps you’ll need to take, plus a cargo of savvy advice and a chartroom filled with maps, charts, and worksheets to help keep you on course.

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By now, we’re certain you’re hooked on the idea of a Disney cruise vacation. The time has come, the Walrus said, to turn those Disney dreams into a voyage filled with “wonder,” “magic,” “dreams,” and “fantasies.”

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