Special Offer for Disney+ Subscribers with Disney Cruise Line

Special Offer for Disney+ Subscribers with Disney Cruise Line

Beginning September 8, 2022, Disney+ subscribers can a book special offer for Disney Cruise Line!

As a special offer for Disney+ subscribers, third and fourth guests sail free with two full-fare guests in the same stateroom on select Disney Cruise Line voyages! 

Set sail and save—third and fourth Guests of Disney+ subscribers sail free* with 2 full-fare Guests in each stateroom, for up to 2 staterooms, during select cruises in 2023.

This offer is available on select sailings on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy from January 2023 through April 2023, in stateroom categories 4A–11C.

Taxes, fees and port expenses for all Guests are not included and are due at time of final payment.

Important Details

Disney+ subscribers: Third and fourth Guests sail free* with 2 full-fare Guests in the same stateroom. Offer available for select sailings on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, January 2023 through April 2023, in stateroom categories 4A–11C. Taxes, fees and port expenses for all Guests are not included and are due at time of final payment.

*Excludes taxes, fees and port expenses of approximately $89–$202 per person depending on the itinerary selected (all amounts subject to change). Offer excludes suites and categories with restrictions (VGT, OGT and IGT). Offer only available to Disney+ subscribers who are residents of the US and Canada. Disney+ subscriber can book up to 2 staterooms with this offer; 2 full-fare Guests must stay in each stateroom. The Disney+ subscriber must be the primary Guest on the reservation and must sail in one of the staterooms booked with the offer. Proof of Disney+ subscription required. Must be 18 years of age or older to subscribe to Disney+. If Disney+ subscription cannot be verified, reservation will be cancelled with applicable fees. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotions. Valid on new and existing reservations. Offer is subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited. Stateroom accommodations for four or more Guests are limited and based on availability at the time of booking.

The following sailings are not eligible for this offer:

  • Disney Magic: January 2 & March 13, 2023
  • Disney Dream: January 2 & April 10, 2023
  • Disney Fantasy: March 11 & 25, 2023
Top 5 Questions from First Time Disney Cruise Line Guests

Top 5 Questions from First Time Disney Cruise Line Guests

If you didn’t hear, I’m excited to share that as of later this month, Disney Cruise Line is dropping pre-Covid testing requirements for most guests! Many of my clients have been waiting for this to book their next cruise as the idea of showing up to the cruise and being turned away would be too much of a disappointment and far too stressful!

I totally get it!

A Disney Cruise Line vacation can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never sailed! Today I wanted to share the Top 5 Questions I get when planning a Disney Cruise Vacation!

Amanda
Owner, Living With The Magic Vacations


In no particular order…

5-It’s so expensive…what’s included?

Disney Cruise Line vacations can be expensive…but what vacation isn’t expensive these days? It’s all about value, and Disney Cruise Line offers the MOST value of any cruise line out there! It’s possible to board a Disney Cruise and spend NO money and still have a wonderful time! There are a few things you’re likely to spend money on though…


-Port Adventures excursion
-Spa and salon services
-Babysitting in our ship’s nurseries (kids ages 3 and up have complementary kids clubs!)
-Onboard photography service (you can pre-purchase packages to get a discount!)
-Alcoholic beverage (Disney offers a daily discounted drink of the day, wine and beer packages to help you save)
-Adults-only dining venues, Palo (aboard all ships) and Remy (aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy).

Remember these are all OPTIONAL and there is so much included!

-Breakfast, lunch and dinner
-Soft drinks served at meals and at each ship’s beverage station
-Snacks and ice cream throughout the ship
-Disney Character Meet & Greets
-Entertainment including live Broadway-style productions at the Walt Disney Theatre as well as Disney movie classics and current first-run films at the Buena Vista Theatre

4- I think I’ll just be bored all day…what’s there even to do?

Several years ago I was answering this question for my husband. He was sure he’d be bored and didn’t understand why I would want to go on a cruise. After a 3-night intro sailing, he was hooked and now it’s his favorite kind of vacation! Here are his favorite things to do aboard Disney Cruise Line!


-Spend time in the adults only areas of the ship! From Cove Cafe for his daily iced coffee’s, to Satellite falls, he loves to spend time without the kids for a bit!
-BINGO!! This does have an additional cost but it’s a great way to spend an hour as a family
-Trivia happens several times a day with different themes…some adult only and some kids but they are a blast!
-Meeting Characters…ok maybe not HIS favorite but he does love to hang out with the kids while they meet all their favorites!
-Broadway style shows…hands down his FAVORITE thing about a Disney Cruise vacation!!

You can be as busy as you want on a Disney Cruise vacation…spend the day at the pool or fill your schedule with activities. It’s up to you!

3- Do I need a passport?

This one is tricky because the requirement and my answer are TWO different things! For most close-looped cruise (starting and ending at the same U.S. port) you can use just your birth certificate.


HOWEVER (and that’s a big HOWEVER)


If something happens, a medical emergency for instance, you are going to want your passport (and travel insurance) for a safe and timely return to the U.S. Without a passport you can (and will) be stranded in another country!

2- How are the Disney Cruise ships different? How do I know which to pick?

Great question!! That’s where I come in! With 11 sailings under my belt (and counting) I can help you pick the perfect ship! Disney currently has FIVE ships to pick from (with more coming). Sometimes the itinerary will dictate the ship (for instance, if you are traveling to Europe or Alaska, you’ll automatically be on one of two ships) but if you are heading to the Caribbean, we’ll have more choices and it may come down to ships.

Maybe you’ll enjoy the newest ship in the fleet, the Disney Wish, with some amazing enhancements and features (like themed dinners, a slide into the kids clubs and the brand new Aquamouse, coaster at sea) Or maybe you are looking for a smaller, more intimate ship to start out? I can help you figure out the best ship for your family, when the time comes!!

1- What’s so special about a Disney Cruise vacation vs. other cruise lines?

I’m glad you asked!! I could give you a top 5 on what makes Disney Cruise Line special…maybe we’ll save that for another day!! For us, we choose Disney Cruise over and over because of the amazing food, adult only areas, Broadway style shows, kids clubs…but most of all, for the Cast Members. They are what truly make our vacations magical! From the bar staff, to the kids clubs and our dining room servers that travel each night with us, it wouldn’t be the same without them!!

I’d love to chat more with you about a Disney Cruise vacation! Just reply to this email to start chatting!

Disney Cruise Line COVID testing update

Disney Cruise Line COVID testing update

We are so excited about the latest Disney Cruise Line COVID Update!!

Beginning Sept. 23, 2022, for sailings aboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish and Disney Wonder and beginning Nov. 7, 2022, for sailings aboard the Disney Magic, fully vaccinated Guests are no longer required to participate in COVID-19 testing in order to sail. Guests who are NOT fully vaccinated must continue providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one to 3 days before the sail date. However, Guests who are not fully vaccinated will no longer be required to complete a second test at the terminal on embarkation day.

The following SeaMail will be sent to guests who have booked through travel agents on impacted sailings:

Dear [Guest Who Booked Through A Travel Agent],

All of us at Disney Cruise Line look forward to welcoming you aboard soon. We are reaching out with important updates to the COVID-19 testing requirements for your sailing.

Earlier this month, we communicated that beginning on September 2, 2022, for sailings departing U.S. and Canadian ports, Disney Cruise Line will only require Guests ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Additionally, beginning September 23, 2022, for Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings departing the U.S., fully vaccinated Guests are no longer required to participate in COVID-19 testing. Unvaccinated Guests (ages 11 and younger) will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 1-3 days before the sail date. Unvaccinated Guests will no longer be required to complete a second COVID-19 test at the terminal on embarkation day. Acceptable vaccines and testing information for Guests ages 11 and younger can be found in the Know Before You Go section of DisneyCruise.com. 

 COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings from the U.S. beginning September 23, 2022Face Coverings
Fully Vaccinated Guests(All guests ages 12 and over) No testing required. Optional
Not Fully Vaccinated Guests(Ages 11 and younger)Pre-Embarkation Testing:COVID-19 test 1-3 days before the sail date. The test must be a rapid or lab-based PCR test, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT). Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. Optional, Highly Recommended

Upload Proof of Vaccination and/or COVID-19 Test Results

In order to sail, all guests 12 and older (who are required to be vaccinated), plus those under 12 that are vaccinated, must upload their proof of vaccination to the Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day. Unvaccinated Guests must upload a negative COVID-19 test result to the Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day. Uploading these documents is a requirement for adults and children, regardless of age. A parent or legal guardian will need to use their own account to provide this information on behalf of minors. To learn more about how to provide proof of your negative COVID-19 test result, please visit Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.

After appropriate documents have been uploaded and reviewed by Inspire, Guests should see the words “Clear to Arrive” or “Clear to Sail” in the Pre-Sail Screening section when they log into their Safe Passage account before arriving at the port.

It is also recommended that Guests bring a copy of their proof of vaccination or negative COVID- test result with them to the port. Guests who fail to upload proof of vaccination and/or COVID-19 test results may be delayed or denied boarding. If you have any questions about your Safe Passage registration or status, please contact Inspire Diagnostics at 877-250-5132.

Back-to-Back Sailings

Guests who are not fully vaccinated and traveling on back-to-back sailings will be required to complete a COVID-19 test between sailings, paid for by Disney Cruise Line.

Guests Recently Recovered from COVID-19

In some cases, people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may still test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If Guests have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 within 11 to 90 days of their sail date, they may qualify to be considered as “90-Day-Recovered,” with the appropriate documentation and subsequent approval. Not-fully vaccinated Guests who are considered “90-Day-Recovered” are not required to participate in COVID-19 testing during the pre-embarkation phase of their voyage. For details on what documentation is required, please visit Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.

Online Check-in

You must complete Online Check-in beginning 30 days prior to your sailing. You will need to submit the required documents as well as select a Port Arrival Time. All Guests, including our Platinum Castaway Club Guests, will need to select a Port Arrival Time. Please be aware that Guests will not be permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before their scheduled arrival time. Guests who arrive early will be asked to return at their scheduled arrival time, and Guests arriving after their scheduled time may be delayed and asked to wait behind those arriving at their scheduled time. Online Check-in can be completed or modified up to one day prior to sailing. After completing Online Check-in, you will receive a Port Arrival Form by email. Bring this with you to the port to expedite your arrival.

As our health and safety protocols and operational guidelines are subject to change, please visit the Know Before You Go section of our website for the latest information and answers to many frequently asked questions.

Guests booked on the Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy or Disney Wish September 23, 2022, through December 31, 2022 may modify or cancel their sailing by September 12, 2022 without any Disney-imposed cancellation fees. Please contact your travel agent for details on how to cancel or modify your booking. Please note that change fees and cancellation fees imposed by third-party suppliers, such as airlines and hotels, as well as travel insurance, are not refundable. Refunds will be processed back to the original form of payment. Standard cancellation policies and terms and conditions apply for any cancellation or modification requests received on or after September 13, 2022.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

Sincerely,

The Cast and Crew

Disney Cruise Line

My Top 5 Favorite Things About the Disney Wish

My Top 5 Favorite Things About the Disney Wish

If you’ve read my past blog posts about the Disney Wish, you’ll know that I didn’t know what I was heading into! This was done purposefully, so I could experience the ship for the first time, live, in person, and as present as possible! I had the luxury of doing this as I set sail on the pre-inaugural sailing. If I didn’t get the opportunity to go, I’d soak up every video and photo I could find online until I was able to board! I am so lucky that I was invited on the pre-inaugural sailing and was able to experience the Wish in this way! I’ll preface my top 5 by saying, 3 nights was NOT enough time and I can’t wait to go back and have some more time to really immerse myself and focus more on my family than work!

In no particular order….my top 5 favorite things about the Disney Wish!

The Atrium
One of the only things I had seen in advance, was the Atrium…but the photos just didn’t do it justice! I expected it to look like the other ships with different colors and decor but it was so much more magical than I was expecting. It was seriously ethereal! It gave such an amazing first impression as to what was to come!

The Food

I have always been a big fan of the food Disney offers on the ships but the variety the Wish offered was out of this world! Besides having some really amazing, interactive, and immersive experiences, I honestly enjoyed the new variety of quick service options on the pool deck! Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods which includes Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream! The tacos from Donald’s Cantina were my favorite…maybe tied with Daisy’s Pizza! SO GOOD!

The Pools

While I miss the location of the adult pool, I honestly loved the layout of the rest of the pools and slides onboard (you can read more about the pools here). The pools being different depths, and being scattered around with great views of Funnel Vision, made the pool deck less chaotic and loud!

The Lounges

It seemed everywhere we turned there was a bar or lounge! This ship had an incredible number of spaces dedicated to adults but also the theming was amazing! My favorite spot on the ship, hands down, was Nightingale’s Piano Bar! This small space is inspired by the song lyrics from Cinderella, Sing, Sweet Nightingale. The drinks were incredible, and the piano player was amazingly talented! We definitely stopped by this lounge more than once!

A little sampling of the entertainment from Nightingale’s!

The Details

One of my favorite features about the ship is the attention to the smallest detail. From the design of the hallway carpets to the lighting and beyond, there is so much attention to the smallest details! It’s hard to put into words so you’ll just have to experience it for yourself!

Here are a few of my favorite things!

Tiny railing detail at the Bayou
A door for every “character”
I love the way the light bounced off the walls!
What a sweet sleeping place for the babies!
A Sweet Nightengale Cocktail
I definitely need more time to return to the Rose!
What a fun way to head to the Kids Clubs!
Just Released: Disney Cruise Line Fall 2023 Itineraries

Just Released: Disney Cruise Line Fall 2023 Itineraries

We are so excited to announce that Disney Cruise Line Fall 2023 itineraries are HERE! With five ships to choose from, and a wide variety of destinations, Disney Cruise Line offers something for everyone! Plus don’t forget the return of the Halloween on the High Seas sailings and Very Merrytime Cruises!

Caribbean- Enjoy 5, 6 and 7-night sailings from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, San Juan and New York!

Bahamas-Enjoy 3, 4 and 5 night sailings from San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Port Canaveral!

The Caribbean and Bahamian Sailings enjoy stops at Disney’s own private Island, Castaway Cay!

West Coasters!! Disney returns with Baja and Mexican Riveria sailings for 2, 3, 4 5 and 7 nights!

East Coasters…looking for a tropical getaway without the flights. Departing from New York, Disney Cruise Line will once again offer 4, 5 and 6 night Bermuda sailings. Select sailings will also head up the coast for 4 nights to Canada!

Looking for a bigger adventure? How about a 14-night sailing through the Panama Canal?

Booking will be available starting July 25th for Platinum members but open to the General Public starting July 28.

Pools Aboard the Disney Wish

Pools Aboard the Disney Wish

I’ll admit it…I’m not a fan of sneak peeks. Upon finding out that I was going to be sailing on the pre-inaugural Disney Wish sailing, I tried avoiding as many spoilers and sneak peeks as I could! I have a serious love/hate relationship with the internet and really wanted to experience the Wish for the first time, with my own two eyes (and ears)! As much as I tried to avoid this, there were a FEW things I heard about in advance…one of which was that Disney Cruise Line had changed up the layout of the pool deck. Much like a lot of things to do with Disney, this was met with disappointment and complaints…before most people even set sail! I set out to keep an open mind and let me say…I’m glad I did!

On the previous 4 Disney Cruise ships, the layout was very similar. There was an adult-only pool located forward, with 1-2 additional pools located Aft. These spaces were specifically laid out based on ages with a pool or splash area for toddlers, a family pool and the adult only. These spaces felt purposeful and separate which always seemed to work well!

Goofy Pool aboard the Disney Magic
Donald and Mickey Family Pool aboard the Disney Fantasy

For the Disney Wish, the approach and aesthetic was completely changed…and I’ll be the first to admit, that I loved it! The layout involves size smaller pools in the main family area of the pool deck. The wonderful thing is that for deck parties, only TWO of these pools need to be covered up. The rest of these pools are located in a tiered, stadium approach which was awesome for watching movies on Funnel Vision!

Here you can see 5 of the pools! The top two are the deepest with a depth of 4’6″. The middle row was more shallow at a depth of around 2′ deep with a cascading waterfall. The lowest two pools are the largest of the two, and the two are covered up during parties. These separate pools made for a much calmer experience than what I’ve seen before aboard a Disney Cruise…and we aren’t even done yet!

On Deck 14 you’ll find a quiet pool, with a shallow depth of 2′ but with gorgeous views, tons of deck chairs, and manned by a lifeguard! Have kiddos with sensory issues? This is the perfect spot for a little R&R!

On Deck 11, you’ll find the Toy Story Splash Zone, perfect for the little ones that aren’t ready to swim yet.

You’ll also find another splash pool, Trixie’s Falls as well as Slide-a-Saurus-Rex, for anyone 38″ or taller!

Looking for a more thrilling waterslide? For those 42″ or taller, be sure to check out the AquaMouse…and because I don’t love spoilers, I won’t share anymore about this AMAZING attraction at sea!

And don’t worry… Disney has NOT forgotten the adults! The Quiet Cove has moved to Deck 13! On the way to the Quiet cover, you’ll find a variety of chairs, loungers, and sunbeds! Plus a Whirlpool!

Located Deck 13 aft, you’ll find 2 tiled seating areas with gently cascading water and a shallow pool. With amazing views of the ocean, we found this spot to be perfectly tucked away.

Nestled in between these areas is Disney Cruise Lines first infinity pool. We found this area a bit crowded but as this wasn’t an official sailing and was overrun with adults, we’ll save our judgement for next time!

Plus you’ll find a bar, more seating and just around the corner, the Cove Cafe for delectable coffee drinks (and sadly no treats…which we hope Disney rectifies asap)!

Overall we really enjoyed the layout of the pools aboard the Disney Wish. This ship goes above and beyond with the finer details and there truly is something for everyone!