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Disney Cruise Line Returns to New Orleans & Favorite Tropical Destinations in Early 2021

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Starting in early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will begin using New Orleans as a home port for several cruises. This makes for a great opportunity – the home port is a destination of it’s own. You can tack on a few days before or after a Disney Cruise to explore the home of Tiana & Prince Naveen!

The Disney Wonder will sail to the Western Caribbean, Bahamas, 14 night Panama Canal, and also a new port in Mexico where you can explore Mayan Ruins. The Wonder will also sail out of Galveston in 2021. From this home port you can sail to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West (a favorite of mine!), Castaway Cay, & Nassau.

If you are looking for a more Tropical Itinerary, look no further than the Disney Magic, Fantasy, and Dream. In early 2021, they will sail to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean. The home port for the Magic will be Miami while the Fantasy and the Dream will leave out of Port Canaveral.

Which home port you sail out of can definitely enhance your trip. If you have never been to Miami and it is a place you hope to visit, sail an itinerary on the Magic and add a day or so before or after your trip. Of course, nothing beats sailing out of Port Canaveral and adding a few days at Disney World onto the front or back end of a cruise. I like to call that our “Surf & Turf” trips. They are my favorite – the best of both “worlds”.

Castaway Club Members can book these itineraries as early as September 30th for Platinum, October 1 for Platinum & Gold, and October 2 for Platinum, Gold, and Silver. They go on sale to the general public on October 3rd.

If you are interested in more information regarding one of these itineraries or to reserve, I would be happy to give you a no-obligation quote. My planning services are free of charge. I save guests time and frustrations by handling all their reservations, phone calls, and deadlines. I focus solely on Disney Cruises and do not book any other cruise line so I am very well versed in all things that need to be accomplished during you planning phase. I look forward to hearing from you!

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12 Days of Christmas in July

On the Second Day of Christmas, Minnie Gave to Me::

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Traveling for the Holidays

While there is not a whole lot of availability left for 2019, there are still a handful of Very Merrytime Sailings left that you can take advantage of. Take a break from the chilly weather and see what the Holidays are like on the High Seas!

There are Tree Lighting Ceremonies, your favorite Disney Characters dressed in their Holiday Best, as well as a few special surprises provided by our favorite Frozen Sisters. Many Holiday activities await you including decorating gingerbread houses and you may even catch Santa himself! He needs a break too, right? Don’t forget Holiday themed shows, entertainment and merchandise. Many guests say it is their favorite sailing of the year! Will it be yours?

Some Tips for your Very Merrytime Sailing:

  • Get in the spirit! Bring Ugly Sweaters, Festive Mickey Ears, Santa Hats – whatever Holiday Garb you would like!
  • Decorate! Bring some Holiday Cheer to your stateroom. Box Stores sell mini LED lit Christmas Trees that we bought to bring last year that are lit with just a USB Plug. Bring Holiday Decor for your Stateroom Door too!
  • Get the Character photos! It is only on these special sailings that you will find your favorite Disney Pals in Holiday Wear at Sea.
  • Enjoy the Holiday Treats. There are several yummy Holiday treats onboard. Make sure to get to the Hot Cocoa Bar after Mrs. Claus’s Story time.
  • Go to the Holiday Events! They are so special and unique to these sailings. They are well worth your time and you will be so happy you did!

Taking a Disney Cruise during these wonderful celebrations is a great way to enhance your holidays! I recommend one of the first sailings offered. It is a GREAT way to really get in the Holiday Spirit and kick off the season.

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

Get your Holiday shopping done early and reserve a trip for a Disney Destination. Whether it is a Disney Theme Park, Disney Cruise, Aulani, or an Adventure by Disney, your family is sure to be super excited about it and that excitement will continue until you travel.

One year with the littles were…littler, I got super creative. I cut out Cinderella’s Castle out of cardboard. The castle was about 4 ft. tall and the front doors were tall enough for them to go through. I drew details and colored it in. Behind the doors, I put two wrapped boxes full of things that they would use in Disney. When they came down Christmas Morning, they were able to open the doors and go “into” the castle and discovered all their wonderful goodies and that they were going to Disney World in a few short weeks. Their boxes included:

  • Our countdown
  • A Luggage Tag
  • Mickey Stickers (the kind you get in the parks)
  • Disney Sun Glasses
  • Disney Waterbottles
  • Disney Coloring book & Crayons
  • Glow Wands & swords (Dollar Tree)
  • A New Disney Shirt
  • A Disney Frame
  • An autograph book & Pen (For the 3 year old)
  • Disney Gift Card
  • Disposable Camera

The little guy didn’t really get it but my LilBug was totally excited and was so ready to go. It was great to watch her face light up as she went through the box and they kept the castle for a few months to play in.

Holiday Recipes

Mickey Cookies! Once again, using the sandwich shaper, we used sugar cookie dough and cut out several Mickey Heads. Once baked, you can use several different combinations of icings and sprinkles to decorate. We make these each year and leave some for Santa and share the rest with our family on Christmas Day. Enjoy!

Contact Me

If you would like assistance reserving a trip to a Disney Destination for the 2019 Holidays or if you would like to beat ALL the Holiday crowds and book a Disney Destination to gift to your loved ones this year, contact me today! I would be delighted to help you find a great way to wrap up your gift to surprise your family! If you are looking for some things to add to a surprise gift box, like the stickers I mentioned, let me know and I am happy to send you some!

Better yet, you can include the Minnie Box in their gift box. This is our Thank You gift to you for letting us assist in Planning Your Dreams. It will be full of Magic and Excitement and is a great way to get your family excited about any Disney Destination. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!

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DCL Major Announcements

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Disney Cruise Line just won Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Award – Number One for Ocean Cruise Line! This is a vote made solely by their readers and the readers all agreed – Disney is Top Notch! Yes, there are so many cruise lines out there but let’s face it folks, you get what you pay for!

So many categories are taken into account when readers make these decisions. It is clear that the Food, Provided Activities, Ports-of Call, Cleanliness, and most importantly, their Customer Care & Service are the very best. The Crew & Cast Members really help make these sailings the most Magical on the High Seas and we are so grateful. They have guests returning year after year because of their attention to detail, kindness, and desire to entertain and please. As the President, Jeff Vahle, says, “they are the secret to our magic!”.

Also, because of the many repeat guests, Disney Cruise Line is always trying to find ways to make the Cruises new and exciting. Coming soon are three new ships as well as a new Private Island. They will also add New Orleans to their list of “Home Ports” and add the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, and Greece to Ports of Call. Big things happening for sure!

Looking for a Very Merrytime for Your Holidays?

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Disney just added several new sailings for November and December of 2020. These cruises will be November 12th and December 30th (with the exception of 12/26 & 12/30 sailings).

These itineraries will be Bahamian or Caribbean Cruises and they will depart from Miami, Fl.

If you would like more information on these Very Merrytime cruises, check out more details here.

To book or inquire today, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation quote! I would love to help you turn your family’s dreams of a Disney Cruise into fantastic memories that can be cherished forever. Booking a planning a Disney Cruise can be a little overwhelming and it is easy to miss things that make your trip easier and less stressful. That is where I come in! My services are free of charge. I am happy to look out for discounts that come up after you have booked and automatically apply them as well as keep track of all the important milestones so you do not have to. Disney Cruise reservations made with me will receive our Trademark Minnie Box as our special thank you!

(Based on qualifying minimum vacation package)

This is a gift mailed to you prior to your departure for your trip. It is tailored to each travel party and is full of magic and excitement. This is our way of saying thank you and showing just how much emphasis we put on customer service and satisfaction at Magical Vacations LLC. Let us assemble one for you!!

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2020 Disney Cruise Fall Sailings – Reserve starting June 10th!

The Magic Starts The Moment You Realize You CAN Afford A Disney Cruise – Let Me Show You How!

Beginning June 10th, Disney Cruise Line will begin taking reservations for their Fall of 2020 cruises. The most preferred rooms get snatched up super quick so it is best to have a plan in place before the booking window opens. Here is when you can reserve the cruises:

  • June 10th – Castaway Club PLATINUM & Golden Oak Residents
  • June 11th – Castaway Club GOLD
  • June 12th – Castaway Club SILVER, DVC & AbD members
  • June 13th – Everyone can reserve!

Contact me today for a no-obligation quote. We can get all the details squared away now so that when the booking window opens, we can do our best to get your preferred options. My services are free of charge and you will receive all my knowledge and experience to assist in planning your cruise of a lifetime. Our Signature Minnie Box will be mailed to all qualifying reservations – a gift from the agency to you, full of magic and tailored to your travel party! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Disney Cruise Line Navigator App – Updated

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Disney just made a huge improvement to their Disney Cruise Line Navigator App!

Now you can utilize the app before you board the ship! There are now new elements to the app, including the fun countdown above, that are both helpful and can get the whole family excited for their trip.

New additions include:

  • Manage several different parts of your reservation including modifying staterooms, making payments, and viewing deck plans
  • Check-in right on the app
  • Activities section where you can see activities both on the ship and at your ports of call
  • Additional Options section where you can look at your ground transportation, flight information, protection plans, and more

To learn more about the Navigator App – head over here. I consider it a “must-have” on the Disney Cruises.

I have super useful information that can really enhance your trip when it comes to checking in, protection plans, ground transportation & more! Contact me about reserving a cruise and let me help you get the most out of your stay. If you’re already booked, we may be able to transfer your reservation over to me. Plus all qualifying trips receive our Minnie Box delivered to your door before you travel! Our gift to you that is tailored specifically to your party & your trip.

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Speaking of In-Room Gifting…

You can now order gifts to the room for Disney Cruises through DisneyCruise.com
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It is super simple and it will be so much faster and more accurate that faxing in your orders. Anything you would like would need to be ordered at least 3 days prior to sailing. Cakes need to be ordered 7 days prior to sailing. Follow these easy steps:

  • Go to DisneyCruise.com
  • Click “Already Booked” Drop Down Menu
  • On the Menu under “Before You Go” is Onboard Gifts
  • Enter your Cruise Information and you will be directed to a great menu of gifting options

Items for purchase include:

  • Flower Arrangements
  • Disney Cruise Line Merchandise
  • Sweets & Treats
  • Beverages (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic)
  • Room Decor
  • Gift Packages…and more!

Take advantage of this great service and surprise your littles or loved ones on your next cruise! I am happy to help you add this to your next Sailing! Contact me today for a no-obligation quote. When you reserve through me, my services are free of charge and you receive fantastic customer service along with all my knowledge of Disney Cruises and their itineraries. Plus, I will meet all the deadlines and do all the paperwork so you can sit back and enjoy the fun parts of planning! All qualifying reservations will receive our Minnie Box! A special gift to you filled with magic and surprises, individually tailored to each family! See Ya Real Soon!

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Disney Cruise Line’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Debuts New Signature Makeover

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is delivering a whole new look to Princesses aboard Disney Cruises. Now, on all four Disney ships, the Boutique is offering a complete Rapunzel Makeover!

This new makeover is quite elaborate. The dress has beautiful details with lace and lattice. Their Fairy Godmother will complete the look with crystal tiara, a Rapunzel Sun Pendant Necklace, and a gold-plated sterling silver bracelet with Swarovski crystals. Princesses can then add the traditional sash, nail polish, makeup, and a fancy hair style. With a bit of Pixie Dust and a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, the Rapunzel Makeover is complete!

This experience also comes with a white robe with princess embroidery, a satin hanger, and a garment bag. This will protect your dress when you travel home. It is a beautiful experience for your beautiful princess.

Ready to reserve your Disney Cruise? Itineraries are now released for well into 2020. Contact me for a no-obligation quote! My services are free of charge and they can save you time and money. Plus, all qualifying reservations will receive our Minnie Box- A special gift tailored to your family delivered to your door in time for departure!