Disney Magic vs. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

Which cruise line has the best ship for families?

450px-Disney_Magic_1Unveiled in 1998, the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic underwent a massive makeover in late 2013 and recently added AquaDunk, a 37-foot-tall body slide, a new outdoor kids zone- AquaLab, multiple deck-top pool areas and indoor children’s zones covering almost an entire deck. Continue reading

Jedi Training and Star Wars Characters Aboard Disney Dream

 

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Family-friendly cruises are hustling and bustling to provide great customer service and ensure a great overall experience. Disney Cruise Line will offer its guests a new thrill of the world’s most famous space saga.

Disney Dream turns 5 this year and the vessel is set to go into a 20-day dry dock for some upgrades in late October. Continue reading

Disney Magic crew rescues Royal Caribbean passenger

554px-Lifebelt_in_WaterDisney Magic crew has staged a dramatic rescue of a guest on Royal Caribbean ship Oasis of the Seas who fell overboard from his liner during a luxury cruise and then holidaymakers spot him in water.

The incident happened last Thursday morning. The 22-year-old man was a guest of the world’s largest cruise ship, when suddenly he fell overboard just outside of Cozumel in Mexico. Luckily, the man was spotted by Scott Campbell, a passenger on board the Disney Magic, a Port Canaveral-based cruise ship, that was approaching the port for a scheduled port-of-call stop. Continue reading

Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” turns fifteen

fb_share_lanoubaCirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” celebrates its 15th anniversary at Walt Disney World later this month. On December 23 actually, but he celebration of the milestone will be with a special pre-show moment during the 6 p.m. performance on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. The event will be celebrated with an unprecedented appearance by Special Friends from Walt Disney World Resort. The evening will also include a few more surprises to commemorate this historic moment. The anniversary also marks the 15-year partnership between two of the world’s most iconic entertainment brands.

La Nouba is a mesmerizing and extraordinary avant-garde circus spectacle performed by Cirque du Soleil exclusively in the Downtown Disney West Side area at Walt Disney World Resort. .La Nouba translates to English as “”to party, to live it up,”” and this theme is evident in the energetic performances, the colorful costumes and the moving live music.

Since opening, La Nouba has entertained more than 9 million guests and still features over 20% of the original cast. The unique cast of 65 international performers includes an artist who has not missed a show in 15 years – the trampoline performer Alexander “Sasha” Daniltchenko. He has spent his life on the trampoline: Before joining Cirque du Soleil, he was a gold-medal winning athlete for his homeland’s national team. He has no plans to stop jumping any time soon.
“Maybe I have a high pain tolerance,” he suggests with a grin. He can remember a painful time: “Around 7,000 shows, my back was so bad.”

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Others of the long-time performers of “La Nuoba” are the clowns Sergey and Balto. After a decade and a half, the clowns still love it. Balto shared that for him, “It’s a pride. It’s still a pleasure. After 15 years, we still get a standing ovation every show.” Sergey shares the sentiment, “It’s gone by fast. It’s a lot of work, but I still love the performance. This is my dream. For me, there won’t be a retirement … I was born a clown and I’ll die that way.”

 

Disney Cruise Line’s itineraries for early 2015. All four ships will be based at Florida

All Disney cruise ships will be based at Florida ports in early 2015. Dream, Fantasy, and Magic will all be based out of Port Canaveral, and Wonder will sail out of Miami.

Castaway_CayDCL itineraries for early 2015 include both Bahamian and Caribbean cruises, with the options to enjoy three-, four-, and seven-night sailings from Port Canaveral and four- and five-night trips from Miami. Each itinerary will include a stop at Castaway Cay, the Disney’s private island for DCL guests. It will be the second year in a row that Disney Cruise Line will have its entire fleet spend most of the season sailing Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Florida.

Disney Dream will have three- and four-night voyages available to the Bahamas: Nassau and Castaway Cay. Disney Fantasy, the Dream’s sister ship, will offer seven-night trips to the Caribbean: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Castaway Cay. Disney Magic will also have seven-night trips to the Caribbean available. The Disney Wonder, sister ship to the Magic, will have four- and five-night cruises. Its itinerary for the four-night cruise will be to Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; the Florida Keys. The five-night itinerary includes Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico or Cozumel, Mexico and Castaway Cay.

Disney says fares for three- and four-night cruises out of Port Canaveral in early 2015 will start at $450 and $600 per person, respectively. Fares for seven-night cruises will start at $980. As with any DCL sailing, guests should book as early as possible for the lowest prices. Disney Cruise Line already accepts bookings for early 2015.