Hurricane Dorian forces Cruise Lines to Change Itineraries

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August 30, 2019: Hurricane Dorian forecast path update.

Hurricane Dorian is disrupting the cruise industry, causing a change in travel plans for many ships in the Caribbean.

Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival have all announced itinerary changes. At least 12 cruise ships’ itineraries from Disney (1), Royal Caribbean (7), & Carnival (4) were modified to avoid the rough seas around Hurricane Dorian.

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Disney Cruise Line Latest Update

(8/30/19) – Disney Cruise Line Updates Cruise Itineraries

August 30, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.:  Tropical Weather Update

We continue to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Dorian to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. The safety of our guests and crew is always our foremost concern. Since all tropical storms and hurricanes are inherently unpredictable, our plans may change from day to day based on the most current information. Please check this site often for the most up to date information.

Disney Fantasy – Saturday, August 31

At this time, based on the current predicted storm timing and path, we do not anticipate any changes to the Disney Fantasy sailing on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Disney Dream – Monday, September 2

Based on our most recent conversations with ports in Florida and to help our Guests better finalize their travel plans, we have decided to turn this cruise into a two-night sailing, with an expected departure from Port Canaveral on Wednesday, September 4, and an expected return to Port Canaveral on Friday, September 6.

At this time, we anticipate Disney Dream will visit Disney Castaway Cay on Thursday, September 5, dependent on whether it is impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Guests that choose to continue with this sailing will receive a 50% refund of your voyage fare and a $250 onboard credit per stateroom.

Guests who do not want to sail on Wednesday must call us at 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by noon on Sunday, September 1. Guests will then have until October 31, 2019 to choose a new sail date. They may change their reservation to a later date without incurring a change fee, though there may be a difference in price depending on the new sailing selected.

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August 29, 2019 Update:

Disney’s Fantasy cruise ship was rerouted to a western Caribbean route because of the storm, according to a spokeswoman.

Trips to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday and St. Thomas on Wednesday were replaced with stops in Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

“We will continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian and make additional itinerary changes as needed,” the spokeswoman said. The ship returns to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Island cruise ports ahead of Hurricane Dorian earlier in the week.

cruiseRead daily updates from Disney Cruise Line Blog:  Hurricane Dorian Sailing Updates

We continue to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Dorian to ensure our Guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. The safety of our Guests and crew is always our foremost concern.

Disney Dream – Friday, August 30

Based on Hurricane Dorian’s current location and projected path, we have determined that it is safe for Disney Dream to set sail on Friday as originally scheduled. Once the ship departs Port Canaveral, it will keep a safe distance from the storm. Depending on its path, there is a possibility that we may need to modify the itinerary, including not being able to return to Port Canaveral on Monday. We will continue to monitor weather forecasts throughout the sailing and adjust as needed.

Guests that do not want to sail on Friday, must call us at 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by noon on Friday. Guests will then have until October 31 to choose a new sail date. They may change their reservation to a later date without incurring a change fee, though there may be a difference in price depending on the new sailing selected.

Disney Fantasy – Saturday, August 31

At this time, based on the current predicted storm timing and path, we do not anticipate any changes to the Disney Fantasy sailing on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Disney Dream – Monday, September 2

We are closely monitoring potential implications for the Disney Dream sailing on Monday, Sept. 2. We encourage Guests to monitor our website for updates.

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Aboard the Disney Dream

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Disney Magic Cruise Ship rescues Overboard Royal Caribbean Passenger

Plucked from the ocean!

Plucked from the ocean!

On January 8, 2015, a passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship fell overboard around a mile off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico.

The 22-year-old man was rescued at around 6:30am after Disney Magic cruise ship passenger Scott Campbell heard the man’s cries from his state room balcony. After quickly telling Disney’s guest services there was a man overboard, they sprang into action and sent a lifeboat out.

Another Disney Magic passenger David Hearn caught the rescue on video from the ship’s deck. Watch his raw video below, which he posted to YouTube, the rescue begins around 55 seconds into the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUKcR1Iz7I

He was VERY lucky!

Crew practicing liefeboat launch and rescues in Jamica.

Crew practicing lifeboat launch and rescues  while docked in Jamaica.

While we were on our Disney cruise in Feb. 2014 aboard the Disney Dream, we watched them practice launching the lifeboats and doing sea rescues just like this while docked at port.

Aboard the Disney Dream:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/nassau-bahamas/

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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Disney Dream Cruise – Sailing Away Dance Party!

Disney Dream Cruise – Sailing Away Dance Party!

Disney Dream Bahamas Cruise: 4 Days/3 Nights

Day     Port                        Guest Ashore    Guest Onboard
1          Port Canaveral, Florida   —                   4:00 p.m.

2          Nassau, Bahamas             9:30 a.m.       5:45 p.m.

3          Castaway Cay                   8:30 a.m.        4:45 p.m.

4          Port Canaveral, Florida    7:30 a.m.

We left Orlando for Port Canaveral at 10am as we had an early check-in time of 11:45am.  We both have been on other cruises, but this is the first time we sailed with Disney.  The Disney Dream was launched in 2011 and has room for 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew. It is a HUGE ship with 12 decks!

We arrived at the Disney terminal in Port Canaveral without knowing what stateroom we had been assigned to. We were happily surprised to learn that we had been upgraded to a Deluxe Family Suite (sleeps 5) with oceanview and veranda on Deck 7! We love Disney!

Ready to set sail with Captain Mickey aboard the Disney Dream.

Ready to set sail with Captain Mickey aboard the Disney Dream.

After dropping our luggage off at the curb, we checked-in at the terminal port. The Disney characters were already there and we got to meet both Captain Mickey and Minnie. The check-in process was the best and fastest of any cruiseline that we’ve sailed with. When you walk onboard the ship from the gangplank, officers and crew are lined up in the Grand Atrium to announce your names and welcome you aboard.

The Grand Atrium is lovely with a huge art deco flower art piece hanging from the center of the ceiling.

WOW!!!

WOW!!!

A lunch buffet was being served at Cabanas on Deck 11, the pool deck. We knew we were going to have a fabulous time on the cruise when we saw how delicious the buffet was! There were plenty of free tables at Cabanas if you wanted to sit inside, and also lot of covered seating around the pool if you wanted to sit outside.

Beautiful mural at Cabanas.

Beautiful mural at Cabanas.

Disney is the only cruiseline to offer a soda fountain bar with unlimited ice and drinks. (Other cruiselines make you buy a beverage package.) Cabanas was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. After hours, on the same deck, Flo’s V8 Café (like in California Adventure in Disneyland) served hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, and salads until late into the night.

Our stateroom was available at 1:30pm and our luggage arrived at 2pm. The cabin was beautiful! After some settling in, we decided to explore the ship from top to bottom before the Sailing Away party started at 4:30pm. So much to do!

Disney Dream Recreation (from Wikipedia):

The ship features the first water coaster at sea, called the “AquaDuck”, a 765-foot long winding waterslide with a four-deck drop and a course that winds 13 feet over the edge of the ship and through the ship’s forward funnel. The AquaDuck runs the width of the ship and the length between the funnels, almost the size of a U.S. football field. Other water activities include a Mickey’s Slide and 3 pools. All pools contain fresh water.

The adult-only, Quiet Cove Pool, includes a series of connecting pools with depths ranging from 6” to 4 ft.deep sun-bathing pools with a bar at the end of the 6 inch “pool”. There are also hot tubs for adults & families, some of which have glass in the floor. The ship also boasts a Walt Disney Theatre, which shows first run Disney movies and live Broadway style shows.

There is a giant 24 x 14 ft. LED screen facing Donald’s Pool, attached to the forward funnel.

Activities aboard the Disney Dream include: a 9 hole mini-golf course, a walking track, digital sports simulators, a full-sized basketball court that can be converted for use as a soccer pitch, volleyball court, or football/table tennis area.

Some cabin photos:

Our decorated cabin door.  The doors are made of metal and you can use magnets to decorate it.  We got our name decal off of ebay before the cruise, and the ship’s gift shops also sell door décor.

Our decorated cabin door. The doors are made of metal and
you can use magnets to decorate it. We got our name decal
off of ebay before the cruise, and the ship’s gift shops also sell door décor.

Our lovely stateroom with veranda on Deck 7.

Our lovely stateroom with veranda on Deck 7.

Sailing Away Dance Party:

Party being broadcast live on the huge LED screen.

Party being broadcast live on the huge LED screen.

The Sailing Away dance party was a high energy blast! All the characters were there dancing away as the ship slowly left dock and made its way through the canals of Port Canaveral and out into the open sea. It was a cool and overcast day, but the pools were open and people were sliding down the Aqua Duck slide.

Having fun at the Sailing Away party.

Having fun at the Sailing Away party.

As we left port, the ship’s horns started to play. Disney Dream’s horn plays songs from Disney movies and parks: “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Pinocchio), “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (Cinderella), “Be Our Guest” (Beauty and the Beast), “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” (Pirates of the Caribbean), “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life for Me)” (Pinocchio), and “It’s a Small World”. Wonderful to listen to!!!

The fabulous Disney Dream’s horn show:  A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes 

Ship’s horns playing Disney tunes.

Ship’s horns playing Disney tunes.

One went to the Disney pins trading event one night:  Trading Disney Cruise Pins Onboard the Disney Dream.

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Docked at Castaway Cay.

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Planning a Disney Dream Cruise

Planning a Disney Dream Cruise

Our cruise ship – The Disney Dream

After ‘earning your ears’, one of the perks for Cast Members is that you get a significant discount on Disney cruises. But, there’s a catch. As they tell you in the Disney Traditions class, you can get a great cruise rate, but good luck getting the time off for a cruise!

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The cruise of a lifetime to sail as a cast member aboard the Disney Dream.

You have to work for Disney for 90 days to qualify for the cruise discount. For the Fall CPs, that puts you right into the peak November-December holiday season, with little chance of getting a time off request approved at the last minute.  But, if you extend, or for the Spring CPs, there’s a very good chance of it all working out!

Disney posts unsold staterooms (inside/outside) for cruises 2-4 weeks out on the HUB. That doesn’t give you much time to put in for time off and get it approved!

The fares are typically 40-60% off the prices listed on the official Disney Cruise Line webpage. You have to be flexible because you won’t know what stateroom you’ve been assigned to until you sign in at the port, literally minutes before you board the ship.

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A sample of cruises available on the Hub for cast members.  A 4 night cruise to the Caribbean aboard the Disney Dream was only $260!  The 40% cast member holiday discount was still in effect…so we got 40% off all merchandise and excursions!!!

And, of course, not all cruises will have staterooms available. Disney likes to sail with their ships at 100-104% booked. So, cruises won’t be available for Cast Members around holidays or other peak times.

But, if it works out, not only will you get a great rate, your Cast Member discount will work at the Disney Port and shops onboard the ship too!

We’ve booked a cruise aboard the Disney Dream ship for the first week in February from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas! 🙂

Sailing away aboard the Disney Dream:  Our Disney Cruise!

Pin Trading aboard the Disney Dream: Trading for Disney Cruise Pins!

We traded a ship's officer for this one!

The pin trading aboard ship is wonderful!  We traded a ship’s officer for this one!

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Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise!

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Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay today.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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