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Disney Cruise Line News Roundup: DCL Returning to New York and Texas in 2017, Disney Wonder Enhancements, and More

As summer speeds by us, we find ourselves daydreaming about a Disney cruise. However, a cruise isn't in the cards right now so instead we'll catch up on some exciting Disney Cruise Line news instead! Let's dive in and see what's new.

Disney Cruise Line Alters Policy for Guests Bringing Alcohol On Ships

If you have plans to sail on a Disney Cruise Line ship after September 30 there's a new alcohol policy that limits how much guests can bring on the ships. Under the new policy guests are allowed a maximum or two bottles of unopened wine or champagne or six beers.

Castaway Cay Challenge Part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Events

Registration for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events has been open for just about two days and several races are already sold out. But if you're looking to add a little tropical fun to the Marathon Weekend, you can register for the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge 5K run.

Save Money for Your Disney Vacation with the Disney Vacation Account

Saving money for your next Walt Disney World vacation doesn't have to be complicated or stressful. Disney has created a way for guests to start saving now and you can start your vacation savings for your dream vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, or Adventures by Disney.

Disney Cruise Line Announces Ports and Itineraries for 2015

Disney Cruise Line has announced that in the early months of 2015, all four Disney ships will be sailing from Florida ports to destinations in the Bahamas and Caribbean.

The sailings include 3-, 4-, and 7-night cruises from Port Canaveral, and 4- and 5-night cruises from Miami. Each cruise from January to April 2015 will include a stop at Disney's private island Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line Changes Onboard Booking Policy for Cruisers

Disney Cruise Line has announced a change to the onboard booking policy for guests.

Effective November 12, guests who book a future cruise while onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship must complete their travel within 18 months in order to maintain the benefits they receive for booking while onboard the ship. These benefits include: 10 percent off rates quoted on disneycruise.com, up to $200 in onboard credits per stateroom, and a reduced deposit on sailings of 7 nights or longer.

Jungle Cruise Getting Holiday Makeover as the Jingle Cruise

For the first time ever, The Jungle Cruise is getting a holiday transformation into the Jingle Cruise just in time for the holidays.

Disney says the transformation is happening because the Jungle Cruise skippers are homesick for the holidays and they decided it was time to add holiday cheer to the queue and boathouse using decorations mailed from home. The Skippers are also getting crafty and have created some homemade decorations.

Disney Cruise Line Named Top Large-Ship Line in Reader’s Choice Poll

Disney Cruise Line was recently ranked as the top large-ship cruise line by readers of a national travel magazine.

Conde Nast Traveler's 26th Annual Readers' Choice Awards gave DCL an overall rating of 90.3, putting the cruise line ahead of Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Princess Cruises.

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Starry-eyed Sailings For You and Your Sweetheart At Walt Disney World

It's always nice to add a little something special to your Walt Disney World vacation, and the romance is strong when you book a specialty cruise from one of the many marinas on property. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we've got three of the most starry-eyed sailings that you and your sweetheart can embark on.

Italian Water Taxi at The Boathouse

My Five Favorite Things About The Disney Cruise Line

I've been dreaming of going back to sea, as tends to happen this time of year. If like me you yearn to slow down and relax while soaking up some serious tropical sun, maybe it's time you take a Disney Cruise. Leaving from Port Canaveral (and other Ports around the world) the Disney Cruise Line offers an escape beyond compare, and I thought I would let you in on the five things that I love most.

25 Reasons I Love Being A Disney Vacation Club Member

This year the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is celebrating 25 Years ... and beyond of creating amazing vacation magic. Disney's unique concept of a time share and the things that it would offer its owners shook up the industry when it first debuted and has been providing world class service ever since. My husband and I bought our membership in 2008 and while we wouldn't really call it a financial "investment," it is by far the best investment in our family that we've ever made.

Disney History: Precursor To The Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line first set sail on July 30, 1998 with the Disney Magic. Or did it? In 1983, Premier Cruise Line was founded with the singular goal of offering 3-4 night sailings out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. The Port was underutilized and its proximity to Orlando area attractions made it an ideal location for Premier to boost its business by partnering with Disney to offer land & sea vacation packages.

5 Reasons To Love Adventureland

Walt Disney World for Grown-ups has told you all about why we love Walt Disney World Resorts, in our popular "5 Reasons To Love" series, but today we're turning the Disney Parks as we begin to highlight some of our staff's favorite places to play. I'm often asked what my favorite "land" is, and since I was a small child I've always replied with the same thing - Adventureland. So read on and find out what makes this area of the Magic Kingdom feel so special to me.

Island Bike Rental on Disney's Castaway Cay

We've talked previously about renting bicycles and surrey bikes at Walt Disney World, but did you know that you can rent bikes on Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay?

Checking In Online For Your Disney Cruise Vacation

Disney travelers are familiar with the concept of Online Check-In, this pre-registration that helps you breeze through the process upon arrival and get straight to the fun. It's also important to check-in online when getting ready for a Disney Cruise vacation. Checking-In online for your Disney Cruise not only helps you save time at the cruise terminal, but it gives you the chance to pre-book port adventures, spa treatments, Castaway Cay cabanas, and fine dining at DCL's adults only restaurants.

Why The Disney Cruise Line Is Made For Grown-ups

People often give me a puzzled stare when they hear that I'm headed off to sea for a Disney Cruise, without my kids. In their heads the ships are only suited a family vacation, they assume that Disney's ships are crowded, loud, and over-run with kids - they couldn't be more wrong. In creating the ultimate family cruise line, Disney's planning also gave way to the perfect grown-up retreat.

Disney Cruise Line: Do I Need A Passport For Travel To The Bahamas and Caribbean?

One of the most common questions I'm asked about traveling on the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) to the Bahamas and Caribbean is "Do I need a passport?" The most basic answer for most US Citizens is "No." However, traveling abroad without one is highly discouraged and thus, my answer is always a resounding "Yes."

Disney Cruise Line: Breathtaking New Adult-only Space Planned for the Disney Magic

One of the things that makes the Disney Cruise Line a fabulous choice for grownups seeking a getaway at sea is it's phenomenal spaces dedicated to adults only. Disney recently announced that it's first ship, the Disney Magic, is about to under go an six week dry dock period this fall where she's receive some phenomenal transformations including chic upgrades to sophisticated adults-only spaces.