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Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Disney Fantasy’ Sets Sail April 2012; Bookings Open October 20

The Disney Fantasy will sail her maiden voyage on April 7, 2012, bringing even more innovation, unique guest experiences and personalized service for which Disney Cruise Line is renowned. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy will feature an AquaDuck water coaster, magical children’s areas, world-class entertainment, delightful dining, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for guests of all ages with beloved Disney stories and characters.

Guests will be able to book Disney Cruise Line sailings, including the Disney Fantasy, for the initial part of the 2012 season beginning Oct. 20, 2010. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral, Fla. on the popular seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern and western – including a stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will continue to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, while the Disney Wonder will remain on the west coast, sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries from the Port of Los Angeles. To start the 2012 season, the Disney Magic will sail alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

“The Disney Fantasy continues our tradition of sailing beautifully-designed vessels that offer innovations, world-class guest service and memorable family vacation experiences like only Disney can do,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “We are delighted to expand our offerings to provide guests with more options and more flexibility to enjoy a Disney family cruise.”

Additional Disney Fantasy details and 2012 itinerary information will be released at a later date.

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Disney Cruise Line Named Top Cruise Line by Readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

(L-R) Angie Harmon, Samantha Brown and Disney Cruise Line President, Karl Holz (Photo Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com)Disney Cruise Line has been recognized as the No. 1 cruise experience at the Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for Condé Nast Traveler magazine in New York City.

Known as the leader in family cruising, Disney Cruise Line took the top honors in the Mega-Ship category, which is part of the magazine’s annual readers’ survey that recognizes the best in travel for resorts, destinations, airlines, cruise lines and car rental agencies.

Samantha Brown, renowned travel expert and television host on The Travel Channel, presented the award to Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz at the awards gala in New York City.

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Video: Building the Disney Dream’s Oceaneer Club

Disney Cruise Line has released this teaser video which shows where I plan on spending most of my time when the Disney Dream makes its inaugural voyage in January of 2011, the children’s Oceaneers Club. After a couple of refreshing reminders of the concept art for Andy’s Playroom and the Monster’s Inc Laugh floor, we’re treated to the real deal (or at least what’s been put together of it so far).

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Disney Magic Cruise Ship Saves 18 Individuals Considered Lost at Sea

USA Today confirms reports that on Friday, August 6, 2010, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic rescued 18 Algerians considered lost at sea while voyaging in the Mediterranean. While sailing between Gibraltar and Barcelona, the Disney Magic joined the search for the people who had been reportedly missing for four or five days.

“The shipboard team heard crew members from two other vessels talking on the radio about sighting the boat and then losing a visual of it, so the Disney Magic then joined the search and quickly spotted the small boat, which had lost power,” Disney spokeswoman Rena Langley says.

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Photo Gallery: Construction of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Complete

Christopher Robin Model Sheet 2 ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. The final block, a 260-ton portion of the ship’s bow, was added to the Disney Dream yesterday at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, signaling its completion. Composed of 80 separate building blocks welded together, the next step for the Disney Dream is to have its interior completed before its inaugural voyage on January 26, 2011.

The largest in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream has a length of 1,115 feet, a maximum width of 125 feet and weighs in at 128,000 tons.

Photos by David Roark. Courtesy of Disney.

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Environmental Group Applauds Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Crappy’ Attitude

In issuing its second report on the environmentality of several cruise lines, grassroots environmental watchdog group Friends of the Earth has distinguished Disney Cruise Lines as being ‘most improved’ for its improvements in sewage treatment over the past year. Continuing to use its odd letter-slash-pass/fail system to rate large cruise lines and their ships, Disney Cruise Line rose to a C- rating from a solid F in last year’s report.

With new advanced sewage treatment systems, it’s lack of shoreside power that keeps DCL from earning a top score (at least until its excursions into Alaska begin). The inability to power the ship directly from the ports means that the ship must burn off ‘dirty fuel’ while docked in order to provide electricity to the ship.

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Disney Cruise Line Video Offers First Look at New Technology Used on Disney Dream

As a follow up to a recent press event at Walt Disney Imagineering, previewing some of the new tech-driven entertainment features to be offered on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line has just released the following video demonstrating some of the new and exciting items.

Included in the video demo are the interactive magic play floor, the Finding Nemo experience at the Animator’s Palate, the inside staterooms’ virtual porthole (featuring the house from UP and Peach from Finding Nemo) and the enchanted art which plays home to the detective adventure game as well as other innovative interactive experiences.

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Disney Cruise Line’s ‘Disney Dream’ Leaks Details on New Theatrical Production

Not much is known at this time about the new production being created by Disney Creative Entertainment for the Disney Dream as she preps to set sail in early in 2011, the least of which is the title (still ‘To Be Determined’), but what we do know is some of the creative force behind it: Off-Broadway director Gordon Greenberg, Peter Pan choreographer Patti Colombo and writer Kirsten Childs of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

We also know a couple of the roles which are actively being cast:

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Disney Cruise Line to Premiere ‘OCEANS’ at Sea; Makes Donation on Behalf of Guests and Crew

Disney Cruise Line will roll out the blue carpet to premiere Disneynature’s newest film, “Oceans,” aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder today. In honor of Earth Day, Disney Cruise Line will make a $3,000 donation on behalf of all guests, cast and crew members to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program, protecting coral reefs in The Bahamas.

“Oceans” follows last year’s record-breaking film “Earth,” and features spectacular, never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies. Disney Cruise Line crew members will also raise additional funds through a “Walk for Oceans,” a late-night fundraiser that has become an annual tradition onboard the ships.

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