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Disney Cruise Line Quebec and Bermuda Bound in 2018



In fall 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to Quebec City, Canada and Bermuda.  Also, three special sailings from New York City will take guests to Disney World and Disney’s private Bahamian island – Castaway Cay.  Cruises from California, Texas, and Florida round out the autumn season.


For the first time, Disney guests will be headed to the island of Bermuda.  Each of the 5-night voyages include two full days in Bermuda, while one 6-night cruise includes three days there.

Perfect for outdoor fun, Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches and a variety of water activities.  There’s lots of shopping and sightseeing to do, and at only 21 square miles the island is easy to explore.  With its own blend of Caribbean and British culture, Bermuda boasts a rich history in sailing, a passion for cricket, and a unique national piece of clothing: Bermuda shorts.

Disney Magic sailings to Bermuda from New York City set sail October 2018.

Quebec City

Quebec City, Canada is a new port for Disney, and will be featured on two new itineraries sailing between New York and Quebec City.  Both include two full days in the city, as well as stops at other Canadian ports new to the line – Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

With lavish castles, towering fortresses, cobblestone streets, and French-inspired food, Quebec City offers a taste of Europe without ever having to cross the pond.  Must-see sights include the historic Chateau Frontenac hotel and Montmorency Falls, which measures 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls.  Both Saguenay and Baie-Comeau offer nature beauty and local cuisine that includes plentiful seafood, wild game, and the indigenous cloudberries.

Two 7-night Disney Magic cruises between New York City and Quebec City depart in September 2018.

Walt Disney World & Castaway Cay

Autumn cruises aboard Disney Magic from New York City also include three 7-night cruises to Disney World.  Each includes a stop in Port Canaveral and a day on Castaway Cay.

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To further add magic to the special sailings, each guest will receive a one-day Disney World park hopper ticket and round-trip transportation between the ship and theme parks.  During their visit, guests can enjoy the brand new Pandora – The World of Avatar land at Animal Kingdom, which will immerse them in a mystical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and lots of new experiences.

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  • In September and October 2018, Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera.  Baja cruises visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada.  Mexican Riviera sailings featuring Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas.
  • In November and December, Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries.  All cruises to the Bahamas stop in Castaway Cay.
  • In December, Disney Magic will return to Miami with voyages to the western Caribbean and Bahamas, including stops in Key West and Castaway Cay.
  • During late 2018, Disney Fantasy and Dream will continue to operate a variety of Bahamian and Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, with a stop in Castaway Cay on every itinerary.

Bookings for these voyages open to the public on May 18, 2017.

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Norwegian Encore is Now Open for Booking



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Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest addition to the fleet, Norwegian Encore, is now open for booking. The ship will begin sailing on November 17, 2019 to the Caribbean from Miami through April 12, 2020.

Norwegian Encore‘s eastern Caribbean cruises will feature some of the region’s most popular destinations. On the seven-day cruises, guests will first visit San Juan, Puerto Rico. The other calls will be in St. Thomas and Tortola.

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This past January, the ship marked her first construction milestone with a steel-cutting ceremony that took place at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Slated to be around 167,800 tons and holding 4,000 guests, Encore‘s debut in Miami will coincide with the scheduled completion of the line’s new terminal at PortMiami.

More details on the ship’s design, cabins, dining, and onboard amenities will be revealed in the months to come.

For more information on Norwegian’s new PortMiami terminal, click here.

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Carnival Cruise Line Adds Photo Packages



As much as passengers love having their pictures taken around the ship — especially on formal night! — they’ve always hated how expensive it can be to buy those photographs. This week, Carnival Cruise Line has rolled out photo packages designed to make it at least a little bit cheaper to bring home the images of those special moments.

How Much The Packages Cost

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Now available for pre-cruise purchase in the Fun Shops, there are three different packages for cruisers to choose from, all of which offer significant savings over buying individual photos while on board. The packages break down as follows:

  • Pixels: This package offers prints of 5 of your best photographs, plus 1 16” by 20” canvas portrait at a cost of $99.99.
  • Pixels Plus: With this package, you can choose as many of your favorites as you like and have them printed at a cost of $199.99.
  • Pixels Plus Digital: This option offers you all of the prints of your favorite photographs, plus a souvenir USB stick containing high-resolution digital versions of the pictures, and runs $249.99.

Although all three packages must be purchased in advance in order to take advantage of the discount, those picking the Pixels option have until the final sea day of their voyage to pick the five prints they want to have made. Passengers who purchase a package will receive a Pixels gift ticket, which will be left in their stateroom. That ticket can then be taken to the photo gallery for redemption (which must be done within two days of boarding).

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Not All Photos Are Included

There are, of course, exceptions and restrictions, although generally speaking, the packages do include all of the candid and posed shots taken by the ship’s photographers. But photos of people not staying in your stateroom aren’t included, nor are photos of large groups (such as those that might be taken for weddings or other special events) or generic ship images. If your group does a private photo shoot (or wants additional prints), those come at an extra charge. And it’s important to note that once you’ve disembarked, the photos will no longer be available! For full details on the packages, head to the Fun Shops at

Will you purchase a photo package for your next Carnival cruise?

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Carnival Horizon Will Have Live Music in Steakhouse



As the countdown to Carnival Horizon’s spring arrival continues, new details are emerging every day about what passengers can expect on the fleet’s newest ship. This week, it was revealed that Horizon will introduce a new twist to the line’s popular steakhouse.

What Will Be Different

This morning, Carnival’s Brand Ambassador, John Heald, announced on his Facebook page that guests dining at Fahrenheit 555 — aka the line’s branded, for-fee steakhouse —will be treated to live piano music during dinner hours, which typically run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Many people at first wondered if this meant there would be two piano-centric venues onboard Horizon, but as it turns out, deck five’s layout is a bit different on this ship than on her sister ship, the Vista, and it is this small difference actually winds up making the dinnertime entertainment possible: On Vista, the steakhouse is across the hall from the piano bar, while on Horizon, the two are side-by-side. The two venues will be separated by a watertight door which, during the dinner hour, will be opened so that a pianist can play classical music to entertain guests.

Read More: 7 Reasons to Dine in Carnival’s Steakhouse

And no, guests needn’t fear that if they are lingering over a late dinner at the steakhouse, the atmosphere will suddenly turn raucous when the piano bar opens. As Heald explained, “If anyone is still dining in the steakhouse at 10 p.m. or whenever we open the piano bar, we will close the door, the piano bar will open, and the steakhouse is closed off again.”

About Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Carnival Cruise Line recently started revamping the steakhouse menus across the fleet to add items such as pork belly, fresh oysters, crab risotto, prime beef and a new dessert called Table Art where the chef designs your dessert in front of you.

The steakhouse is currently priced at $35 per guest, with the kid’s menu offered at $10.

Do you like the idea of a pianist playing while you enjoy dinner at the steakhouse?

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