Cruising To New Ports For Us

We are all set with our reservations for 2014 to go on another Disney cruise.  This cruise is different for us because it is going to Jamaica, along with a few other ports of call.  We have never been to Jamaica.  My wife is doing some various searches to see what kind of shopping there is in Jamaica.  When we go to the Bahamas we get our Key Lime items.  When we did the Keys we bought cigars, and humidors for cigars.  Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, is just another extension of the Bahamas so nothing special is ever bought there.

Has anyone ever cruised to Jamaica?  What is it like?  Is the port anything like the Bahamas port that you get ambushed at by many peddlers?  Let me know what you think.

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Disney Cruise 2014 Itineraries Revealed

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2012) – The white sand beaches and azure waters of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, take center stage in the early half of 2014 voyages for Disney Cruise Line.  With all four Disney ships sailing from Florida ports, not only will guests have more options to visit Castaway Cay, but they may combine their cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom.

In the early part of 2014, the Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, Fla., joining the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder will homeport in Miami. During this time, guests will have more opportunities than ever to enjoy a Disney cruise that visits Disney’s private island in the Bahamas reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.

Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral

In 2014, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries.  Every cruise departing from Port Canaveral includes a stop at Castaway Cay.

The itineraries also offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard their Disney cruise ship and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart’s content in local marketplaces.

Three-night Bahamian sailings are perfect for a quick getaway. Rates start at $420 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014

Four-night Bahamian sailings include a day at sea to sample the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience. Rates start at $480 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan.-Aug., 2014; Disney Magic departures Jan.-May, 2014

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises, including St. Maarten and St. Thomas with three days at sea.  Rates start at $1,155 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-Aug., 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Western Caribbean cruises, including Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel with two days at sea.  Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan.-April, 2014

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica. At Falmouth, Jamaica, guests can sample the city’s history and culture, taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes, enjoy lush tropical scenery on a bamboo raft river ride and visit the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls located nearby. Rates start at $1,120 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Disney Fantasy departures May-Aug., 2014

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami (Jan.-May, 2014)

In 2014, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 for five-night cruises departing from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
Departure dates: Jan. 15, 29, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18

Five-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27

All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom. Government taxes and fees and Port Adventures are not included.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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Hunting For Cruise Necessities

Leaving for our Disney Cruise in just about 14 days we are scrambling to get everything accomplished that we need done. We have been so consumed with getting our groups T-Shirts done that we never got to finish shopping for our Fish Extender goods. Now we are running around getting the stuff we need to get our Fish Extenders ready, and packed. We tried to think of anything that would go well for either kids, or adults. The FE is a very hard thing to prepare for.

Finding a large amount of things for a reasonable rate is a hard thing to do.  We found a real nice deal on EBay for some noise cancelling headphones. They were decorated, and good for boys, or girls. The cost is what set us back. We have thought of small toys, and some specialty things that we could make, but haven’t come to final thoughts on what to do.

So you ask “What is a Fish Extender?”

A Fish Extender is a set of pockets that hang outside of your cruise stateroom door. Usually before a cruise you get to talk to some of the other people that are going on the cruise on some sort of cruise forum. For our purposes it was DisBoards, and our own Facebook Group. Each participating person puts something surprise inside the FE. It is like Christmas in a way.

Have you ever participated in a FE? Have you ever done a Disney Cruise?

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Disney Magic Here We Come

In just about 3 weeks we leave for our 8 night cruise on the Disney Magic.  We are destined for the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, and Disney World.  We have both finished printing and finishing the shirts, and magnets for our group.  It took some time, but we got it finished.

My wife has finally started to organize what is going, and what needs to be packed.  We don’t want to bring a lot of luggage onboard with us, but there are necessities that are needed for a 8 night trip.  I have told my wife that we will more than likely pack enough for 4 nights and use the washer and dryer on the ship.  It is a shame we don’t have a timeshare for the day because we could then just wash and dry at the resort.

The family has been discussing if we are going to bring anything super formal for formal night, but we aren’t really formal people.  The rest of the packing will be normal stuff that is used all the time.  I have to go do some shopping with my daughter to find some cheap perfume for my wife.  My daughter is useful for some things when it comes to her mother / my wife.  There is only one thing that she must not pinch pennies on, and that is the sunscreen.  Last cruise I got sun poisoning, and don’t intend to get it again.

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We Should Work For Disney

Each year we go on a Disney Cruise we end up making custom tshirts for the other people that we talk to on the internet.  This year we have @45 shirts to make.  I do all the design and graphic work while my wife does all the ironing.  I do not copy any concept that has been done before, and the shirts are unique to the cruise that we are going on.  Each trip it is great to hear others comment on how they like the designs that I have come up with, and how the shirts came out.

Have you ever done anything for a vacation, or club that came out perfect in the end?

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