Captain Minnie Mouse Takes the Helm of the Newest Disney Cruise Line Ship

Captain Minnie Mouse is already making wishes come true for our newest ship! Today we unveiled that this beloved character will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish.

The bow’s elegant filigree art, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels, includes an intricate scrollwork pattern reminiscent of the classic ocean liners of the 1930s. And the portrait of Captain Minnie on the Disney Wish adds just the right amount of Disney whimsy to the design!

The magic of Captain Minnie also came alive today as we reached a significant construction milestone for the Disney Wish marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony. During a ship’s construction, when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features none other than … you guessed it, Captain Minnie!

The newest captain (in her bold red jacket!) made her splash aboard our ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry. And with Captain Minnie at the helm of the Disney Wish, the hope is to continue inspiring girls and young women around the globe!

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*Information and Photos from the Disney Parks Blog

Lets Go Away! Travel Planning Stress FREE!

Lets trade the winter blues for some Caribbean Blues!!! Does the thought of navigating travel in a post Covid world stress you out? Well today we have a guest writer. Jennifer Williams from Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company is here to help!!!

“Wow!  You have made planning our trip so easy and stress free!”

Words I never get tired of hearing!

There are dozens of reasons that travel can cause stress:

*Planning

*Unrealistic Expectations

*Safety Concerns

*Finances

*Air Travel

*Will the world back home keep spinning without you?

But travel doesn’t have to be stressful…

Even with the unique stressors each traveler experiences, the most common stressors for travelers occur in the “pre-game” stages–Planning for, Paying for and Packing for their dream vacation. For some, this is just too much and they choose not to travel. For others, they trudge through the motions and end up so stressed out before their trip they don’t fully enjoy it once they are finally in vacation-mode. Using an experienced travel agent can help reduce if not eliminate these stressors.

Planning for the big trip. This can easily become the most overwhelming part of travel. With an overabundance of online travel websites and options, finding the best price for the best dates can be too much for even the experienced traveler. Allow me to take over this part and utilize the wide range of vendors I work with to find you the best vacation possible. I will take the time and sort through the options and provide you with what I like to call the “Cliff-Notes” (because I am old). This abridged version of your options will generally include the top 2-5 choices to fit your vacay checklist.   All you have to do is look at the highlights, discuss with your travel party (if you choose, LOL) and choose your favorite package, and we’re ready to go!

Paying for the trip can be a lot to work out for anyone. My commitment to my clients is to get them the best options for their budget. I work to find options that satisfy the desires of my clients while not going over budget. On the reverse side of this–I am also transparent with my clients–if you come to me with an unrealistic budget for your dream trip–I’m going to help you see what you can get for your current budget vs. what you need to budget for your wishlist. Does the thought of one huge chunk of money being paid at final payment bother you–again, that’s an easy fix. I can create a #vacaylayaway plan to allow you to make payments on your trip reducing the final payment to a more palatable amount.

Finally, packing for the big trip! I know you’re sitting there thinking… “WOW you’re going to come and pack for us too?!” I wish I could–but I WILL make sure you have all the best tips and tricks based on my experience traveling to ensure your suitcase is filled with what you need. I am always available for questions about travel, including do you need a cocktail dress at Disney (no), does my husband need a collared shirt for dinners in Cancun (possibly), 1 or 2 bottles of sunscreen (3). 

My clients will say,the biggest perk of using a travel agent is to take the stress out of traveling. As we all can attest- travel can be stressful… planning for, paying for, and packing for your dream vacation.  When choosing who you’d like to work with, make sure you spend some time chatting and getting to know exactly what services they offer. While many agents will offer similar service: planning, activity & dining reservations, troubleshooting, etc.–you will want to make sure that you find someone you trust. Rather than trudging through the motions, entrust the planning to me, and get into TRAVEL MODE that much faster!

Are you ready to take the leap–and allow me to destress your vacation planning?  Contact me today!

Dream it, Plan it, Live it!

Jennifer Williams

MHA Travel Company

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Recipe for the ‘Colette’ Champagne Cocktail at Disney Cruise Line’s Remy

Anyone can cook … or in this case, mix!  

For this installment of #DisneyMagicMoments, we’re excited to spotlight one of my favorite places aboard our Disney Cruise Line ships: Remy, the French-inspired fine dining restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. We’ll take a quick look at some of the exquisite design details that make this location so unique and also share the recipe for one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

As you might have guessed, Remy is named after the tiny chef with a passion for cooking in the 2007 Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.” Evoking the romance of Paris, the City of Lights, this restaurant offers the most luxurious dining experience aboard our Disney Cruise Line  ships. The elegant dining room is softly lit and designed in a timeless Art Nouveau style with tasteful nods to the film, including artful appearances of Remy. Some of my favorite details are featured in the images below!

But of course, there is the main event – the cuisine. Guests will dine on fine French fare from an ever-changing menu brought to you by the culinary talents of two prestigious chefs,  Scott Hunnel and Arnaud Lallement, who are both internationally recognized for their outstanding creations.  

And these delectable masterpieces are accompanied by an array of fine wines and libations. Which leads me to the “Colette” Cocktail, a beverage inspired by chef Colette from “Ratatouille.” At Remy, this signature cocktail is handcrafted tableside, expertly combining champagne and vodka and garnished with three Cassis pearls and dried pineapple cubes. And now you can impress your friends and family by making it at home! See the recipe details below: 

Colette Cocktail (Served at Remy aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) 
Serves 1 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 oz. Grey Goose VX 
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier Paris Edition 
  • 4 oz. Champagne 
  • 3 Cassis Pearls (optional) 
  • 2 Dried Pineapple Cubes 

Instructions: 

  1. In a martini glass, place Cassis Pearls. 
  2. Add champagne and vodka. 
  3. Finish with dried pineapple cubes. 

So bring a sophisticated taste of Paris into your home this weekend. 

And stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes stories, recipes and other #DisneyMagicMoments coming your way from Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Parks Blog!    

Á la vôtre! 

While the Disney Cruise Line isn’t currently running due to Covid, you can still get a FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE from Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company! PLUS they offer generous FREE ON BOARD CREDIT when you book a NEW SAILING with them!!!

Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  They are a FULL Service AWARD WINNING Travel Agency!  Contact them TODAY!

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*Information and Photos from the Disney Parks Blog

Canada bans cruise ships into 2022

You might have already heard that the Government of Canada has prohibited Cruise ships until March 1st of 2022. We are monitoring the situation and our clients affected by this extension.

We stay up to date on all travel notices to give you peace of mind while traveling. If you have a cruise booked with a Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company Travel Advisor, we will be contacting you to let you know of your options.

Below is the release from Canada:

The Government of Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors. Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe and healthy are top priorities for Transport Canada.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means:

  • Adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters.
  • Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.
  • Cruise vessels carrying 100 or more people are still prohibited from operating in Canadian waters.

Pleasure craft used by local Arctic residents will not be affected by these measures.

With these prohibitions in place, public health authorities will be able to continue focusing on the most pressing issues, including the vaccine rollout and new COVID-19 variants.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada continues to advise Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.

Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue to follow local public health guidance and protocols, and follow mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks. These could include: reducing the number of passengers, ensuring physical distancing, the wearing of masks, and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

Cruise vessels in Canadian waters pose a risk to our health care systems. The Government of Canada will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all Canadians. Should the COVID-19 pandemic sufficiently improve to allow the resumption of these activities, the Minister of Transport has the ability to rescind the Interim Orders. 

Disney Cruise Line Takes #1 Spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line Rankings for the Seventh Year in a Row

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For the seventh year in a row, Disney Cruise Line has earned number one spots in the Best Cruise Lines for Families and Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean categories of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line rankings.

These annual rankings celebrate the very best of the best and recognize how our fantastic teams continue to outdo themselves each and every year. In the words of our Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle, “The energy and enthusiasm our Crew Members bring to their roles is the driving force behind why Disney is such a trusted name in cruising.”

U.S. News & World Report rates more than 150 cruise ships based on an analysis of expert and user opinions that factor in traveler type, overall cruise ship quality, reputation in the industry, types of itineraries, approval ratings and more.

There is so much passion and planning that goes into creating the perfect ocean-going vacation for each member of the family, but what is the best thing about a Disney cruise for you? Is it seeing the Broadway-style shows in the Walt Disney Theater or splashing along our amazing “water coaster” at sea? For me, it’s watching the waves roll in from the comfort of a swaying hammock at our island paradise, Disney Castaway Cay. And, I will never miss an opportunity (and you shouldn’t either) to indulge in a delicious brunch at Palo, our chic adult-exclusive restaurant.

Hope to see you around the ship real soon!

Since we first set sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has delivered incredible family vacation experiences that combine the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world. From Broadway-style productions inspired by classic Disney tales and dedicated spaces for kids and adults to signature dining and spa experiences, Disney Cruise Line offers something for every member in your family. For a full list of this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line rankings, visit U.S. News 2020 Best Cruises Guides.

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Our friends at Mad Hatter Adventures, offer up to $1000 in FREE ON BOARD CREDIT for all NEW Disney Cruises booked with them!  If you haven’t yet experienced a Disney Cruise, contact our favorite travel professionals at Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company.  Mad Hatter Adventures, is an Authorized Disney Travel Planning Agency.  They are a FULL service agency that can help plan ANY adventure!  Contact them TODAY!  Info@MadHatterAdv.com or toll free at 1 – 844 – M – HATTER.

 

*Photo and info from Disney Parks Blog

First Look at the New Castaway Cay Challenge Medal Design Inspired by Captain Minnie PLUS FREE ON BOARD CREDIT!

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Today, Disney Cruise Line and runDisney revealed a brand-new medal design for the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge in January. To get a first look at the design, which celebrates Captain Minnie Mouse at the helm, take a look at this video…

The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place on our private island during a four-night cruise on the Disney Dream following the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Before enjoying the island’s white sand beaches, snorkel lagoons and more, you can run through paradise in this unforgettable runDisney race. Back on the ship, you’ll experience world-class accommodations and dining, incredible family entertainment and relaxation at its finest.

PLUS if you book with Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company you can get up to $1000 in FREE ON BOARD CREDIT!

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Ready to Book YOUR Adventure?

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Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company  On Board Credit Terms & Conditions:

On Board Credit Amount is based on the Disney Cruise Line CRUISE FARE ONLY and does NOT include nor apply to taxes, government fees, insurance, transfers, airfare, hotel stays, shore excursions, gratuities, purchases on room folio, Adventure by Disney Add-ons, nor any additional vacation components booked with Disney nor any other travel supplier. The OnBoard Credit is listed in US Dollars.  The OnBoard Credit cannot be combined with any other promotional discounts or offers, nor any previous rebate nor other on board credit promotions, including but not limited too transfers and place holders booked while on board. The OnBoard Credit does not apply to staterooms booked under a group block. This offer is not valid toward any active reservations booked prior to 4/15/19 by Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company. Cruise sail date must occur by 12/31/20. One Onboard Cruising Credit per reservation. Onboard Credit cannot be combined for multiple reservations. Offer is subject to change without notice.

If your Disney Cruise reservation is modified before or after final payment and this results in a price change, the Onboard Cruising Credit amount will be adjusted accordingly. Complimentary upgrades from Disney do not constitute a change in Onboard Credit amount. If cruise reservation is canceled at any time, the Onboard Cruising Credit Offer is null and void and cannot be transferred or redeemed as cash.

Disney Cruise Line and Captain Minnie Mouse Inspire Next Generation of Female Ship Captains

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With a collection of new initiatives, Disney Cruise Line is making a splash to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry. The debut of Captain Minnie Mouse, new nautical youth programs and new scholarships are designed to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry and chart a course for success.

Introducing Captain Minnie Mouse

We know how Disney characters have a unique ability to inspire and connect with children. Now at Disney Cruise Line, Captain Minnie Mouse will encourage young girls around the world to consider a career in the maritime industry. She will spread the message of exploring new horizons, both by land and by sea.

Captain Minnie Mouse, in her crisp new uniform with smart white trousers or skirt and a bold red jacket emblazoned with captain’s insignia, will make the rounds on all Disney ships starting in April.

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Empowering Women through Maritime Scholarships

This year, Disney Cruise Line will sponsor four scholarships at the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas for female cadets who aspire to be ship captains and shipboard leaders. The scholarships, one for each of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, include two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.

Nautical Fun for Children at Sea

Onboard Disney Cruise Line ships later this year, Captain Minnie Mouse will appear in an all-new youth activity where young captain hopefuls practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun maritime-themed activity. Children will hone their STEM and problem-solving abilities – skills that play an important role in the maritime industry – in a series of engaging, hands-on activities.

The interactive experience will be a journey of discovery, exploration and imagination that will be offered in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.

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Why Knot – Taking Nautical Fun Ashore

As part of a commitment to encourage future generations to pursue careers in the maritime industry, Captain Minnie Mouse will visit children in some of Disney Cruise Line’s homeports and ports of call. Children will have an opportunity to meet Captain Minnie Mouse and be inspired by her “can do” qualities and ability to tackle any goal she sets her mind to.

As part of these local community visits, Captain Minnie Mouse will be accompanied by a female Disney Cruise Line officer or crew member to showcase their roles in the maritime industry and raise awareness about career choices for women aboard a cruise ship.

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Exclusive Captain Minnie Mouse Merchandise

To celebrate the excitement of Captain Minnie Mouse at the helm, Disney Cruise Line is unveiling a special line of merchandise, exclusive to the Disney fleet. Items in the nautical-themed collection of apparel and gifts tout the tagline, “You Can Call Me Captain.” A brand-new Captain Minnie Mouse plush will be introduced this summer.

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Captain Minnie Mouse also takes the spotlight on a new PANDORA Jewelry charm, available for purchase exclusively onboard.

Ready to set sail on a Disney Cruise?

Contact Mad Hatter Adventures Travel Company and you can get up to $1000 in on board credit when booking a new reservation with them!

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They are an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Contact them TODAY for ALL your travel needs!

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*Information and Photos from the Disney Parks Blog

Disney Cruise Line On Board Credit!

Starting today Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company is giving away FREE MONEY!

Yes that’s what I said, FREE MONEY!  When you book a NEW Disney Cruise reservation with them, they will apply an on board credit to your account.  That means that while you are on board, you can use that credit to pay for drinks, spa treatments, dinner at Palo or Remy, or anything you purchase while on board.

So here is my question to you, If it costs the SAME to book with a Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Specialist, than it does to book directly with Disney?  Then why wouldn’t you contact them?

Here are the details……

Book a Disney Cruise with a Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Specialist

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Get an On board Credit!

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Of course there are terms and conditions.  I mean aren’t there always?

For example, They figure your OBC only on the commissionable cruise fare.  Which makes sense.  They can’t give you something they don’t have.  I will attach below  the exact terms and conditions they have supplied.  But seriously consider them for ALL you travel needs!

 

Mad Hatter Adventures is a FULL SERVICE and  AWARD WINNING Agency

They are an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Contact them TODAY for ALL your travel needs!

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Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company  On Board Credit Terms & Conditions:

On Board Credit Amount is based on the Disney Cruise Line CRUISE FARE ONLY and does NOT include nor apply to taxes, government fees, insurance, transfers, airfare, hotel stays, shore excursions, gratuities, purchases on room folio, Adventure by Disney Add-ons, nor any additional vacation components booked with Disney nor any other travel supplier. The OnBoard Credit is listed in US Dollars.  The OnBoard Credit cannot be combined with any other promotional discounts or offers, nor any previous rebate nor other on board credit promotions, including but not limited too transfers and place holders booked while on board. The OnBoard Credit does not apply to staterooms booked under a group block. This offer is not valid toward any active reservations booked prior to 4/15/19 by Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company. Cruise sail date must occur by 12/31/20. One Onboard Cruising Credit per reservation. Onboard Credit cannot be combined for multiple reservations. Offer is subject to change without notice.

If your Disney Cruise reservation is modified before or after final payment and this results in a price change, the Onboard Cruising Credit amount will be adjusted accordingly. Complimentary upgrades from Disney do not constitute a change in Onboard Credit amount. If cruise reservation is canceled at any time, the Onboard Cruising Credit Offer is null and void and cannot be transferred or redeemed as cash.

Any unused Onboard Credit is not redeemable for cash, credit or refund. Any and all unused onboard credit is forfeited by the user and cannot be refunded to the user in any way. No exceptions. The Onboard Cruising Credit can be used for most valid charges incurred while on the Disney Cruise including gratuities, alcoholic beverages, Disney organized shore excursions, shipboard and Castaway Cay spa treatments, photographs, souvenirs and activities on Castaway Cay and the Disney Cruise. The onboard credit is not valid for purchases in port or shore excursions that are not arranged by Disney Cruise Line.

This OnBoard Credit Offer is valid on NEW 2019 & 2020 Disney Cruise Line Reservations booked with Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company by 12/31/2019.  Travel must be completed by 12/31/20. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or offer from Mad Hatter Adventures, Travel Company.

All terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Why Port Canaveral is the Perfect Port to Start Your Disney Cruise

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I am excited for the lineup of sailings from Port Canaveral!  Disney is sailing year-round from this port on three-, four- and seven-night voyages to a variety of destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean and Bahamas, as well as a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

Port Canaveral, remains one of the most popular departure points for family cruises. Here are just a few of the reasons why this Florida port is the perfect place to start your Disney cruise vacation:

With the Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream cruising from January to May, it means a full menu of options to sail from Port Canaveral this year. Each ship has a variety of magical onboard experiences ranging from unique family dining to dynamic Broadway-style live musicals! You can also choose from a wide array of itineraries with sun-drenched beaches to the Bahamas and Eastern and Western Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for a week long Caribbean cruise vacation or a shorter Bahamian getaway to relax on the beach, Port Canaveral is the perfect place to begin!

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Every cruise from Port Canaveral stops at Castaway Cay, our private island paradise in the Bahamas – the ideal getaway for families.
Castaway Cay is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests and outfitted for premium family leisure. Whether you’re seeking some adventure, relaxation or quality time with your family, this pristine island has something in store for you. With activities from stingray encounters and snorkeling to bike rentals and private cabanas – not to mention powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and lush landscapes all around– your whole family will have countless ways to create amazing vacation memories!

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It’s also close to the Walt Disney World Resort – the perfect place to start or end your vacation!
Port Canaveral, near Orlando, is only a one-hour drive from Walt Disney World Resort, giving you the option to plan the perfect Disney vacation – both on land and at sea! Disney makes combining a cruise and resort stay easier with options like motor coach transportation between the port and resort and luggage delivery from the resort to your stateroom.

Ready to book your cruise out of “Florida’s Fun Port?

Contact a Mad Hatter Travel Adviser TODAY to learn about Disney Cruise Line!

Mad Hatter Adventures is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Contact them TODAY for ALL your travel needs!

Info@MadHatterAdv.com    1-844-M-HATTER