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It’s Happening! Guest-Favorite Returning to Disney Cruise Line

A cruise with Disney Cruise Line is a truly magical experience, from the second you step aboard a Disney ship through to the minute you disembark.

This is the same for Guests who are embarking on their first Disney cruise to Guests who are embarking on their 100th Disney Cruise Line vacation. Not only do the activities and design of the ships make for a perfect Disney vacation, but the Disney Cruise Line crew members add the cherry on top. Some would say that Disney Cruise Line Cast Members are second to none, surpassing the Disney magic provided to Guests in Disney Parks around the world.

Now, we have some great news to please any new or returning fan of Disney Cruise Line – the Sailing Away Deck Party is officially returning!

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Each and every Disney Ship provides its own unique adventure, whilst upholding the outstanding Guest experience that the Walt Disney Company is known for. Disney Cruise Line currently has 4 ships in its fleet: Disney Magic; Disney Wonder; Disney Dream; and Disney Fantasy. That is, until July 14 this year, when the Disney Wish will sail her maiden voyage from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Magic is special to any Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club member as it was the very first Disney cruise ship to set sail. The Disney Wonder offers Guests the chance to dine in Tiana’s Place, a restaurant that serves up southern cooking and live jazz music inspired by The Princess and the Frog (2009). The Disney Dream currently offers cruises around the Bahamas to Disney Cruise Line Guests and features Admiral Donald in the Atrium. Meanwhile, the Disney Fantasy sails around the Caribbean and features Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse.

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Disney Wish

The Disney Wish is set to be the largest Disney Cruise Line Ship to have set sail yet. It is no doubt that the opening of this ship is set to be a prestigious one. Cast Members are currently assisting in the preparation of the ship. It is currently in the Netherlands, receiving final interior and exterior touches, before it embarks on its journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Port Canaveral.

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We understand that the opening of Disney Cruise Line bookings last year following the 2020 pandemic allowed Disney Cruise Line to further prepare for the opening of the Disney Wish. We know this from speaking with some of the Cast Members who were aboard the Disney Magic for the Magic At Sea Staycation cruises around the United Kingdom last year. Select Cast Members who created magic aboard the Disney Magic in 2021 have transferred to the Disney Wish and will have the greatest honor of being amongst the opening crew of the highly-anticipated, new Disney Cruise Line Ship.

A Guest-favorite is returning

But there’s another thing that we are incredibly excited to hear about! Revealed today, April 18, by a Disney Cast Member on Instagram, Disney Cruise Line will host the first Sailing Away Deck Party since the closure of the Disney Ships on March 14, 2020.

As we write, Cast Members are preparing to make the return of this Guest-favorite to a Disney Cruise. Guests embarking on the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral are sure in for a magical surprise today!

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Sailing Away Deck Party

The Sailing Away Deck Party is the first opportunity that Guests get to see their beloved Disney characters when embarking on a Disney cruise. It’s the time when Guests, Cast Members, and Disney characters come together and celebrate their Disney Cruise vacation.

Not only is it a celebration to start a vacation, but it also marks the Disney cruise setting sail from its port.

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Located on Deck 12 on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Guests can dance to lively beats, take part in fun dance numbers and get to know their Cruise Staff team. They even get to see Captain Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and Chip ’n Dale, on stage.

Once the Disney characters and Cast Members have been welcomed to the stage, the cruise countdown is set and ends with the very first sound of the ship’s horn. Cue goosebumps and tears of happiness as Guests hear the incredible sound of Disney’s iconic songs “When You Wish Upon A Star” or “A Dream Is a Wish Your Hearth Makes”. Pure magic!

Welcome Aboard Show

We can’t help but think that the return of this Guest-favorite is in preparation for the opening of the Disney Wish. And we certainly aren’t mad about it! Whilst the Sailing Away Deck Party hasn’t been taking place, Guests have been treated to a no-less-magical, but different experience when embarking on a Disney Cruise. This was known as the Welcome Aboard Show.

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Since the reopening of Disney Cruise Line in July 2021, Guests were welcomed into the atrium of their Disney Ship and greeted from the staircase by Captain Mickey and Captain Minnie. Upon entering the atrium, Guest parties were guided to a spot in and around the Ship Mascot within view of the staircase, where they enjoyed a welcome show from Cast Members and of course, Captain Mickey and Captain Mickey!

Whilst other Deck Parties were offered during sailings to this point, they were not exclusive events, but rather ones that were shown multiple times during an itinerary. The Freezing the Night Away has been a popular Deck Party to have been featured, starring Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff, from Disney’s Frozen (2013). 

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We’re so excited to hear about the return of the Sailing Away Deck Party. This sail away celebration is the perfect way to begin a Disney Cruise.

We know, for sure, that you’re in for a magical start to your next Disney Cruise now that it is returning. So next time you’re on board, make sure you plan to attend this exciting event and “Sail Away” in style! You’re in for a Disney vacation like no other.

About Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!