7/1/24 Hurricane Beryl, Disney Adventure and a BIG 4th of July Sale

The little cruise line that could, Margaritaville at sea has gotten a little less “little” lately by welcoming a second ship to its fleet.  By now many of you have heard the parrot heads rejoice with the news that Margaritaville at Sea has brought on the former Costa Atlantica and transformed her into the Margaritaville at Sea “Islander.”  If you want to get an idea of what this ship is comparable to, since Costa is under the Carnival Corp. umbrella, this ship was designed and built as a “Spirit Class” vessel.  If you’ve ever been on Carnival Miracle, Pride, Spirit or Legend, you might recognize this ship’s general flow and structural design.

To celebrate Independence Day, the cruise line will be offering a limited-time flash sale in the form of “buy one get one free” cruises, along with a stateroom upgrade on both of its ships.  This sale will run from now until July 7 and will be applied toward sailings that run through 2025.  The upgrades will vary based on dates and availability.  

Disney Cruise Line purchased an incomplete vessel from the now-defunct Genting Line several months ago.   The company has recently released more details regarding the ship’s layout.  This will be Disney’s largest ship to date at a whopping 209k gross tons and total capacity of 6700 guests.  The ship will follow recent trends of large cruise ships being divided into zones, or neighborhoods.  Purpose designed for the Asian market, Disney Adventure is set to launch in 2025 and will be comprised of the following seven themed areas

Disney Imagination Garden

Being dubbed as the “emotional heart” of the ship and will offer a garden and open-air performance venue

Disney Discovery Reef

This will be Disney Adventure’s location for retail shops and various dining options

San Fransokyo Street

Here you will find entertainment for the whole family including a vibrant market, interactive games and cinemas

Wayfinder Bay

The ship’s pool deck is set to be a relaxing oasis under the sun 

Town Square

A magical version of what could be considered a promenade.  Tons of characters greet you as you shop, dine and people watch.

Marvel Landing

Themed with Marvel characters and attractions, this area of the ship will be rich with activities for the whole family

Toy Story Place

Ideally a land of inspiration where guests can “explore, create, connect and have fun.”  Water play areas and food venues all with a “Toy Story” theme.

Hurricane Beryl looks to be the first major weather event to significantly impact the cruise industry this season.  At the time of this post, Beryl is listed as a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of over 140 miles per hour.  The storm is currently approximately 500 miles south of Puerto Rico and is currently battering the smaller, southeast Caribbean islands such as Grenada and the Grenadines.  Her projected path takes her past Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and eventually into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Several cruise ships will be forced to change their itineraries to avoid the path of this dangerous hurricane.  So far, the affected vessels are Icon of the Seas, Norwegian Jade, Celebrity Beyond, Icon of the Seas, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Horizon and Harmony of the Seas.  Depending on Beryl’s path and projected power, this list can grow in the next few days. 

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