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The DCL Dude Podcast is a show dedicated to all things Disney Cruise Line! We will talk recent DCL news, share travel tips, interview guests, go over the best and worst (ok, mostly best) that DCL has to offer, share trip reports, and hopefully interact with you, the listener! Follow us on Twitter (@theDCLdude) or like us on Facebook (facebook.com/dcldudepodcast)!
 
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Listener Janelle joins me in this episode to discuss her family's recent 5-Night Western Caribbean cruise from Miami aboard the Disney Magic. We get into everything from pre-departure travel, to current testing protocols, to fun around the ship. It was a lot of fun mixed with a lot of laughs, so definitely worth a listen! Don't forget to connect wi…
 
Listener Amy joins me in this episode as we brainstorm ideas for our perfect private island destination for Disney Cruise Line. Amy had a lot of great ideas and we really had a lot of fun, so you don't want to miss this one! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any …
 
I'm joined in this week's episode by Erin Foster, who is a co-author of the Unofffical Guides to Disney Cruise Line! The 2022 version of the book was just released and Erin shares with us what's new in this year's version. She also cruised recently and shared her experience onboard. It was a lot of fun and you don't want to miss it! Don't forget to…
 
The excitement is builing for the Disney Wish and her debut is only months away! A lot has been released about what to expect, but in this week's episode, we're giving you the top-5 things to be excited for! Or maybe more like 8-10, but you get the idea! Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at…
 
In this week's episode, we're asking "What if"? To learn more, you'll have to tune in to hear what it's all about! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any ideas for future episodes, we'd love to hear them! Finally, if you're thinking about booking a Disney Cruise, …
 
We've got a one-of-a-kind trip report for you in this week's episode! Joe, from backtothemouse.com, returns to the show to discuss his family's recent 5-night sailing from Miami with a Marvel Day at Sea and two stops at Castaway Cay. They also upgraded to the Royal Suite at the port, so we have lots to discuss! Don't forget to connect with the show…
 
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! If you ever have questions about cruising with Disney Cruise Line, feel free to submit them on any of my social media channels and I'll answer them privately or on the show! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any ideas f…
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! In this week's episode, we're going over all the important things you need to know as you prepare for your cruise. We cover everything from final payment to trip protection to Safe Passage Registration. I've received a lot of questions about preparing for your cruise, so hopefully this will address a lo…
 
I've always been curious about the Panama Canal cruises, but I've never talked with anyone in detail about them. It was great to hear about Tim's experience onboard the Eastbound Panama Canal cruise departing from San Diego, including some of the unique events that he got to experience onboard. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show …
 
I'v heard from my experienced cruisers over the past couple months about how great the Disney Cruise experience still is, but not many from those who have taken their first cruise since the restart. Jillian joins the show this week to discuss her family's first-ever Disney Cruise! Tune in to hear what she thought! Don't forget to connect with the s…
 
I'm joined in this episode by my friend, Chris, who recently sailed on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruises. Tune in for some compare and contrast and find out where we think Disney Cruise Line can improve. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any i…
 
Ivie, who joins me in this week's episode, sailed on one of the first cruises on the Disney Dream and then completed a test cruise a few weeks back on the Disney Wonder! I enjoyed hearing about her experience onboard the Wonder and she talks about some of the differences between her two cruises. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the show…
 
In this bonus episode, Chris S. joins me to discuss the newly-released Early 2023 Disney Cruise itineraries. Bookings begin Thursday, October 14 and if you are looking for a travel agent, please consider letting us help you! Send us an email at wes@mickeyworldtravel.com for a FREE, no obligation quote! And don't forget to connect with the show on T…
 
Carol joins me on this week's episode to talk about her family's recent back-to-back cruises on the Disney Fantasy, the first of which was the first official revenue cruise on the Fantasy since the shutdown. We talk about her pre-cruise preparation, her days at Castaway Cay, and get her thoughts on the new cruise experience. Hope you enjoy! Follow …
 
In this episode, we're celebrating 100 episodes of the DCL Dude Podcast! Thanks to everyone who listens, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been with us since the beginning! It's been so much fun and I'm excited for the next hundred. Don't forget to participate in the giveaway! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or …
 
My guest, Jessica, joins me in this week's episode to talk about her experience sailing on the first official Disney Cruise from a US port since March of 2020! Tune in to hear her thoughts on the new online check-in process, the onboard experience, and what it was like to visit Castaway Cay again. Hope you enjoy! Don't forget to connect with the sh…
 
We're going on a (test) cruise! Listener (and cast member!) Meghan joins us in this week's episode to discuss her experience on the August 6 test cruise, which was the final test cruise before cruising resumed on the Disney Dream on August 9! Tune in to hear about her experience, along with the new protocols onboard. Don't forget to connect with th…
 
I am joined in this episode by Victoria, who sailed on the first official Disney Magic at Sea cruise from the UK and on the first paying passenger Disney Cruise since March 2020! ALSO, Disney Cruise Line announced its return to US cruising this week, so we get you caught up on all the important things you need to know. Many of the protocols that we…
 
Eric is a former (and hopefully future) Disney Imagineer who has worked on a number of different projects for Disney Cruise Line. He also runs a successful business creating customized Disney-themed keepsakes. Tune in to the episode to hear all about his career as an imagineer, his DCL projects, and what currently keeps him busy. And be sure to fol…
 
Do you have anything that you're really looking forward to experiencing on a Disney Cruise someday? Carol from Instagram account @disneycruise_momof3 and Lisa from Instagram account @Seayarealsoon join me in this week's episode to discuss some of our Disney Cruise "bucket lists" experiences. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy! Be sure to shar…
 
In this bonus episode, Ryan A., Chris S., and Joe K. join me to discuss the newly-released Fall 2022 itineraries. We have some good laughs while going through the schedules of each of the five ships. Hope you enjoy! Bookings begin Monday, June 21 and if you are looking for a travel agent, please consider letting us help you! Send us an email at wes…
 
We've done it for 3 out of the 4 ships in the fleet, so it was time we finally paid respects to the Disney Wonder. In this episode, we test your knowledge of the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Send me a message and tell me how you did! Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldude…
 
I'm so excited to be joined this week by another former Disney Cruise Cast Member who was fortunate to work full-time on Castaway Cay! It was so fun talking to Conner this past week about his experiences and I hope you all enjoy the conversation we had. Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcl…
 
Listener Ed joins me in this week's episode to talk about some very interesting interactions he's had with some Disney Cruise personnel. We also talk about some of his reactions to the Disney Wish announcement and finish the show with some recommendations for Port Adventures in Hawaii! Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitte…
 
Today was the big day! We learned a lot about the Disney Wish - so many amazing details. In this episode, I invited a few friends onto the show to discuss all the announcements. Thanks to Emily, Chris, Lisa, Rian, and Josh for taking the time! If you missed the broadcast, you can find a replay of the video here: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/bl…
 
Lisa is the owner of Instagram account @SeaYaRealSoon. We have a lot of fun in this week's episode talking Disney Cruise Line and our expectations for the Disney Wish. If you're not following Lisa's account on Instagram, what are you waiting for?? It's a great account to help you keep up your DCL spirits while we wait for cruising to return. Lookin…
 
We did a live Q&A on Facebook last night, which was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more live events to come. I'm loading the audio from last night's live event. I haven't done much production, so the audio quality won't be as strong as it usually is and it might seem a little choppy. Hopefully you'll bear with me …
 
I'm thrilled to welcome Joe Kaminski on to this week's show. Joe is a Disney artist whose work is featured in the Vista art galleries on the Disney Cruise ships and at various other places throughout the Walt Disney World resort. His work is amazing and it was really fun to chat with him and learn a little bit about his story. Hope you enjoy! Don't…
 
Not the episode I had originally planned for this week, but there's a lot of chatter going on about the cruise industry and it had me thinking a lot about Castaway Cay this week. So we're going to talk about how to have the perfect day on Castaway Cay in this week's episode! Do you have a better idea of the perfect day? Share it with me! Don't forg…
 
The Disney Cruise Line summer 2022 itineraries were dropped this week and one of the ship's schedules did not disappoint! Tune in to find out which one! And at the end of the show, I catch you up on a news story from last week that I thought was pretty relevant. Happy booking! If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a 5-star review on iTunes…
 
In this week's episode, I'm doing something I haven't done since all the way back in episode number TWO! Tune in to find out what it is... Also, check out our giveaway on our Facebook page and leave us a 5-star review on iTunes to be entered. Don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast…
 
You asked for it and I'm excited to kick off the first episode of our Disney Cruise Line ports of call reviews! I'm planning to do these episode periodically and hopefully speak to locals about the best ways to visit these ports of call for a single day. Mark joins me this week, who owns a bed and breakfast on the island of St. Thomas called At Hom…
 
I'm joined this week by Disney Cruise Line performer, Sophie! We have a lot of fun (and laughs!) talking about her experiences working on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Plus, stay tuned until the end to decide which one of us is better at mimicking the other's accent! Also, be sure to subscribe to Sophie's YouTube channel - Sparkle With S…
 
In the third episode of this series, we test your knowledge to see how well you know the Disney Fantasy. Let us know how you did! If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a 5-star review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any ideas for futur…
 
Happy new year, everyone! 2020 was so much fun that I figured we would dedicate a whole show to reliving it! Just kidding...mostly. In this episode we're going to look back at the top Disney Cruise stories from 2020. And no, they are not all related to the pandemic. Take a listen as we look back on the stories you did hear or may have forgotten abo…
 
I'm excited to be joined this week by Scott Sanders, the creator of the Disney Cruise Line Blog! We talk a little bit about his blog, and then get into the state of the cruise line and I get some of his thoughts on the new ships. AND be sure to stick around until the end for "Scott's favorite things". Be sure to follow Scott on Twitter @theDCLblog …
 
In this episode, we're going back in time as I re-visit a cruise my wife and I took back in 2013. We got hit with a pretty good winter storm this week, so I needed to put myself somewhere warm and tropical to get me through it! I hope you enjoy! If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a 5-star review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect …
 
In this week's episode, we are going to look ahead to some of the exciting things we can expect from Disney Cruise Line! I have my list of things I'm looking forward to, but I'd love to hear what yours are - send me a message! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twit…
 
I'm joined in this week's episode by Doug from the Rope Drop Radio podcast and we're talking about our favorite Disney Cruise Line onboard activities. Here's hoping we get back to enjoying these activities very soon! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDC…
 
Did you see the announcement from Disney Cruise Line about the early 2022 cruise itineraries? Not to worry, I have you covered in this bonus episode. We'll go through all the details of the announcement, including the Disney Wonder's return to HAWAII! Opening day bookings for these new itineraries begin on Monday, October 19. If you'd like us to he…
 
For many, including myself, Castaway Cay is the perfect private island paradise. But it takes a lot of work for it to look the way that it does when you get you first look as the ship approaches. I have always wondered what life is like for a Castaway Cay castaway, which is why I was SO excited that Heath was willing to come on the show and tell us…
 
I'm joined in this week's episode by Steve and Chris from the DCL Podcast and by my friend Chris in the Concierge Lounge! We each give you our top-3 reasons to take a Disney cruise, which means you'll have plenty of reasons to get excited about cruising again! We had a lot of fun recording this episode, so I hope you have just as much fun listening…
 
The Port of Galveston held their monthly board of trustees meeting last week and some interesting details and information came from it regarding an eventual return to cruising. I'll give you the details of parts related to Disney Cruise Line, but if you want to hear the meeting in its entirety, you can find it here: https://portofgalvestontx.new.sw…
 
We're talking ports of call in this week's episode! My friend, Joe, from backtothemouse.com joins me as we go through our top-5 ports of call. Hope you enjoy! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If y…
 
In this week's episode, we'll get you all caught up on the recent news from Disney Cruise Line, and THEN we'll test your knowledge of the Disney Magic! Be sure to drop me a message or a comment letting me know how you did! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter …
 
In this week's episode, I'm talking with a Disney Cruise cast member. Ryley is a youth activities counselor on the Disney Magic. He and I met on our last cruise and he was kind enough to join me on my show. We talk about preparing for his first contract, his role onboard, and ship life. Hope you enjoy! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider le…
 
Hey Everyone! Disney Cruise Line announced its Fall 2021 itinerary lineup on Thursday. I wanted to give you a quick rundown of the new itineraries and provide a few thoughts. Bookings begin on Monday, 7/27 for Platinum Castaway Club members, so take a look at the new itineraries and tell me which ones you're planning on booking! If you'd like to bo…
 
In this week's episode, I invited some friends on the show to discuss a recent survey released by Disney Cruise Line. If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to connect with the show on Twitter @theDCLdude, or on Facebook at facebook.com/dcldudepodcast. If you have any ideas for future episodes, we…
 
Nick C is a former Disney Imagineer and Disney history junkie. We talk about his experiences sailing with Disney Cruise Line, some interesting facts about some of the early cruise ship features, and the future of Disney Cruise Line. You can follow him on Twitter @NickCucerzan. He also run the @HistoryAtDisney Twitter account, which is a MUST-follow…
 
For this episode, I've invited a few listeners to come on and play some DCL-themed "Would You Rather?" I came up with a few different scenarios and it was fun to hear everyone's answers. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed this conversation! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes. Also, don't forget to co…
 
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