Early this morning a new app, Disney Fantasy – Navigator (renamed to Disney Cruise Line Navigator 11/14/13), appeared in the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android devices. The Disney Cruise Line app will be a digital version of your Personal Navigator, with even more content. The app is not very useful shoreside, but once you get onboard the and join the wifi network the app will come alive. Use of this app is free as you are only using the internal ship Intranet via the DCL-Guest-Wi-Fi network, not accessing the Internet via the satellite connection. Just remember to put your iPhones in Airplane mode and turn on the WiFi to avoid any cellular data charges from your carrier. Seriously, triple check that your smartphone’s airplane mode turned ON, Disney Cruise Line is not and will not be responsible for any carrier charges.
The Disney Cruise app promises to provide you with everything that’s happening on the ship across your entire cruise with the entire cruise schedule in your pocket to help you make daily plans, navigate the ship and enjoy every cruise day to its fullest. The app has a built in feature to mark activities as favorites, just like you may do by highlighting the schedule printed in your Personal Navigator.
Cruise Planning Tools
The built in cruise planning tools will allow guests to view all onboard activities across the entire voyage. A calendar of events will fill you in on what’s happening next and where on the ship it is happening. Simply click on the activity if you want to read more details about the event. Best of all you, you will have instant access to the Character meet and greet times and locations. Never miss the kiddos favorite character again!
Each day the Disney Cruise Personal Navigator app will provide you with an up to date schedule of events including the first run movies playing in the Buena Vista Theatre, the evening show in the Walt Disney Theatre and any special offers or promotions in the gift shops and Senses Spa & Salon. Additionally, the app will provide you with an overview of the day’s port of call. The daily summary screen shows the All Ashore and Aboard times, sunset and sunrise, the evening dining attire, and a basic weather forecast.
The Disney Cruise app includes the nightly dinner menus for each of the three rotational dining rooms.
Sure to be a passenger favorite is the Drink of the Day feature.
To help you find your way to all the actives you marked as favorites the app has an integrated deck-by-deck bow-to-stern map.
Disney Cruise iPhone App for the Fleet
The app is technically named Disney Cruise, but it is listed as Disney Fantasy – Navigator in the iTunes app store. For now, the Disney Cruise Personal Navigator iPhone app is limited to the Disney Fantasy sailings on September 7 and September 14, 2013, but the app does state that it will be launching on the Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, and the reimagined Disney Magic soon!
Just make sure you do not go swimming with the phone in your pocket. I’ve witnessed the tragedy at Castaway Cay with a Wave Phone, needless to say that was an interesting family conversation to overhear. I know I mentioned this above, but it is really important, triple check that your smartphone’s airplane mode turned ON, Disney Cruise Line is not and will not be responsible for any carrier charges.
Here is a quick tutorial for turning ON Airplane mode in your iPhone’s settings panel and enabling WiFi. Click here for the iOS 6 instructions.
If you are sailing today or next Saturday and would be willing to send in some live screen shots please send me an [EmailMe]. What do you think about the new Disney Cruise Line Personal Navigator App? Is it too much technology for a vacation that you would normally leave your smartphone in the stateroom safe, or is it something you think you will use over the paper version of the Personal Navigators?
UPDATE October 1, 2014 | New Vacation Countdown
The Disney Fantasy – Navigator app updated with a new vacation countdown feature for use at home!
UPDATE October 20, 2014 | Unofficially Live on the Disney Dream
While sailing on the Disney Dream I decided to try and see if the Navigator app would work, and sure enough it did. Disney is still in the testing phase as it is not being advertised on the ship and the app has yet to update officially adding the Dream. I tested the app on the Disney Magic and it did not work, but I’ve been told it will eventually make it to the Classic ships.
Overall I found the app useful, especially being able to see when event repeat at a later time and date in the cruise. Although useful, I do not see myself choosing the app over the paper version based solely on the fact, I do not alway walk around the ship with my iPhone.
UPDATE November 14, 2014 | App Renamed to Disney Cruise Line Navigator and Expands to the Disney Dream
The journey continues as the Disney Cruise Line app has been renamed to Disney Cruise Line Navigator and has been expanded to include the Disney Dream.
UPDATE June 18, 2014 | App updated to include 15 minute reminders and officially in use on the Disney Wonder making the app live on all ships.
UPDATE September 12, 2014 | Onboard Chat launched on the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy.