Mickey's playing it not once, but twice for old time's sake as Turner Classic Movies has decided to stay with Disney Cruise Line's for this year's Classic Cruise.
The cruise slated for Oct. 21-26 will sail on the Disney Magic from Port Canaveral with stops at the line's private Bahamas island resort as well as Key West. The TCM cruise used the Magic for the first time in 2013 after sailing on two different Celebrity ships on previous cruises. The 2014 voyage will be the fourth TCM Classic Cruise.
"We are thrilled to be sailing aboard the Disney Magic once again," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's senior vice president of digital, affiliate, lifestyle and enterprise commerce. "Not only is the ship top-rated among cruise travelers, it also offers an exceptional environment in which movie lovers can enjoy a week of fun watching and celebrating classic films. The TCM Classic Cruise is a great fit for two entertainment brands that have succeeded by putting fans first."
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Past cruises have featured special screenings, panel discussions and the presence of stars of the silver screen including the likes of Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Jane Powell, Ernest Borgnine, Eva Marie Saint and Tippi Hedren.
On board every one of TCM's cruise has also been TCM host Robert Osborne who said in 2013 the ship was chosen "because of its state-of-the-art theater and other remarkable, newly renovated facilities." Fellow TCM host and film historian Ben Mankiewicz will join Osborne for this year's cruise as well.
The ship offers multiple locations for film screenings including the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre, which is normally used for the line's live shows, but also used for first-run and digital 3-D movies. Other venues include the 268-seat Buena Vista Theatre as well as on the pool-deck with its 24-by-14-foot LED screen.
The 2,700-passenger Disney Magic is the line's oldest ship, built in 1998, but underwent a facelift in 2013 adding new dining venues and other features. It has 877 staterooms.
You can't book the voyage through Disney Cruise Line's site. You have to go through tcmcruise.com where you can register for a pre-sale booking opportunity ahead of the general public on-sale date of April 8. Those registered for the pre-sale will be able to book from among a better selection of cabins beginning April 7. Prices have not been nailed down, but will be by April 8.
All previous versions of the TCM Classic Cruise have sold out.