Disney Cruise Line sets passengers sailing across the open seas to spectacular sights near and far, but it also provides ample adventure aboard the ships themselves. This month we’ll take a look at some of that excitement—the deck parties, the Broadway-caliber shows, the kids clubs—beginning today with where the fleet will head in 2015. (You can see what sailings still remain for 2014 here.)
On the ship or at port Guests can enjoy diverse activities, like soaking up the sun, admiring tropical splendor, and exploring rugged terrain while learning about history, geography, culture, cuisine, and more while they play!
2015 Disney Cruise Line Itinerary
• Hawai’i—two 10-night sailings showcase the rich culture and graceful beauty of the islands
• Baja—limited-time offer, 6 sailings in October 2015—that depart from San Diego and sail to sun-kissed Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Norwegian Fjord sailings—a first for Disney Cruise Line—with stops in Norway’s fjord region, Iceland, and Scotland
• Northern Europe—cruises, including Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland—as well as Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg
• Mediterranean—sailings visit popular ports of call, like Naples
• Alaskan—cruises take you deep into the native cultures and rugged grandeur of America’s Last Frontier
• Eastern Caribbean—features stops at tropical islands like St. Maarten, St Thomas, and Castaway Cay—Disney’s private island paradise
• Western Caribbean—cruises to sunny Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Castaway Cay
• Bahamian—itineraries departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, Miami, Florida, and a limited-time holiday season from Galveston, Texas
• Panama Canal crossing—experience an engineering marvel as the locks open up to welcome the Disney Wonder
• Transatlantic—sailings echo the golden age of sea travel—an eastbound sailing from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen, and a westbound sailing from Barcelona to Miami
Where will you go aboard Disney Cruise Line?
I don’t know what the weather’s like where you live, but here in sunny Florida, we could use a cool-down. Today, make it snow!
Cut out paper snowflakes and string them in your windows. Visit Dave’s Paper Snowflake Patterns for free downloads of over 450 designs. Remember that REAL snowflakes have 6 points. Patterns with a different number of sides are considered stars, but both are fun to create!
My kids & I made this fun Mickey Mouse snowflake!
I’d love to assign the kids to create their own snow, but I don’t think you parents want them to mess with the thermostat 😉 So, have fun creating some flat, 2D, and 3D (still or rotational) cyber-snowflakes at Zefrank.
For your upper-level students:
Temperature, humidity levels, and the laws of thermodynamics (the movement of energy in matter) govern the growth of snowflakes. Snowflakes are crystalline structures with a specific bond geometry. Research the following:
• How do water molecules bond? (This will explain why all ice crystals and snowflakes are hexagons.)
• What are the different types of clouds?
• What are the four precipitation types?
• From which type of cloud do most snowflakes fall?
• What weather conditions must co-exist for a frozen water droplet to make it all the way from the cloud to the ground as a snowflake?
• What happens if the air beneath the cloud is warmer than that in the cloud?
• What if the air beneath the cloud is dry?
• What are the different types of water crystals?
• What determines the resulting shape?
• Do the shapes ever blend?
• What processes can alter a flake?
• What affects the growth rate of a snowflake?
• Does barometric pressure affect snowflake production?
The WhyFiles website offers excellent resources regarding snowflake formation.
Based on the information you have gathered, predict the outcome of the following scenario:
What will result when a low pressure system moves over the Colorado Rockies and across the Central Plains as an Arctic air mass plunges South of the Canadian border, colliding with warm, humid air drifting up from the Gulf of Mexico?
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Science
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, Middle Grades, High School
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*Photos used by permission from Disney Cruise News.