Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of March 10, 2018

first_imgSo while we are all still riding the high of those fantastic Summer 2019 itineraries, Disney goes and hits us with just a teensy bit more awesomeness – new. ship. rendering!!!! Ok, so it’s just one picture of the ship exterior, but oh my stars, can we say gorgeous! There are so many details about the three new ships that are yet to be revealed, but here’s what we know so far:Each of the three new ships will be approximately 140,000 gross tons (to compare, the Magic and Wonder are just under 85,000 gross tons, and the Dream and Fantasy are just about 130,000 gross tons).There will be about 1,250 guest staterooms (the Magic and Wonder have 875 staterooms, and the Dream and Fantasy have 1,250).The new ships will run on liquefied natural gas, one of the cleanest burning fuels.The three new ships will debut in 2021, 2022, and 2023.They are going to be crazy amazing (*maybe not an actual published fact, but a fact nonetheless).The new ships will be in the same gorgeous style as the current fleet, with some new touches – check out those bump outs above the lifeboats! We have sooooo long to wait until we get onboard, but until then, I’ll keep drooling and dreaming of what’s to come!Yesterday, the Disney Magic arrived in Miami, all clean and pretty and ready to embark on her first post-drydock cruise today. The Disney Cruise Line Blog pointed out some changes already made to the deck plans reflecting the new areas. I know I’m on pins and needles anticipating reviews on the updates to the Oceaneer Club, Cove Cafe, the Rainforest Room, but most of all, the total change from Carioca’s to Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Anyone reading going to be on the 5-night Bahamian cruise today?? And finally, this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Disney Cruise Line: In The News Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Beauty and the BeastBorn In ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Doctor StrangeStar Wars: The Force AwakensThor: RagnarokCocoMoanaStar Wars: The Last JediBlack PantherFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationExperienced cruisers know all about the award-winning entertainment onboard the Disney Cruise ships, but many first time cruisers have some questions about what’s offered. Here’s some commonly asked questions/answers about the evening shows:Do I need to reserve a showtime? Nope! Your showtime will be opposite of your dinner seating. So, if you are on main dining, you will attend the second show, and if you are on late dining you will attend the first show. No tickets are necessary.What types of shows are offered? Shows will vary by ship, but each will feature their own unique Broadway-style production, like Tangled on the Magic, Frozen on the Wonder, Beauty and the Beast on the Dream, and Aladdin on the Fantasy. There are also shows made just for DCL, like Disney’s Believe. Depending on the itinerary, you may also have other live entertainment like magicians or variety acts, and on occasion there will be a movie shown in the theater. Will my kids be able to sit through the show? Theoretically, yes! The shows are all done with families in mind, and typically run about 45-60 minutes long. If your little one needs an extra lift for a good view, there are booster seats available by the doors when you enter the theater.Can I bring snacks or drinks in with me? Yes! You can bring your own snacks in with you if you wish. You can also stop at Preludes outside the theater to purchase candy, popcorn, drinks, and cocktails. Preludes is on all four ships.Previous cruisers – what’s your favorite show onboard??Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.center_img Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.Ports of Calllast_img read more

Stratford dominates state

first_imgTigers wrestlers set a school record, earn four state championships in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville 7-2 before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman takes down two-time state champ Kal Gerber en route to a title of his own. (Kelly O’Day photo)“Mason capitalized his own strengths by outscoring Gerber on his feet,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “This strategy didn’t allow Gerber to score anything but one point escapes from the bottom as Kauffman showed a command performance.”Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound final. Bornbach took fifth at state last year.“Kamren didn’t want to go out without matching his teammates, and he had Fielding on his back in the second period with a cradle and never looked back,” Schwabe said.“It is great that it worked out so well that all four finalists were able to win. Seldom does it end the way we’d like, and the nice part is two are freshman and two are sophomores.”Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2 but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Hunter Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers earned medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Hertel was making his third state meet appearance and grabbed his second medal after placing fourth in 2012.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.Spencer’s Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki also competed at state and were eliminated on the first day of the tournament. Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman won their first matches but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated from the tournament in the consolation bracket.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

School to empower Malawian girls

first_imgStudioMDA’s artist aerial impression of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Some of the girls to enroll at the academy have been orphaned by the aids epidemic. Madonna unveiling the site of the academy in 2009. (Images: Raising Malawi) MEDIA CONTACTS • StudioMDA Academy designers +1 212 343 3330 mail@studiomda.com RELATED ARTICLES • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • SA comics team up for charity • Celebrities on sale for charity • Epic run to put smiles on facesBongani NkosiThe words “dare to dream” signified the beginning of an inspiring journey as Madonna, the acclaimed US pop star, laid the first brick, inscribed with the adage, for the construction of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls – a school she’s building in Malawi.Madonna attended the ceremony on 6 March to mark the start of construction of the academy, located in a village on the outskirts of the country’s capital Lilongwe. The US$15-million (R108.9-million) academy is part of Raising Malawi, an NGO the singer co-founded with Kabbalah rabbi Michael Berg in 2006.It will accommodate about 450 girls from across Malawi’s 28 districts, and hopefully will enrol those from some of the Southern African country’s most impoverished families. “Our academy will educate, protect, and empower … young girls who are Malawi‘s hope for the future,” Madonna said in a statement.The academy, designed by New York-based architect company StudioMDA, will sit on a 46ha plot, according to design blog Inhabitat.This land was secured from 200 villagers who were compensated with about $115 000 (R844 000) in total to be relocated. While they were reluctant to vacate the village, the government convinced them that the academy would benefit the country, and also offered them land to build new houses.The vision for the academy is that it will fulfil a much bigger role than just that of a school, as it will also serve as a “family and support centre for many orphaned girls who have been left to raise their brothers and sisters”, said Raising Malawi. “It will also be a source of protection and access to medical care and regular meals.”Inhabitat reports that the school will offer a library, an administration building, a dining hall, a gymnasium, a wellness centre, a sports field, 30 classrooms, 12 dormitories and 18 staff houses.“… Most importantly it will be an outstanding school,” said Raising Malawi. “Never before will so many Malawian children have access to a school library, or be able to hold a textbook of their own.”Developers are building the school using Hydraform bricks, a form of non-burnt bricks which cuts down on deforestation in Malawi, Inhabitat said. The academy will also generate much of its own energy, as its “entire gymnasium roof will be covered in photovoltaic panels to help supply the school with power”.Curbing the brain drainMadonna hopes the school, to be headed by local academic Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, will produce top professionals such as scientists, lawyers and doctors, who will serve their country. She said part of its aim is to curb the prevalent trend of locals being drawn to Western countries.“We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations… our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”The inclusion of Malawian cultural values will help build national pride in the students, and in turn inspire them to give back to their nation. The local culture will be preserved and passed on, with the incorporation of music, art and dance in the academy’s curriculum.“As an artist, I know the transformative power of art,” Madonna said. “Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities.”Children are the futureThe pop star, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said she was touched when she visited Malawi in 2006. She was devastated by the impact of HIV/Aids in the country, she said, having met scores of children who had been orphaned by the epidemic.She came across children heading their homes and raising other children, and, returning home knowing that the future of the country rested on those young shoulders, was inspired to act.She stated that the education of girls was key to rebuilding communities and raising the nation, and was encouraged by the determination shown by the orphans. “I know they have the strength to save Malawi; they just need to be given the tools.”Madonna has adopted two Malawian children, David Banda and Chifundo ‘Mercy’ James, who accompanied her biological offspring Rocco and Lourdes to this week’s charity tour. The star is also funding a number of charities in the country.“It is with hope for a bright future that I am here. The brick I [laid] is not just the bedrock to a school; it is the foundation for our shared future,” she said.last_img read more

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: India in dire straits after Clarke’s triple ton

first_imgMichael Clarke’s triple ton was the highlight for the day that saw Australian batsmen dominate at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Score | PhotosIndia can take heart from the fact that the SCG wicket has eased out a bit. But the visitors still have a daunting task ahead as their batsmen continue to chip into the mammoth Aussie first innings lead of 468 runs.India were 114/2 with opener Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar at the crease at stumps on Day 3 of the second Test. The visitors still trail by 354 runs in their second innings.Australia 1st inningsStarting with an overnight total of 482/4, Australia captain Clarke and Michael Hussey continued to torment the India bowlers.Clarke, who batted for the whole day on Wednesday putting on 251 runs on board continued to pile on runs as India bowlers struggled to get their line right.At lunch Australia were 583/4 with Michael Clarke, eyeing a triple ton and Hussey having completed his century convincingly. Clearly the two were enjoying batting against a listless India attack.Soon into the second session the Aussie captain Clarke converted his maiden double ton into a triple hundred. Batting at ease, Clarke hit a four off Ishant Sharma to reach the magical figure of 300. His triple hundred was decorated with 37 fours and one over the fence shot – no wonder the man timed the innings rather well giving little chances to the opposition with just one aerial shot in his mammoth innings.The two batsmen also set a new record putting on 334 runs – the highest total by an Aussie pair against India for any wicket. Surprisingly they overhauled the 288-run record that was set by Clarke and Ricky Ponting on Wednesday.advertisementNothing has come India way in this Test, for after a poor batting performance, their bowlers were walloped across the park. Maybe it’s time for the team management to make some major changes in the team composition.Finally there was some respite for the bowlers when captain Clarke decided to declare the innings on 659/5 – a lead of 468 runs in their first essay. Clarke (329) and Hussey (150) remained unbeaten in the innings.Clarke’s efforts can be judged from the fact that the man came out to bat when Australia were reeling on 37/3 on Day One and went on to score almost the double of his previous best of 168.India 2nd inningsA commanding 468 runs lead by the Aussies was enough to put pressure on the visitors as they lost their opener Virender Sehwag rather early.Sehwag fell in the fourth over of the innings with paceman Ben Hilfenhaus and David Warner combining to dispatch him when the India total was 18.At tea India were 53/1 with opener Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid at the crease.The final session for the day saw Gambhir and Dravid try hard to thwart the Aussie attack. The two made good progress, chipping away from the Aussie lead. Runs kept coming at steady pace on a wicket that looked dry and primed for a good batting innings.Soon Gambhir was past his half-century and India had taken away 100 runs from the Aussies lead. But that was when Ben Hilfenhaus struck to remove Dravid on 29 ending their 82-run stand with a ball that entered the batsman gate and crashed against his stumps.With Dravid gone, it was time for Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to have another go at his 100th ton in this Test.With the wicket proving conducive to batting, it would be appropriate that Sachin scores his 100th ton here in SCG’s 100th Test.last_img read more