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A Recipe for Disney Cruise Line’s Marinated Lamb Chops

Ready for a delicious meal, right off a Disney Cruise Line Ship?  Look no farther!

Today’s recipe  is Marinated Lamb Chops with Couscous Tabbouleh and Mint Mojo, a guest favorite at Cabanas on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.

Bon appetit!

Marinated Lamb Chops with Couscous Tabbouleh and Mint Mojo
Serves 4

Lamb Chops
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
8 to 10 lamb chops
Light olive oil, for cooking

Couscous Tabbouleh
2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
1 (10-ounce) box couscous
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1/2 European cucumber, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Mint Mojo
1 1/2 cups mint jelly
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 bunch mint leaves (about 1 packed cup)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For lamb chops:

  1. Whisk together oil, lemon zest and juice, oregano, cumin, and pepper in a shallow dish. Add garlic. Add lamb chops and turn to coat.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove chops from refrigerator and shake off excess marinade. Set aside.
    Heat a large grill pan or skillet over high heat. Brush pan lightly with oil. Add chops and cook 2 1/2 minutes per side for medium-rare.

For couscous tabbouleh:

  1. Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Meanwhile, place couscous in a medium heatproof bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. When stock boils, carefully pour over couscous; cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside 5 minutes.
  2. Uncover and fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in lime zest and juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, cucumber, cilantro, and chickpeas. Stir to combine.

For mint mojo:

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well combined.

To serve:

  • Spoon a portion of couscous into the center of a plate; place 2 lamb chops onto the couscous. Drizzle mint mojo around the plate and garnish with a sprig of mint, if desired.

To book your Disney Cruise to try this without all the cooking, contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or at 740-953-0373.

Time to Book Your Disney Cruise!

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Book your Disney Cruise today with Beyond Castles Travel!

Diana Edgar




It’s time to plan your getaway!  Relax with a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise, experience the enchantment of an Alaskan or Pacific Coast cruise, or see Europe with an exciting European cruise.

Disney World Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone.  Kids have a space designed just for them, tweens and teens have their own private club and adults have their own exclusive pool, night club and more.  Looking for some family time?  Watch Broadway style Disney musicals and first fun films, let loose at the family dance parties and don’t forget about Disney’s fireworks at sea.

Check out some of these great Disney Cruise Line deals!

Kids Sail Free from Galveston and Miami, select dates in March and April.

Fall savings on a Disney Cruise with an onboard credit, select dates 8/25- 9/26/13

Canadian residents save 25% on a Disney Cruise between 1/5-2/25/13


Have you already booked your Disney Cruise with Disney Cruise Line? Add us as your agent and receive an onboard credit!!  Contact us for details! Diana@beyondcastles.com.


Contact Diana today at diana@beyondcastles.com or 740-953-0373 to start planning your cruise for next month or next year.  What are you waiting for?






Disney Cruise Line’s Itineraries for Early 2014!

By Disney Travel News

With all four Disney Cruise Line® ships sailing from Florida ports in the early half of 2014, you will have more opportunities than ever to visit Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, or combine a cruise with a visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort to experience New Fantasyland®, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom® Park history.

In the early part of 2014, Disney Magic® will return to Port Canaveral, joining Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder® will homeport in Miami. Your Clients can choose from a variety of exciting itineraries – from quick getaways to week-long tropical vacations with something for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Are you ready to start planning your 2014 cruise?  Contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or 740-953-0373 to start planning your cruise on Disney or any other cruise line!

Disney Cruise Line- New Itineraries and New Offers!


Disney Cruise Line is also modifying a number of 2013 sailings from Galveston, Texas to provide you with a greater variety of itineraries and ports-to-call to visit than ever before!

NEW! 7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica

• 2013 departure dates: Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.
• Ports of call: Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
• One of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns, your Clients can sample Falmouth’s history and culture, take a trip through time on a horse-and-buggy ride, shop for arts and crafts and taste Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes. Bamboo raft rides along the Martha Brae River offer exceptional views of the island’s lush tropical scenery and nearby Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.

NEW! 7-night Bahamas, including Disney’s Castaway Cay

• 2013 departure dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.
• Ports of call: Key West; Nassau, The Bahamas; Disney’s Castaway Cay
• Always a favorite port of call for Guests, Castaway Cay is the place for those seeking adventure, relaxation or quality time with the family.To provide you with shorter cruise options, Disney Cruise Line is also modifying two 7-night sailings into one 6-night Western Caribbean itinerary and two 4-night getaway trips. These itineraries are perfect for those who want to sail with Disney, but are unable to participate in longer voyages.
NEW! 6-Night Western Caribbean

• 2013 departure dates: Dec. 21
• Ports of call: Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico, plus three days at sea.

NEW! 4-Night Getaway Sailings

• 2013 departure dates: Dec. 27 and Dec. 31
• Ports of call: Cozumel, Mexico, plus two days at sea.

The 7-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean sailings are currently open for bookings. The new 4- and 6-night sailings open for new bookings on Nov. 16, 2012.

Contact Diana at Beyond Castles Travel at diana@beyondcastles.com or 740-953-0373 to start planning your amazing Disney Cruise!



What’s New in the World of Disney and Universal!

What’s New with Disney Cruise Line?

Disney Cruise Line was recently recognized as the No. 1 Cruise Line in the Large-Ship category in the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards! As a pioneer in the family cruise market, Disney Cruise Line provides a unique vacation experience where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can celebrate beloved Disney stories.

Disney Cruise Line has received more than 100 distinguished awards and recognitions from the travel industry since first setting sail in 1998. Recently, Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers placed three Disney ships in the “Top 100 Cruise Ships of the World,” with the Disney Magic® being voted No. 1 and the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder®tying for No. 2. Travel + Leisure also named Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Cruise Line for Families for the fourth consecutive year.

New Regional Homeports and Itineraries
With four ships in the fleet, you can sail to more destinations than ever before from a port close to your own backyard.

  • Disney Magic is currently sailing from Galveston, Texas, for the first time. Starting in 2013, you can choose from 4-night Caribbean getaway cruises, 6-night Western Caribbean sailings and 8-night itineraries that travel to Walt Disney World® Resort and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
  • In December, Disney Wonder will begin sailing from Miami to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean.
  • In 2013, Disney Magic returns to Europe with 4-, 7- and 12-night sailings from Barcelona with first-ever stops in Venice, Italy, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Ephesus, Turkey, and the Greek Isles.
  • Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Book your cruise on the award-winning Disney Cruise Line today!

What’s new at Universal Studios?

You are needed in the fight to save humanity! The new TRANSFORMERS. The Ride-3D at Universal Orlando Resort is the greatest battle you’ll ever ride. This ulta-immersive sensory experience puts them on the front lines of an intergalactic war between the Autobots and Decepticons.

You’ll fight alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee as they protect the Allspark from being captured by the enemy. The line between fiction and reality blurs as epic high-definition 3D film is fused with fight simulation technology to redefine thrill rides. The battle continues Summer 2013 at Universal Studios Orlando Resort.

Disney Discounts

Walt Disney World

Stay, Play, Dine & Save Package -For a family of four on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package at select Walt Disney World®Resort hotels! For stays most nights 1/2-3/7/13. Book now through 12/31/12. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package for 2 Adults, 1 Junior and 1 Child. Tickets are for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.

No group rates or other discounts apply. Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas, and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Advance reservations required. Excludes gratuities and alcohol. Children age 3–9 must order from the children’s menu, if available. Some Table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Military Discount – Active duty and retired members of the US military can get specially discounted rooms at the Disney resorts most nights from October 1, 2012 – September 28, 2013 except November 22, 2012 through November 24, 2012; December 23, 2012 through December 31, 2012; and March 25, 2013 through April 4, 2013. Service members can also get up to (6) 4-day Park Hopper tickets for just $156.00 at their base ticket sales office.

Disney Cruise Line

Kids Sail FREE on select 6 and 8 Night Disney Cruise sailings out of Galveston. Book a 4A-11B stateroom from January 4-March 1, 2013 with two paid adults in the room and kids 17 and under sail for free.

Special Verandah Offer On Galveston Sailings Book a verandah stateroom (categories 5A-7A) for the price of an oceanview stateroom (categories 9A-9D) on most 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22–Dec. 21, 2012. (Offer excludes November 17th sailing).

Military Discount Special military rates available for cruises through December 2012. As low as $60 per guest per night!Rates vary by cruise.


Two Nights FREE! From September 10, 2012 and December 18, 2012 book a minimum of three nights at Aulani and your next two nights are free! (Must book a minimum total of 5 nights). Offer available most nights. Book now through November 10th.

Universal Studios Discounts

Save and Play Getaway – Save up to $350 on a Universal Orlando®Vacation Package! A 4-night vacation include on-site hotel room, park tickets and free Express Pass for a family of four starts from $1,509 tax inclusive.

Ready to plan your Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, or Universal Orlando vacation?  Email Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or call/text her at 749-953-0373.

Disney Cruise Line’s New Cancellation Policy

Effective May 15, 2012  Disney Cruise Line has changed the cancellation feeperiod for cruises 10 days or more and for cruises less than 10 days where the embark and debark is a non-U.S. port. The 50% cancellation fee period will now be calculated at 55 days prior to vacation commencement versus 44 days.

In 2012, this new Disney Cruise Line policy will impact the 14-night Hawaiian cruise and 14-night Panama Canal Repositioning cruise. In 2013, it will impact Mediterranean, Alaskan and Repositioning cruises.

For reservations made prior to May 15, 2012, the cancellation fees assessed will be based on the cancellation fees listed on the original confirmation unless the sailing date or vacation package is modified.

Questions about how these fees affect you or to start planning your Disney Cruise?  E-mail me at diana@beyondcastles.com.


Can I Bring My Own Beverages Onboard My Cruise?

One of the things guests love best about cruising is that the price is all-inclusive.  All your food and drink is covered and you can enjoy yourself knowing that you won’t end up with a big bill at the end of the trip.  That is, until you get your bar bill.  Perhaps you forgot that alcohol and soda are not part of your package price.  The end result can be shocking.  The cost of beverages — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — can leave you with a bar tab in the hundreds of dollars.  It’s not the way you want to end your trip!  How do you avoid this?  One way is to bring your own beverages onboard.

“What?  Bring my own beverages?  There is no way the cruise lines will allow this.  How can she be telling us to break the rules?” Don’t worry.  Most of the popular cruise lines actually do allow you to bring beverages onboard.  Here are the policies:

Disney Cruise Line – Alcohol is permitted on board. It  must be hand-carried on board in the carry-on of an adult guest – age 21 or older (dimensions can’t exceed 22″ wide, 14″ high and 9″ deep).  Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.  Guests who arrive in the dining room, including Palo and Remy, with a bottle of champagne or wine will be charged a corking fee of $20.00 per bottle.

You can bring soda onboard but you don’t need to.  Disney provides free soda at the beverage stations on all its ships.  It’s a bit of a walk but worth it for the savings!

Norwegian Cruise Lines – Guests may bring bottles of wine and champagne on board. When bottles are brought on board and served or consumed in any restaurant, public room area or in their stateroom, a corkage fee will be charged according to bottle sizes.

Guests may bring soda onboard as well.

Carnival Cruise Lines –  At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring on board one bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne, per person, only in their carry-on luggage.  A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room; $14 corkage fee per bottle in the steakhouse.

On embarkation day, each guest may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages on board and only in their carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans, 20 ounces each or less.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use.

So, save a little money on your next cruise.  Bring your beverages onboard!

For great deals on all cruise line vacations, contact us at 740-953-0373 or by e-mail at diana@beyondcastles.com.  Bon Voyage!