Upstart Bradley in historic PGA win

first_img“It feels unbelievable,” Bradley said. “It seems like a dream and I’m afraid I’m going to wake up in the next five minutes and it’s not going to be real.”Bradley, the 25-year-old nephew of LPGA legend Pat Bradley, became the first player since Ben Curtis at the 2003 British Open to win in his major debut, the first to win a major debut on US soil since Francis Ouimet at the 1913 US Open.“I feel so proud,” Bradley said. “The playoff, those holes in regulation, I’ll never forget it the rest of my life. It was so exciting.”Bradley, whose first PGA title came in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, was five strokes off the pace after making a triple-bogey 6 at the 15th hole, but birdied the par-4 16th and par-3 17th to battle back.Dufner, winless in six PGA seasons, squandered his four-stroke lead on the field with four holes to play with bogeys at 15, 16 and 17, leaving each of them tied after 72 holes on eight-under par 272.“Playing three-over coming in was disappointing,” Dufner said. “There’s a lot to be learned from this.”In the playoff, Bradley birdied the 16th for the second time that afternoon to grab a one-stroke edge and Dufner took his second bogey within an hour at the 17th to fall two back.Dufner sank a birdie putt on 18 but Bradley tapped in for par to win by a shot, becoming the first player using a belly putter to win a major, the 13th different winner in 13 majors and a record seventh first-time major winner in a row.“It was pretty remarkable the way I played,” Bradley said. “I’m very proud of the way I played. It’s the best golf I’ve ever played, and man, it was so exciting.”Bradley’s victory snapped the record six-major US win drought since Phil Mickelson’s Masters triumph last year.Denmark’s Anders Hansen fired the day’s low round, a 66, to finish third on 273, one stroke out of the playoff and two strokes ahead of Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Americans David Toms and Scott Verplank.Australian Adam Scott was another stroke back on 276 with World No. 1 Luke Donald and World No. 2 Lee Westwood on 277. All three shot 68, the English duo each making a bogey at 18 to stumble back after making early charges.Bradley, who will jump from 108th to 29th in the world rankings, and Dufner staged a wild fight down the final holes of regulation to reach only the fourth playoff in PGA Championship history under the current format.“As soon as I realized I was going into a playoff, I completely calmed down,” Bradley said. “I got to the tee on 16, it was the most calm I’ve been probably all week.”In the playoff, Bradley saw Dufner’s approach just miss the cup, then put his second shot even nearer to the pin. Dufner missed from six feet and settled for par. Bradley made a five-foot birdie putt to take the lead for good.At 17, Dufner missed a 14-foot par putt for his second bogey of the day there while Bradley dropped his five-foot par putt to seize a two-stroke edge heading to the 18th tee.Bradley blasted his second shot over a water hazard onto the green and Dufner did the same, then dropped a 25-foot birdie putt before Bradley two-putted for the title.In the final holes of regulation, Dufner birdied the 13th hole to reach 11-under par and parred the 14th to seemingly seize command.Karlsson took a bogey at 16 to fall four strokes off the pace and Bradley chipped over the 15th green into the water on his way to a triple-bogey 6.But the difficult closing four-hole stretch that frustrated many of golf’s best players for four days devastated Dufner as well, starting when his tee shot at the 15th went left into a pond to set up a bogey.“The course is so tough that no lead is safe,” Bradley said. “I kept trying to tell myself that because I knew that that was the case, especially if you got a big lead, you might get a little tight coming down the end.”Dufner found a greenside bunker at the par-4 16th and missed a 12-foot par putt. When Bradley sank a long birdie putt on the 17th seconds later to reach eight-under, a roar went up and Dufner’s lead went down. He missed a 10-foot par putt at 17, and the rest was history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ATLANTA, Georgia, August 15 – Unheralded Keegan Bradley made an unforgettable comeback to win the 93rd PGA Championship, rallying from five strokes behind with three holes to play to win in his major debut.The US PGA Tour rookie caught leader Jason Dufner after 72 holes and then beat his American compatriot in a three-hole aggregate playoff to capture the Wanamaker Trophy and win the $1.44 million top prize at Atlanta Athletic Club.last_img read more

Hats off for Oluoch, says keeper of the year Matasi

first_img“If you look at how Boni (Oluoch) is performing in the national team, he is keeping clean sheets, we are winning matches. Right now I can’t say I am going to play. My time will come, as long as I continue being called up I will work hard to get there,” Matasi told Capital Sports.“Right now, Boni is ranked as Kenya one. For me, I know the day will come, I will be given a chance and I know I will perform,” Matasi added.The former AFC Leopards player termed it a dream come true winning the golden glove after stiff competition from Oluoch and Tusker’s David Okello who were second and third respectively.“I have been waiting for this accolade and finally I have won. It was my dream this year to have this award and I am pleased especially because I did it under stiff competition with some of the best keepers in the country,” Oluoch added.Matasi started the season playing second fiddle to Ian Otieno who was the captain then. However, he got his chance after Otieno, who later decamped to AFC Leopards fell out with head coach Zedekiah Otieno.An improved performance, coupled with the second meanest defense in the league ensured he maintained the clean sheets and he attributes the consistency to constant push from the coach and team manager Pascal Ochieng.“When we went for team building in Loitoktok at the beginning of the season, the technical bench said that at least two people from Posta have to win an award at the end of the year. That pushed me to work hard. Coach Zico and the team manager were constantly on my neck and that helped me to keep on toes,” Matasi noted.He now hopes to maintain the same momentum next season and hopes the new coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo will be of positive influence to the team as they bid to push into the top five.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi with his golden glove award during the KPL awards gala in Nairobi on December 13,2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16- Posta Rangers shot stopper Patrick Matasi has paid tribute to his Gor Mahia counterpart Boniface Oluoch, admitting he does not expect to dethrone him for the national team number one jersey any time soon.Despite toppling him for the 2016 golden glove award, Matasi still believes Oluoch is the best pick based on his current form and he will remain patient as he awaits an opportunity to don national colors.last_img read more

Canoga Park High teacher stabbed to death in Calabasas

first_img When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the well-kept home she shared with her son in the 3800 block of Declaration Avenue, they found her bloodied body. But her son had fled in his mom’s car. “It looked like an ordinary home. There was nothing that stood out of any significance,” Carrillo said. At some point, he ditched his mom’s car and jumped into a 2007 Range Rover driven by a man deputies declined to identify. Los Angeles police and sheriff’s deputies pulled over the driver at Ventura and De Soto. They found Winnick cowering in the back. It took 30 minutes to coax him from the car, but police say he was arrested without putting up a fight and booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of murder. Winnick, whose page on the social networking site says he is a personal trainer and pharmaceutical distributor, does not have a violent arrest record, police said. CALABASAS – The 25-year-old son of a Canoga Park High School math teacher was arrested today on suspicion of killing his mother with a butcher knife inside their home, authorities said. Jesse Winnick called his sister Tuesday night after police believe he stabbed his mother, Hadas Winnick, 55, several times in the chest, said Lt. Gil Carrillo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “He told her she shouldn’t come home because he killed mom,” he said. His sister called police around 11 p.m Tuesday to report the slaying in the affluent, hillside community not far from Mulholland Highway. It was the first in Calabasas this year. His mother was a veteran math teacher who taught Algebra I to Canoga Park High School students. Friends and colleagues at the school described her as a fiercely dedicated teacher who built her life around her freshman and sophomore students, even authoring “GRF XRSZ,” a book to help students visualize math programs. She came to the school three years ago after a stint at Mulholland Middle School. “She stayed late and worked hard,” Principal Pam Hamashita said. “She was here on Saturdays – she was very dedicated to her career. … People are in shock right now.” Hamashita led the shaken student body in a writing exercise this morning to share its feelings and memories of Winnick. Breana Wiles posted her poem, “A dedicated teacher passes on: in loving memory of Mrs. Winnick,” on the school’s Web site, “Mrs. Winnick although some of us did not know you/ Hearing of your passing makes us all feel blue,” she wrote. “I do not understand why how someone could do such a thing/ But we sometimes don’t know what life can bring.” Neighbors on her docile, nicely-maintained street mirrored her sense of bewilderment. As homicide investigators and uniformed deputies cleared the crime scene, a white-and-blue coroner’s van pulled away. “This was such a violent way to die for someone who didn’t deserve this,” said a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous. “She will be missed, especially by the kids at school. They were her life.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img“It is the show’s thesis that assassination has become its own disturbing cultural tradition in this country, that each of the characters is made of a cloth first spun by (Abraham Lincoln killer) Booth,” the Times’ Ben Brantley wrote in a rave review. Of Eisenhauer and Fisher specifically, Brantley said the pair “created a painterly tour de force, with glaring walls of color and deep pockets of shadows” that “sets the ideal tone for the fractured, time-warping narratives that follow.” In her discussion with the Mira Costa actors and stagehands, the ever-humble Eisenhauer downplayed such accolades and used the time to urge students to engage in every aspect of theater now to better their chances of going pro down the road. “I had a path that began around the age of 12 or 13,” she said, relating her early volunteerism with amateur and summer stock theaters. “I didn’t even know what lighting design was then, I just knew that I loved the theater.” “I pursued it very hard. I worked very hard at it ? and I landed on Broadway at a very young age,” Eisenhauer added. Detailing her favorite moments on the Great White Way, including assisting Bob Fosse, doing the smash revival of “Cabaret,” designing and winning her first Tony for “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk,” Eisenhauer also offered a small window into composer Sondheim. “Steve Sondheim, first of all, is a really nice guy,” she said. “He’s a genius composer. He’s a bit of a recluse, and I believe he lives in Katherine Hepburn’s old apartment. He had a big `Assassins’ party for us when it closed, which he never does.” Asked if she knew why Sondheim was so driven to do “Assassins,” which took 14 years to get to Broadway, Eisenhauer added: “He likes hard things. He likes puzzles; he’s a real puzzle man. He likes things that are hard, and he doesn’t care if they’re commercial.” Commercial or not, “Assassins” became a smash hit that went on to take five Tony Awards. The cast and crew at Mira Costa don’t know what sort of reception to expect in Manhattan Beach for the show that Lamoureux, the director, called “a tough sell.” But they hope the local crowds will come to see their take on the thought-provoking piece that was once a Broadway sensation. Regardless, asserted Lamoureux, the visit from a sensation in her own right – Eisenhauer – will serve the students well. “It’s such a privilege,” he said. “To have here someone so closely tied to what is now referred to as the definitive production of this show is just amazing.” “I’m so glad she could come share her time with us,” concurred senior Michael Peha, 17, part of the ensemble cast who is also playing the role of Booth accomplice David Herold. “It gives us some hope. I mean, she started backstage, found her interest and worked hard, and bam – look at what she’s done.” “It’s really, really great to see someone who’s done all these things I hope to one day do,” Michael added. “And she knows all my idols, like Sondheim. I mean, she knows him. That’s amazing.” shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In Los Angeles last week to light rocker Neil Young’s two shows at the brand-new Nokia Theatre – she works concerts as well as stage productions and motion pictures – Eisenhauer dropped by the Manhattan Beach campus to share her experiences with the cast and crew. “When I heard you were doing `Assassins,’ I thought, `Wow,”‘ Eisenhauer told her teen audience. “It’s a hard show ? a very ambitious project. It’s a great piece.” Acknowledged by school drama-department head Carol Mathews and the show’s director David Lamoureux to be a risky choice for a high school, “Assassins” tells the tale of the people who have killed American presidents, or tried to. Primary characters include John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley Jr. and Lee Harvey Oswald. But rather than glorify such acts or their perpetrators, the “glitteringly dark musical,” as a New York Times reviewer described it in 2004, puts forth the question, “Why would someone do that?” By Shelly Leachman Staff Writer Bringing words of advice and insight, a Tony Award-winning theater professional visited some local students about to mount their version of the show that won her such acclaim. Renowned lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer, with her partner Jules Fisher, nabbed Broadway’s biggest prize in 2004 for their work on “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim thinker musical that Mira Costa High School will stage starting Friday. last_img

Manchester United v FC Rostov: Confirmed team news for Europa League clash

first_img Jose Mourinho’s side will be hoping to seal their place in the quarter-finals Manchester United welcome FC Rostov to Old Trafford on Thursday night looking to seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Jose Mourinho’s side played out a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of their round of 16 clash in Russia on a terrible pitch and will be hopeful of a more straightforward outcome on this occasion.Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial miss out through injury while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian also miss out on the matchday squad.Meanwhile, United look to have selected a back-three made up of Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.So, who has been selected for the clash? The confirmed team news is available, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:Manchester United XI: Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Mata, Ander Herrera, Blind, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, IbrahimovicSubstitutes: De Gea, Jones, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Rashford, FellainiFC Rostov XI: Medvedev, Bayramyan, Mevlja, Cesar Navas, Kudryashov, Terentjev, Noboa, Prepelita, Erokhin, Azmoun, PolozSubstitutes: Goshev, Kireev, Bukharov, Devic 1last_img read more

Hezbollah giving more of a fight than expected

first_imgON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER Israeli soldiers returning from the front in Lebanon talk of battling an intelligent, well-prepared and ruthless guerrilla army whose fighters don’t seem to fear death.The troops describe Hezbollah guerrillas hiding among civilians and in underground bunkers two or three stories deep evidence, they say, that Hezbollah has been planning this battle for many years.“It’s hard to beat them,” one soldier said. “They’re not afraid of anything.”The soldiers, most of whom declined to give their names under orders from superiors, described exchanges of gunfire in between houses on village streets, with Hezbollah guerrillas sometimes popping out of bushes to fire Kalashnikovs, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles.The troops’ comments underscored the enormous challenges faced by Israel as it seeks to neutralize Hezbollah, which captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a brazen cross-border raid on July 12, provoking a fierce Israeli response.With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arriving in Israel todayon Monday, both the Arabs and Israelis appeared to be trying to set out positions ahead of Washington’s first diplomatic mission to the region since the fighting began. The United States backs Israel’s refusal to talk about a cease-fire until it completes the military campaign against Hezbollah, but is under increasing pressure to foster a plan to end the growing suffering and destruction in Lebanon.Still, daily casualty figures appeared to be dropping about nine confirmed Sunday by Lebanese security officials, compared with dozens each day earlier in the week. The decrease could be a result of the exodus from the hardest-hit areas or because of difficulty in getting figures from the war zone.In the 12th day of fighting, guerrillas launched more than a dozen rockets against Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa, killing two people. Israeli missiles struck a convoy of fleeing Lebanese, killing four people, including a journalist.In the far south, fighting with Hezbollah raged around the Israeli military’s foothold in Lebanon the border village of Maroun al-Ras, where the Israeli army has maintained a significant presence since Saturday. But so far they were not advancing. Hezbollah reported three of its fighters killed.Israeli military officials said their forces captured two Hezbollah guerrillas on Sunday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Israel Army Radio reported the two were the first prisoners Israel has taken in this offensive.With Israel and the United States saying a real cease-fire is not possible until Hezbollah is reined in, Arab heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia were pushing Syria to end its support for the guerrillas, Arab diplomats in Cairo said.A loss of Syria’s support would deeply weaken Hezbollah, though its other ally, Iran, gives it a large part of its money and weapons. The two moderate Arab governments were prepared to spend heavily from Egypt’s political capital in the region and Saudi Arabia’s vast financial reserves to break Damascus from the guerrillas and Iran, the diplomats said.Syria said it will press for a cease-fire to end the fighting but only in the framework of a broader Middle East peace initiative that would include the return of the Golan Heights. Israel was unlikely to accept such terms but it was the first indication of Syria’s willingness to be involved in efforts to defuse the crisis.In Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal asked President Bush to intervene.“I have brought a letter from the Saudi King to stop the bleeding in Lebanon,” Saud told reporters after the Oval Office meeting.Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that once the offensive had gotten Hezbollah away from the border, his country would be willing to see an international force move in to help the Lebanese army deploy across the south, where the guerrillas have held sway for years.“Israel’s goal is to see the Lebanese army deployed along the border with Israel, but we understand that we are talking about a weak army and that in the midterm period Israel will have to accept a multinational force,” Peretz told the Cabinet, suggesting NATO be in charge of the force.President Bush’s chief of staff, John Bolten, said Sunday that the administration would be open to an international peacekeeping force but does not expect U.S. forces to participate in one.Peretz said the military would not launch a full-fledged invasion but instead carry out a series of small-scale raids into the south. “The army’s goal is to create a new reality, mostly that Hezbollah won’t be along the border,” he told the Cabinet.Meanwhile, a campaign to get humanitarian aid into Lebanon was gearing up. Officials were trying to speed the delivery of food, medicines, blankets and generators down bomb-shattered roads to the south where they are needed most though Israel has not defined a safe route to the region. Tens of thousands have fled the war zone, packing into the southern port city of Sidon and other areas.The sea-lift evacuating Americans and Britons from Lebanon was nearing completion as more streamed out by ship from Beirut’s port. Some 12,000 Americans and 4,500 British citizens have left. British officials said they had no more citizens asking to go.The top U.N. humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, called for at least $100 million in immediate aid but said billions of dollars would be needed to repair the damage from a conflict that has stunned Lebanon just as it had emerged from reconstruction after years of civil war.Egeland, on a mission to organize the aid effort, toured the rubble of Beirut’s bombed-out southern suburbs, a once-teeming Shiite district where Hezbollah had its headquarters. He condemned civilian casualties on both sides but called Israel’s offensive “disproportionate” and “a violation of international humanitarian law.”At least 381 people have been killed in Lebanon, including 20 soldiers and 11 Hezbollah fighters, according to security officials. At least 600,000 Lebanese have fled their homes, according to the World Health Organization with one estimate by Lebanon’s finance minister putting the number at 750,000, nearly 20 percent of the population.Israel’s death toll stands at 36, with 17 people killed by Hezbollah rockets and 19 soldiers killed in the fighting.Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh said the two captured Israelis are in “good health.” He said he was basing his assessment on what Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has said. Soon after Hezbollah captured the soldiers on July 12, Nasrallah said they were in a safe location.The city of Sidon was chaotic, teeming with 35,000 refugees from the south. Cars were parked four deep along streets near schools and the municipality building where families sought housing.A mosque run by Hezbollah lay in ruins from Israeli strikes the night before, which raised worries that Sidon about 20 miles south of Beirut was no longer the safe haven it has been.But there was no mass flight out of the city of 100,000. Instead, Sidon tried to absorb all the new people. Food markets were open longer, and pedestrians looked up glumly to the sound of far-off explosions echoing over the mountainous landscape.The bombardment across the south grew, with overmore than 120 targets attacked, according to the Israeli military.A minibus was struck, knocking a hole in the roof and killing three people and wounding 16 including 10 women and four children, said Hassan Nasreddine, an International Red Cross doctor who arrived at the scene soon afterward and saw the bodies in the van.Layal Nejib, a photographer for a Lebanese magazine, was also killed as her taxi approached the convoy and the missiles landed, said her driver, who escaped unharmed and returned to Tyre. The 23-year-old Nejib, a photographer for Al-Jaras magazine, which confirmed her death, was the first journalist killed in the Israeli campaign.Outside Tyre, a bombardment left another victim: an 8-year-old boy. 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Listen: ‘We left it behind us’ – Niall O’Donnell

first_imgAS HE headed off into the evening, Niall O’Donnell couldn’t but ponder on one that got away for St Eunan’s.O’Donnell hit seven points as St Eunan’s were pipped to a place in the Donegal SFC final by Naomh Conaill as Eoghan McGettigan’s last-minute point won the semi-final for the Glenties men.“We came in this year and we knew we hadn’t fulfilled our potential,” O’Donnell told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub after a 0-15 to 1-11 defeat. “This year was looking well and we had a lot of confidence. We felt the pressure was lifted off us when we got out of the group. We left it behind us there.”That sinking feeling perhaps worsened as St Eunan’s reflected on a second-half that looked to be theirs when Eoghan McGettigan finished for a goal on 42 minutes.But Naomh Conaill didn’t panic, stayed on programme and, finally, got over the line.O’Donnell sighed: “The last ten minutes, AJ (Gallagher) got a turnover on me and they went up for a score. That was a kick to the stomach for us. We just struggled in the last five minutes or so. “We’re devastated to be honest.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: ‘We left it behind us’ – Niall O’Donnell was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCEoghan McGettiganEoin McGeehanGlentiesletterkennyNaomh ConaillNiall O’DonnellSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgSTUNNING BALLINTRA  girl Faye Dinsmore is the new face of men’s deodrant Lynx – and being tipped to be the next Kate Moss.And having just landed a deal with L’Oreal, the future is bright.In her latest TV ad for Lynx, she is being seen around the world casting her halo at one whiff of Lynx Excite. Said Faye: “I know it’s not fashion but I shot the advert ages ago for a laugh. I’m probably the most un-Lynx girl they could have picked.”Currently in Paris doing a shoot with L’Oreal, her next engagement is the Oscars in Hollywood.Having already featured in a Galaxy chocolate advert and a Robbie Williams video, she is preparing to host next month’s Irish Fashion Awards.And there will be plenty of people watching. With 200,000 friends on Facebook, she’s Ireland’s most liked person on the social network.DONEGAL’S FAYE BEING TIPPED TO BE THE NEXT TOP MODEL was last modified: February 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of July 29

first_imgShare This!Sailing aboard one of the four Disney Cruise Line ships this week? Join us as we take a look at what you can expect on your cruise in the latest edition of Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of July 29th. I’m Brand Glover (not to be confused with Derek Burgan) and I’ll be giving you tips and weather to help make your vacation planning easier! Last week we had some major announcements regarding the future of the Disney Cruise Line, but now it’s time to see what we have in store this week…Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Disney Magic, photo: Adrian RowdaDisney Magic 29 July – Villefranche (82/73, 10%)30 July – Livorno (84/69, 10%)31 July – Olbia (95/72, 0%)1 August – Day at Sea2 August – Civitavecchia (88/74, 0%)3 August – Naples (93/77, 0%)4 August – Palermo (90/77, 0%)Disney Wonder29 July – Juneau (63/51, 70%)30 July – Skagway (61/54, 20%)31 July – Tracy Arm Fjord (59/51, 50%)1 August – Day at Sea2 August – Vancouver (81/61, 0%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (61/50, 60%)Disney Dream29 July – Nassau (91/83, 20%)30 July – Castaway Cay (90/82, 60%)31 July – Port Canaveral (87/76, 60%)1 August – Nassau (92/83, 80%)2 August – Castaway Cay (90/83, 60%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Port Canaveral (89/78, 60%)Disney Fantasy29 July – Port Canaveral (93/77, 20%)30 July – Day at Sea31 July – Day at Sea1 August – Tortola (85/78, 20%)2 August – St. Thomas (88/80, 50%)3 August – Day at Sea4 August – Castaway Cay (91/83, 40%)Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsCastaway Cay has been voted Top Cruise Line Private Island by the Cruise Critic’s Cruisers Choice Destination Awards. The Disney Cruise Line Blog has a post revealing some of the more notable top results, which includes Castaway Cay and other major ports visited by current Disney Cruise Line itineraries. Having visited another private cruise line island in the past, I can say that Castaway Cay stands out for its deluxe amenities, as well as volume and value of its many activities. Visiting Castaway Cay is always one of the most anticipated itinerary days for me between snorkeling and exploring the island… and have I mentioned the Serenity Bay buffet? With Disney’s level of detail and excellence in service and quality, this user rating is something I foresee being a lock for years to come.Assembling news from the Marvel Universe, Disney Parks Blog has a post previewing the new Doctor Strange show from the Disney Fantasy’s Oceaneer Club, which we mentioned briefly last week. Joining Doctor Strange is Thor, both of whom use their powers to teach the young Oceaneers skills that helped turn them into some of the greatest heroes in the Universe. Doctor Strange had a similar street show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last year, which I was able to experience. Adding in the technology in the club to that experience, I can say that this will be something kids will enjoy experiencing.Last week we mentioned the news out of D23 that Beauty and the Beast would be debuting on the Disney Dream this November, bringing the Disney classic to the Walt Disney Theatre as a Broadway-style production. As part of the anticipation for the new show, the Disney Parks Blog has been releasing a series of behind-the-scenes articles detailing the work going into this new production. The latest post features an interview with Sarah Cubbage, the Broadway costume designer who has been tasked with creating the costumes for the new show. Between the costumes and rehearsal footage released thus far, Beauty and the Beast looks to be an extravagant production. As a fan of the live-action and animated films, I am excited to see how certain iconic scenes will be brought to the stage. Time will tell how this tale as old as time will play out, but I know it will be nothing short of impressive with the level of detail being put into each part of this production.Twitter user @Dustin2008 posted documents pertaining to the Halloween on the High Seas costume policy for the upcoming itineraries starting in September. Of note: masks may not be worn unless standing still at character photo locations and must be carried while walking around the ship. Toys or props that resemble weapons (guns, knives, or the like) may not be brought on the ship at embarkation. We will keep you updated to any similar policy changes regarding the other themed itineraries sailing this year.For those of you staying on dry land this week, we have another recipe from the Disney Fantasy’s Sweet on You. Disney Parks Blog posted a recipe for the Raspberry Macarons. The recipe produces 20 macarons and is another simple recipe that can be baked together with the entire family.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationWhile Marvel fans are anxiously awaiting the next installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the penultimate Avengers: Infinity War, passengers aboard the Disney Magic will be able to team up with the Avengers much sooner. The all-new Marvel Day at Sea brings the iconic heroes of Marvel films out to sea for meet and greets, specially themed fireworks, costume contests, a Marvel film festival, and more! For theme park fans, some of these characters are unavailable for meet and greets in the parks, especially at Walt Disney World (unless you’re on an Island East of the Mississippi, but that’s a story best left for the Saturday Six). Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Loki will be making their debuts alongside Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, as well as Star Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. Being a huge fan of Marvel as well as character meets, this is reason enough for me to book one of these 7- or 8-night itineraries this fall. With the situation surrounding the theme park rights for these characters, this may be your best chance to see them all in one place.Drink of the Day OptionsFor adults, relaxing on a cruise often includes drinking a fine adult beverage, whether it’s while lounging by the pool or watching the scenery change in the sleek Skyline club. Adult beverages are available in nearly every restaurant and at other locations around each ship. Pool hosts and hostesses even walk around with drinks, so you won’t ever have to leave your chair! One of the best values for your dollar is the drink of the day. Each day, a new drink (an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version) is featured throughout the bars on the ship, and generally costs about $5. A popular drink among my traveling party was the Sunken Treasure, which was one of the more visually appealing concoctions of the daily specials. If you read the Saturday Six, you’ll know just how much we appreciate the fine art of cocktail design.That brings us to an important note about adult beverages and what you can bring aboard the ship at embarkation. Adults 21 and older can bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne, not exceeding 750ml, or six 12-ounce beers in their original unopened container. No other types of alcohol (including powdered forms) are permitted to be brought aboard the ship. Any extra bottles or cans will be confiscated and returned at disembarkation. Further, alcoholic beverages brought on board must be consumed in the staterooms and are not permitted in any bars or pubic areas.While lounging by the pool sounds like a fantastic way to spend a cruise, there is so much room for activities in a day and not enough time to experience them all, believe it or not! From the moment you board the ship until you lay your head down to sleep on the last night, there is always something happening on a Disney Cruise. We’ve already touched on the Broadway shows and sporting events in the past weeks, but did you know that the onboard Buena Vista Theatre shows the latest Disney film releases? My first viewings of John Carter, Thor: The Dark World, and some little film called Frozen were all on board a ship. Or what about family BINGO and trivia events. I had to do a double take when I noticed Figment’s name on the Funnel Vision screen during one such trivia game. You’ll see live musicians, dance parties, video game challenges, shopping seminars, and so much more.So with that in mind, I thought I’d mention a couple activities that I consider must-do’s on every cruise. Keep an eye on your Personal Navigator for an energetic game show called Match Your Mate, which is similar in format to TV’s The Newlywed Game. The answers are always outrageous and unpredictable, which is why this has become a tradition for me. Another high priority for me is the Aquaduck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. If you’ve never experienced the Aquaduck, it’s part water coaster, and part gentle glide around the top of the ship with an amazing view. It’s such a fun ride that my niece made sure we rode it five times in a row on our last cruise. Now this last must-do takes a bit of exploring, but it is something the entire family can enjoy together. Throughout the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, you may notice artwork that seems to come alive as you walk by. This enchanted art is actually a screen which plays video and sound effects making the image come alive, making it seem as if you’re in the middle of Pirates of the Caribbean, for example. As a huge fan of Disney animation, this is one of the most fascinating things I’ve found on the ships and is something I make sure to experience every time.Austin Powers would approve of the Disney Fantasy’s set design for Match Your MateWhat would a Disney experience be without fireworks? Being a Walt Disney World local, it’s hard to fathom a night that doesn’t have a glorious display of color bursting across the skies. One unique thing to the Disney Cruise Line is that they are the only cruise line that has a fireworks display on-board the ship. I know what you’re thinking: WHAT? HOW? WHERE?!? On most DCL sailings, each cruise has a night set aside for a specially themed deck party, of which the standard theme is Pirate Night. On Pirate Night, guests are encouraged to dress up in their best swashbuckling attire for a special pirate-themed meal and fireworks with Captain Jack Sparrow! As with any Disney fireworks show, you’ll hear the echoes of your favorite musical themes from the parks, films, and more paired with bright beams of fire lighting up the open seas. As for holidays and the newer Star Wars and Marvel Days at Sea, guests will experience special shows tailored to those themes. Hearing John Williams’s score roaring over the moonlit seas, now that is my kind of cruise!Nine Dragon, photo: Julia MascardoWhat to Try: Before we go, here’s one of our favorite cocktails from the Skyline Lounge on the Disney Dream. As the name implies, the Lounge gives spectacular views of various skylines around the world through magic “windows” showcasing the cities of Paris, New York, Chicago, Rio de Janiero and Hong Kong. The drink menu is themed around the cities, with each having its own list of drinks available. The Nine Dragon from the Hong Kong portion of the night (Takara Jun Shochu Spirit, Chambord, Cranberry and Raspberry Juice) is a bold combination of sweet flavors.Serenity Bay, photo: Adrian RowdaAre you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding 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!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, my better half Adrian Rowda, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.last_img read more