Disney – A Variety of New Destinations
Written by: Paul Motter
The introduction of new vessels from Disney frees up the older Magic and Wonder for more diverse itineraries.
As Disney is preparing for the introduction of its first new cruise ship since 1999 – Disney Dream will set sail next month out of Port Canaveral, they are also gearing up for a diversity of cruises for the smaller Disney ships, Disney Magic and Wonder to sail to a number of destinations that Disney has only visited briefly in the past.
Disney Wonder is ready to begin 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles, the first available date being January 23 with inside staterooms selling for $1332 per person and 304 sq. ft. verandah staterooms starting at $3672 per person. The itinerary includes two days at sea, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and another day at sea before returning home.
These Mexico cruise were offered two years ago and sold out back then just as this upcoming season is likely to do. Disney has a small and highly specialized fleet and has no problem filling its ships at premium prices. But you get the cruise experience that only Disney can provide.
The April 27 cruise starts the Alaska/Canada season by taking Wonder up the West Coast on a special 6-day cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver with a day at sea, and overnight in San Francisco (the ship docks at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and departs at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday), a day at sea, a stop in Victoria, British Columbia (11:00 to 5:30) and finally landing in Vancouver on May 3rd.
The Alaska cruise season starts May 3rd, with seven-day cruises sailing this itinerary:
|Tuesday||Vancouver, Canada||—||4:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||Tracy Arm, Alaska||—||—|
|Friday||Skagway, Alaska||7:15 a.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||Juneau, Alaska||7:45 a.m.||4:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||Ketchikan, Alaska||**||7:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||Vancouver, Canada||8:00 a.m.||—|
Of course –in Alaska the Disney cruise experience will remain true to its unique offerings of special events as only Disney can provide. For example, in Ketchikan, families can pan for gold in “Liarsville” and receive a surprise visit from a Disney Character, such as Donald Duck, decked out in traditional Alaska garb; plaid jacket and ear muff hat, who will spend an hour or more posing for pictures and dispensing plenty of hugs.
Skagway will offer railroad sightseeing trips on the 110-year-old White Pass & Yukon Route railroad. There will be a special, separate train car just for the youngsters with a costumed guide and Disney youth counselors. They will play I-Spy bingo, sing songs, and hear authentic tales of the area’s wild-and-wooly gold rush days.
Juneau offers the usual Alaska cruise adventures; a visit to Mendenhall Glacier including flight-seeing to the top of the glacier and even dog sledding. One unusual Disney-themed adventure includes a trip via floatplane to Taku Lodge for a salmon bake, where a character will relate the story of Mary Joyce, a colorful Alaska pioneer.
In Ketchikan, in addition to the gold panning, kids can paint a totem pole, go fishing on the boat from TV’s “Deadliest Catch,” the Aleutian Ballad, or see the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show featuring kids-only activities during and after the show.
These Alaska cruises repeat through September 20th when Wonder once again heads south with a five-day sojourn from Vancouver to Victoria, B.C. and then straight down to Ensenada Mexico and then landing in Los Angeles the next day. This rather unusual itinerary can he experienced for just $1107 per person.
The following winter season will also offer Mexican Riviera cruises from October 2011 through May 2012. During this Mexico season there are a few 10-night cruises sprinkled in, such as the April 17 journey to Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. You get five days at sea with this itinerary for more Disney shipboard fun.
Disney Magic will move to Europe in the summer of 2011 while Wonder is exploring the Alaska frontier, beginning with a May 14 transatlantic cruise from Port Canaveral to Castaway Cay, six days at sea, the Portuguese island of Madeira, Cadiz Spain, Gibraltar and finally arriving in Barcelona, with an overnight stay before passengers are required to disembark.
May 28 Magic begins its regular European season of cruises from Barcelona to Malta, Tunisia, Naples, Rome, Florence, Corsica and Monte Carlo. This 11-night cruise starts at $3744 per person. There are variations of this itinerary throughout the summer, including a 12-day version and a shortened 7-day itinerary.
Upon her return to Port Canaveral in September, Magic will begin a series of diverse seven and eight-day cruises to both eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from December 2011 to December 2012 (except for another summer, 2012, also in Europe). The eastern Caribbean seven day cruises offer St Martin, St Thomas and Castaway Cay. The western Caribbean cruise sails to Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.
An eight-day New Years Eve eastern Caribbean cruise includes St. Martin, Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. This year’s Christmas cruises (Dec 18, 2010) on Magic is a 12-day adventure to the Southern Caribbean; St Martin, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Martinique, St Thomas and castaway Cay, but in 2011 the Christmas cruise is a less adventurous six day cruise departing December 24 and landing in Cozumel (Dec. 26) then on to Key West and Castaway Cay.
All in all – Disney cruise fans have never had such a diverse line up of itineraries on the Magic and Wonder, all because the brand new Disney Dream will be sailing the regular three, four and five-day cruises out of Port Canaveral for the foreseeable future.
Disney Dream, to be joined by sister ship Disney Fantasy in April 2012, will offer amazing cruise experiences that take the magic of the older ships to the next level, but the focus on those ships will be the onboard experiences. The new itineraries for the older ships are designed for people who have already experienced the older Disney ships and still want to take them new places.
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Posted: December 13th, 2010 under Paul Motter.