Great news for South Florida Disney fans.
Beginning in December, Disney Cruise Line will send the Disney Wonder to a new home at the Port of Miami. This will be the first time that Disney Cruise Line has based a ship in Miami. To kick off the exciting relocation, the Disney Wonder will sail a seven-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary on December 23 to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Castaway Cay, their private island in the Bahamas. A special six-night Western Caribbean New Year’s cruise will depart from Miami on December 30 and visit Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. What other ports and itineraries around the world are in store for Disney Cruise Line in 2013?
Starting in January, the Disney Wonder will change to a series of three-, four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean. Ports of call will include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
With the new ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, added to the now four-ship fleet, Disney Cruise Line is expanding their global reach to bring more families to new destinations around the world. Always providing a family-friendly cruise environment and state of the art cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is enhancing their 2013 cruise line-up with more destinations in Europe including the Greek Islands, Turkey and Croatia.
Mediterranean from Barcelona – 4, 7 and 12 night cruises
Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe for a series of Mediterranean itineraries, all departing from Barcelona. Among the new itineraries are two four-night and two twelve-night cruises. The familiar seven night cruises feature the most popular European ports and will depart from Barcelona twice in June and four times in August.
The four-night getaways will call on Nice (Villefranche), France and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. One of two twelve-night cruises includes Greece and visits Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Valetta, Malta and returning to Barcelona. The second twelve-night cruise features Venice, Italy and sails to Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy (overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta and back to Barcelona.
Western Caribbean from Galveston aboard the Disney Magic
Disney Cruise Line will begin sailing from Texas in 2012, from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Six-, seven- and eight-night cruises from Galveston will continue through 2013.
The six-night Caribbean ports will include Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Adding the extra night for the seven-night cruise includes Costa Maya, Mexico. Eight-nights visits Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel.
Alaska from Vancouver with the Disney Wonder
Beginning May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska and continue through the summer season until the last cruise on September 2.
Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream
The newest ship in the fleet, the Disney Fantasy, will sail the seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings, January through April 2013, stop at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Always a wonderful family cruise vacation, Disney Cruise Line provides adults-only areas, too. Onboard their ships are dining, relaxation and spa, swimming, nightclubs and lounges that are off-limited to those under 18 years old. Ashore, at Castaway Cay, Disney has thoughtfully provided a beautiful stretch of beach for only adults. If you look forward to making a nightly donation in a casino, keep in mind that none of the Disney ships have gambling.
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