Disney Cruise Line fleet
Review of Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line is a cruise operator, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Incorporated in 1996 as Magical Cruise Company Ltd., the company is domiciled in London, UK with operational headquarters in Celebration, Florida.
Currently, Disney Cruise Line operates four ships: Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Disney Cruise Line also owns the private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, designed as an exclusive port of call for its ships. In 2012, it was estimated Disney Cruise Lines owns nearly 3% share of worldwide cruise market.
Actually, Disney Cruise Line was created after in 1995 when Walt Disney Company commissioned the ships Wonder and Magic from Fincantieri (Italy). Then was ended the charter arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for its vacation packages. Disney had previously contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide passenger shipping in the 1980s, with voyages leaving out of Port Canaveral. The vessels were marketed as "family cruise vacations" and featured costumed Disney Characters. The building of two new ships by Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream was inaugurated in 2011, Disney Fantasy - in 2012.
In the beginning of March 2016, Disney announced plans to build two new (company's largest) cruise liners, scheduled for deliveries in 2021 and 2023. Walt Disney signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft. The new boats will be slightly bigger than Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Each is currently planned to have around 1250 staterooms. Vessels names, design and itineraries are still to be developed.
Disney cruise ship experience
Among the best family lines, with the most family friendly cruise ships, and some of the most attractive cheap all inclusive family cruise packages, The company is world's leader in family cruising. "Disney World land and sea" packages are industry's best kids cruise deals for Caribbean, operated with signature land resorts and large and modern liners.
Disney Cruise Line is an unique enterprise designed to provide industry's best family ship travel vacation experiences. Disney offers regular departures from Florida USA to Eastern Caribbean (mostly to Bahamas) from its own cruise terminal at Port Canaveral – just a few minutes away from Disney’s capital city Orlando and world's best Disneyland Park. Among the special voyages are the Alaskan itineraries (leaving from Seattle and Vancouver Canada) during the Disney summer and the Panama Canal transition cruises on repositioning between Alaska and Caribbean.
All Disney ships are family-friendly. Each boat features a Walt Disney Theater (resembling Broadway house) and Buena Vista Cinema (for Disney movies). Studio Sea (TV sound stage and forum for G-rated live shows) is available on Magic and Wonder. Similar venue (named "D Lounge") is on Fantasy and Dream. "Disney Digital 3-D" (on Magic and Wonder) is a cinema experience with lasers, streamers, fog and lighting effects.
The main swimming pool areas on all Disney boats are geared toward families. There is a pool for kids (with 200-ft Mickey waterslide) and small sprinkler tub for toddlers. Adult-only pools are also fleetwide feature, though on the larger ships they encompass several decks.
The AquaDuck water park (Fantasy and Dream) is one of the first-ever watercoasters on a cruise ship. Located on top-deck, the slide has a transparent, acrylic tube propelling riders (on rafts) up and down 4 decks of the ship. At one point, the slide swings out 13 ft off the ship's side, 150 ft above sea level.
Palo restaurant is a boutique eatery on every Disney ship, offering Italian traditional cuisine. The Remy restaurant serves premium French dishes (on Fantasy and Dream) and comes with the highest at sea surcharge for dining - USD 85 pp.
The adults-only spa features rain forest steam room. The adults-only nightclubs on board are named "Route 66" (on Wonder), "Europa" (on Fantasy), "The District" (on Dream), "Beat Street" (on Magic). Another popular for adults venues are sports pub and dance club. The following link is to CruiseMapper's Disney secrets, tips and tricks.
Disney cruise ships' kids and teen programming
Company's kids program is professionally organized and run by highly-trained and certified youth counselors. On each cruise liner are offered pre-scheduled daily character meetings, themed breakfasts, animation workshops, parades, firework shows. Onboard nurseries are named "It's a Small World" (on Fantasy and Dream) and "Flounder's Reef Nursery" (on Magic and Wonder). The ship nursery provides complimentary childcare for infants (ages 12 weeks-3 years) with toys and supervised fun activities. Nurseries features indoor porthole windows (semi-transparent one-way mirrors) allowing parents to peek without being seen. At fee is available online pre-ordering of baby supplies (via brand partnership with "Babies Travel Lite").
Ship's "Oceaneer Club" spans nearly an entire deck. It's supervised program is for kids aged 3-7 yo (spilt into age groups 3-4 and 5-7). "Oceaneer Lab" (for kids split into age groups 8-9 and 10-12) offers hands-on science experiments, ship-wide scavenger hunts, themed deck parties (with Disney costumes provided), high-tech interactive programs. Children ages 11-12 can compete in marine biology game show and send to friends digital postcards.
Teens (aged 13-17) have private clubs (named "Stack" and "Aloft") fitted with plenty of chairs and couches, and offering MP3 listening stations, latest video games, popular board games and magazines, teen bars (dispenser-served smoothies and soft drinks). On Fantasy and Dream teen are in 2 age groups - 11 to 13 (at "Edge") and 14 to 17 (at "Vibe", with an outdoor sundeck with hot tubs).
After boarding, kids are automatically enrolled in children's programs on Castaway Cay, which feature bike riding and supervised games by age group, private island experiences (Disney characters appearances are scheduled several times daily).
Most Disney cabins vae bath-and-a-half- the second bathroom has sink, toilet, vanity, the full bathroom has sink, tub / shower and toilet.
Disney Ships Spa & Fitness Facilities
- Senses Spa & Salon” (Dream and Fantasy)
- Vista Spa & Salon” (Magic and Wonder)
- Fitness Center” (all ships)
- Goofy’s Sports Deck: (Dream and Fantasy) – an open-air center with golf course, sport simulators, basketball-volleyball court
- Wide World of Sports” (Magic and Wonder) – an open-air center with basketball court, ping-pong tables.
Onboard Theatres (all ships)
- Buena Vista Theatre” – first-run movies, 3D cinema, top-notch equipment, plush seats
- Walt Disney Theatre” – live performances, Broadway-style themed Disney shows, movies.
Youth Clubs On Board
- Disney’s Oceaneer Club (all ships) – supervised themed activities ages 3-7
- Disney’s Oceaneer Lab (all ships) – themed activities ages 8-12
- Edge” (all ships) – teens-only, videogames, TV, Internet
- Vibe” (all ships) – teens-only, with a sundeck and a pool
- D Lounge (Dream and Fantasy) – family lounge and nightclub
- Studio Sea” (Magic and Wonder) – family activities center
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” (Fantasy) – a kids make-up salon
- Arr-cade” (Dream and Fantasy) – arcade (all ages)
- Quarter Masters” (Magic and Wonder) – arcade (all ages)
- Flounder’s Reef Nursery” (Magic and Wonder) – themed after “The Little Mermaid” (ages 3 months to 3 yo)
- It’s A Small World Nursery” (Dream and Fantasy) – 3 months to 3 years.
Nightclubs and Lounges On Board
- ;687” – sports bar (Dream)
- Bon Voyage” – family bar (Dream and Fantasy)
- Cadillac Lounge” – piano bar (Wonder)
- Cove Cafe” – adults-only (all ships)
- Currents” – cocktail bar (Dream and Fantasy)
- District Lounge” – nightclub (Dream)
- Diversions” – sports pub, karaoke (Magic and Wonder)
- Evolution” – disco club (Dream) – family during the day, adults-only at night
- O’Gills Pub” – Irish themed sports bar (Fantasy)
- La Piazza” – adults-only (Fantasy)
- Meridian” – adults-only (Dream and Fantasy)
- Outlook Cafe” – adults-only (Wonder)
- Pink” – adults-only (Dream)
- Promenade Lounge” – an Art Deco venue (Magic and Wonder)
- Rockin’ Bar D” – music club (Magic), family (day), adults-only (night)
- Sessions” – piano bar (Magic)
- Signals” – adults-only (Magic and Wonder)
- Skyline” – adults-only (Dream and Fantasy)
- The Tube” – adults-only nightclub (Fantasy)
- Vista Cafe” – family (Dream and Fantasy)
- WaveBands” club – family (day), dance club at night (Wonder)
- Waves” – family (Dream and Fantasy)
- Ooh La La” – adults-only, Victorian furniture (Fantasy)
The FUN Pools
- AquaDuck” – 4 decks high water coaster (Dream and Fantasy)
- Donald’s Pool” – family (Dream and Fantasy)
- Goofy’s Pool” – family, incl 2 whirlpool spas, a toddler pool with splash zones, 7,3×4,3m LED screen on the forward funnel overlooking the pool (Magic and Wonder)
- Mickey’s Pool” – kids-only, 1 deck high slide (all ships)
- Nemo’s Reef” – kids area (Dream and Fantasy)
- Quiet Cove Pool” – adults-only (all ships).
In March 2015, Disney Cruise Line introduced its popular "Mickey Check" meals fleetwide.
- Disney’s "Mickey Check" is used throughout Disneyland Resorts and Walt Disney World at various locations. The mark is also on Disney-licensed food products. It is a part of “Disney Magic of Healthy Living” commitment (launched 2006) to make healthy eating simpler and more fun for families. These meals are offered in the onboard rotational (main dining room) restaurants.
- To receive "Mickey Check", food must be nutritious and meet the Walt Disney company's Nutrition Guidelines (created by leading child health experts) for levels of saturated fat, calories, sugar and sodium. A "Mickey Check" kids' meal includes 3 or more nutritious food groups (vegetables, lean protein, whole grains), has zero trans fats and limited added sugar.
Disney private island Castaway Cay (Bahamas)
Castaway Cay is a Bahamian private island leased by Disney Cruises. It serves as an exclusive port of call for Disney ships. Castaway Cay (formerly Gorda Cay) is located close to Great Abaco Island. In 1997, Walt Disney Company bought a 99-year island lease from the Bahamian Government (set to expire 2096), giving the company substantial control over the cruise ship passenger experience on the isle.
In early August 2017 was announced that Disney is looking to buy a second Caribbean private island to be developed as exclusive port of call for the company's new cruise ships. The reason for a new private island destination is that Castaway Cay has capacity to handle ships with capacity up to 875 cabins, otherwise it becomes too crowded. Such a "private island" option emerged in 2016 with Egg Island (Bahamas). However, those plans were abolished after some environmental studies showing that the island’s ecosystem would not sustain the planned development.
New Disney ships 2021, 2022, 2023
Disney’s three newbuild ships are scheduled for delivery, one per year - in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
On July 15, 2017, Disney Cruise Line officially announced the company's plans to build 3 new vessels. When they are all launched, Walt Disney will nearly double its fleet.
- The vessels will be built by Meyer Werft (at shipyard Papenburg Germany). The so exciting for al Mickey Mouse fans announcement was made by Bob Chapek (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company's Chairman)
- The new ships' names, as well as the vessel's interior design, facilities and cruise itineraries are still in development. What is known so far is that the new liners will be LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas) and from one series with gross tonnage 140,000 tons (larger than the originally announced 135,000 GT) and passenger capacity 2500 (1250 staterooms). This design will be slightly larger than the pair MS Disney Dream and MS Disney Fantasy.
- At the realeased on March 9, 2018 exterior rendering can be seen Disney's traditional black-white-and-red hull color scheme. New is the superstructure's golden flair. Between the ship's two funnels is the top-deck waterpark with slides.
- Balcony cabins are located midship, which provides larger staterooms.
Itinerary of Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line operates Disney Cruise Line Terminal in Port Canaveral FL, which is the home port for Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Disney Magic is homeported in Galveston TX, Miami FL and Barcelona (Spain), while Disney Wonder is homeported in Miami FL and Vancouver.
Disney Cruise Line offers various destinations, including Europe, the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Panama Canal, Canada and New England, Alaska & United States Pacific Coast, and transatlantic destinations.
Most of the sailings are round-trip Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from the following ports of departure: Miami and Port Canaveral (in Florida), from Galveston Texas, and the Disney Wonder Alaskan cruises departing from Vancouver BC (Canada).
In 2016 Disney returned to New York City for the first time since 2012. In early 2017, the line returned to the Bahamas and Caribbean on various itineraries, most from ports in Florida. Also included were a number of sailings from Galveston, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
All Disney cruise departures to Bahamas feature one of the world’s best most famous private Caribbean islands – the Disney line’s very own Bahamian Island (and exclusively special port of call) CASTAWAY CAY (located north of Nassau). All Disney ships to Bahamas will visit Castaway Cay as port in the itinerary.
In the end of 2015 Disney Cruise Line decided to remove Greece and Turkey from Magic's Mediterranean 12-night itinerary in summer 2016. According to a statement by the line, the 'Mediterranean & Greek Isles' itinerary was modified as a result of monitoring conditions in the region. The original itinerary had to depart on August 1 from Barcelona and call at Olbia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo, Piraeus, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Valletta, Cannes, and Palma.
Customers were informed of the changes and offered $1,000 (per stateroom) onboard credit as compensation. Full refund is available for passengers who want to cancel reservations.
Disney Magic spent 2016 summer in Europe. In addition to her Mediterranean cruise, the ship offered the first British Isles voyage on June 5 and 2 sailings to Iceland and the Norwegian fjords in June and July.
In 2017, Disney Cruise Line offered new itineraries and to new ports of call, including first-time visits to destinations in Alaska and Europe. During 2017 summer months, Disney Cruise Line returned to the British Isles, Norway, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Bahamas.
In summer 2019, Disney Cruise Line offers new itineraries and 7 new ports in Europe, of which a first-ever round-trip sailing from Rome and first-time calls at destinations in Sweden, Spain, France, Denmark, Northern Ireland. Disney takes pasengers on a European grand tour with visits to the Mediterranean early summer and northern Europe late summer. The cruise line additionally offers sailings to Alaska, the Bahamas and Caribbean, including new cruises aboard Disney Fantasy.
- New round-trip cruise from Rome: For the first time, Disney passengers can experience the rich history of the city as a bookend experience in a single sailing. In Rome, families have the chance to explore the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain, and sample authentic cuisine. On June 14, 2019 Disney Magic sails an 8-night cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome) with ports of call including Salerno, La Spezia, Villefranche, Marseilles, and Barcelona.
- First-time calls at 7 new ports in Europe: Disney calls on 7 new ports in Europe for the first time, including Gothenburg, Nynashamn, Toulon (Provence), Brest, Cartagena, Fredericia, and Belfast. Belfast is a new destination on a 7-night British Isles cruise departing Dover, England on September 8, 2019. Throughout the summer, Disney Magic’s European includes the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, British Isles, Iceland and the Mediterranean.
- Return to Alaska: In 2019, Disney Wonder returns to Alaska for the summer season with a variety of 5-, 7- and 9-night itineraries departing from Vancouver, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria BC.
- Special Disney Fantasy itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean: In addition to 7-night eastern & western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy embarks on a variety of special itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean throughout 2019 summer. The special itineraries include a 3-night Bahamian cruise departing August 7, a 6-night western Caribbean cruise on June 30, an 8-night southern Caribbean voyage on June 22, and an 11-night southern Caribbean sailing departing on July 27. All trips aboard Disney Fantasy in summer 2019 include a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
- Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore the exclusive private island of Disney: In 2019, Disney Dream sails a series of cruises including 2 stops at Castaway Cay so passengers can enjoy more of the award-winning pristine island paradise. On Jun 19, Jul 3 and Jul 17, 2019, Disney Dream sails from Port Canaveral on 4-night Bahamian voyages to Nassau, plus 2 stops at Castaway Cay. On Jun 14, Jun 23, Jun 28, Jul 7, Jul 12 and Jul 21, 2019, Disney Dream sails from Port Canaveral on 5-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau, along with 2 stops at Castaway Cay. The special itineraries are in addition to 3- and 4-night Bahamian voyages from Port Canaveral that call at Nassau and Castaway Cay.
- Guided Experiences with Adventures by Disney: In 2019 summer, Disney Cruise Line passengers can enrich their experience via combining a Europe / Alaska trip with a package from Adventures by Disney, the leader in family guided group vacations.
- New Short Escapes, pre-cruise: In 2019 Adventures by Disney offers pre-cruise guided experiences in Vancouver and Rome. These 3-night Short Escapes, also offered in Barcelona and Copenhagen, allow families to experience private, after-hours visit to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Activities like flamenco dancing, preparing local cuisine and ziplining, immerse families in the region's culture.
- Guided group excursion packages for Europe cruises: Families can enhance select European cruises with Adventures by Disney package during the trip. Knowledgeable Adventure Guides lead passengers to experience the best of each port of call via immersive off-the-beaten-path excursions. In addition, guests can enjoy exclusive receptions onboard and benefit from concierge service.
In fall 2019, Disney Cruise Line returns to favorite home ports and destinations on a variety of itineraries, of which adventures to Bahamas, Baja, Bermuda, Canada and Caribbean. With voyages ranging from 2-night trips to weeklong cruise vacations and beyond, the season offers a wealth of opportunities for families to experience Disney magic and explore exotic locales. Itinerary highlights include:
- A trio of special 5-night cruises feature 2 days in Bermuda, allowing extra time for passengers to indulge in the famous pink-sand beaches, abundant water activities, world-class shopping, and distinctive blend of Caribbean and British culture.
- During a couple of 7-night cruises from New York to Bahamas, guests are treated to double-doses of pixie dust. A stop at Castaway Cay is paired with a day at Port Canaveral where every passenger receives a 1-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket as well as roundtrip transportation to the theme parks in Orlando.
- A single 5-night cruise to Canada takes guests from New York to Saint John, New Brunswick with a call at Bar Harbor, Maine.
In September, Disney Wonder sets sail to San Diego, where passengers embark on adventures to Baja and Mexican Riviera. Featured calls include Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas. Two exclusive 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises feature the snorkeling and scuba diving spots Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
- Disney Cruise Line passengers can enrich their experience via combining select San Diego-based trips with a pre-cruise Adventures by Disney package. During the 3-night itinerary, they can visit The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneyland Resort.
- Beginning late November 2019, Disney Wonder makes Galveston its home port for a series of Caribbean and Bahamas sailings, with options of 4, 6 and 7 nights. Caribbean trips include calls at Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Falmouth. Bahamian itineraries feature visits to Castaway Cay and Key West. A couple of of the Bahamian itineraries also take passengers to Nassau, while another includes a 2nd day on Disney’s private island.
In fall 2019, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy go on sailing guest-favorite itineraries to Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Disney Magic returns to Miami FL in November with various itineraries and cruise lengths.
- The lineup of Disney Magic includes 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises and 5- and 6-night Western Caribbean trips, and most itineraries include a day ashore at Castaway Cay. Ports of call on Bahamian cruises also include Key West and Nassau, while stops in Cozumel and Grand Cayman headline ship's Western Caribbean itineraries.
- Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night cruises to Castaway Cay and Nassau.
- Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Caribbean cruises, and every itinerary includes a visit to Castaway Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries call at the Virgin Islands of Tortola and Saint Thomas, while Western Caribbean cruises call on Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Cozumel.
- Disney Fantasy also sails a selection of special itineraries. An 8-night voyage in October transports guests south to Saint Kitts, Antigua and San Juan, while a 6-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes visits to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Both itineraries also feature a day at Castaway Cay. In December, 2 unique 7-night itineraries include a cruise to San Juan, Tortola, Castaway Cay, and another trip featuring 2 days on Disney’s private island after calls at Cozumel and Grand Cayman.
Disney Vacation Club unveiled the dates for 2 special members-only Disney charter cruises: a 5-night Pacific Coast itinerary aboard Disney Wonder on May 15 and a 7-night cruise to Bermuda aboard Disney Magic on October 5, 2019.
Disney river cruise itineraries
In April 2015, Walt Disney announced the company's "Adventures by Disney" river cruise itineraries in Europe (starting summer 2016). Disney teamed up with AmaWaterways to offer 5 week-long summer itinerary program Danube River. All voyages were family-themed.
- The program included 4 voyages on Danube in the summer, plus a Christmas themed cruise (December 2016). The itineraries visited 4 EU countries Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia.
- Adventures by Disney planned the itineraries and all onboard and ashore family activities.
- AmaWaterways refited the ship AmaViola with connecting cabins for families, which was an unique feature in river cruising.
- As this partnership was not "Walt Disney" themed, the ship didn't have Disney characters onboard or in call ports. Instead, Disney-trained "Adventure Guides" introduced passengers to local country and port experiences. The target market was USA (around half of all) and generaly English-speaking travelers.
- The 2016 departure dates of Disney river cruises (all 7-day itineraries) were July 7, 14, 21, 28. Departures were from Vilshofen to Budapest, and the reverse from Budapest to Vilshofen. Passengers had the option to add 2-night hotel stay (pre- or post-cruise package) in Prague.
- The 5th river cruise, (from Budapest to Vilshofen) was on December 22 European Christmas markets themed).
- During these voyages, AmaViola spent much more time in city ports than most other European river cruise ships - from early morning to late at night. Most cruising took place overnight.
- Shore excursions included Hohenwerfen Castle (Passau), Lazar Equestrian Park (Budapest), carriage ride tours; biking tours through the Wachau Valley;, Hofburg Palace Chapel (on Christmas, Vienna Boys Choir live concert).
- For Disney cruise passengers, AmaWaterways added a kids food menu (incl chicken fingers, pizza, burgers), as well as vegetarian items and alternative food.
- Disney's all-inclusive river cruise deals included 2 or 3 tours / excursions in each city port. The min age requirement was 4 yo (recommended 8+ yo).
- Disney's river cruise prices started at USD 3,900 per person (kids) and USD 4,100 per person (adults) with included international flights.
Disney cruise itinerary changes
Countries that start with the letter "I" headline Disney's plans for summer 2018 cruise offerings.
- Disney Magic visits new ports of call in Italy and Ireland.
- Disney offers land tours in European cities before or after the cruise. Two June itineraries will see Magic sailing out of Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome) and back. The Genoa stop is a first for Disney, offering access to nearby Milan.
- Magic will split time between Mediterannean, British Isles, Baltic Sea and Norwegian Fjords. On the British Isles itinerary (September 2) the ship visits Cork, Ireland (for the first time) along with Dublin, Greenock and Liverpool.
- Disney Wonder returns to Alaska in 2018 for 5-, 7- and 9-night itineraries from Vancouver BC Canada.
- Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continue to operate year-round departures from Port Canaveral. Dream, which normally does 3- and 4-night itineraries, will go on a series of 4- and 5-night cruises that make 2 stops at the private island Castaway Cay. Fantasy, which does mostly 7-night Caribbean itineraries, will have one 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise (June 30).
Disney's Canada and Bermuda cruises 2018 maiden calls
- Disney Magic will sail from New York and visit the new ports as part of various trips from September-November. The cruise ship will begin with a couple of 7-night sailings from New York to Quebec City in September with 2 full days in the capital city of the Canadian province and stops in 2 other new ports for the cruise line, Baie-Comeau and Saguenay.
- For Bermuda, Disney Magic will sail a number of 5-night cruises in October with 2 nights on the island and one 6-night sailing with 3 nights there. Magic will also sail to Port Canaveral from New York on three 7-night cruises with a stop at line's private Bahamas island Castaway Cay and trips to Walt Disney World.
- Starting in December 2018, Disney Magic will reposition to Miami to sail on western Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries that include visits to Key West.
- After her summer Alaska sailing season, Disney Wonder will stay on the west coast offering September and October trips to Baja California from San Diego with stops in Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas as well as Mexican Riviera cruises with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
- Disney Wonder will then make the cruise back through the brand new larger Panama Canal passage again and sail from Galveston, Texas in November and December.
- The largest and newest ships of the line, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, will continue sailing Bahamas and Caribbean voyages out of Port Canaveral.
Disney's "Star Wars" and "Marvel" themed cruises 2019
Epic shipboard adventures return to Disney Cruises via special engagements on two themed voyages - "Star Wars Day at Sea" and "Marvel Day at Sea". Offered on two Disney ships deployed in Bahamas and Caribbean, these itineraries bring Walt Disney and its movie fans of all ages.
- Star Wars Day at Sea is an unique experience allowing passengers to celebrate the iconic characters and their legendary adventures from the "Star Wars" series - Wookiees, Stormtroopers, droids, Jedi and others - during a day-long celebration.
- From January through early March, 2019, special 9 seven-night Disney Fantasy cruises from Port Canaveral FL will transport passengers to the Caribbean and a galaxy located far away.
- Departing January 5, January 19, February 2, February 16 and March 2, 2019, Disney's western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, George Town, Falmouth, and Disney's private island Castaway Cay.
- Departing January 12, January 26, February 9 and February 23, 2019, Disney's eastern Caribbean itinerary features Tortola, St Thomas, Castaway Cay.
- From January through early March 2019, ten special 5-night Disney Magic cruises from Miami FL will take passengers to the Bahamas and Caribbean, along with a day-long, action-packed celebration of Marvel Universe.
Disney Cruise Line's Marvel Day at Sea combines the renowned Marvel comics, animated series and movies with the excitement of a cruise travel vacation to summon inner Super Heroes for adventures during an unforgettable sea day.
- Departing January 6 and January 20, 2019, Disney's western Caribbean itinerary includes George Town and Castaway Cay.
- Departing January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22 and March 8, 2019, Disney's Bahamian itinerary includes Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.
- Departing February 3, February 17 and March 3, 2019, Disney's western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel and Castaway Cay.
(animal cruelty) Faroe Islands cruise boycott
In 2014, Disney was the first of all three (for now) cruise ship companies (followed in 2016 by AIDA and Hapag-Lloyd) that banned Faroe Islands (a Danish territory) as destination part of their North European itineraries.
The boycott is due to the island nation's traditional mass slaughter of pilot whales each year. The protected by Denmark gruesome practice of killing whales is called “Grindadrap Grind". Locals use motor boats to drive a pod of whales into a harbor. The defenseless animals are dragged to the shallow water and brutally slaughtered by locals armed with knives (16-19 cm / 6 8 inch long) while their families cheer them on. The killing party even rip out baby whales from their mothers.
Faroe Islands have population of about 50,000 and kill each year over 1,000 pilot whales. You can see the cruise ship schedule of Torshavn - Faroes most visited port. All cruise lines with scheduled visits to the Faroes are accused of supporting the brutal whaling practices. Whaling is still officially approved and carried out by the "civilized" countries Japan, Norway and Iceland, killing over 2000 whales each year and trading in whale products.
Disney's response was to the "Faroese Pilot Whaling Act" by the local government, which continues to allow pilot whales to be culled or massacred. It also empowers local authorities to imprison (for up to 2 years) people found guilty of impeding these whaling activities - despite all the international condemnations.
Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace are among the largest organizations taking direct actions against the "Faroese Pilot Whaling Act". Most of the available online haunting images of slaughtered whales lying in a sea of blood are released by these organizations.
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