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 the Walt Disney Company commissioned Disney Wonder and Disney Magic from Fincantieri (Italy), ending the arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for its vacation packages' maritime segment. Disney had previously contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruises in the 1980s, also sailing out of Port Canaveral. The vessels were similarly marketed as family cruise vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters.
The building of two new ships in Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream set sail in January 2011; Disney Fantasy in 2012.
In the beginning of March 2016, Disney Cruise Line, that first launched in 1998, announced plans to build two new cruise ships, scheduled for 2021 and 2023. Disney signed an agreement with Meyer Werft, Germany. The ships will be slightly bigger than the existing ships Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Each is currently planned to feature around 1,250 staterooms. The 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, Disney Line is the leader in family cruising. The Disney World land and sea packages are the best kids cruise deals to Caribbean, operated with 3 of the MOST FUN ships in the world.
The Disney FUN ship cruise line is an unique enterprise, especially designed for the best family sea travel vacation experiences. Disney offers regular sailings to Eastern Caribbean, and mostly to the Bahamas, from it’s own port terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida – a few minutes away from the Disney Empire’s capital city Orlando, with the best Disneyland Park in the World. Among the best Disney cruise ship specials is the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise from Vancouver Canada , during the “Disney summer months” in the far North.
The four ships of Disney Cruise Line are family-friendly. They offer the elaborate Walt Disney Theater, resembling a plush Broadway house, and Buena Vista Cinema, featuring Disney flicks. Studio Sea is styled like a TV sound stage and provides a forum for G-rated floor shows on Magic and Wonder. A similar venue is named the D Lounge on Fantasy and Dream. Disney Cruise Line also offers "Disney Digital 3-D" aboard Disney Magic and Wonder. It is a cinema experience using lasers, streamers, fog and special lighting effects.
The main pool areas on all Disney vessels are geared toward families. There is a pool for younger children with a 200-feet Mickey water-slide, as well as a small sprinkler tub for toddlers. Disney's adult-only pools exist as well on Wonder and Magic, though on Fantasy and Dream the grown-up area encompasses several bars and decks.
By adding the AquaDuck, Disney Fantasy and Dream stepped up waterpark-at-sea aspect. This one is the first-ever watercoaster available on a cruise ship. Visible atop the vessel, the coaster has a transparent, acrylic tube propelling riders along on a raft, up and down 4 decks of the ship and at one point swinging out 13 feet off side, 150 feet above the sea.
For a real soak, both kids and adults can head to the AquaLab aboard Disney Fantasy. It's just a way to get wet standing up - water pours from fountain jets on the deck, through holes in the wall, and out of buckets.
Older folks have even more to escape. Palo is a boutique eatery onboard each Disney ship, offering northern Italian cuisine. For a real splurge, Disney Cruise Line's Remy pampers with top-of-the-line French fare on Fantasy and Dream and comes with the highest at sea USD 85 tab.
The spa is off-limits to younger generation. One of its highlights is the rain forest steam room. The adults-only area of night clubs named "Route 66" on Wonder, "Europa" on Fantasy, "The District" on Dream and "Beat Street" on Magic, is not less compelling. Among the options are a sports pub and dance club.
Disney Cruises kids and teen programming
The kids' program is run and organized by dozens of caring counselors. Scheduled character greetings are held throughout the day. There are many surprise visits, too. By the inclusion of onboard nurseries ("It's a Small World" on Fantasy and Dream; Flounder's Reef Nursery on Magic and Wonder), Disney Cruise Line filled a void for parents who look for childcare for infants through age of three.
Disney's Oceaneer Club spans nearly an entire deck. It is a supervised program for kids aged 3-7 yo, spilt into age groups 3-4 and 5-7 yo. The Oceaneer Lab is for kids split into groups 8-9 and 10-12 yo, and offers hands-on science experiments, ship-wide treasure hunts and high-tech interactive programs. Kids aged 11-12 yo can compete in marine biology game show and send to friends digital postcards.
Teens (aged 13-17) have a single private club on Magic (the Stack) and Wonder (Aloft). These clubs are home to lots of chairs and couches, MP3 listening stations, the latest video games, board games and magazines, and are served by bars that dispense smoothies and soft drinks. Disney Fantasy and Dream split apart the demographic: those aged 11 to 13 head to the Edge, while the ones 14 to 17 chill in the Vibe (which has an outdoor area with hot tubs). Kids' facilities welcome the young Disney passengers from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. (times can vary).
Once signed in onboard the Disney Cruise Line ship, your kids are automatically enrolled in children's programs on Castaway Cay, which feature bike riding and supervised games for the individual age groups. However, take note that they don't take the kids swimming. The private island experience also offers Disney character appearances, scheduled several times daily.
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.
Disney’s three new cruise 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 design and cruise itineraries are still in development. The new vessels will be LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas) and from one series with gross tonnage approx 135,000 tons and capacity about 1250 staterooms. This design will be slightly larger than the pair MS Disney Dream and MS Disney Fantasy.
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 returns to the British Isles, Norway, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Bahamas.
- For the first time, Disney will take passengers to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier and Icy Strait Point. These locations are part of a new 9-night itinerary on Disney Wonder. Departing from Vancouver BC on July 24, 2017 the itinerary also sails to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Tracy Arm Fjord. Icy Strait Point features a variety of Alaska adventures, including a zip line which is one of the highest and longest in the world. Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hubbard Glacier is North America's largest and most active tidewater glacier. A new 7-night Alaska cruise from Vancouver departing on July 17, 2017 includes a visit to Icy Strait Point, in addition to Juneau, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm and Skagway. On August 2, 2017 Disney Wonder will sail her first 5-night Alaska cruise to Tracy Arm and Ketchikan from Vancouver.
- Disney Cruise Line will also call at Amsterdam, Netherlands for the first time. On May 13, 2017 Disney Magic embarks on a 15-day transatlantic crossing from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen, with a visit to Amsterdam along the way. The itinerary also includes a call at Portland, England which is another first-time port for the line. A visit to Amsterdam will be as well part of a 10-night northern Europe cruise that departs on June 18, 2017 from Copenhagen to Dover UK. Other ports of call include Warnemunde (Berlin), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn.
- For the first time, Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on longer cruises – new 10- and 11-night sailings to southern Caribbean. On June 17, 2017 an 11-night itinerary will call at Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, Tortola, St. Kitts and Disney’s Castaway Cay. On June 28 a new 10-night cruise will visit Aruba, Curacao, Castaway Cay, St. Kitts and Tortola.
- Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, is consistently rated top port-of-call by line's guests. Select Disney Dream cruises from Port Canaveral will feature two stops at Castaway Cay. Special 5-night trips, departing June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30; July 9, 2017, will call at Castaway Cay twice with a stop in Nassau. Special 4-night sailings depart June 7, 21; July 5, 2017, with two visits to Castaway Cay and a stop in Nassau.
- NEWS: In February 2016, the Walt Disney cruise company announced it will use the options with the "Meyer Werft" shipbuilding company to build two more "Dream Class" vessels. The still unnamed new Disney ships are designed similar to Dream and Fantasy, with scheduled launches in 2021 and 2023.
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
In the fall of 2017, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York with cruises to the Bahamas and Canada, including a new week-long Canada sailing. San Diego will serve as a homeport for itineraries featuring the Mexican Riviera following a gap of several years. Galveston again will be a base for Bahamas and Caribbean adventures.
- On October 21, 2017 Disney Magic will sail out of New York on a 7-night Canada itinerary, the longest cruise the line has ever operated in Atlantic Canada. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is new on the cruise.
- Bar Harbor, Maine, is another new Disney port as part of a 5-night sailing that departs New York on September 27. This voyage will also stop at Saint John, New Brunswick.
- A total of 6 seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas, all including Castaway Cay, will be part of the NY season.
- On the Bahamas voyages each passenger will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket as well as round-trip transportation for the drive between the cruise ship at Port Canaveral and the resort.
- In September and October 2017 Disney goes back to San Diego with various Disney Wonder cruises to the Mexican Riviera and Baja California.
- Most Baja cruises visit Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas. 2-night short sailings depart San Diego on September 15 and 22, and October 13, and a 3-night cruise departs October 5 and includes a day at sea.
- 7-night Mexican Riviera voyages on September 24 and October 15 call at Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallerta and Mazatlán. 4 additional four- and five-night Mexican Riviera trips sail during the San Diego season.
- Disney's Galveston program includes 8 seven-night cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. On November 10 and December 1, Disney Wonder will operate on a western Caribbean itinerary from the Texas port to Cozumel, Falmouth and Grand Cayman.
- On November 17 and 24, December 8, 15, 22 and 29, the ship will sail out of Galveston to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau.
In 2017, for the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line offers Alaskan itinerary (9-days from Vancouver, on July 24) visiting Hubbard Glacier and the Icy Strait Point. The othe rports of call are Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm. Another new Alaskan itinerary (7-days, on July 17) visits Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Skagway. A 5-days Vancouver round-trip itinerary (August 2) visits Tracy Arm and Ketchikan. Also in 2017, Disney returns to Europe with itineraries to British Isles, Norway Fjords and in the Mediterranean. For the first time, Disney ship will visit Amsterdam Holland and Portland England as ports of call of the 15-days Transatlantic cruise from Port Canaveral Florida to Copenhagen Denmark (May 13). Another "first time" for Disney is the Disney Fantasy departing from Port Canaveral (Orlando) on new and longer itineraries (10- and 11-days) to ports in Southern Caribbean:
- June 17, 2017 - 11-days to Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, BVI-Tortola, St Kitts, Baha,as (Castaway Cay)
- June 28, 2017 - 10-days to Aruba, Curacao, Bahamas (Castaway Cay), St Kitts, BVI-Tortola
Special Disney Dream Bahamas itineraries from Port Canaveral (Orlando) will include two stops at the Walt Disney's private island Castaway Cay:
- 5-days (departures June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 and July 9) plus Nassau
- 4-days (departures June 7, 21 and July 5) plus Nassau
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 Cruise Line fall 2018 program revealed first-time calls at Quebec City and Bermuda highlighting itineraries which include departures out of California, Florida, New York and Texas.
- 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.
The SO NOT CHEAP Disney cruise deals
Many travelers consider Walt Disney to be, if not overrated, for sure an overpriced cruise line. In mid April 2016, after opening bookings for Summer 2017 itineraries, Disney Cruise Line shocked many of its loyal customers with exorbitant Alaskan and Mediterranean cruise prices. Among the unpleasant peak-season "surprising pricing" examples hotly commented online were:
- August 2017, 5-night Alaska (Disney Wonder) - category 5C-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 2 kids) USD 7680
- August 2017, 7-night Alaska (Disney Wonder) - category 5C-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 2 kids) USD 9290
- August 2017, 5-night Mediterranean (Disney Magic) - category 5A-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 1 kid) USD 7080
- August 2017, 7-night Mediterranean (Disney Magic) - category 9A-Oceanview cabin (2-adults plus 2 kids) USD 8880, category 5A-Balcony cabin (2 + 2) USD 10280, category 4E-Family Balcony cabin (2 + 2) USD 12100
(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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