Disney Cruise Line fleet
Review of Disney Cruise Line
DCL-Disney Cruise Line (disneycruise.disney.go.com) is a passenger shipping company, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Incorporated in 1996 as Magical Cruise Company Ltd, the company is headquartered in London City (England UK), with operational headquarters in Celebration (Florida USA).
Actually, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) was created in 1995 when The Walt Disney Company commissioned the liners Magic (1998) and Wonder (1999) from Fincantieri Italy. With the newbuilds DCL ended the ship charter arrangement with Premier Cruise Line (1983-founded/2000-defunct). In the 1980s, Disney contracted Premier Cruises to provide passenger shipping services, with voyages leaving roundtrip from Florida (Port Canaveral/Orlando City). Back then, Disney's travel packages were marketed as "family cruise vacations" and featured costumed Disney Characters. The fleet project (building two new liners by Meyer Werft Papenburg Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream was introduced in 2011, Disney Fantasy - in 2012, Disney Wish - in 2022.
DCL's current President is Jeff Vahle.
In July 2022, DCL increased the recommended onboard gratuities (by US$1 per day per passenger) to US$14.50 pp (most staterooms) and US$15,50 pp (concierge suites).
New ships 2022-2024-2025 (Triton-Class liners)
IMPORTANT NEWS: In October 2022, the German broadcaster NDR aired an interview with Christoph Morgen (GHK's MV Werften's insolvency administrator) stating that the unfinished (~75% completed) 9000-passenger liner Global Dream (originally ordered by Genting Hong Kong for Dream Cruises) could be acquired by DCL and delivered/inaugurated in 2024-Q4.
- Global Dream's construction was suspended in January 2022 when MV Werften filed for bankruptcy.
- While the possible purchase price was not mentioned, the previously stated shipbuilding cost was EUR 1,6 billion.
- DCL's purchase interest was not officially announced, but on October 4th, Reinhard Meyer (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Minister of Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labor) mentioned "confidential negotiations" with a possible byer and that completing Global Dream will secure the employment of MV Werften Wismar's ~950 former employees.
- Industry experts commented with Global Dream Disney might enter the Asian market.
- On November 16, 2022, DCL officially confirmed Global Dream's acquisition.
In early-March 2016, DCL announced plans to build three new liners (the company's ever-largest) and signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft Gmbh (Germany's largest shipbuilding company). The new vessels are slightly bigger than Fantasy and Dream.
DCL officially announced the plans to build 3 new vessels on July 15, 2017. When they are all launched, Walt Disney will nearly double its current fleet. The boats' builder is Meyer Werft (Papenburg Shipyard). The so exciting for all Mickey Mouse fans announcement was made by Bob Chapek (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company's Chairman).
The new vessel's interior design, facilities and itineraries are still in development. What is known so far is that they will be LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas) and from one series (same-designed), with GT-tonnage 144,000 tons (larger than the originally announced 135,000 GT) and max passenger capacity 2500 (1250 staterooms). This design is slightly larger than Disney's previous largest units (Dream-Fantasy). The first liner will be named Disney Wish (2022-Q2). The names for the second and third units are yet to be announced.
On the March 9th/2018-released exterior rendering was shown Disney's traditional black-white-red hull color scheme. New is the superstructure's golden flair. Between the funnels is the top-deck waterpark with slides. Balcony cabins are located midship, which provides larger accommodations for passengers.
"Adventures by Disney" cruises to Antarctica
For 2021, DCL planned to introduce its first cruises to Antarctica and for 2023 its first Galapagos voyages, all via chartered ships. Both "expedition ship travel" options are offered by DCL's tour subsidiary "Adventures by Disney", and are Disney's ever-first expedition voyages.
Disney's Antarctica program is via a ship charter deal with the French premium travel brand Ponant Cruises.
Eventually postponed to 2023 (due to the COVID crisis), DCL's Antarctic program offers sailings visiting the Antarctic Peninsula (12-day/11-night itineraries via Drake Passage) and with an overnight in Buenos Aires Argentina before the charter flight to Ushuaia Argentina (homeport).
In Ushuaia start and end the Antarctic voyages on the Ponant vessel Le Boreal (max passenger capacity 264). Before boarding, tourists spend 2 days touring the area around Ushuaia (Patagonia). A sightseeing tour visits Tierra del Fuego NP and includes a train ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway (aka "Train of the End of the World"/the world's southernmost functioning railway) in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego Province.
DCL cruises to Antarctica include several days of exploration - landings and coastal cruising by Zodiacs (large-capacity rigid inflatable speedboats) that all Ponant ships carry onboard. An optional premium kayaking tour is also available for booking, as well as the 3-night hotel/4-day Buenos Aires guided tour package "Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise" (pre-cruise stay in Argentina's capital city).
Adventures by Disney recommends on Antarctic voyages children to be at least 12 years old and restricts bookings to minimum age 10 years due to "the duration of the trip, potential for extreme weather or sea conditions and the amount of physical activity involved".
Fares for Disney's first Antarctic cruises (2023) started at USD 12800 (EUR 10740/GBP 9180) for adults and USD 11500 (EUR 9560/GBP 8247) for children, with double occupancy. Deals are inclusive of two domestic flights (Buenos Aires-Ushuaia-Buenos Aires), 5-star hotel stay (at Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel), 31 meals total (11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners). DCL's Antarctic expedition experience features professional services by a team of naturalists, Disney-trained tour guides, Special Guests, Zodiac excursions and landings, shipboard activities (for adults and kids). International flights (to/from Ezeiza International Airport) are not included in cruise fares.
Bookings opened on November 12, 2021.
"Adventures by Disney" cruises in the Galapagos Islands
Adventures by Disney's Galapagos cruise program was inaugurated in 2022, with prices from USD 6300 (EUR 5290/GBP 4518) for adults and USD 5600 (EUR 4700/GBP 4016) for children, with double occupancy.
DCL's Galapagos deals are inclusive of a 9-day/8-night package (roundtrip cruise itinerary with two domestic flights Quito-Baltra-Quito), 23 meals (8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners), 1-night Quito hotel stay (pre-cruise). International flights (to/from Wyndham Quito Airport) are not included in cruise fares.
Disney Galapagos cruise itinerary includes Quito City (hotel/Day1), Baltra Island (ship embarkation/Day2), South Plaza Island (Day3/morning guided Wildlife Walk), North Seymour Island (Day3/guided hiking tour and snorkeling), San Cristobal Island (Day4/Pitt Point debarkation, guide Coastline Tour-hiking-sea kayaking-snorkeling, Cerro Brujo Beach), San Cristobal Island (Day5/visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve's breeding center, hiking to Cerro Tijeretas Hill, visit to Organic Farm & Restaurant), Espanola Island (Day6/Gardner Bay debarkation, guided hiking-swimming-snorkeling, hiking Suarez Point), Floreana Island (Day7/morning Walk Tour, guided swimming-snorkeling, visit to Post Office Bay, playing soccer with the cruise ship's crew, guided tour to Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown nad Champion Islet), Santa Cruz Island (Day8/visits to Charles Darwin Research Station, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Centro de Educacion Basica Oswaldo Guayasamin, Quiman Valle Coffee Farm, guided boat tour to Ballena Bay and Eden Islet), Baltra Island (ship debarkation, flight to Quito).
"Adventures by Disney" cruises in the Mediterranean/Adriatic
In October 2022 were announced DCL's first Adriatic Sea voyages (two 8-day itineraries on PONANT's ship Le Bougainville) scheduled for 2024.
Disney's "Adriatic Expedition Cruise" itinerary is roundtrip from Venice City (Italy) visiting 7 Adriatic ports - in Croatia (Korcula, Primosten/Krka National Park, Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Rovinj) and Montenegro (Kotor).
From Croatia (Rovinj) are organized bus tours to Slovenia for visiting Postojna Cave Park's Postojna Cave. Other excursion options include kayaking along Pakleni Islands (off Hvar Island's coast), bicycling in Hvar City's Stari Grad, and catamaran touring Montenegro's Boka Bay.
Up to 6 professional tour guides accompany Disney's cruise tourists and lead all activities (shipboard and ashore). Onboard adults-only activities feature cocktail workshops and fitness classes.
Junior Adventurers (12 years old and under) can enjoy their own special programs that are led by the adventure guides, such as navigation lessons, a pizza party, a "Pirates of the Adriatic" swim party, and a "Dalmatian Dash" scavenger hunt.
Departures were scheduled for June 25 and July 2, 2024.
General public bookings opened on October 27, 2022. Priority bookings opened on Oct 24th.
"Adventures by Disney" river cruises
Voyage charter is when the vessel (and its crew) are hired for a specific voyage (departure date and custom itinerary). The charterer (Disney) pays the shipowner (AmaWaterways) on a lump-sum basis (single payment) while the shipowner is responsible for paying port taxes, fuel costs and crew costs. The cruise charter specifies a laytime (period) for loading and unloading the Disney-provided (exclusive) passengers.
On the chartered from AmaWaterways riverboat, Disney provides its passengers with all-inclusive deals (accommodation, meals, entertainment, shore excursions) including an immersive and pro-active onboard and ashore program curated by Disney's family travel experts. A team of Disney Adventure Guides includes English-speaking professional storytellers who review the visited by the ship destinations (port cities, towns, land tour sites and attractions).
For season 2021, the mainly family-themed "Adventures by Disney" were part of Disney's ever-largest river cruise program - a total of 30 departures/itineraries on Danube and also in France (Seine, Rhine, Rhone). Traditionally, select voyages are exclusively reserved for families without kids, being themed on Food and Wine and Oktoberfest (with German beer tastings). New in 2021 is Disney's Rhine River cruise program that includes Papenburg where is offered an exclusive tour to the MEYER WERFT shipyard where MS Disney Wish is currently under construction.
Disney ship cruising 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 the world's leader in family cruising. "Disney World land and sea" packages are industry's best kids cruise deals for the Caribbean, operated with signature land resorts and large and modern liners.
Disney Cruise Line is a unique enterprise designed to provide the industry's best family ship travel vacation experiences. Disney offers regular departures from Florida USA to Eastern Caribbean (mostly to the 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 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 feature indoor porthole windows (semi-transparent one-way mirrors) allowing parents to peek without being seen. For a fee is available online pre-ordering of baby supplies (via the brand partnership with "Babies Travel Lite").
Ship's "Oceaneer Club" spans nearly an entire deck. It is a supervised program for kids aged 3-7 yo (split 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 have bath-and-a-half - the second bathroom has a sink, toilet, vanity, the full bathroom has a sink, tub/shower, and toilet.
Spa and 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 centre with golf course, sports simulators, basketball-volleyball court
- Wide World of Sports (Magic and Wonder) - an open-air centre with basketball court, ping-pong tables.
Onboard Theatres (all ships)
- Buena Vista Theater - first-run movies, 3D cinema, top-notch equipment, plush seats
- Walt Disney Theater - live performances, Broadway-style themed Disney shows, movies.
- 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, video games, 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 3yo)
- It's A Small World Nursery (Dream and Fantasy) - 3 months to 3 years.
Shipboard Nightclubs and Lounges
- 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 (Magic and Wonder)
- Rockin' Bar D - music club (Magic), family (dailyy), adults-only (nightly)
- 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), a dance club at night (Wonder)
- Waves - family (Dream and Fantasy)
- Ooh La La - adults-only, Victorian furniture (Fantasy)
The FUN Pools (swimming 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, 7,3x4,3m 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 the "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.
Since November 2019, on all Disney ships provide to their crew complimentary texting (sending and receiving unlimited text messages) on devices with iOS and Android operating systems.
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 island.
In early August 2017 was announced that Disney is looking to buy a second Caribbean private island to be developed as an exclusive port of call for the company's new cruise ships. The reason for a new private island destination is that Castaway Cay has the 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 private island in the Bahamas (Eleuthera)
On October 19, 2018, The Bahamas officially issued a tentative preliminary approval of Disney Cruise Line's plan to build and exclusively operate a private cruise port (Lighthouse Point) on Eleuthera Island's southern tip. Project's developer will be the Walt Disney Company subsidiary Disney Parks and Resorts. The plan is for developing a land sized 746 acres (302 hectares / 3 km2) that Disney agreed to purchase. The new Disney ships-only port will have a dedicated pier (capacity 1 vessel), boat marina, shops, restaurants, passenger walkways through forests and around salt ponds.
Disney's new port project will create around 150 permanent local jobs plus various entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamian residents. However, The Bahamas Parliament must officially agree to the plan once all terms and conditions are agreed and proper environmental testing is conducted.
In early-March 9, 2019, Bahamas allowed Walt Disney to acquire (purchase) the resort property Lighthouse Pointe (at Grand Lucayan, Freeport) from Meritage Hospitality Group Inc (US company / restaurant operator). The property will serve as Disney's new cruise port (land area 190 acres / 77 hectares / 0,77 km2) that also doubles as "entertainment facility" (during no-ship days). By this project, Disney will invest between USD 250-400 million to develop the property as Castaway Cay. As part of the deal, Disney agreed to donate property's southernmost point (land value USD 6,3 million) to the Bahamas Government for a national park.
Core elements of Disney's new Bahamas port project include low-density development, sustainable design, free public access, economic opportunities for Bahamians, overall workers ratio 80-20% (Bahamian-other workers) during project's construction phase, creating 150 permanent jobs (with health benefits) for Bahamians after project's completion. Construction will start after the Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Plan are reviewed and Gov approved.
New Disney cruise cancellation policy
Since September 2018, Disney has a new final payment and cruise cancellation policy.
- Final payments for passengers booked in standard staterooms on itineraries with lengths 1- to 5-nights is due 90 days prior departure. The old policy required 75 days prior to departure. By the new policy, cancellation fees start at 89 days (customers also lose their cruise deposits). At 44 days, customers lose 50% of their payment, at 29 days - 75%, at 14 or fewer days - 100%.
- For passengers booked in standard staterooms on itineraries with lengths 6-nights or more, payment is due 120 days prior departure. The old policy required 90 days for itineraries between 5 and 9 nights. By the new policy, customers cancelling 56+ days prior departure lose their cruise deposit. Customers cancelling between 55-30 days - lose 50%, those cancelling between 29-15 days - 75%; those cancelling 14-days/less - 100%.
- For customers booked in concierge cabins and suites on itineraries 1 to 5 nights, final payment due date remains 120 days prior departure. On itineraries 6+ nights, final payment is due 150 days prior departure.
The company also eliminated final payments and cancellation fees for holiday cruises - voyages that include July 4th, Christmas, New Year's Eve or Thanksgiving Day.
(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, DCL suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all the 4 liners) by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
DCL cruise operations resumed in 2021 with the ships Disney MAGIC (July 15/UK cruises to nowhere from Southampton/Oct 28 starts Caribbean from Miami), Disney DREAM (Aug 9/Bahamas from Port Canaveral), Disney FANTASY (Sept 11/Bahamas from Port Canaveral), Disney WONDER (Nov 5/Panama Canal from San Diego to Galveston), Disney Wish (June 17, 2022/Maiden Voyage/Bahamas from Port Canaveral).
- DCL's Alaska 2021 program (Disney Wonder from Vancouver) was canceled. DCL's Europe 2021 program (Disney Magic) was canceled.
- Disney Magic's mini-season in Europe-UK (Around Britain itineraries) was for UK residents only.
All affected bookings received full monetary refunds, including on prepurchased through Walt Disney packages and services. With rebooking is offered 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking which must be made within 15 months of the canceled voyage's departure date. Without rebooking is provided full (100%) monetary refund.
Itinerary of Disney Cruise Line
By 2025, DCL-Disney Cruise Line's fleet will double its size following the introduction of two newbuilds (now on order/under construction). To be deployed mainly in the USA-Caribbean, the new boats will be homeported in Miami (Disney 2025) and Port Canaveral (Disney Wish, Disney Treasure).
DCL operates "Disney Cruise Line Terminal" in Port Canaveral Florida - the homeport for the liners Fantasy and Dream. Disney Magic is homeported in Miami Florida, Disney Wonder is homeported in Galveston Texas and San Diego California plus Vancouver BC Canada (to Alaska).
DCL offers various destinations, including Europe, the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Panama Canal, Canada, and New England, Alaska, Pacific Coast USA, as well as Transatlantic crossings on repositioning. Most itineraries are roundtrips to The Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. During summer, Disney Wonder operates on Alaskan cruises from Vancouver. All DCL cruise itineraries to The Bahamas visit DCL's private Caribbean island CASTAWAY CAY (located north of Nassau) as an exclusive port of call.
(NEWS) In Sept 2022 (at D23 Expo 2022 in Anaheim CA) DCL announced its inaugural season in Australia and New Zealand (Oct 2023 thru Feb 2024). The voyages on Disney Wonder (2- to 6-night itineraries) depart from 4 homeports - 3x in Australia (Brisbane QLD, Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW) and 1x in New Zealand (Auckland NZ). Disney's maiden Australian voyage departs on October 28, 2023, out of Sydney. Most departures are from Sydney (12x), followed by Melbourne (10x). The homeporting in Brisbane and Auckland was scheduled for Nov-Dec 2023. Bookings for Disney's Australia and New Zealand voyages opened on Sept 26, 2022. The program also included Transpacific crossings (RepositionCruises.com) from Vancouver/Alaska to Australia via Hawaii (Vancouver-Hilo-Nawiliwili-Kahului-Honolulu-American Samoa-Fiji-New Caledonia-Sydney) in 2023, and on the reverse route (Australia-Hawaii-Alaska) in 2024.
Since November 2023, Disney Dream is homeported (for the first time) in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida USA). The new homeporting follows the ship's European deployment (Mediterranean from Barcelona and Civitavecchia-Rome, and UK-Baltic from Southampton). The 4- and 5-night itineraries visit ports in The Bahamas (Castaway Cay, Nassau) and Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman).
For summer 2021 (June-September), Disney Magic had scheduled cruises-to-nowhere (mostly 2-3-night plus limited 4-night roundtrips) from the UK homeports London-Tilbury, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Southampton. These unique DCL itineraries (called "Sea Staycations") were for British residents-only and without any call ports. Bookings opened in April 2021.
In 2021, DCL planned to return to New Orleans (Port NOLA) for a limited-time engagement with voyages to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including calls at Castaway Cay. Disney Wonder's program (January-February 2021) included two 4- and 5-night Western Caribbean itineraries from NOLA. The 5-night itinerary visited Progreso Mexico (first-time for DCL). The ship's program also included three 7-night Bahamas roundtrips and a 14-night Panama Canal transition (to Alaska via California). However, due to the Coronavirus crisis, these plans were canceled.
In February 2020, DCL announced plans for European (Mediterranean and Baltic) 2021 summer program featuring maiden port visits in Sweden and Norway. The program (on Disney Magic) was planned for May-July (Mediterranean) and July-September (Baltic/British Isles, Iceland, Norwegian Fjords). In Greece, the ship had 4 Greek Islands voyages (8 to 11 nights) visiting Mykonos, Santorini, and Kefalonia (first-time for DCL). In the Blatic, first-time ports for DCL were Visby Sweden and Eidfjord Norway. However, this program was also eventually canceled.
2021's Disney Wonder Alaskan program from homeport Vancouver BC included 7-night roundtrips to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Dawes Glacier. The 9-night "Alaskan Adventure" included Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan. A special 5-night cruise sails to Dawes Glacier and Ketchikan. This program was canceled due to Canada's extended (through 2022) ban on cruise ships.
"Adventures by Disney" expedition voyages
DCL's subsidiary "Adventures by Disney" offers expedition-type cruise vacations via chartered ships.
The program started in 2022 and currently offers sailings in the Galapagos Islands (chartering Galapagos Legend), Antarctica, and Europe/Mediterranean (chartering two PONANT ships - Le Boreal and Le Bougainville).
Adventures by Disney's 2024 schedule currently lists the following itineraries/departure dates:
- "Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise" departures in 2024 - March 17-25, June 9-17, July 14-22, August 7-15, December 18-26.
- "Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruise" - departures in 2023 (December 17-28) and 2024 (February 17-28)
- "Arctic Expedition Cruise" departure in 2024 (July 1-10)
All "Adventures by Disney" cruises are English-speaking and served by professional tour guides.
DCL cruise itineraries 2022
In early-2022 DCL cruises to Hawaii (10-night Hawaiian Islands) and also offers various itineraries from the USA to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico. Departures are from homeports New Orleans (Port NOLA), Galveston TX, San Diego CA, Port Canaveral, Miami FL. Every voyage from Florida visits Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
MS Disney Wonder returns to Hawaii for two 10-night roundtrips to Honolulu (Oahu Island) from Vancouver BC (April 26, May 6). Disney Wonder from Galveston cruises to the Western Caribbean on 4-night itineraries, followed by 4- and 6-night roundtrips from New Orleans. A special 6-night Bahamian itinerary from both Galveston and New Orleans visits Castaway Cay and Key West.
MS Disney Fantasy cruises from Port Canaveral starting with a 6-night Western Caribbean voyage, followed by 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrips.
MS Disney Dream from Port Canaveral offers 3- and 4-night Bahamian voyages to Nassau and Castaway Cay. A special 4-night cruise includes 2 stops at Castaway Cay.
MS Disney Magic cruises from PortMiami on 4- and 5-night Bahamian roundtrips and 5-night Western Caribbean. A special 3-night itinerary visits Castaway Cay and Key West Florida.
In March-April 2022, Disney Wonder from Diego offers roundtrips to Baja Mexico (Ensenada), including a special 2-night Ensenada voyage (Friday departure). The 4- and 5-night Baja cruises visit Cabo San Lucas or Catalina Island.
DCL cruise itineraries 2022 Europe-Alaska-Caribbean
In late-March 2021, DCL announced its summer 2022 ship deployments and scheduled itineraries in Europe (Mediterranean, Aegean-Greek Isles, Baltic-UK-Iceland) Alaska and the Caribbean. DCL's first-ever summer departures from Miami Florida visit Castaway Cay. Bookings opened on March 25.
European itineraries (Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Iceland) are part of a new program scheduled for MS Disney Magic. DCL has planned 5 maiden ports in Europe - Leixoes-Oporto Portugal, Chania Crete, Riga Latvia, Maloy Norway, Nynashamn Sweden.
From homeport Civitavecchia-Rome, the ship offers 8-9-12-night roundtrips to Piraeus-Athens and the Greek islands Santorini and Mykonos. A 9-night sailing marks Disney’s first call to Port Chania (Crete Island). Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona visit popular ports like Naples and Rome, plus French Riviera's coastal towns Cannes and Villefranche. During the 7-night relocation voyage (RepositionCruises.com) from Barcelona to Dover, Disney Magic makes a maiden visit to Oporto via Port Leixoes.
In Alaska. MS Disney Wonder's 2022 summer season is based on homeporting in Vancouver, BC Canada, and 7-night roundtrips to Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Dawes Glacier. Two Alaskan cruises visit Icy Strait Point instead of Skagway.
DCL's first-ever cruises from Miami (planned for summer 2022) visit Castaway Cay. The first departure of MS Disney Dream (inaugural voyage from Miami) is scheduled for June 7, 2022. The liner has previously only been homeported in Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida. In to Castaway Cay, 3- and 4-night Miami roundtrips visit Nassau, while 5-night itineraries include either Cozumel Mexico or Grand Cayman Island. A special 5-night roundtrip features 2 stops at Castaway Cay and a visit to Nassau.
Throughout 2022 summer, from homeport Port Canaveral, MS Disney Fantasy visits Castaway Cay along with Eastern and Western Caribbean ports on 7-night itineraries plus a special 5-night and an extended 9-night roundtrip (during which for the first time DCL will visit Roseau Dominica).
The newbuild MS Disney Wish starts an Inaugural Cruise program also in summer 2022, but itineraries will be released at a later date.
Package deals via DCL's "Adventures by Disney" offer extending the European voyages with a "pre-cruise escape" in select port cities Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Civitavecchia-Rome). The 2- to 3-night packages feature private, after-hours visits to Rome City's Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and family-friendly activities like mosaic making, preparing local cuisine specialties, flamenco dancing.
DCL Holiday itineraries 2023 Fall
DCL's fall 2023 schedule includes special holiday voyages and the company's first-ever departures out of Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida).
With voyages out of New York, Florida, and California, tourists can enjoy the unique "Halloween on the High Seas" holidays from mid-September thru October 2023. From early November thru December (2023), Disney ships operate "Very Merrytime Cruises" celebrating the Xmas holiday season.
Following the inaugural season in Europe, Disney Dream is homeported in NYC New York (for the first time) offering 4-5-6-night roundtrips to Bermuda. A special 4-night roundtrip visits St John (New Brunswick Canada).
Beginning mid-October 2023, Disney Magic is homeported in San Diego (California) for 2- to 7-night roundtrips to Baja California and the Mexican Riviera (Santa Catalina Island, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada). An exclusive 7-night Mexican Riviera itinerary includes Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan.
In Fall 2023, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish are homeported in Port Canaveral/Orlando. Fantasy operates 7-night Eastern/Western Caribbean itineraries, while Wish operates 3-4-night Bahamian voyages visiting Nassau and Castaway Cay.
DCL cruise itinerary changes 2022 Spring schedule
Disney Dream ship's 4-night "Bahamian Cruise" (roundtrips from Port Canaveral) depart on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2022). The voyages visit Nassau and Castaway Cay Island. Disney Dream's 3-night "Bahamian Cruise" (Port Canaveral roundtrips) leave on May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022), to Nassau and Castaway Cay.
Disney Fantasy ship's 7-night "Western Caribbean Cruise" (roundtrips from Port Canaveral) depart in 2022 on April 23, May 7 and 21, to visit Cozumel, Grand Cayman<, Falmouth Jamaica, and Castaway Cay. Disney Fantasy's 7-night "Eastern Caribbean Cruise" (roundtrip from Port Canaveral) leave in 2022 on April 30, May 14 and 28, to visit Tortola Island BVI, St Thomas Island USVI and Castaway Cay.
(animal cruelty) The 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 motorboats 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 inches long) while their families cheer them on. The killing party even rip out baby whales from their mothers.
The Faroe Islands have a population of ~50,000 and kill each year 1000+ pilot whales. You can see the cruise ship schedule of Torshavn - Faroe's 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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