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 - Dream, Fantasy, Magic, Wonder. Disney also owns the private island in Bahamas Castaway Cay, which is an exclusive port of call for Disney-owned vessels. In 2012, Disney Cruises had nearly 3% share of the worldwide cruising market.
Actually, Disney Cruise Line was created in 1995 when Walt Disney Company commissioned the liners Wonder and Magic from Fincantieri (Italy). With this deal was ended the ship charter arrangement with Premier Cruise Line. In the 1980s, Disney contracted Premier Cruises to provide passenger shipping services, with voyages leaving roundtrip from Port Canaveral. 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 in Papenburg Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream was inaugurated in 2011, Disney Fantasy - in 2012.
The following table shows statistical data about Disney's market share (as fleet and passenger capacity / ship-berth numbers) in comparison to other major cruise companies.
|Parent Company||Subsidiaries||Fleets (vessels per brand)||Passenger Capacity (berths per brand)|
|Carnival Corp||Holland America||15||25900|
|Carnival Corp||P&O UK||8||18600|
|Carnival Corp||P&O Australia||5||8200|
|Carnival Corp||TOTAL||103 ships||233,200 berths|
|RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)||RCI (Royal Caribbean International)||26||84,700|
|RCCL||TOTAL||64 ships||141400 berths|
|NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd)||NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines)||16||46600|
|NCLH||TOTAL||26 ships||54400 berths|
|(other large brands)|
3- Star Cruises (GHK)
4- Dream Cruises (GHK)
6- Viking Ocean
New Disney ships 2021, 2022, 2023 (Triton-Class liners)
In early-March 2016, Disney announced plans to build three new liners (company's largest-ever). For the project, Walt Disney signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft Gmbh (Germany). The new liners will be slightly bigger than fleet's current-largest Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.
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 current fleet. The vessels will be built by Meyer Werft (at Shipyard Papenburg Germany). The so exciting for all Mickey Mouse fans announcement was made by Bob Chapek (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company's Chairman).
New 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 144,000 tons (larger than the originally announced 135,000 GT) and passenger capacity 2500 (1250 staterooms). This design will be slightly larger than Disney Dream-Fantasy. The first liner will be named Disney Wish (2021), while the names for the second and third units are yet to be announced.
At the released on March 9, 2018, exterior rendering was shown Disney's traditional black-white-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 mid-ship, which provides larger staterooms.
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.
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, sports 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, 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.
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), a 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 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 & 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 cancellation policy
Since September 2018, Disney Cruises has a new final payment and 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 canceling 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.
Itinerary of Disney Cruise Line
By 2023, Disney's fleet will double its size following the introduction of 3 newbuilds (now on order/under construction). In the USA-Caribbean, the new ships will be homeported in Miami (Disney 2023) and Port Canaveral (Disney Wish, Disney 2022).
Disney Cruise Line operates Disney Cruise Line Terminal in Port Canaveral Florida, 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).
All Disney cruise departures to the 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 the Bahamas will visit Castaway Cay as a port in the itinerary.
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 passengers 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 the Caribbean, including new cruises aboard Disney Fantasy.
- New roundtrip cruise from Port Civitavecchia-Rome. For the first time, Disney passengers can experience Rome City's rich history in a single itinerary. In Rome, families can explore the Colosseum and Vatican, and sample Italy's traditional authentic cuisine. On June 14, 2019, Disney Magic sails an 8-night itinerary from Civitavecchia with call ports Salerno, La Spezia, Villefranche, Marseilles, Barcelona.
- In 2019, Disney visits 7 new ports in Europe for the first time - Gothenburg, Nynashamn, Toulon (Provence), Brest, Cartagena, Fredericia, Belfast. Belfast is included in the 7-night "British Isles Cruise" from Dover England (September 8, 2019). Throughout summer 2019, Disney Magic’s European program includes Baltic Sea, Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Iceland, Mediterranean.
- Disney Wonder returns to Alaska for summer 2019 season with a variety of 5-7-9-night itineraries departing from homeport Vancouver BC, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria BC.
- In addition to Disney's 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy offers special itineraries to Bahamas and Caribbean throughout 2019 summer. They include a 3-night Bahamian (departing August 7), a 6-night Western Caribbean (June 30), an 8-night Southern Caribbean (June 22) and an 11-night Southern Caribbean (July 27). All roundtrips visit Disney’s private Castaway Cay Island. On June 19, July 3 and 17, 2019, Disney Dream from Port Canaveral cruises on 4-night Bahamian voyages to Nassau, plus 2 stops at Castaway Cay. On June 14, 23 and 28, and July 7, 12 and 21 (2019), Disney Dream from Port Canaveral cruises on 5-night Bahamian itineraries to Nassau, with 2 stops at Castaway Cay. The special itineraries are in addition to 3-4-night voyages from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Castaway Cay.
- In 2019 summer, Disney passengers can combine Europe / Alaska itineraries with an "Adventures by Disney" package that offers pre-cruise guided experiences in Vancouver BC and Rome Italy. These 3-night "Short Escapes" are also offered in Barcelona and Copenhagen. They all allow families to experience a private, after-hours visit to Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Shore activities include flamenco dancing, preparing local meals, ziplining. Guided group excursion packages in Europe are offered to families on select voyages with "Adventures by Disney" package deals offered optionally. Knowledgeable tour guides lead passengers in each port of call via uniquely-designed excursions.
In fall 2019, Disney Cruise Line returns to favorite home ports and destinations on a variety of itineraries, of which adventures to the Bahamas, Baja, Bermuda, Canada, and the 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 features 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 the Caribbean and British culture.
- During a couple of 7-night cruises from New York to the 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 by 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 the Bahamian itineraries also take passengers to Nassau, while another includes a second day on Disney’s private island.
In fall 2019, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy operate roundtrips 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 3-4-5-night Bahamas cruises and 5-6-night Western Caribbean roundtrips. Most itineraries include a full day at Castaway Cay. The ports of call also include Key West and Nassau, while stops in Cozumel and Grand Cayman are on the Western Caribbean voyages.
- Disney Dream cruises 3-4-night roundtrips to Castaway Cay and Nassau.
- Disney Fantasy cruises on 7-night Caribbean itineraries - also visiting Castaway Cay. Eastern Caribbean itineraries call at Tortola (BVI and St Thomas (USVI), while Western Caribbean itineraries visit Grand Cayman, Falmouth (Jamaica) and Cozumel (Mexico).
- Disney Fantasy also offers special itineraries. An 8-night voyage in October visits St Kitts, Antigua, and Puerto Rico, while a 6-night Western Caribbean itinerary visits Mexico (Cozumel and Costa Maya). Both also include a full day at Castaway Cay. In December, two 7-night itineraries visit San Juan, Tortola, Castaway Cay. Another voyage offers 2 days stay on Disney’s private island after visiting 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 Cruise Line announced their upcoming 2020 cruise itineraries, including the first-time homeport in New Orleans, two special cruises to Hawaii, limited time cruising to Puerto Rico, Baja & Mexican Riviera sailings from San Diego, 3 ships sailing from Florida to Bahamas and Caribbean.
- New Orleans: In 2020, Disney Wonder cruises to Bahamian and Western Caribbean ports from New Orleans - first-time Disney homeport in Louisiana. Disney Wonder embarks on 6 voyages during the limited-time season from NOLA, including 4-, 6- and 7-night Western Caribbean, a 7-night Florida-Bahamas, departures February 7 through March 6.
- Hawaii: Following a 5-year hiatus, Disney Wonder returns to Hawaii early 2020 for 2 special voyages: 9-night to Honolulu from Vancouver, April 29, 10-night back to Vancouver, May 8.
- Puerto Rico: Disney Wonder continues her standout season through returns to popular homeports on both coasts. The vessel sets sail for Southern Caribbean during a couple of 7-night voyages departing January 19 & 26 from San Juan, followed by a 5-night Bahamian sailing. Beginning March 20, Wonder embarks on 7 journeys to Baja and Mexican Riviera, ranging from 2 to 7 nights, from San Diego CA.
- Cruises from Florida: Disney is due to have 3 ships sailing to Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida early 2020. Each voyage includes a day of fun on Disney’s private Bahamian island Castaway Cay. From Miami FL, Disney Magic offers 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian itineraries and 5-night Western Caribbean voyages. From Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, as well as 2 special sailings at 6- and 8-nights each. From Port Canaveral, Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises to Castaway Cay and Nassau.
Disney Cruise Line is due to embark on various itineraries around the world in summer 2020, including a return to Greece and the addition of 5 first-time European ports of call. Along with an expanded season in Europe aboard Disney Magic, adventures continue across the fleet with voyages to Alaska, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
- Alaskan Adventures. In 2020, Disney Wonder returns to Alaska for the summer, opening up a world of magnificent glaciers and unique wildlife. The 7-night itineraries depart from Vancouver with visits to Dawes Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Skagway.
- European Explorations. Disney Magic returns to Greece in summer 2020 after 5 years, as part of 3 Mediterranean voyages from Rome. During a 12-night and two 9-night cruises, passengers can see archeological wonders of destinations like Katakolon, Piraeus, the islands of Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. Two of the trips include a new port of call, Messina, Sicily. Additional new European ports of call include Gdynia, Nordfjordeid, Plymouth, and Zeebrugge.
- Tropical Travel to the Bahamas and Caribbean. In addition to 7-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral, close to Orlando FL, Disney Fantasy is due to embark on various itineraries to the Bahamas and Caribbean throughout summer 2020. These include 5- and 9-night Caribbean cruises, along with 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian journeys, 3 of which feature 2 stops at line's private island, Castaway Cay. Disney Dream is expected to provide even more opportunities for passengers to visit Castaway Cay in summer 2020 with 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian voyages, including a series of trips with 2 calls on the private island.
- Guided Experiences with Adventures by Disney. During summer 2020, Disney passengers can enrich their vacation with add-on packages from Adventures by Disney, the leader in family guided group cruise vacations. Highlights include a return to Alaska, popular packages in the Mediterranean and northern Europe, and new ways to experience the Caribbean.
- Pre-Cruise Escapes. Adventures by Disney offers pre-cruise vacations in London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Rome. The 2- to 3-night Escapes feature iconic cities and private visits to the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Vatican Museums, along with activities like mosaic making, preparing local cuisine, and flamenco dancing.
- Premium Cruise Packages. With Adventures by Disney, travelers can book the ultimate Disney experience on select itineraries in Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean (new for 2020). Throughout the cruise, knowledgeable Adventure Guides offer dedicated service both in port and onboard, as they lead passengers on specially curated trips, interactive activities, off-the-beaten-path Disney adventures.
A Disney cruise ship is coming to the United Kingdom in 2020, with up to 2,700 fans enjoying the magic onboard. Disney's journey is coming to Plymouth as part of Mayflower 400 celebrations. The company is describing the port city as a “maritime marvel with a rich history.” In September 2020, Disney Magic is due to dock here to offer “unforgettable storytelling that only Disney could bring to life.” The giant vessel sails around the United Kingdom and Ireland for 7 nights, setting off out of Dover prior to heading to Plymouth, Cork, Liverpool, Greenock, Dublin, and then back to Dover.
In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line is scheduled to return to New Orleans (NOLA) for a limited-time engagement with voyages to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including calls at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A line-up of popular itineraries continues across Disney fleet with itineraries to tropical destinations from California, Florida, and Texas.
Back by popular demand, Disney Wonder returns to the bayou from late January until February 2021 via a series of magical itineraries. A pair of 4- and 5-night voyages to the Western Caribbean kick off the new cruise season from NOLA. The 5-night trip includes a call at Progreso, Mexico, new for Disney. Three 7-night voyages to the Bahamas with a call at Castaway Cay, along with a 14-night Panama Canal itinerary, round out the departures from the port in early 2021.
Disney Wonder also returns to the popular homeports of San Diego and Galveston early 2021. Passengers sailing from Texas are able to enjoy the white-sand Western Caribbean beaches on a series of 4- and 6-night itineraries to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. One 7-night departure features stops at Nassau, Castaway Cay, and Key West.
Following the season in NOLA, Disney Wonder sails to the West Coast for various sailings to the Mexican Riviera and Baja departing from San Diego. In Cabo San Lucas, families can hunt for gold on a pirate ship. In Ensenada, they can embark on an off-road adventure or sunbathe on glittering beaches on voyages ranging from 3 to 7 nights.
Disney will have 3 ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Florida early 2021, and every voyage includes a day at the line’s private island, Castaway Cay. The award-winning destination, reserved for Disney Cruise Line passengers, is the ultimate escape for the whole family. A day at Castaway Cay features opportunities for relaxation and adventure in a tropical setting with classic Disney storytelling.
- From Miami FL, Disney Magic sails 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean voyages.
- From Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.
- From Port Canaveral, Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night Bahamian itineraries.
With various options from Florida, passengers can experience spectacular voyages full of fun and featuring Broadway-style shows, character encounters, imaginative kids clubs, spaces for everyone in the family, and immersive themed dining.
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 a 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) 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 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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