Disney Cruises Extend Mickey's Reach Around The World
Author: Kyle McCarthyTags : Baby, Couples, Cruise, Disney Vacation, Europe, Florida, Kids, Kids Club, Multigen, North America, Teens, Texas, USA, Watersports
Aware that families love cruising together -- especially with grandparents -- and that the ease of travel by ship, unlimited food, and exotic ports of call are more popular than ever, Disney Cruise Line is shifting its fleet to maximize guest choices.
The company has four "magical" ships on the high seas: the first two, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have a capacity of about 2,700 passengers; the two newer ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, carry nearly twice that number. Having 13,000 berths in the right place at the right time to suit the millions of Disney fans is a challenge the company welcomes.
Disney Introduces Homeports & Itineraries to Meet Family Budgets
Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said in our recent interview that the company had learned a lot from its inaugural sailings from New York City in 2012, what he described as a "very good homeport" for the company due to the millions of Disney fans in the Northeast. During the New York run, Disney debuted eight-night cruises which called at Port Canaveral, Florida, giving passenger full-day experiences at Walt Disney World before sailing to Castaway Cay, the private island in the Bahamas that Holz calls their most popular port of call.
Roaming Disney characters who sign autographs onboard, varied dining venues serving copious amounts of good food, pools with waterslides, and extensive kids programming: the Disney family cruise vacation combination works for ages infant through teen has appealed to all demographics. Rather than lessen the premium experience aboard ships, he said that smaller family budgets are accommodated with a variety of sailings from two to 12 nights, departing from new US homeports so families can save on airfare, as well as farther destinations.
Repeat cruisers eager to see Europe with Disney will be able to join the Disney Magic on her new four-, seven- and 12-night runs along Croatia's Dalmation coast that include ports of all in Greece and Turkey. Other itineraries sailing from Barcelona take advantage of new ports like Venice, with shore excursion organized the team from Adventures by Disney, the escorted tour division with many popular family trips in Europe.
Of course the company will continue its very popular Alaska cruises, which sail each summer. As Holz noted, the scenery is spectacular and Disney cruisers get to enjoy shore excursions designed to make the appreciation of nature and Alaskan tribal culture a fun learning process.
However, "The best kept secret about Disney Cruises... is that adults never see their kids," added Holz as he described a recent cruise in which he only saw his grandchildren if he made a dinner date with them. That truism is what makes the Disney Dream and Fantasy ships a successful vacation option for couples without kids as well as a very relaxing (and potentially romantic) getaway for families traveling with children.
New Homeport of Galveston Make Disney Cruises More Accessible
Throughout 2013, the Disney Magic will sail from Galveston, Texas, a new homeport sure to satisfy land-locked Texans and Southerners eager to try the Disney experience.
New choices include four-night Caribbean getaway cruises, seven-night sailings that include a stop in Jamaica and the much longer itineraries designed for New York that take guests from the Southwest all the way from Galveston to Disney World in Florida and the Bahamas without boarding a plane.
This exciting news made a big splash with attendees at the recent Family Travel Conference in Dallas. The eight-night Bahamas sailings including a day at Castaway Cay and another day at Walt Disney World Resort are scheduled one per month from January to May to coincide with school holidays; prices begin at $960 per person in inside cabins.
Other Disney Cruise Line Itineraries for 2013 from Galveston
Here is a look at the choice of itineraries and pricing that aims to lure all Texans into the Disney Cruise fold.
Four-night Caribbean sailings make a port call in Cozumel and have two days at sea; they're departing twice monthly from February to April. Rates start at $400 per person for four-night cruises departing from Galveston for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Six-night Western Caribbean cruises sail from Galveston to Grand Cayman and Cozumel for a more tropical getaway with a big dose of watersports and local culture. Departures from January to May are priced from $750 per person.
Seven-night, super relaxing Caribbean cruises reaching the Bahamas and making a stop at Castaway Cay (as well as Key West and Nassau) start at $840 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Alternatively, Texas sailors can board seven-night Western Caribbean sailings that call at Falmouth, Jamaica, one of the Caribbean’s best-preserved Georgian towns. In addition to beautiful beaches and that famous azure water seen in Cozumel and Grand Cayman, sailors can sample Jamaica’s signature jerk recipes, enjoy lush tropical scenery on a bamboo raft river ride, and visit the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Prices are the same, and a variety of sailings depart Galveston between September and December.
Southwest families who have been there, done that and just want the full Disney immersion program, should consider the eight-night Western Caribbean cruise that calls on Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel with prices from $920 (departing Jan. 4, 2014 only.)
Disney Cruise Line does Miami and New Ports for 2014
For the first four months of 2014, Disney is bringing all her ships back to Florida with new sailings from a new port of call, Miami. This gives the company more opportunities to introduce its popular Castaway Cay and create more cruise-Disney World combo vacation experiences. By 2014, even more families will be eager to see the expanded Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and the new Avatar world coming to Animal Kingdom.
In the early part of 2014, the Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, Florida joining the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder will homeport in Miami.
Caribbean & Bahamas Sailings from Port Canaveral
From January to August of 2014, the Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Castaway Cay with three-night and longer itineraries starting at only $420 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. The Disney Magic will sail this route through May; four-day departures start at $480 per person and aboard the higher-priced Disney Dream, the inside cabins with their virtual portholes are a real treat for all ages.
Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay will be priced from $1,155 while seven-night Western Caribbean ships calling at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel with two days at sea -- or those calling at Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth in Jamaica and Castaway Cay -- are priced similarly.
Disney Wonder Does Budget Sailings from Miami
During the months of January to May 2014, the Disney Wonder will sail from Miami on four- and five-night cruises that are ideal for local Floridians and the enormous Latin market.
The four-night Bahamas sailings begin in Miami, then sail to Castaway Cay, Nassau and back to Key West before returning to Miami. Rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises. The five-night Caribbean cruises call at Grand Cayman and the island of Cozumel off Mexico's Riviera Maya or, alternatively, head to Cozumel and Castaway Cay or Grand Cayman and Cozumel between January and April. Rates start at $440 for five-night cruises departing from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Trip Planning Details for a Disney Cruise Line Vacation
For the next two years, families and couples and anyone who enjoys a cruise will have a large variety of cruise itineraries to choose from. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit Disney Cruise Line, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or contact their travel agent.