Is a voyage on a Disney Cruise Line send to your bucket checklist? You’ll discover a rising collection of choices when it comes time to pick out an itinerary.
Whilst the cruising arm of Disney has lengthy centered most commonly on voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas, with year-round sailings to these locations out of Florida, it additionally now gives a somewhat wide variety of seasonal sailings to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Europe and Canada.
The family-friendly cruise emblem, particularly, is in the middle of increasing its footprint around the globe because it provides 3 new vessels in fast succession.
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Already, the primary of the ones ships, the two,508-passenger Disney Want, has arrived, boosting the scale of the Disney fleet from 4 ships to 5 and taking into account extra departures to the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
Two extra sister vessels to Disney Want are because of start crusing in 2024 and 2025, respectively, taking into account additional growth in Disney cruise itineraries. That may imply extra departures to established locations, or most likely a project into new cruise areas. As an example, one main cruise vacation spot the place we’ve not observed a Disney send thus far is Asia. That would alternate within the coming years as the road provides its subsequent two vessels.
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Caribbean and Bahamas
Disney Cruise Line’s best vacation spot has at all times been the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Since its founding greater than 20 years in the past, the logo has primarily based the majority of its fleet in Florida to provide sailings to the islands. Port Canaveral, which is simply an hour clear of Disney’s Orlando-area theme parks, has at all times been its largest hub.
The road is especially recognized for three- and four-night cruises out of Port Canaveral to Castaway Cay and Nassau within the Bahamas. Those brief getaways let households get a style of Disney cruising that some Disney lovers pair with a keep at Disney Global. It additionally steadily gives seven-night sailings out of Port Canaveral that consult with such Caribbean islands as St. Thomas and Tortola.
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Lately, Disney additionally has constructed up its Caribbean and Bahamas cruise choices from Miami, with most commonly four- and five-night sailings to Castaway Cay and one different port corresponding to Cozumel or Grand Cayman.
For the approaching yr, the road may have 3 of its 5 ships primarily based out of those Florida ports at any given time. Disney Want and Disney Fable will sail year-round to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Disney Dream will sail many of the yr out of Miami, with Disney Magic taking its position for a short while right through the summer time.
When accounting for the other sizes of the ships, that is neatly over 60% of the road’s capability this is primarily based in Florida for sailings to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Disney has been increasing its choices of cruises to Mexico out of San Diego swiftly in recent times, with one in every of its 5 ships — Disney Surprise — now primarily based within the town for far of the yr.
The 1,754-passenger vessel gives a mixture of three- to five-night sailings to Mexico from past due September to early Would possibly. Shorter three- and four-night sailings characteristic a unmarried name at both Ensenada or Cabo San Lucas. 5-night sailings normally consult with each.
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Disney Surprise repositions to Alaska for the summer time prior to returning to San Diego.
Disney gives all kinds of itineraries in Europe each and every summer time, from Mediterranean voyages out of Barcelona and Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome), to Northern Europe sailings out of Copenhagen and Dover, England.
Starting from seven to 11 nights, Disney’s Europe voyages every yr normally happen on a unmarried send that sails from a couple of house ports during the season. For 2022, that send would be the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic; for 2023, it will be the larger, 2,500-passenger Disney Dream.
Conventional for the shorter itineraries the road gives in Europe are seven-night sailings out of Civitavecchia to the Greek Islands that deliver stops at Mykonos, Santorini and Crete in Greece in addition to Naples, Italy.
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An extended, 11-night itinerary beginning in Civitavecchia and finishing in Barcelona brings calls at Piraeus (the port for Athens), Santorini and Mykonos in Greece; Messina (at the island of Sicily), Naples and Livorno in Italy; and Toulon, France.
Amongst Northern Europe itineraries, Disney gives centered, week-long sailings to Norway that come with calls on the Norwegian ports of Alesund, Nordfjordeid, Eidfjord and Stavanger.
Be aware that Disney shall be the usage of Dover, England, as its hub within the U.Ok. for 2022 however switching to Southampton, England, as its U.Ok. hub for 2023.
Disney does no longer have a big presence in Alaska. The road sends only one send to Alaska every yr. Circle of relatives-friendly cruise competitors Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, against this, every ship 3 ships to Alaska every yr, and Norwegian Cruise Line sends 5 vessels to the vacation spot.
Nonetheless, Disney lovers would possibly not really feel like they are lacking out. The only vessel that Disney does ship to Alaska every yr, the 1,754-passenger Disney Surprise, remains for almost all the summer time, from past due June to mid-September and provides a distinctly Disney tackle The Closing Frontier.
At all times starting and finishing in Vancouver, British Columbia, and lasting seven nights, Disney’s Alaska sailings normally come with stops at 3 of those 4 Alaska ports: Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Level (which 3 range by means of departure date). Itineraries additionally come with a consult with to Dawes Glacier, which is south of Juneau.
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Those are rather standard ports for an Alaska cruise. However the (extra-charge) actions that Disney has arranged for the ports are not at all times the similar as what different traces be offering. As one may be expecting for Disney, the road has crafted a few of its shore tours in Alaska ports with particular Disney touches, corresponding to Disney personality appearances on the Liarsville Gold Rush Path Camp & Salmon Bake excursion in Ketchikan. (Having carried out this one myself, I will be able to say, for the document, that it is a little hokey; but it surely does get you a Disney personality repair if that is your intention.)
Any other shore tour with a Disney contact is the out of doors Circle of relatives Scavenger Hunt at Icy Strait Level, the place contributors sign up for an area information for a hunt for native pieces corresponding to clam shells and local vegetation in addition to a “particular wonder” with a Disney theme.
Be aware that, in contrast to many traces, Disney does no longer be offering one-way sailings to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle that may be paired with add-on land excursions to create a longer sea-and-land Alaska holiday — one thing referred to as a “cruisetour.” If that is what you are on the lookout for, and you wish to have to stay with a family-friendly line, you could need to believe the one-way cruisetour choices from Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
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Disney normally gives no less than one and now and again a number of cruises to Bermuda every fall, starting from fast, five-night journeys to longer, eight-night sailings.
For the present yr, the road plans 5 voyages to the island getaway out of New York Town, every 5 nights in period with a two-day prevent at Bermuda’s King’s Wharf.
Scheduled to leave between Sept. 30 and Oct. 26, the sailings will happen at the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic.
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For 2023, Disney recently most effective has a unmarried eight-night crusing to Bermuda scheduled, out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle will happen at the line’s 2,500-passenger Disney Fable and come with a two-day prevent at Bermuda’s King’s Wharf in addition to stops at Nassau within the Bahamas and Castaway Cay, Disney’s non-public island within the Bahamas.
Circle of relatives-friend Disney Cruise Line is a somewhat small cruise emblem, with simply 5 ships (one in every of its largest competitors within the kin cruise marketplace, Royal Caribbean, has 25 vessels). However that does not imply its itinerary possible choices are restricted. The road gives common sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Bermuda and Europe.
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