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Disney Cruise Line News - (7/20/17) Back in early 2016 the Disney Cruise Line announced they would be adding two new ships. Well, this deal has now been modified with the added announcement that the Disney Cruise Line will actually be adding THREE new ships now instead of just two. The new ships, which are yet to be named, will launch in 2021, 2022 and 2023. After the final launch, this will bring the total number of ships in the Disney Cruise Line up to 7.
“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said.
All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, with each of the ships expected to have their own unique experiences. The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
With a legacy of revolutionary design, Disney Cruise Line’s new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before.
(10/26/16) The Disney Cruise Line has announced the early itineraries for 2018 for their four ships.
The Disney Wonder will offer three 7-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean in January 2018 that will all depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In April and May the Wonder will then return to San Diego to offer 7 cruises to Baja and the Mexican Rivera.
Meanwhile in Florida, port Canaveral will see three vessels departing on a variety of 3, 4 and 7-night cruises, each with a day stop at Castaway Cay. The Fantasy will focus on 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean trips, the Dream on 3 and 4-night cruises, and the Dream offering a mixed variety.
This leaves the Disney Magic who will continue to depart from Miami, offering 4 and 5-night cruises to the Bahamas and various Western Caribbean itineraries. Click here to see all the official details.
(6/6/16) The Disney Cruise Line announced that the Disney Wonder would go into dry dock from Sept 9 to Oct 23, 2016 to add some new improvements. In the Disney's Oceaneer Club the Marvel Super Hero Academy will be added, bringing in some of Marvel's greatest heroes to help teach kids the value of teamwork, bravery, problem solving and more. Spider-Man will appear in person, while other heroes will appear on a large digital display. Other new additions to Disney's Oceaneer Club include a Frozen Adventures area, the addition of select Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins, and Andy's Room where kids will feel toy-sized in a multi-level play space.
The Wonder will also add Tiana's Place Restaurant, themed by the restaurant Princess Tiana wanted to create in "The Princess and the Frog". Full of Southern charm, jazz music and street party style celebrations, you'll dine of New Orleans inspired cuisine.
An old English style Pub will also be added to the Wonder, decorated with dark woods and plush leather furniture, along with some nods to the various Disney films set in London will be evident in the decor. The English Pub will be just one part of a new "After Hours" adult district that will also feature another new nightclub and an updated Cadillac Lounge.
Other new additions will include: an updated Senses Spa & Salon, updates to the Animator's Palate restaurant, new dining areas named Cabanas and Palo, the D Lounge for family gaming and entertainment, a Bibbidi Boddidi Boutique children's makeover area, the Edge club for tweens, a Twist 'n' Sport waterslide on the upper deck along with Dory's Reef splash zone and Aqualab pool and interactive water play area.
Most of the new enhancements will be ready starting on November 10th.
(4/13/16) The Disney Cruise Line has announced their new Summer 2017 itineraries this week that you can begin to book starting this Thursday.
Highlights include a new 9-night cruise on the Disney Wonder to visit new locations in Alaska, departing from Vancouver, BC with stops at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord, as well as shorter 7-night and 5-night cruises as well.
Meanwhile the Disney Magic will depart from Port Canaveral, FL on May 13, 2017 for a 15-night trans-Atlantic journey with stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Portland, England (near the legendary Stonehenge). From there the Disney Magic will offer a 10-night Northern Europe tour leaving from Capenhagen on June 18th, 2017 that will feature ports in Amsterdam, England, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Estonia. More European destination tours will follow from here that will also head into the Mediterranean.
The Disney Fantasy will offer special 10 and 11-night cruises into the Southern Caribbean from Port Canaveral over Summer 2017. The 11-night cruise will have stops in Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay, while the 10-night will stop in Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.
Finally the Disney Dream will be departing from Port Canaveral over Summer 2017 with various 4-night and 5-night itineraries, some of which will actually stop at Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) twice during the journey.
(3/4/16) The Disney Cruise Line announced on Thursday that they have signed an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to produce two more vessels for the growing Disney Cruise Line fleet, launching in 2021 and 2023. The new ships are described as being slightly bigger than the last two additions (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) at 135,000 gross tons, over 1,000 feet long and standing 200 feet tall. At this point no names have been decided yet, but each ship will offer aproximately 1,250 guest staterooms. Considering how much technology and new innovations went into the creation of the Disney Dream class vessel compared to the Disney Magic class (original), I can only imagine that by 2021, these newest class vessels will be utterly state of the art and include some new surprises we haven’t even seen yet from the Disney Cruise Line.
Disney’s AULANI - (1/13/14) Westcoaster heads to Aulani, Disney’s exclusive private resort in Hawaii and reports back with one of the most stunningly beautiful photo blogs ever. Seriously… Aulani looks like a slice of heaven on Earth. Seriously... you have to see it to believe it.