It’s probably no surprise to you that I like the Disney Cruise Line from the amount of posting I do about the cruises. It’s the only cruise line I’ve ever been to in the US waters and the ones I’ve been in Europe don’t come even close to pair up, and I highly recommend experiencing with your family at least once in a lifetime. If you are new to Disney Cruise Line, read the other posts I’ve written about them to get more overall information, and even if you have sailed with them before — read these tempting new itineraries from the US for 2013!
Disney Cruise Line News for 2013
Two big things: huge expanded cruise offerings in Europe in the Mediterranean Sea, including new ports of call like Venice and a new second home port in Florida: Miami, departing to Caribbean. Let’s check out the ones in the US first!
Highlights of the US sailings in 2013
From Miami to Caribbean:
Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami for the first time on Dec. 23, 2012 and they’ll offer several different types of cruises, from 3 to 7 nights. Ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay on Disney Wonder or Disney Magic, rates starting at $609 per person for three-night cruises, $500 per person for four-night cruises and $575 for five-night cruises from Miami for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
WHY THIS IS COOL: Lots of great new ports to visit and new variety and from Miami for the first time.
From Galveston, Texas, to Western Caribbean:
6-8-night cruises from Galveston will continue through 2013 with rates starting at $750 per person for six-night cruises, $840 per person for seven-night cruises and $920 per person for eight-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. The 8-night cruise will visit Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel.
WHY THESE CRUISES ARE COOL: If you live in or close to Texas, you’ll save on not flying anywhere to catch the cruise, and the ports sound amazing.
Vancouver to Alaska:
Beginning May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, where Disney will offer exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history. Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
ALASKA! Do I have to say more? More pricey, especially when you include airfare, but an experience of a lifetime for sure. I would also combine with a city trip to Vancouver and get “two vacations” at once.
From Port Canaveral, Florida to Caribbean and Bahamas:
The two newest Disney Cruise Line’s ships Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.
The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings, January through April 2013, stop also at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Rates for seven-night Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy start at $1,085 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Rates for three- and four-night Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
WHY THESE ARE GREAT CRUISES: The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are the two newest cruise ships in the Disney Cruise Line’s fleet, and they are absolutely stunning – more luxurious, more magical, more options what to do and experience. The ships are worth experiencing, and if you are looking for a low key cruise with a beach vacation, Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island where it’s never too crowded, always clean and you will experience the same customer service as on the ship. Plus, you can’t beat the prices, and you can combine it with a trip to Orlando only 1,5 hours away, and visit DisneyWorld on the same trip!
For more information and prices and booking, go to Disney Cruise Line.