Thursday, April 21, 2011

Disney Cruise Line adds new home ports and itineraries

If you’ve fallen under the spell of all things Disney—and aren’t ashamed to admit it even if you don’t have children or grandchildren of the usually infatuated ages—you’ll be delighted to know that Disney Cruise Line is extending its reach in 2012. Disney announced earlier this month that it is adding three port cities and new itineraries.

See fish from glass bottom boat off the coast of
Best of all for Texans, Disney will sail to the Western Caribbean from Galveston beginning in September 22, 2012. Six-night cruises on December 15 and 29 will dock at Grand Cayman and Cozumel with three days at sea.  An even dozen seven-night sailings are scheduled with stops at Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. For the holidays, one eight-night voyage will leave Galveston on December 21 and add the port of Key West, Florida.

Your family can enjoy a tropical getaway with all the entertainment, characters, and magic that Disney is famous for.  In fact, the ship that sails from Galveston is called the Disney Magic.  Sea days allow plenty of time to enjoy festivities onboard while ports of call offer sunny beaches and locales to swim, snorkel, or shop. If you’re a fan of Disney theme parks, you’ll love all the Disney-related activities.

Disney Magic will also sail 20 cruises from New York City prior to coming to Galveston. Beginning May 25, 2012, short two-night cruises will offer a quick getaway, while five-night cruises sailing up the New England coast and into Canada call at scenic and historic ports.  Eight-night Bahama cruises from New York include a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay at Nassau. These longer trips include a one-day pass to Walt Disney World, which you can take advantage of during the stop at Port Canaveral, Florida.
Sting Ray City at Grand Cayman provides an unusual
experience--great fun  for kids and grown-ups
Another ship, Disney Wonder, will sail during the summer season from Seattle on seven-night cruises to Alaska, showcasing Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia. Shore excursions provide opportunities for all ages to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and wildlife. Family-friendly adventures help make a voyage to Alaska an unforgettable vacation.

Afraid little bodies will be a big distraction? Escape to the adults-only pool and restaurant.  Onboard camps for kids not only keep them entertained but also give parents time for some grown-up relaxation.

Photos by Beverly Burmeier

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