Since the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998 the line has focused on its core strength—combining a Disney theme park vacation with a cruise from Florida or, more recently, California. Sure, they have spent some time in European waters and have added Alaska to the mix this year, but they haven't expanded much in the US. Until now, when, for the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from three new US homeports in 2012—New York, Seattle, and Galveston, Texas—making the Disney family cruise vacation more accessible to guests around the country. Additionally, the cruise line will offer more choices than ever before with several new itineraries planned.
"In 2012, we're making it easier than ever for families to enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation by offering cruises from a variety of regional homeports," said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. "Guests can now enjoy a magical, one-of-a-kind Disney cruise experience with the convenience of departures from their own backyard."
2012 New York Schedule
Beginning May 25, 2012, Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York—including 8-night cruises to the Bahamas and 5-night cruises up the New England coast to Canada plus 2-night cruises that will give a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience over a weekend:
-- The eight Bahamas cruises will include a day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Florida, giving guests an opportunity to visit Walt Disney World. As part of this itinerary, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round trip transportation between their Disney ship and the park.
-- The nine 5-night cruises up the New England coast will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops, and browse Canada's oldest farmer's market.
-- Three two-night cruises (June 15, July 13 and Aug. 10) out of New York are perfect for families looking for a quick getaway with a day at sea over a weekend.
2012 Galveston Schedule
Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, Disney Magic will sail twelve 7-night cruises from the Port of Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico's Costa Maya and Cozumel. A Caribbean cruise on Disney Magic offers families a tropical getaway with the world-class entertainment found on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Guests will enjoy three magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard Disney Magic and three days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart's content in exotic marketplaces.
2012 Seattle Schedule
Beginning May 28, 2012, Disney Wonder will sail a total of fourteen 7-night cruises from the Port of Seattle to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia. Disney Cruise Line works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska's natural beauty and rich history.
2012 Los Angeles Schedule
Disney Wonder is scheduled to continue sailing 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles for the majority of the year—throughout winter, spring and fall. Additionally, Disney Wonder will sail four 7-night Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles (on Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7), calling on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. For the first time, Disney Wonder will offer a special 15-night voyage to Hawaii from Los Angeles, calling on Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico.
2012 Port Canaveral Schedule
Disney Cruise Line ships will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral:
-- Disney Fantasy will depart on her maiden voyage March 31, 2012, and will sail out of Port Canaveral on 7-night alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
-- Disney Dream will sail 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Five-night itineraries include two stops at Castaway Cay.
-- Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on 7-night Caribbean itineraries and 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises in 2012 until she repositions to New York.
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