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Disney Cruise Line Adds New Destinations to Incredible Lineup of Itineraries for Families to See the World in Summer 2019

New cruise from Rome and seven new ports in Europe, plus Alaska and Caribbean sailings, take center stage

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Mar. 1, 2018) – In summer 2019, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to seven new ports in Europe, including a first-ever round-trip cruise from Rome and first-time visits to destinations in Sweden, France, Spain, Denmark and Northern Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes guests on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean in early summer and northern Europe in late summer. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, including new cruise lengths aboard the Disney Fantasy.

Bookings open to the public on March 8, 2018.

New round-trip sailing from Rome

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience the rich history of Rome as a bookend experience in a single cruise.

In Rome, families can explore the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, and sample authentic local cuisine.

On June 14, 2019, the Disney Magic will sail an eight-night cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome). Ports of call include Salerno (Positano, Amalfi, Pompeii) and La Spezia (Florence, Pisa), Italy; Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice) and Marseilles, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

First-time visits to seven new ports in Europe

Disney Cruise Line will call on seven new ports in Europe for the first time in 2019, including Gothenburg and Nynashamn (Stockholm), Sweden; Toulon (Provence) and Brest, France; Cartagena, Spain; Fredericia, Denmark; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Belfast is a new destination on a seven-night British Isles cruise departing from Dover, England, near London, on Sept. 8, 2019. In Belfast, Disney Cruise Line guests can explore the stunning Giant’s Causeway, one of the most impressive natural wonders in the United Kingdom, and enjoy breathtaking vistas along the Antrim Coast, including the dramatic cliff-side ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle.

Throughout the summer, the Disney Magic’s tour of Europe includes engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Return to Alaska                  

In 2019, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. A variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries will depart from Vancouver, Canada, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, plus Victoria, Canada.

Special Disney Fantasy itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas

In addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of special itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout the summer of 2019.

The special itineraries include a three-night Bahamian cruise departing Aug. 7, a six-night western Caribbean cruise departing June 30, an eight-night southern Caribbean cruise departing June 22, and an 11-night southern Caribbean cruise departing July 27.

All cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy in the summer of 2019 include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in addition to multiple tropical destinations where Disney Cruise Line guests can dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces.

Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore Disney’s exclusive private island

In 2019, the Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay so guests can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of Disney’s award-winning pristine island paradise.

On June 19, July 3 and July 17, 2019, the Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral on four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau, plus two stops at Castaway Cay.

On June 14, June 23, June 28, July 7, July 12 and July 21, 2019, the Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral on five-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau, plus two stops at Castaway Cay.

These special itineraries are in addition to three- and four-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral that visit Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Guided Experiences with Adventures by Disney

In the summer of 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their experience by combining a Europe or Alaska cruise with a package from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations.

New pre-cruise Short Escapes

New in 2019, Adventures by Disney will offer pre-cruise guided experiences in Rome and Vancouver. These three-night Short Escapes, also offered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Barcelona, allow families to experience memorable icons in ways that few can, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Plus, activities like ziplining, flamenco dancing and preparing local cuisine immerse families in the culture of the region.

Guided group excursion packages for select Europe cruises

Families can also enhance select European sailings with an Adventures by Disney package during the cruise. Knowledgeable Adventure Guides lead travelers to experience the best of each port, helping them unlock the wonders of the destination through immersive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. In addition, guests will enjoy exclusive receptions onboard and have access to concierge service from these dedicated guides throughout the voyage.

These Adventures by Disney offerings open for booking beginning March 8, 2018, with the exception of the Vancouver Short Escape, which will open for booking later this year.

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Disney Cruise Line’s Inaugural Hawaii Cruise

I began my trip across country to meet the Disney Wonder in Orlando on Saturday April 28th after spending a few days prior with my wife Leslie in Walt Disney World. I was to meet Andrew Harris, friend, travel companion, camera guy and media director for Kingdom Magic later at Disneyland, crazy that you can wake up in Walt Disney World and go to sleep in Disneyland, what a world we live in! We had a pre-day and night planned at my favorite park that included a dinner at Club 33, the private dining establishment in the New Orleans Square area of Disneyland Park.

Disneyland Resort - Anaheim California

After a fantastic dinner, a viewing of Fantasmic from the balcony of Club 33 and a nice walk around the park, my long travel day was starting to catch up with me and I headed back to the Grand Californian Resort for some rest. Turns out we had a fantastic view from our room’s balcony for World of Color the nighttime water spectacular at Disney’s California Adventure Park. I watched as long as I could, amazed but growing more weary with each scene change.

This show really is one of the best that Disney offers, if you haven’t seen it, you can see the full show over at Travel with Rick. I left the curtains open and slowly drifted off to sleep watching the kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination and dreaming of sailing off to Hawaii the next day.

World of Color Disneyland Resort

The next day I awoke early, it’s the curse of the West Coast time change, feeling rested and ready for an exciting day. Our shuttle didn’t head to the port until 12:30 so we had plenty of time to walk over to Disneyland, gosh I love how easy access is to these parks, and visit a few of our favorite attractions. Of course we had to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, I love the Disneyland version, and a ride through Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain were on my short list of must do’s before we said goodbye to the place where the magic really began.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Disneyland Resort

After visiting the park for a couple of hours, we headed back to Grand Californian where our shuttle would be departing from heading to the Port of Los Angeles. We ran into our table mates there, our friends Kathy and Cheryl who we’ve cruised other times before. After visiting with them for a bit it was time to board the shuttle and head out to L.A. about an hour’s drive away by motor shuttle. We arrived at the Port and it was great to see the Disney Wonder there, fresh back from her winter tour of the Mexican Riviera. We made our way through the terminal and were able to board right away, that meant one thing to us, LUNCH! After heading across the gangway and having the cast members do the family name announcement they always do as guests board, we were ushered towards Parrot Cay for the Lunch Buffett. After a bountiful lunch, we made our way to our stateroom to get settled in for a 15 – night cruise to Hawaii. This is the longest cruise Andrew or I had ever embarked on, so we were very excited to see what types of entertainment and activities would be offered on the ship.

Disney Cruise Line - Port of Los Angeles

After we found our stateroom and began to get a feel for our home away from home on the sea, we focused our attention to another important task, securing reservations for Palo. The Palo team were set up in Wavebands, and we made our way there. We already had a dinner reservation, but we were hoping to land the all-important brunch reservation. Brunch in Palo really is one of those not to be missed affairs, and since we were able to score the seating, we’ll be taking you there later on in the cruise.

Aloha from the Disney Wonder!

Now with the really important things taken care of, it was time to relax a bit, get used to being on a ship, and maybe even try to shoot some video to chronicle this inaugural event with Disney Cruise Line. Oh and let’s not forget the mandatory safety drill. One must do this if not for a safety lesson then simply for the purpose of knowing that there is a great voyage taking place after all the guests assemble in various areas around the ship and learn the proper way to don a life jacket.

Assembly Drill

With much of the day behind us, it was time for our evening entertainment. We were on a late dining rotation, there are two seatings per night, 5:45 and 8:15pm, so if you have second dining you go to the show first. At 6:15 we made our way to the Walt Disney Theatre and the show kicked off with a welcome from our cruise director, Christian who introduced a variety show with the cast of the theatre, a magician, Mike Super who was fantastic, and various singers and dancers. We’re off to a great start! Later in the week we’ll see great Disney Broadway style shows, Magicians, Ventriloquists, Singers and first run movies to keep us entertained, but more about that later!

Parrot Cay Disney Cruise Line Disney WonderAfter the show, we headed off to dinner in Parrot Cay. Disney Cruise Line  uses a unique “rotational” style dining through their three main restaurants. Each night you rotate to a new restaurant and so do your servers and wait staff. It really is a great feature and allows you to get to know your wait staff and they get to know you, your food preferences etc. and makes for a great cruise. On this cruise we had requested the same servers we had on the Alaskan repositioning cruise from last year on the Wonder. Engelbert and Liliana, they’re fantastic! Fortunately our request was accommodated and we were welcomed into the restaurant by them. We had a wonderful first dinner with our friends Kathy and Cheryl, got reacquainted with  our servers as we sailed through the Pacific towards Hawaii, , it’s going to be a great 15 nights!

My next blog post will be all about our upcoming days at sea as we head towards our first port in Hawaii, Hilo. And, be sure to check out our daily recap videos over at Travel with Rick. Thanks for sailing with us!