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Disney Cruise Line to Sail First-Ever British Isles Cruise in 2016

In 2016, Disney Cruise Line is sailing its first British Isles itinerary, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will also return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries.

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In addition to the tour of Europe with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean, Disney Cruise Line will revisit favorite destinations elsewhere around the globe including Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Get a closer look at the Summer 2016 Disney Cruise Line itineraries in this video!

 

British Isles

Disney Magic will sail from Dover, England on its very first British Isles itinerary. You can explore the majestic beauty of Scotland, experience Highland culture, sample traditional cuisine and spirits and discover the country’s iconic castles.

12-night British Isles

Ports: Invergordon, Kirkwall and Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland; Newcastle and Liverpool, England; Dublin, Ireland; Le Havre (Paris), France; and Guernsey (Channel Islands).

Departure Date: June 5, 2016

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Iceland and Norway

On these new Disney Magic sailings, guests can experience the natural wonders of Iceland and the splendor and charm of Norway.

12-night departing from Dover, England

Ports: Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland; Bergen and Stavanger Norway; Kirkwall, Scotland; and Newcastle, England

Departure Date: June 17, 2016

12-night departing from Copenhagen, Denmark

Ports: Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland; Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo and Kristiansand, Norway; Kirkwall and Invergordon, Scotland; and Newcastle, England

Departure Date: July 13, 2016

Norwegian Fjords from Dover

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Dover, England on a 7-night cruise to the majestic Norwegian fjords.

Ports: Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergan Norway

Departure Date: May 29, 2016

More Summer 2016 Itineraries

During the summer of 2016, Disney Magic will return to favorite destinations in northern Europe, the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean with a variety of seven-night and longer sailings.

From May through August 2016, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska, sailing from Vancouver, Canada to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

And, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail from Port Canaveral, Florida to The Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. Most of these cruises include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, a private island paradise.

Bookings for the summer 2016 itineraries open to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members on Wednesday, March 25 and to all guests on March 26th – Call your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner or call 866-972-6244.

New Bahamas Cruises Launching In February

The Port of Palm Beach in Florida soon will be home to a new cruise ship sailing short voyages to the Bahamas.

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The 1,900-passenger Grand Celebration will operate two-night trips from Palm Beach to Freeport every other day starting in February.

The former Carnival vessel is replacing the smaller Bahamas Celebration, which sailed the route until late October, when it was damaged after striking an object.

The Grand Celebration will be operated by a newly formed company, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, that is taking the place of the Bahamas Celebration’s operator, Celebration Cruise Line.

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Unveiled in 1987, the 47,262-ton Grand Celebration sailed for Carnival Cruise Lines as the Celebration until 2008, when it was transferred to Carnival-owned Spanish line Iberocruceros and renamed Grand Celebration. Earlier this year it was transferred again to Italian line Costa Cruises, where it has sailed under the name Costa Celebration.

The Grand Celebration has 10 public decks, five pools, a spa, fitness center, five restaurants and a casino.

About Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers high quality, low price Bahamas cruises from West Palm Beach, Florida to The Bahamas. Choose from a 2-Night Bahamas Cruise or 4 to 6 Night Bahamas Cruise & Bahamas Resort Stay.

10 Reasons to Travel to the Bahamas

On of the most beautiful places you can visit is the Bahamas.  If you have not been, you are truly missing out.  Here are 10 reasons we believe you need to travel to the Bahamas!

1. Clifton Heritage Site – If you travel to the Bahamas and visit this place you’ll find that it is filled with wonderful nature trials where you can bird watch and learn about our environment. This place is also filled with history dating back from the slave era, where many ruins of old the slave homes still stand today.

2. Garden Groves – The Garden Groves of Grand Bahama is another wildlife Oasis where you can Kayak, bird walk and learn more about the natural vegetation of the island of Grand Bahama.

3. Bimini- Sapona “Ruins of the 1920’s” – If you ever travel to the Bahamas off the coast of South Bimini and Cat Cay is an old barge that was commissioned by Henry Ford in the late 1920’s during the era of prohibition. Back then it was known as a “speakeasy”/ private club at sea that was accessible by boat yet shallow enough for snorkelers to get to as well. It was blown closer to the Bahamas during a hurricane back in 1929.

4. Myths of Bimini – One of our smallest islands off the coast of Florida carries lots of history and even bigger legendary myths. It is known that the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon explored this island for the notably acclaimed fountain of youth. Tour guides on the island would be happy to guide you to the point of where this spring once flourished.

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5. Hemingway’s Fishing Lodge – One cannot travel to the Bahamas and not hear about Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fishing spot and lodge on the island of Bimini. A noted and acclaimed sports fisherman, the author was known to spend a lot of time here fishing, writing and getting to know the locals here in Bimini.

7. Joulter Cays – The Joulter Cays in Andros Island is a unique spot for those interested in “bone fishing”, bird watching, snorkeling, swimming you name it. Such a rare and unique spot in all of the Bahamas, because of its particular powder like sand and several endangered species of animals that live there. It is being petitioned to become another protected wild life area in the Bahamas by the Bahamas National Trust.

8. Red Bay Village – One of the best kept Bahamian secrets… even I didn’t know about this one despite my travel to the Bahamas. Red Bay Village is a remote village in Northern Andros that was inhabited by an African tribe that lived like the Seminole Indians over 50 years ago. The descendants of this tribe still exist and maintain to their traditions till this day.

9. Fortune Island – Sometimes confusingly called Long Cay where experts believe that this was the island that Columbus named after Queen Isabella of Spain for funding his exhibition. There is only one settlement called Albert Town which is seen as a ghost town and is rumored to be occupied by the lost souls that once lived there. But what gives this island its acclaimed name is the Fortune Hill itself which is visible from 19km (12 miles) away at sea. The legend has it that hundreds of Bahamians came here waiting to be picked up by oceangoing freighters, who would take them to their fortune and new life in Central America.

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10. French Wells Bay – If you ever travel to the Bahamas you’ll see that one of the Jewels of Crooked Island is the French Wells Bay. It’s a beautiful wetland area that’s filled with dense mangrove bush is home to many wild birds that come from North America to hibernate in the Bahamas during the winter months.

These are only a few reasons to visit the Bahamas, why do you love to travel to the Bahamian Islands?


Let Kingdom Magic Vacations Take You To The Bahamas Today!

Local Children + Stingrays = Fun Eco Camp at Disney’s Castaway Cay

One of the best ways to learn to care about the environment in your community is to take a “deep dive” into understanding local species and their natural habitats. That’s exactly what children from the Abaco Islands did recently when they visited Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, to learn about stingrays and conservation.

Children from the Abaco Islands exploring ways to learn to care about the environment at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

 

The children were participants in summer eco camps hosted by Friends of the Environment, a local non-profit focused on environmental education. With the support of Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Animal Programs, and Science and Environment, local children participated in the week-long camp, where they learned about the ecosystems in their own community. The students then made their way to Castaway Cay where the education continued. While on the island, children were able to join stingrays in the water to learn about these fascinating creatures. They were also able to explore the island’s nature trails from the observation tower and engage in an overview with the onsite Disney’s Animal Programs animal care expert to learn about the research being done on Castaway Cay to protect marine habitats in The Bahamas.

Hosting these children on Castaway Cay is only one example of the community outreach work Disney Cruise Line does in The Bahamas and other ports of call. We’ll continue to share similar stories in the coming months so be sure to check back.

What activities have you done this summer to better understand local species and natural habitats in your area?

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