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Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries for Summer 2017

Disney Cruise Line has announced their itineraries for the summer of 2017, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe, in addition to a return to Norway, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Here are the details on new summer fun your family can expect when sailing with us next year.

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New Alaska Itinerary: Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier

For the first time, we’ll take guests to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier. These dramatic locations are part of a new nine-night itinerary on the Disney Wonder. Departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 24, 2017, this itinerary also sails to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Icy Strait Point offers a variety of Alaska nature adventures, including a zip line attraction that is one of the longest and highest zip lines in the world. Nearby, Glacier Bay National Park is a spectacular highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another highlight of this cruise is seeing Hubbard Glacier, the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America. Displaying extraordinary blue hues and immense beauty, this spectacular glacier is more than six miles wide where it meets the ocean.

A new seven-night Alaska sailing from Vancouver, departing July 17, 2017, includes a call on Icy Strait Point, in addition to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. On Aug. 2, 2017, the Disney Wonder will sail its first five-night Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.

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New Europe Destinations: Amsterdam and Stonehenge

Also for the first time, we’ll visit Amsterdam, Netherlands, known for its elaborate canal system, tulip fields, windmills and world-class museums housing works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.

On May 13, 2017, the Disney Magic embarks on a 15-night transatlantic crossing from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Copenhagen, with a stop in Amsterdam along the way. This itinerary also includes a call on Portland, England – another first-time port for Disney Cruise Line. Portland is a short distance from Stonehenge, the prehistoric ring of standing stones monument that is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

A visit to Amsterdam also will be part of a 10-night northern Europe itinerary that departs June 18, 2017, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Dover, England. Other ports on this sailing include Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia.

The grand tour of Europe continues throughout the summer with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

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New Disney Fantasy Itineraries: Southern Caribbean

The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral on longer itineraries for the first time – new 10- and 11-night cruises to the southern Caribbean.

On June 17, 2017, a new 11-night itinerary will visit Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. On June 28, 2017, a new 10-night itinerary will call on Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

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More Castaway Cay

As you probably know, Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently rated a top port-of-call by guests. To give you more time at this island paradise, select Disney Dream sailings from Port Canaveral will include two stops at Castaway Cay.

Special five-night sailings, departing June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 and July 9, 2017, will call on Castaway Cay twice and include a stop in Nassau, Bahamas. Special four-night sailings, departing June 7, 21 and July 5, 2017, will visit Castaway Cay twice, also with a stop in Nassau.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner and book your Disney Cruise today!


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Pasta Making In Italy With Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we learn how to make pasta with Leslie and Rick Howard on the Italy  Adventures by Disney!

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Touring Italy With Adventures By Disney and Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, Rick and Leslie share memories from their amazing Adventures by Disney journey through Italy and we also get a visit from Dusty, the Adventures by Disney Guide!

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Adventures By Disney With Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, Rick is joined by Dusty, an Adventures by Disney Guide to discuss all the incredible Adventures by Disney destinations and what makes traveling with AbD so special!

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A Grandparents’ Guide to Cruising with Disney in 2016

Grandparents often tell us that the best part of a Disney Cruise Line vacation is seeing their grandchildren’s joy throughout the voyage. I recently shared the top five ways to spoil your grandkids on a Disney cruise – things you can do to make any getaway with us extra special.

Here are some suggestions for specific cruises to take with grandkids for the ultimate grand-travel vacation. All are jam-packed with memorable experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Grandparents, here’s your guide to cruising with us in 2016…

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Dream a little bigger aboard the Disney Dream. New experiences are coming to the Disney Dream in late 2015, including super-cool play areas in the kids club, one themed to Star Wars and another to Disney Infinity. Your grandkids may not want to leave once they enter these new worlds of fun, but grandparents can join the play during Open House. Another brand-new space both you and your grandchildren will love is Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats, a shop serving handmade gelato and ice cream, novelty sundaes, and more candy than you can imagine. The made-to-share signature sundaes are a fun way to satisfy the sweet tooth of the young and young at heart.

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Experience the Force in the Western Caribbean. On eight special sailings from January through April, the Force will be strong! For the first time ever, we are offering Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy, perfect for a new out-of-this-galaxy experience with your grandchildren. The day-long celebration features a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars-themed youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. There will also be exclusive at-sea screenings of the Star Wars films and the new Disney XD animated series, “Star Wars Rebels.” Have the time of your life with your grandkids, you will.

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Explore the magic of Disney on land and sea. Three of Disney’s ships will be sailing from Florida in early 2016, giving you the chance to extend precious time with your grandkids through a combined Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line vacation. Their home ports in Port Canaveral and Miami are driving distance from Orlando where you can experience Disney’s world-class resorts and four incredible theme parks. Pre- and post-cruise add-on options give you flexibility to enjoy Walt Disney World Resort before or after your magical voyage. A trip to Walt Disney World and a Disney cruise? You’re getting the Best Grandparent of the Year award!

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Discover the grandeur and culture of Europe and Alaska. In the summer of 2016, Disney is returning to exotic locales around the world and, once again, offering Port Adventures designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults. On the Disney Magic, you’ll have the chance to visit destinations in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Cruises to Alaska on the Disney Wonder offer family-friendly adventures like whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding and more. There’s no better way to share your love of traveling the world with your grandkids than in true Disney fashion, with an extra dash of pixie dust for both grandchildren and grandparents.

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Seek thrills and chills during Halloween on the High Seas. Who says Halloween can only be celebrated on October 31? Weeks before the big day, you’ll enjoy Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor onboard all four ships. One of the best celebrations for grandparents and grandkids to enjoy together is Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a costume party with Disney friends, games, dancing and lots of candy. Make sure you get into the fun by bringing a costume of your own! For this one, you’ll receive the Coolest Grandparent of the Year award!

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Join Santa and his elves on Very Merrytime Cruises. Starting in November, Disney ships transform with a 24-foot Christmas tree, a life-sized gingerbread house, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more. Each voyage has festive events like a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus meet-and-greets and a tropical holiday deck party. Especially for grandparents who can’t be with their grandkids on Christmas morning, Disney holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy together the traditions of this special time of year.


Adventures By Disney Announces New 2016 Departure Dates

In 2016, Adventures by Disney itineraries will include over 30 destinations to choose from across six continents, including a reimagined England & France vacation.

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Guests can enjoy new experiences in London including a meet and greet with a Beefeater at the Tower of London, and a speedboat journey down the River Thames. They’ll also explore the English countryside with a proper High Tea and scone-making activity, archery lessons, and an interactive scavenger hunt for dragons and knights at Windsor Castle.

Then, after a quick trip across the Channel, they’ll arrive in Paris to soak up the art and culture of this timeless metropolis.

To find out more about this re-imagined itineraries, Click Here.

Adventure Insiders (Adventures by Disney past Guests) can enjoy a one-day early booking window today, June 9, 2015, before sales open to the general public tomorrow.

Adventures by Disney Adds More Danube River Cruise Sailings

Last month Adventures by Disney launched all-new river cruise itineraries for 2016. These itineraries were so popular with our guests that now we’re excited to announce two additional river cruise vacations on the Danube river in Europe, sailing on August 4, 2016, as well as a special holiday-themed departure on December 15, 2016!

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Sailing with AmaWaterways, the Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise vacation offers families the opportunity to discover Europe in a unique and immersive way, while visiting iconic locations and wondrous sites in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

On these 8-day, 7-night vacations, guests will experience the captivating culture and authenticity each European country and city has to offer, while only having to unpack once. Whether sliding down a mineshaft in Salzburg, sipping wine from local vineyards in Melk or even learning a traditional Austrian dance, guests will be in awe of the beauty and adventures each destination offers. With countless activities and sights to see, these river cruise vacations offer maximum port time for exploration.

For more information on Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise itineraries, click on the link below.

Princess Cruises’ 2016 Europe Schedule Returns to Med and Canary Islands

Princess Cruises has announced its 2016 schedule of Europe sailings, including the line’s return to the Canary Islands and maiden calls in Croatia, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.

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Guests can choose from itineraries ranging from three to 48 days and on ships ranging from the cruise line’s newest and largest Royal Princess and Regal Princess; to its Caribbean Princess and Emerald Princess; and its small ship, Pacific Princess.

All 2016 Europe cruises open for bookings on March 19, 2015. Program highlights include:

Cruises to the Mediterranean

Royal Princess will sail on a variety of seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-day cruises from Barcelona, Rome and Athens. Mediterranean Medley 14-day sailings focus on ancient history, including Rome, Athens and Naples. Collection voyages will sail the entire Mediterranean region, visiting Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Greece and Turkey during 21-day trips. 28-day Circle Mediterranean voyages will visit 20 destinations in seven countries with all cruises visiting Rome, Athens, Istanbul and the French Riviera.

Pacific Princess will offer a variety of 12-day voyages from Rome, Venice and Barcelona with a mix of marquee and off-the-beaten-path ports unreachable by larger ships.

For guests sailing from Britain, Emerald Princess will be based in London (Southampton) to offer two-week Mediterranean Adventurer sailings spotlighting Florence, Rome and Dubrovnik. Emerald Princess will also sail to the Canary Islands on 11-day voyages, visiting four island destinations in the Canaries and Madeira and Vigo, Spain.

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Scandinavia & Russia Cruises

Regal Princess returns to Northern Europe for 11-day cruise vacations to Scandinavia & Russia with two full days in St. Petersburg. Joining her in the region, Emerald Princess will sail select 14-day cruises through the Baltic Sea.

British Isles Cruises

Caribbean Princess will visit destinations in the U.K., Ireland and Scotland, including two opportunities to see Scotland’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the grounds of Edinburgh Castle.

Small ship Pacific Princess will new 14-day Irish Counties & Scottish Highlands voyages from London (Dover). The itinerary includes maiden port calls in Ullapool, Scotland and Galway, along the western coast of Ireland.

Iceland & Norway Cruises

Both Emerald Princess and Pacific Princess will offer North Cape voyages to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Emerald Princess will also visit the Norwegian fjords, while Pacific Princess will offer a maiden call in Haugesund, Norway.

Pacific Princess will also sail 14-day Iceland & Norway itineraries visiting ports in Iceland and the Shetland Islands. She will also travel to Iceland on a transatlantic crossing.

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European Cruisetours

Guests can choose from four land and sea vacation options, which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; Classic Italy, visiting popular sites in Venice, Florence and Rome; and the Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin.


Take A Transatlantic Cruise On The Disney Magic

Episode 294 – Rick and Leslie take us on an amazing transatlantic cruise on the beautifully re-imagined Disney Magic!

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Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas to Sail from Southampton in 2015

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Explorer of the Seas will homeport in the UK and sail its first European season in summer 2015.

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The cruise line’s latest announcement is an amendment to the original plan which would have seen sister ship Adventure of the Seas based in Southampton. The near identical ships are both 137,308-ton, 3,144-passenger Voyager-class vessels, with Explorer being launched in 2000 and Adventure the following year.

Explorer will spend a month in dry dock for an ‘extensive revitalization’ before arriving in the UK in late-April, 2015, where it will sail on three- to 16-night roundtrip itineraries through September 2015. Itineraries include three- and eight-night Northern Europe sailings, 11- to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries or 10- to 14-night Canary Islands cruises.

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In a statement announcing the new plan a Royal Caribbean spokesman said: “Explorer of the Seas will complete an extensive, month-long dry dock revitalization before starting seasonal service and boast a wide range of new innovative features to offer guests an unforgettable onboard experience.”

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These include a new FlowRider surf simulator, 3D movie theatre and a new range of onboard restaurants. There will also be refurbished staterooms and suites, plus the line’s new ‘virtual balconies’ that bring live ocean and destination views to inside cabins. The Voyager-class ships were the first to introduce Royal Caribbean’s trademark active cruising, with features such as a rock-climbing wall, real ice-skating rink and full-size basketball court.

Explorer of the Seas will be joined in Southampton by Anthem of the Seas, the second of Royal Caribbean’s three 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger next generation Quantum-class cruise ships. Anthem, launches in spring 2015, and last week it was revealed that the Quantum ships would showcase all-new MDR-less Dynamic Dining, offering passengers a flexible dining experience in a choice of 18 restaurants. The line’s 90,090-ton, 2,112- passenger Brilliance of the Seas will complete the UK trio and homeport in Harwich.


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New Itineraries for Celebrity Cruises’ 2015 Europe Sailings

Celebrity Cruises has announced its 2015 Europe itineraries, with new ports of call and more than 65 overnight stays designed to give guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a destination.

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Captain’s Club loyalty members now have exclusive priority access for booking before the official on-sale date of Tuesday, March 18.

The cruise line’s newest ship, Celebrity Reflection, will sail her 2015 summer and fall season in Europe along with the Celebrity SilhouetteCelebrity Equinox,Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Eclipse.

2015 and 2016 will also see the introduction of the newly announced “Suite Class” experience. Beginning April 2015, the new offerings include a dedicated suites-only restaurant, VIP lounge, complimentary premium drinks and more.

New Itineraries for 2015

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Celebrity Constellation: The Millennium Class ship will sail the Mediterranean with a new selection of seven-night itineraries. Venice, Italy will be the new home for the modern luxury ship, joining Istanbul, Turkey and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy:

  • Greek Isles and Turkey seven-night sailings: Departing from Venice and calling in Dubrovnik; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Katakolon, Greece; and more
  • Black Sea and Greek Isles 12- to 14-night itinerary: Visiting Burgas, Bulgaria; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos and Santorini, Greece; Koper, Slovenia; and the Bosphorus Strait
  • A special 14-night sailing on July 19, 2015, will sail from Venice during the Redentore Festival, an exciting and atmospheric Venetian tradition that dates back to more than 400 years ago.

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Celebrity Silhouette: Northern Europe will be the new destination for Celebrity Silhouette in 2015 and guests can enjoy more overnight stays in top European ports of call:

  • Scandinavia and Russia: 12-night roundtrip from Amsterdam to Stockholm with three overnight stays in the exciting cities of Copenhagen, Denmark; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Stockholm
  • The British Isles: Roundtrip from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Fredericia, Denmark; Cork, Dublin and Waterford, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Holyhead, Wales; Dover and Liverpool, England; and Paris (Le Havre), France and more; plus overnight stays in Dublin Bay (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland; and Edinburgh, Scotland for guests to enjoy the British Open golf tournament.

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Celebrity Equinox: Popular in 2014, Celebrity’s seven-night itineraries will feature a greater variety of Mediterranean vacations to choose from in 2015. These sailings can be combined into a destination-immersive Mediterranean Grand Tour vacation experience of up to 28 nights. Celebrity Equinox will sail from Athens as a new port in 2015, plus Barcelona, Istanbul and Rome:

  • The series of seven-night itineraries include visits to Nice (Villefranche), France; Athens, Chania, Crete and Rhodes, Greece; Ephesus and Istanbul; Catania, Florence, Genoa, Rome, and Sicily, Italy; Ajaccio, Corsica; and there are new overnight stays in Ibiza, Spain and Mykonos, Greece, where guests can enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
  • Guests also have the unique opportunity to experience an overnight in Cannes, France during the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. The 10-night Mediterranean itinerary sets sail on May 11, 2015 from Barcelona to Rome

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Celebrity Eclipse: A series of 11- to 14-night sailings will explore Europe’s top sun and beach destinations, and the ship’s 13- to 15-night itineraries will visit popular destinations in Northern Europe:

  • Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, England, Celebrity Eclipse will cruise into Ponta Delgada, Azores; Lisbon and Madeira (Funchal), Portugal; Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
  • Vacationers can also enjoy 13- to 15-night Scandinavia and Russia itineraries to historic cities, including Copenhagen; Stockholm; Tallinn, Estonia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Gdansk (Gdynia), Poland; St. Petersburg; and Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany.

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Celebrity Reflection: The ship’s third successful consecutive season in Europe offers a series of 10- and 11-night Mediterranean sailings from Rome to the Greek Isles and Turkey; and the 11-night itinerary features an overnight stay in Istanbul.

To celebrate the launch of Celebrity’s World Tour, each destination will open with an offer. Guests can receive up to $400 to spend onboard for every cruise or cruisetour that is four nights or longer (from the newly available itineraries) and booked by April 30, 2014, excluding Celebrity Xpedition sailings. In addition, the offer can be combined with select future promotions.

Celebrity will continue to reveal its full 2015-16 lineup as each set of itineraries opens for bookings.


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