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Disney Cruise Line Unveils Ports and Itineraries for Early 2017

Disney has revealed that in early 2017 we will return to popular destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Most cruises will feature a stop at Castaway Cay, our private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

For the first part of the year, we’ll continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami, in addition to cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Galveston, Texas. Bookings open to the public on October 8, 2015.

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Port Canaveral

With three Disney ships in port and cruises spanning three, four and seven nights, you have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral in early 2017. The best part? Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay!

The Disney Fantasy will continue to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, while the Disney Dream continues on three- and four-night cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Beginning January 29, the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries.

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Miami

To kick off 2017, the Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with three-, four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus select five-night Western Caribbean cruises, through March 31.

Again, Castaway Cay awaits guests aboard every one of these Disney Magic sailings! Other Bahamian ports of call include Nassau and Key West, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.

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San Juan and Galveston

From San Juan, the Disney Magic sets sail on four seven-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. Departing April 9, 16, 23 and 30, this limited-time engagement includes calls on Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Antigua and St. Kitts.

The Disney Wonder completes a season in Galveston with two seven-night Bahamian voyages to Key West, Castaway Cay and Nassau on January 6 and 13. From there, the ship embarks on a six-night journey to San Juan on January 20 with stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica.

On January 26, a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort – the perfect stop for a fairytale land-and-sea adventure.


Carnival Bringing New Ships to Galveston and Port Canaveral

Carnival Cruise Line announced deployment changes designed to enhance its leadership position in two key homeports – Galveston and Port Canaveral, Fla., – while providing exciting “Fun Ship” itinerary choices in time for next summer’s cruise season.

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Carnival Breeze will reposition to Galveston in May 2016 and Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral in April 2016, several months earlier than previously announced. Carnival Breeze will assume Carnival Magic’s year-round schedule of seven-day Galveston cruises beginning May 8, 2016. Carnival Magic will take over Carnival Valor’s current seven-day Port Canaveral cruise program April 23, 2016.

In turn, Carnival Splendor will assume Carnival Breeze’s six- and eight-day Caribbean schedule from Miami May 1, 2016. Carnival Valor will offer a new series of five- and eight-day departures from Port Canaveral beginning June 4, 2016 instead of October 2016 as previously announced.

“Galveston and Port Canaveral are two important markets for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and these deployment changes provide our guests and travel agent partners with exciting new options featuring a variety of on-board innovations and visiting top destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas and Florida,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.

Carnival Breeze to Launch Year-Round Service from Galveston in May 2016

Carnival Breeze will kick off its new Galveston-based cruise program May 8, 2016, departing every Sunday on three different week-long itineraries: western Caribbean cruises calling at either Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, or Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Cozumel, and a seven-day Bahamas/Florida route with stops in Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.

The line’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze offers such innovations as a multi-dimensional cinema experience called Thrill Theater, the Bonsai Sushi full-service Asian restaurant and WaterWorks, an aqua park that includes a 312-foot-long slide, a 150-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket, the DrainPipe funnel-style attraction and a splash area for younger cruisers.

Carnival Breeze, originally scheduled to reposition to Galveston in December 2016, replaces Carnival Magic which will reposition to Port Canaveral in April 2016.

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Carnival Magic to Sail Seven-day Cruises from Port Canaveral in April 2016

Carnival Magic will reposition to Port Canaveral to operate seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning April 23, 2016.

Carnival Magic will offer two distinctly different week-long itineraries from the Space Coast – a western Caribbean route featuring Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya; and an eastern Caribbean option calling at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Amber Cove. Prior to launching its new seven-day schedule from Port Canaveral, Carnival Magic will operate a special three-day cruise to Nassau April 20-23, 2016.

Carnival Magic was the first cruise ship to feature a suspended ropes course, part of an expansive open-air recreation area called SportSquare, as well as the Cucina del Capitano Italian family-style restaurant and the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole serving the line’s private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.

Carnival Magic’s previously announced schedule from Port Canaveral was scheduled to begin in December 2016.

Carnival Splendor to Offer Six- and Eight-Day Cruises from Miami in May 2016

Carnival Splendor will launch six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami May 1, 2016, departing alternating Saturdays and Sundays.

The schedule, which runs through December 2016, includes eight-day southern Caribbean cruises featuring Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curaçao, and Aruba, along with eight-day eastern Caribbean departures visiting Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten. Carnival Splendor will also offer a three-port, six-day option featuring Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios.

Carnival Splendor will offer a nine-day Carnival Journeys cruise round-trip from Miami departing May 26, 2016, and featuring an overnight call in King’s Wharf, Bermuda, as well as visits to Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and Grand Turk. A number of special on-board activities and programming are planned, as well.

The 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor boasts on-board features like a 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa featuring a thalassotherapy pool and thermal suite, a retractable dome covering the mid-ship pool, and a classic American steakhouse serving prime steaks and other gourmet cuisine.

Carnival Valor to Offer Three- to Eight-day Cruises from Port Canaveral in May 2016

Carnival Valor will offer a new short cruise schedule from the Space Coast in May 2016 before launching year-round five- and eight-day departures in June 2016.

Three- to five-day sailings will take place throughout May and visit such popular ports as Grand Turk, Nassau, Freeport, and Amber Cove. The ship will also offer a one-time six-day cruise departing May 15 and featuring Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.

Carnival Valor’s year-round five- to eight-day voyages begin June 4, 2016. Five-day cruises will visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. Eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten; while eight-day southern Caribbean sailings will include Curaçao or Bonaire, Aruba and Grand Turk.

Carnival Valor is currently based in Port Canaveral and scheduled to undergo an extensive dry dock in spring 2016 that will add a variety of Fun Ship 2.0 innovations.

Book Your Next Carnival Cruise Today!

Castaway Cay Challenge Part of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Open for Registration

Once again, runners in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge! Registration for these January 2016 events opened today, marking the second year that runners can extend their Marathon Weekend by setting sail aboard the Disney Dream and completing a 5K run through paradise on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place on the January 11, 2016 Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Visit KingdomMagic.com to book your voyage, and then head to the registration page on runDisney.com to reserve your spot in the race.

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If you’re among the select group that has completed the Castaway Cay Challenge, what was your favorite part of the experience? The scenic course? The character photo opps in front of swaying palm trees? The unique medal? Tell us in the comments!


 

Carnival Liberty Launches Year-Round Service from Port Canaveral

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Liberty departed on its inaugural voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., this weekend, becoming the line’s third year-round ship sailing from the Space Coast.

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With the arrival of Carnival Liberty, Carnival will increase its annual passenger count from Port Canaveral to 600,000 – more than any other cruise operator.

On Carnival Liberty’s new schedule from Port Canaveral, vacationers can select from a variety of five-, seven- and eight-day Caribbean itineraries conveniently departing from the Central Florida while enjoying a wide range of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that were added as part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program.

Carnival Liberty joins the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, which launched year-round five- to eight-day Caribbean departures from Port Canaveral last month, and Carnival Sensation, offering year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from the Space Coast.

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In addition to three different year-round ships each with an exceptional number of features and facilities, vacationers have their choice of an unprecedented 200 cruises a year departing from Port Canaveral visiting 18 tropical islands throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida – the widest array of cruise lengths, durations and destinations from Central Florida.

“Port Canaveral is one of our fastest-growing homeports and deploying a third year-round ship from the Space Coast is a clear indication of the confidence we have in this important market,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “The dedicated efforts of the Canaveral Port Authority, as well as the outstanding support of our valued travel agent partners, have allowed us to achieve this unprecedented and historic growth,” he added.

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According to Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh, “Carnival Liberty is Carnival’s third year-round ship and will increase their annual Port Canaveral passenger count to 600,000. We value the confidence Carnival continues to demonstrate in Port Canaveral and the customer service we provide for both our homeported and port of call ships. Carnival is a valued business partner and we extend a heartfelt welcome to our community to the captain and crew of the Carnival Liberty.”

Carnival Liberty’s year-round schedule from Port Canaveral encompasses five- to eight-day departures featuring the best the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida have to offer. Five-day cruises call at Nassau, Freeport and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Key West, while seven-day western Caribbean voyages visit Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya with week-long eastern Caribbean sailings featuring at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau. Two different eight-day options are offered – a unique eastern Caribbean itinerary featuring Grand Turk, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan, and a southern Caribbean program visiting Aruba, Curacao or Bonaire, and Grand Turk.

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Carnival Liberty has undergone an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover and features a wide range of Fun Ship 2.0 innovations.

These include exciting bar concepts such as the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, along with the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar and the EA SPORTS Bar where patrons can watch sporting events on a 16-screen video monitor wall or play popular EA SPORTS games. Dining innovations include Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, and the BlueIguana Cantina, serving authentic burritos and tacos.

Guests can also check out the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez with up to 20 family friendly and adult-oriented comedy shows per voyage, as well as signature “Fun Ship” elements such as a 214-foot-long Twister water slide, a Serenity adults-only retreat, a classic American-style steakhouse, a luxurious 14,500-square-foot spa, and fun, supervised activities for kids in three age groups.


The Best of Both Worlds

For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different.

I am often asked by clients, “What vacation can me and my family take this year?”.  For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different. Or maybe they want to take their family to see other parts of the world.   My answer is easy.  A land and sea package.

There are so many options! Some of the more popular Land and Sea packages include Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Universal and Sea World ending the journey on a world class ship sailing from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

It takes a little coordination, but, that is why you work with a Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.  They can customize your vacation and handle all the details.   Cruises have set sailing dates, where your land portion can be customized to meet your vacation time frame and desired experience.  You can choose between, 3, 4, and 7 night sailings and sometimes cruise lines will have a few 5 night sailings.  Then add your land portion around those dates.

Typically, families like to visit the Theme Parks first then head out to end their vacation aboard the ship.  This way they can get a little relaxation before heading back to their hectic schedules.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do on the ships.  There is relaxing by the pool, riding the Aqua Duck aboard the Disney Dream or Fantasy, walking the beaches of private islands such as Disney’s Castaway Cay or Royal Caribbean’s Cocco Cay, deck parties and so much more!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

If visiting a theme park isn’t your thing and you want to explore the world, no worries there are land and sea packages to cover that too!  Alaska, Europe, Asia just to name a few!  It is a great way to explore those destinations you have always wanted to see with a floating hotel room to take you there!  Imagine dreaming about seeing the wonders of Alaska and then having the opportunity to immerse yourself among the beauty for a few days.

The best part of putting together this type of package is that it includes what most families are looking for when planning their vacations; Fun, entertainment, food, somewhere to sleep, relaxation, excellent service and so much more!  Most of your vacation is paid in full prior to departure relieving the stress of a big bill when you return.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

Adding a cruise to your vacation package will not disappoint!  And I can guarantee you will not want to come home!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon!

Post-Dry Dock Itineraries 2013-14 for the Disney Magic

There’s an extra dose of magic coming to the Disney Magic, when the Disney Cruise Line vessel undergoes dry dock Sept. 7-Oct. 10, 2013 in Cadiz, Spain.

Post-Dry Dock Itineraries 2013-14 for the Disney Magic

Here are highlights of the ship’s itineraries following dry dock:

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami (Oct.-Dec. 2013)

Following the “reimagineering” transformation of the ship that takes place during dry dock, the Disney Magic will depart Oct. 20 from Miami on a special five-night voyage including two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and a stop at Nassau.

This first cruise after dry dock sets the stage for a schedule of two-, three-, four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

Five-night Caribbean

Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 24,  Dec. 8, 22

Five-night Caribbean

Ports:Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

Departure dates:Nov. 1, 15, 29, Dec. 13

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Key West, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4, 18

Three-night Bahamas

Ports: Miami, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Dec. 27, 30

Two-night at Sea

Ports: Miami

Departure dates: Oct. 25

Bahamas from Port Canaveral (Jan.-May 2014)

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, the Disney Magic will sail from Port Canaveral on alternating three- and four-night cruises including a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and Nassau.

Four-night Bahamas

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure datesJan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12

Three-night Bahamas

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16

Three-night Bahamas (Nassau)

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Key West

Departure dates: Jan. 2

Three-night Bahamas (Castaway Cay)

Ports: Port Canaveral, Castaway Cay

Departure dates: Jan. 17, 31, May 2

Mediterranean from Venice and Barcelona (May.-Aug. 2014)

From May to August 2014, the Disney Magic will sail from Barcelona and Venice on four-, five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night European cruises.

Southern Caribbean from San Juan (Sept.-Oct. 2014)

In September and October 2014, the Disney Magic will sail from San Juan on seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises.

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Ports: San Juan; Antigua; St. Lucia; Grenada; Barbados; St. Kitts

Departure dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11

Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami (Oct.-Dec. 2014)

From October to December 2014, the Disney Magic will sail from Miami on four-night Bahamian and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. Ports of call include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney Cruise Line Offers Transfers from Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin to Port Canaveral

Beginning April 7, Disney Cruise Line® Guests can book transfers from the Walt Disney World® Swan or Dolphin hotels to Port Canaveral. Transfers can be added onto the reservation up to 3 days prior to sailing.

Disney Cruise Line® Guests can book transfers from the Walt Disney World® Swan or Dolphin hotels to Port Canaveral. Transfers can be added onto the reservation up to 3 days prior to sailing.

The following is the departure process for Guests who purchased ground transfers and are staying at the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin:

  • The day prior to sailing, Guests must contact 407-566-4040 to hear the recorded resort departure time.
  • Disney Cruise Line Cast Members will greet Guests staying at the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time.
    • At the Walt Disney World Swan the meeting location is the main lobby
    • At the Walt Disney World Dolphin the meeting location is Starlight foyer, that is just off the main lobby
  • Prior to boarding, a positive ID check is performed for all Guests 18 years and older.
  • Guests must bring their luggage with Disney Cruise Line luggage tags attached with them to the boarding area.
    • The luggage will travel with Guests on the motorcoach and be unloaded by stevedores at Port Canaveral

Although Disney Cruise Line will transport Guests between the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Magical Express are not able to offer transfers from Orlando International Airport to the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin.

Disney Cruise Line Wayback Machine: Castaway Cay

Today back in 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired a Bahamian Island named Gorda Cay. For all you fans of Disney Cruise Line, you know it better as Castaway Cay. Here’s a look at the island soon after the acquisition.

Today back in 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired a Bahamian Island named Gorda Cay. For all you fans of Disney Cruise Line, you know it better as Castaway Cay.

Castaway Cay stretches 3.1 miles long by 2.2 miles wide, and less than five percent of the island’s 1,000 acres have been developed.

Today back in 1996, The Walt Disney Company acquired a Bahamian Island named Gorda Cay. For all you fans of Disney Cruise Line, you know it better as Castaway Cay.

Located 225 nautical miles from Port Canaveral, Castaway Cay continues to be the most magical island in the Bahamas.

Vintage Walt Disney World: The Disney Wonder Debuts

Today back in 1999, the Disney Wonder arrived at Port Canaveral for the first time after leaving Italy. Below is a shot of the ship pulling into port behind its sister ship the Disney Magic.

Disney Wonder arrives at Port Canavera

As the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Wonder has many unique features that distinguish it from the other ships, including the Ariel statue in the atrium, Triton’s restaurant, Route 66, and Donald and Huey on the ship’s stern.

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This year, the Disney Wonder voyaged to Hawaii for the first time, made its first call to Seattle and soon will depart for cruises to the Caribbean from Miami in December. That’s a lot of firsts for this classic Disney Cruise Line ship!

Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day!

 

Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!

 

More than 150 Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS joined an additional 150 volunteers from the City of Rockledge to construct a playground in Rockledge, Florida, this past weekend.

 

In cooperation with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving play for children, the group labored in the heat and humidity, transforming an empty 40-by-60-foot piece of property into a children’s wonderland of slides, climbing walls and zip lines.

Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day!

Crew Members from the Disney Fantasy joined in the effort, coming off of the ship in nearby Port Canaveral to roll up their sleeves while the ship was in port.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of safe play places within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!

 

Although the heat was sweltering and our Disney VoluntEARS shirts got a bit “grimier” than we’ve ever seen them before, we were proud to contribute to something that will bring joy and happiness to families for many years to come.

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