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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.

Seven-night Southern Caribbean from San Juan

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 Takes Top Honors at 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards

Decked out with these spiffy amenities like a four-story water slide, lots of kids’ programming and a private island, Disney’s newest cruise ships took top honors at the 2013 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards, the website announced Wednesday.

Disney tops cruise ship rankings

“Disney has done a great job at expanding without losing what makes it unique: characters and Disney-style entertainment,” says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.com, a popular website for cruising aficionados. “You can have multi-generational groups because they’re providing something for every generation.”

The Disney Fantasy trounced the competition in the best large ship category, winning for best overall ship, best cabins, best entertainment, best public rooms and best service. The Fantasy’s maiden voyage was in March of last year.

The Disney Dream, which first sailed in 2011, won for best shore excursions in the large ship category. Large ships carry at least 2,000 passengers.

Disney tops cruise ship rankings

The new Disney ships feature almost Michelin-level fine dining, elegant on-board spa services, and adult-only tours, says Brown. The “fantastic kids program” is spread over almost an entire deck of space and includes animation projects, princess and hero dress up, Disney movies, outdoor fun and other activities. The children are divided by age to ensure toddlers and teens have different activities.

Congratulations to Disney Cruise Line‘s Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream for winning this prestigious award!

If you would like to have this award winning level of experience, please contact one of our travel planners today at 1-866-972-6244 or you can Request a Quote right away!

Disney Cruise Line Offers Even More Vacation Options with New 2013 Itineraries from Texas

What’s the next best thing to Disney Cruise Line coming to Texas? How about a Disney cruise from Texas that visits Walt Disney World Resort! Toss in a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and you have the ultimate Disney vacation!

Starting next year, you can hop onboard the Disney Magic in Galveston and sail away to Walt Disney World Resort. The new 8-night Bahamas sailings include a stop at Port Canaveral, Florida, where as part of your voyage, Disney will transport you from the ship to the resort with a Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket in hand!

Disney Cruise Line goes to Walt Disney World Resort

And, its gets even better! The ship will also stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, giving you the chance to soak up the sun in one of the most beautiful spots on earth, alongside your favorite Disney friends.

the most beautiful spots on earth, alongside your favorite Disney friends

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Disney Cruise Line has also added a 4-night Caribbean voyage from Texas. It’s the perfect way to show your family a little Disney magic with a short vacation getaway.

These sailings are in addition to next year’s 6-, 7- and 8-night Western Caribbean voyages and this year’s 7-night Western Caribbean cruises starting September 22. Take a look below at all of the options from Galveston, and let us know in the comments which one suits your family best.

  • 4-night Caribbean: Galveston, Cozumel
  • 6-night Western Caribbean: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
  • 7-night Western Caribbean: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel
  • 8-night Bahamas: Galveston, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, Key West
  • 8-night Western Caribbean: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel

 

 

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?

A Sight Unseen: The Night Stars at Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay

Mickey Mouse Disney Castaway Cay at Night

Ever wondered what Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, looks like at night? Mickey, Goofy and Disney Parks Blog Author Jonathan Frontado decided to embark on a photo expedition for a glimpse of a sight unseen by most: the night stars at Castaway Cay.

We were awestruck by the number of stars visible in the brilliant night sky. Take a look for yourself…

Mickey and Goofy Castaway Cay at Night

Castaway Cay at Night

Sight Unseen - Disney's Castaway Cay at Night

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