This page contains information on Disney Cruise Line ships schedules for 2016, 2017 and 2018 – compare sail dates, itineraries, destinations, and the Disney cruise prices per person. Disney Cruise Line (often referred to simply as Disney Cruises) is a brand name of the “Magical Cruise Company Ltd – a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
As a cruise company, Disney was founded in 1996. The company’s main headquarters are in UK (London), while its operational headquarters are in USA, Florida/Celebration).
Disney Cruise Line has a nearly 3% share of the global cruise travel market.
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Or what makes all Disney cruise ship vacations so uniquely distinctive as a sea travel experience:
- Four affordable as rates and really big luxury ships, awarded many times “best cruise ships for kids”. These passenger ships are the industry’s first to be designed and built as family cruise ships. One of their prominent features are that unlike most big cruise liners they don’t have casinos and libraries on board. Another “specialty” is the ship’s horns playing themed Disney melodies in addition to their traditional horns. Disney ships very often sail at nearly full capacity.
- internationally renowned as the world’s absolutely best cruise line for families with small children. There are accommodations on Disney ships that hold 6 guests (plus lots of adjoining cabins for bigger families), all staterooms have extra storage space, split bathrooms and bathtubs, and about 45% of all OceaView cabins have private balconies. Along with all the families, on Disney ships there are also numerous honeymooners and couples without kids appreciating the affordable prices, over-sized cabins and adults-only serenity areas.
- list of Disney cruise destinations – Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Canada/New England, and on ships relocation – Panama Canal, Transatlantic and USA (Pacific & Atlantic Coastal).
- a private island in The Bahamas and an exclusive call port only for the Disney ships – “Castaway Cay”. Acquired in 1996, this Bahamian island is a private property of The Walt Disney Company. It took over 18 months and millions of Disney dollars to develop this place, and it’s the only one of all cruise lines private islands that have its own pier, allowing the Disney ships to dock alongside – which means no tenders are needed for embarkation/disembarkation.
- Disney “land and cruise” packages – this is another unique option on this line with combined cruise and land tours starting in Port Canaveral and Los Angeles – special deals to enjoy a Disneyland vacation and an exotic itinerary, such as Bahamas or Alaska.
- uniquely special entertainment in specially designed facilities – “Walt Disney Theater” (and its “Disney Digital 3D”), “Buena Vista Cinema”, “Studio Sea”/”D Lounge” (family games lounges), swimming pools (including a kids-only pool with the Mickey water-slide) and an adults-only pool (on the new ships), adults-only decks, the “AquaDuck” water-park with its watercoaster (a transparent tube that goes up and down 4 decks), a Wellness/Spa complex.
- alluring hospitality and an impressive level of service, – just like with their other bussiness, Disney really pays attention to all details and amenities so that your vacation with them is as perfect as possible
- gourmet cuisine at the “Palo” (an Italian specialty restaurant) and “Remy” (French restaurant)
- amazing children’s program, babysitting services and a nursery on each ship (toddlers 3-months old and up), with the longest operating hours and the absolutely lowest rates compared to any other line. Caring youth counselors, Disney character greetings and surprise visits, plus an entire deck for children activities is a feature no other line or operator can ever afford to boast.
- rotational dining system allowing guests to visit each night a different dining room on board without changing their serving staff, plus the “Dine & Play” family dining service by which kids’ meals are served at a faster pace so kids can leave the table early to enjoy their activities, plus the complimentary coffee-tea-soda 24-hour a day – which additionally contributes to your overall vacation experience!
Disney also owns a Boeing 767 airplane themed properly (adorned) in Disney cartoon characters. The “Disney air travel” experience features Mickey Mouse meals for kids and flight crew dressed in fancy uniforms.
The uniquely themed aircraft was launched in collaboration with the airline TAM (Brazil) in March 2016. The airplane will be used for transporting passengers on long-distance international fly routes.
Follows a list of external links (opening in new tabs) to:
- the line’s official website DisneyCruise.Disney.go.com, and DCLnews.com
- the parent company’s website TheWaltDisneyCompany.com
- the Disney ship building companies websites – Fincantieri.it (Italy) and MeyerWerft.com (Germany)
- one-way Disney relocation cruises at RepositionCruises.com
- Disney deck plans and cabins at CruiseShipDeckPlan.Com
Disney Cruises 2016-2017-2018 itineraries
Many travelers consider Disney to be, if not overrated, for sure an overpriced cruise line. In mid April 2016, after opening bookings for Summer 2017 itineraries, Disney Cruise Line shocked many of its loyal customers with exorbitant Alaskan and Mediterranean cruise prices. Among the unpleasant peak-season “surprising pricing” examples hotly commented online were:
- August 2017, 5-night Alaska (Disney Wonder) – category 5C-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 2 kids) USD 7680
- August 2017, 7-night Alaska (Disney Wonder) – category 5C-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 2 kids) USD 9290
- August 2017, 5-night Mediterranean (Disney Magic) – category 5A-Balcony cabin (2 adults plus 1 kid) USD 7080
- August 2017, 7-night Mediterranean (Disney Magic) – category 9A-Oceanview cabin (2-adults plus 2 kids) USD 8880, category 5A-Balcony cabin (2 + 2) USD 10280, category 4E-Family Balcony cabin (2 + 2) USD 12100
NEWS: In 2017, for the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line offers Alaskan itinerary (9-days from Vancouver, on July 24) visiting Hubbard Glacier and the Icy Strait Point. The othe rports of call are Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm. Another new Alaskan itinerary (7-days, on July 17) visits Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Skagway. A 5-days Vancouver round-trip itinerary (August 2) visits Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.
Also in 2017, Disney returns to Europe with itineraries to British Isles, Norway Fjords and in the Mediterranean. For the first time, Disney ship will visit Amsterdam Holland and Portland England as ports of call of the 15-days Transatlantic cruise from Port Canaveral Florida to Copenhagen Denmark (May 13).
Another “first time” for Disney is the Disney Fantasy departing from Port Canaveral (Orlando) on new and longer itineraries (10- and 11-days) to ports in Southern Caribbean:
- June 17, 2017 – 11-days to Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, BVI-Tortola, St Kitts, Baha,as (Castaway Cay)
- June 28, 2017 – 10-days to Aruba, Curacao, Bahamas (Castaway Cay), St Kitts, BVI-Tortola
Special Disney Dream Bahamas itineraries from Port Canaveral (Orlando) will include two stops at the Walt Disney’s private island Castaway Cay:
- 5-days (departures June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 and July 9) plus Nassau
- 4-days (departures June 7, 21 and July 5) plus Nassau
Follows the list of all Disney cruise ships, the information in brackets shows (Year Built/Passenger Capacity/Cabins_total):
- Disney Dream (2011 / 4000 / 1251) – the ship offers year-round Bahamas (3-4-day cruises) leaving from Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida.
- Disney Fantasy (2012 / 4000 / 1250) – the ship offers year-round Western and Eastern Caribbean (7-day cruises) leaving from Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida.
- Disney Magic (1998 / 2400 / 877) – during summer, the ship operates in Europe on Mediterranean cruises leaving from Barcelona Spain, and also on Baltic cruises leaving from Dover England and Copenhagen Denmark. During winter, the ship operates Western Caribbean cruises leaving from Miami Florida. Select itineraries offer departures from NYC to Bahamas.
- Disney Wonder (1999 / 2400 / 877) – the ship operates 3-4-day Bahamas cruises leaving from Port Canaveral (Orlando) and 7-day Bahamas cruises leaving from Galveston TX. During summer, the ship operates Alaskan cruises leaving from Vancouver Canada.
- Note: In February 2016, the Walt Disney cruise line announced it will use the options with the “Meyer Werft” company to build two more “Dream Class” vessels. The still unnamed new Disney ships are designed similar to Dream and Fantasy, with scheduled launches in 2021 and 2023.
- Disney repositioning cruises (ship relocation itineraries))
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