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Additional 2013 Adventures by Disney Add-Ons Information

This morning I blogged about the European add-ons to the Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean cruises next year.  We now have some additional information about the tours.

7-Night Mediterranean Magic

During this tour, you will visit Monaco and tour the palace where Grace Kelly lived, go behind-the scenes at Grom Gelateria in Florence, take a private tour of some of Rome’s most famous landmarks like the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Forum, Vatican City Museum and the Sistine Chapel, not only see how to press olive oil and make mozzarella cheese but you will also make pizzas with the chefs in Sorrento and cruise around the isle of Capri in the Mediterranean Sea.

12-Night Mediterranean Magic with Venice

Here you will again take the same tours in Rome and Sorrento as the 7-night Mediterranean Magic but you will also have a private gondola tour of Venice, go swimming off the coast of Malta and go kayaking along the coastline of Croatia in Dubrovnik.

12-Night Mediterranean Magic with Greece

Your tours in Rome will be the same as the other two tours.  In addition you will visit Panathinkaiko, the location where the modern Olympics were first held.  Junior Adventurers will join in a mini marathon just for fun.  You will also have lunch in the heart of Ephesus, complete with Turkish coffee while in Mykonos you will learn how to prepare some classic Greek favorites.  You will also be able to swim off the coast of Malta.

4-Night Pre-stay in Madrid

Here you will have a private tour of Palacio Real and then visit Alcazar of Segovia.  You will learn how to cook Spanish cuisine at Foxa Molino de Cantarranas and take a bike or walking tour through Parque del Retiro.  Finally you will learn about the culture and people through activities including tapas “pub crawl” and a Flamenco dance performance.  Prices include airfare from Madrid to Barcelona.

4-Night Pre-stay in Barcelona – Barcelona Encantos

On this tour you will visit the 1992 Summer Olympics site for a group photo, take a privately guided tour of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter to learn more about Antonio Gaudi.  You will have a privately-held cooking clas and Flamenco dance performance.  You will also have a tour of the Codorniu Cellars, a winery dating back to 1551, including a tasting of their cava.

3-Night Pre-Stay in Barcelona – Barcelona Escape

On this three night stay you will have a privately guided tour of Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter and Montserrat.  Included will be an archeology experience and a mountain hike.  You will be able to meet the people and experience the culture with activities including stained glass making and a Flamenco dance performance.

Let’s Focus On the Mediterranean

Since many of you are hoping for a Disney Magic® Mediterranean sailing in 2013, I thought today I would talk about some of the ports in the Mediterranean and explore possible options.  While none of the information we and others have found for the 2013 itineraries has been confirmed by Disney just yet, putting the information together gives us at least a partial picture of what could be.

If the Disney Magic continues sailings out of Galveston in 2013, which we do anticipate based on the port schedule at Grand Cayman, this will add at least another day to a Transatlantic sailing, which would be why we are not seeing enough of a gap between Madeira and Gibraltar to add a stop at Cadiz like she has done in the past.

Next comes the question of a home port.  Based on the surveys from Disney Cruise Line recently, this could either be Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome).  With a home port of Civitavecchia, we would expect alternating 7 night Mediterranean sailings from the West to the East.  However, the port schedule for Villefranche doesn’t seem to support this.  With a home port of Barcelona, we could see Western Mediterranean sailings, but we could also see a long cruise with both Western and Eastern Mediterranean ports.  Still this doesn’t quite support what we are seeing at Villefranche.  It’s possible that there will be a variety of different itineraries and the port schedule definitely supports this.  August definitely has the appearance of seven night sailings while July has some evidence of 12 night sailings.  Hopefully, this will all become clearer soon.

So lets assume that the sailings, whether originating from Barcelona or Civitavecchia, will include stops in both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.  Where could the ship stop?  Here are some of the ideas, based on Disney Cruise Line’s surveys and other ship’s itineraries in the area.

  • Venice, Italy
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Ephesus, Turkey
  • Marseille, France
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Crete
  • Messina, Italy
  • Heraklion, Greece
  • Naples, Italy
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Argostolion, Greece
  • Kotor, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Carthage, Tunisia
  • Ibiza, Spain

Please join in the discussion here or on our Facebook Page about where you would like to go!