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Summer 2018 Disney Cruise Line Dates Released

Today, Disney Cruise Line announced its itineraries for summer of 2018. Bookings will open Here is what we are seeing:

Disney Dream:
Sailing from Port Canaveral
4 night Bahamian sailings on Mondays and 3 night Bahamian sailings on Fridays with some exceptions:

5 night Bahamian cruises with ports of call in Nassau and two stops at Castaway Cay – June 1, 10, 15, 24, 29 and July 8

4 night Bahamian cruises with ports of call in Nassau and two stops at Castaway Cay – June 6, 20 and July 4

Disney Fantasy:
Sailing from Port Canaveral
Alternating 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings on Saturdays with two exceptions:

6/30 – 11 night Southern Caribbean from Port Canaveral – with ports of call in Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, San Juan and Castaway Cay

7/11 – 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – with ports of call in Nassau and Castaway Cay

Disney Wonder:
Sailing from San Diego, California to Vancouver and then Alaska sailings for the summer.

5/16 – 5 night San Diego to Vancouver repositioning – with ports of call in San Francisco and Victoria

5/21 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

5/28 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/4 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/11 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/18 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

6/25 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Icey Strait Point, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan

7/2 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

7/9 – 9 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Ketchikan, Icey Strait Point, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Tracy Arm

7/18 – 5 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm and Ketchikan

7/23 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

7/30 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/6 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/13 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/20 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

8/27 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

9/3 – 7 night Alaska from Vancouver – with ports of call in Icy Strait Point, Skagway, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan

Disney Magic:

5/13 – Miami to Barcelona – with ports of call in Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga and Ibiza

5/26 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Cannes.

6/2 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

6/9 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

6/16 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome – with ports of call in Marseille, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, ending in Civitavecchia

6/23 – 7 night Mediterranean from Rome – with ports of call in Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Cannes, Marseille, ending in Barcelona

6/30 – 7 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Villefranche

7/7 – 10 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – with ports of call in Marseille, Villefranche, Genoa, Livorno, Rome, Naples, Palma de Malorca,

7/17 – 5 night Mediterranean from Barcelona – Cannes, Livorno and Rome

7/22 – 7 night Repositiioning from Barcelona to Dover – with ports of call in Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, Cherbourg

7/29 – 11 night Baltic from Dover – with ports of call in Amsterdam, Warnemunde, Stockholm, Helsinki, overnight in St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and ending in Copenhagen.

8/9 – 7 night Baltic from Copenhagen – with ports of call in Tallinn, overnight in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm

8/16 – 10 night Iceland and Norway from Copenhagen – with ports of call in Kristiansand, Stavanger, Alesund, overnight in Reykjavik, Invergordon and ending in Dover

8/26 – 7 night Norway cruise from Dover – with ports of call in Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger

9/2 – 7 night British Isles cruise from Dover – with ports of call in Cork, Dublin, Greenock, Liverpool

The Disney Dream and Fantasy sailings through the end of September will be available. Sailings after September 9 for the Disney Magic and September 10 for the Disney Wonder will be available to book with the next release.

Ready to Cruise in 2014?

Back in early December, 2012, Disney Cruise Line opened up bookings for the first half of 2014 sail dates.  Many guests were waiting for the rest of the year to open up to see what the classic ships would be doing for the summer.  While we don’t have any more information on when and where, there have been some interesting rumors that have surfaced in the last few weeks.

First we’ll start with the Disney Fantasy.  Port calendars seem to indicate that the Fantasy will be doing only Eastern Caribbean sailings starting in November, 2014.  For those that love the extra day at sea, you won’t have to make sure you are selecting a week that will visit the Eastern Caribbean.  What this all means for the Western Caribbean, we are not sure.  Some sites are speculating that the Disney Wonder will have 7 night sailings only to the Western Caribbean.  We are not sure if these will start from Miami or Galveston or somewhere else altogether.

Based on port calendars from Madeira and Villefranche, it does look like the Disney Magic will be going back to the Mediterranean for summer sailings there.  Initially, Villefranche revealed a large gap in the middle of the summer, but dates have recently been added making it more likely that the Magic will be staying in the Mediterranean all summer, rather than going to the Baltics as some guests had hoped.  This also would mean two transatlantic sailings.  It seems likely that the Eastbound Transatlantic will be in May while it looks like the Westbound Transatlantic will be in late September or early October.  After she returns to the US, the Magic may be doing alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, or go back to the schedule that the Disney Wonder currently is sailing with alternating 4, 5 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

The Wonder will likely go back to Alaska for the summer months.  This will mean a Panama Canal sailing.  One thing that was very interesting was a 9-night sailing that appeared on Disney Cruise Line’s website last week and Sitka, Alaska as a port of call.  One blogger also found an article indicating that Disney Cruise Line would be in Sitka for one sailing in 2014.

While we have no advanced knowledge of an announcement from Disney as to when these dates will be up for sale, we have seen in the past that once the ships are showing up on port calendars, the announcement is generally not far behind.  Some sites are saying February 11, 2013 will be the announcement so hopefully we will have more information next week.

Travel On A Dream agents are ready for the announcement and subsequent sale of these cruise dates.  Most of our agents have short waitlists for these dates so unlike the larger online travel agencies, we can get to your requests much sooner.  Contact us as soon as possible to get your place in line.  In addition to our quality service, we also offer onboard credits as a thank you for booking with us and referral credits as well.  If 2014 is not on your radar and you are looking to book for 2013, we have a bonus onboard credit offer for sailings through the end of the year.  Contact your Travel On A Dream agent or email info@travelonadream.com.

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Which Do You Prefer?

Some of you have never cruised on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise, while others have cruised many times.  This question is more for someone who has cruised at least once on Disney but we welcome opinions from others as well.

If you have cruised on the Disney Magic® or Disney Wonder®, which would you prefer to do for your next Disney cruise?

Cruising on the Disney Dream® or Disney Fantasy® will give you the option to see some of the new technological advances of these ships, new decor and features as well.  Cruising different ships in the fleet will also give you new entertainment options.  What you don’t get with the newer ships is new itineraries.  3, 4 and 5 night cruises to the Bahamas are what you will get with the Disney Dream while 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings will be offered on the Disney Fantasy.

If you choose the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic, there is a wide variety of new home ports and destinations to visit.  In 2012, you could sail out of Galveston, Texas or New York City on the Disney Magic.  You could sail out of Seattle on the Disney Wonder.  With destinations such as the New England Coast and Canada, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean, there is something for everyone.  In 2013, you can go on a Transatlantic sailing to Barcelona or sail the Mediterranean sea with new ports of call such as Venice, Dubrovnik, and Mykonos just to name a few.  Or you could choose a Panama Canal sailing on the Disney Wonder in either direction.  For those with more time on their hands, how about a Panama Canal sailing followed by a repositioning cruise to Vancouver and finish up with a 7 night Alaskan sailing.  Can you think of a better way to spend a month next year?

So what will you do?  Will it be a standard itinerary of the Bahamas or Caribbean on one of the new ships of Disney Cruise Line or will it be a new, exciting itinerary on one of the classic ships?  Check out our Facebook page and vote on your choice.

Disney Cruise Line Opens New Options for 2013

On Tuesday, Disney Cruise Line® announced several new itineraries for the Disney Magic® and Disney Wonder®.  Bookings begin online today.

As we have previously suggested, the Disney Magic will return from her home port in Galveston to Barcelona, Spain for a summer of Mediterranean cruises.  This time though we are seeing some new itineraries including ports of call in the Eastern Mediterranean, a very desired option for many Mediterranean cruisers.  The Disney Magic will call on Venice and Dubrovnik on two 12 night itineraries and will call on Turkey and two Greek Isles (Athens & Mykonos) on two additional 12 night itineraries.  She will also offer two 4 night cruises from Barcelona to Villefranche, France and Palma de Malcora, Spain.  The summer will be filled with 7 night Western Mediterranean sailings from Barcelona.

The Disney Wonder will return through the Panama Canal in December 2012 and call Miami, Florida home for the Spring, offering a 6 night and 7 night sailing to complete the year followed by 4 and 5 night sailings to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas.  She will then return through the Panama Canal once again and reposition to Vancouver, British Columbia for 7 night Alaskan Cruises.

So which 2013 itinerary are you most looking forward to?  Have you or will you book one of these sailings?

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!

Will the Disney Magic Return to Europe in 2013?

Many of our fans and clients are hoping to see a Mediterranean itinerary back on Disney Cruise Line®’s schedule for 2013.  Rumors that are circulating on Facebook and other discussion forums seem to support this idea!

Keep in mind that port schedules can be changed any time and until Disney Cruise Line announcing what is happening, these are just rumors.  We do not have any confirmation from Disney as to what has been found.

Here is what we are finding.

The Disney Magic® is on the port schedules in a number of European ports of call.  The first one to turn up was Madeira, Portugal.  The two dates showing on their schedule are May 28 and October 16, 2013.  Disney has used Madeira in previous Transatlantic crossings, plus as a stop for the new ships coming from Germany.

The next port showing the Disney Magic is Gibralter on May 30 and October 14, 2013.  This also coincides with a Transatlantic crossing.

Here’s where things are not clear.  The only other port showing the Disney Magic on its schedule is Villefranche with many stops between May 31 and September 2, 2013.  Some of the stops are only 2 days apart while others are up to 12 days apart.  This could mean that Disney hasn’t finalized the plans with other ports and wants to have options available in Villefranche.

Finally, we are seeing the Disney Magic on the port schedule for St. Maarten on October 22.  This also makes sense with a return Transatlantic sailing.  The Disney Magic is back on the schedule for Grand Cayman in early November, but then alternates weeks there.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog, these are rumors based on information from the ports of call directly.  Nothing has been confirmed.  We hope to see something official in the near future.