When Disney Cruise Line® announced a press conference for this past Wednesday in Miami, everyone was speculating they would announce that one of the classic ships will be sailing from Miami. This has been previously suggested by us as well, before the announcement based on other clues we were seeing. Now that the press conference has been postponed, and we all wonder when the announcement will come, we thought we’d talk about other cruise line itineraries out of Miami.
There are a variety of cruises that sail from Miami, including many repositioning cruises such as cruises through the Panama Canal, down to South America and Transatlantic sailings and relocations from the north. While these all can be very exciting cruises, we are not going to spend time with them right now as it is not likely that this is what we will see from Disney Cruise Line.
Popular sailings from Miami include 3, 4 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean. Possible ports of call are Nassau, Grand Turk, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman for the shorter sailings, plus of course a private island. With the smaller classic ships of Disney Cruise Line, they could easily make a stop again at Key West, which is a popular stop for the Western Caribbean sailings with the Disney Magic® currently.
Also popular are 7 night sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. These include stops in Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Jamaica, Belize and Roatan for the Western Caribbean and Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Tortola and St. Croix. There are also possibilities of cruises going further south with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Kitts and Guadalupe.
The question would be if Disney did sailings to Southern Caribbean ports with seven night sailings, would they include Castaway Cay? Would this matter to you? Would you still book 7 night Southern Caribbean sailings if they didn’t include Castaway Cay? While I cherish the days that I am at Castaway Cay, I think if I had the opportunity to go further south (including to one of my favorites, Barbados), I would be ok with skipping Castaway Cay.
7 night Western Caribbean sailings from Miami would not be as popular with me unless the ports of call chosen were different than what the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are doing. A shorter 5 night sailing would be nice if positioned over a weekend to allow cruisers to take fewer days off of work and not have such a short 3 night sailing which is typically over the weekends.
What would it take for you to book a Disney cruise out of Miami? What itineraries do you want to see?