Disney to Cruise from New York

Posted Apr 6th 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Jun 27th 2011 10:31 AM

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Mickey Mouse will be spending the summer of 2012 in New York, as Disney Cruise Line launches cruises from the Big Apple. Disney will also be cruising from Galveston, Texas and Seattle for the first time next year.

The cruise line made the announcement in New York, officials saying the reason they are moving some of the Disney ships from their homeport of Port Canaveral, near Orlando, to other U.S. ports is to bring them closer to vacationers.

"In 2012, we're making it easier for families to enjoy a Disney Cruise Line vacation by offering cruises from a variety of regional homeports," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. "Guests can now enjoy a magical, one-of-a-kind experience with the convenience of departures from their own backyard."

The cruise line has offered cruises in Europe including on the Disney Magic this summer and has the Disney Wonder based in Vancouver, Canada this year, cruising to Alaska for the first time.

The New York cruises kick off on May 25 of next year, with a total of 20 sailings on the 2,400-passenger Disney Magic. The schedule includes eight eight-night cruises to the Bahamas; nine five-night cruises up the New England Coast to Canada; and three two-night cruises to nowhere.

The Bahamas cruises will stop in Nassau, at Disney's private Bahamas island of Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., the Disney ships' home port. Each cruise passenger on the cruise will receive a complimentary one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation to the Disney parks, less than an hour from the port.

The New England/Canada cruises will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, both popular Canadian ports.

After New York, the Disney Magic heads to Galveston, to go head-to-head with Carnival Cruise Lines, which will have its new Carnival Magic based at the Texas port.

The Disney Magic will sail 12 week-long cruises to the Western Caribbean, with port calls in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

On the West Coast, the Disney Wonder returns to Alaska for the second time, with 14 week-long cruises from Seattle, beginning May 28. The cruises will visit Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as the Canadian port of Victoria.

The Wonder will also do four seven-night Pacific Coast cruises from Los Angeles in the fall of 2012, calling at San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. Then the ship will spend the winter season sailing weeklong cruises to the Mexican Riviera from L.A.

The Disney Wonder will also, for the first time, visit Hawaii, on one 15-night sailing, embarking from L.A. on April 29, 2012.

While the Magic and Wonder travel, the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream and sister ship Disney Fantasy, which debuts next March, will cruise from Port Canaveral on three- , four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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