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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Stacey

Yeah!!! I can finally save on airfare, It's about time the mouse came to the big apple. I can't wait to book a trip!

April 07 2011 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
we love disney

we just got off the disney dream a few weeks ago and cost was only $2700 for three of us. all you can eat, stopped in cayman islands for fun and then at their own castaway cay.we booked on their 7 day cruise to mexico and the bahamas when we got back and also for their new resort in hawaii for christmas. don't poo poo the situatiion till you know financially whats up. for those of us vacation club members we know its a great deal.its a business just like my business is...and we make money from those that frequent us.fortunately for us we are able to go to disneyland and world twice a year and throw in a couple cruises as well.

April 06 2011 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I agree: Disney died with Walt.

April 06 2011 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ejeanniea@aol.com

Dont feel bad I am a Disney member with there own a home away from home membership. Even I have not been informed of all this

April 06 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yovinny100

Big whoop. The Disney envisioned by Walt way back then was a place where all children could go, have fun and learn. With ticket prices approaching $100 a person, only those with the financial means or those who scrimp and save for years can afford to go. Disney has become a heartless corporate beast that has forgotten their roots. Enjoy the overpriced mouse boat, for me, I can find other places to spend my money.

April 06 2011 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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