From debut ports of call to ship renovations, here are 9 new reasons to set sail with Disney Cruise Line in 2017.
1/More Star Wars Days at Sea
For 2017, the number of sailings on the Disney Fantasy featuring a “Star Wars Day at Sea” more than doubles to 15 and now also includes eastern Caribbean itineraries. For specific dates, itineraries and activities, click here.
2/Disney Wonder debuts improvements
The Disney Wonder is currently the oldest ship in the fleet that has not undergone a major refurbishment, but that is set to change soon. In fall 2016, the ship will be taken out of service for two months for a complete overhaul.
Announced changes include the addition of Tiana’s Place restaurant, inspired by Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, which will transport you to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz, and street party celebrations. Additionally, the Oceaneer’s Kids Club will gain a Marvel Super Hero Academy. The adult district will include a new pub that invites you to an authentic English tavern with subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London. The Wonder will finally be home to a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, providing magical makeovers for children. The Senses Salon and Spa gets a makeover along with a new Chill Teen Spa. A new Twist N’ Spout water slide, Dory’s Reef splash zone, and a fanciful AquaLab water play area for toddlers will be added to create a magical water play area for kids and families. We can’t wait!
3/New Canadian ports of call
For the first time, the Disney Magic will sail on a 7-night Canadian Coastline itinerary from New York City as well as make inaugural visits to Bar Harbor, Maine and Prince Edward Island. If you live on the East Coast, it’s a lot closer flight than Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Alaskan itineraries.
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4/Sailing the Rhine River
Adventures by Disney partnered with AmaWaterways in 2016 to debut 7-night river cruises on the Danube River in Europe, specifically designed for families. In 2017, they will expand their offerings to include 7-night sailings on the Rhine River.
5/New Frozen show to replace Toy Story?
A new show is set to debut on the Disney Wonder after the fall 2016 dry dock. The beloved animated hit Frozen will be transformed into a theatrical stage show which will be exclusive to the Wonder, complete with dynamic costumes and sets, remarkable special effects, and spectacular production numbers that expand upon the most imaginative elements of the film.
6/New Alaskan ports of call
The Disney Wonder will visit Icy Straight Point and Hubbard Glacier for the first time on select Alaskan itineraries. It will also sail on its first-ever 5-night Alaska sailing. For specific information on Alaska sailings for 2017, click here.
7/New longer cruises
The Disney Fantasy, which has previously only sailed 7-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, will set sail on its first-ever 10- and 11-night southern Caribbean voyages. Departing from Port Canaveral, she will make inaugural visits to the islands of Aruba, St. Kitts, Curacao, Barbados, Tortola, and Martinique.
8/New ports of call in Europe
The Disney Magic will sail for the first time to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Portland, England (just a short drive away from Stonehenge) while sailing in Europe in the summer of 2017.
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9/Twice as nice in Castaway Cay
The Disney Fantasy will sail on its first-ever “double dip” itinerary, visiting Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, twice in one sailing. This sailing will take place during Christmas week and also visit the ports of Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
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Diana Smith is an expert cruiser. She and her family, including her three Disney princesses, have set sail on six Disney cruises. For more, check out Disney Cruise Mom Blog.