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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Disney Wonder Arrives On The West Coast

It seems Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Dream has been hogging all the press lately, so it is no wonder that the Disney Wonder’s arrival at San Pedro and the World Cruise Terminal just a few days ago, went virtually unnoticed. Unnoticed no more—this entry is to give the Wonder its due.

We have sailed on the Disney Wonder and have sailed out of the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro, California, but not at the same time. Our first Disney cruise was a 4-night sailing on the Wonder. We were hooked! On Disney and on cruising with Disney.

We sailed out of the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro on the Disney Magic for our 2nd Disney cruise and a 7 night voyage to the Mexican Riviera. (Note: The World Cruise Terminal was the terminal for the Love Boat.)

The World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro is a 20 minute drive from LAX and Long Beach is just on the other side of that big bridge in the photo above.

Interestingly, just as the Wonder arrived on the west coast, Disney announced changes to the Mexican Riviera itineraries, at least through February. The ship, originally was to make stops in Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. The stop at Mazatlan has been stopped—due to “changing conditions”—and a second stop in Cabo has been added instead.

While Cabo is beautiful, it is unfortunate that Mazatlan has been taken out of the list of ports. To read about our time in Mazatlan—click here.

One would venture to guess that Disney may change ports eventually—possibly Manzanilla, Ensenada, or Acapulco could be added in exchange for Mazatlan. We will have to wait and see!

The Wonder will offer 7 night Mexican Riviera sailings until April, then reposition to Vancouver and offer for the first time ever, Disney cruises to Alaska during the spring and summer of 2011.

The Wonder is scheduled to stay on the west coast for the next 5 years.

We are still hoping for Disney to break the news that the Wonder will offer cruises to Hawaii. Our fingers are crossed! And, with the recent changes in the Mexican Riviera itineraries, there may need to be more shuffling of the cruise offerings.

Welcome to the west coast, Disney Wonder! 

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