There is no more wondering about the Wonder who had four Mexican Riviera sailings canceled for December 2012. Instead, the Wonder will be cruising through the Panama Canal and making
its home port for several holiday sailings in December 2012. A 14 night repositioning cruise through the
canal followed by a 7 night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise and a 6 night
Western Caribbean New Year Cruise are scheduled for December 9, December 23,
and December 30, 2012. Interestingly,
only one of those itineraries, the 7 night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise,
allows guests to stop at Disney’s Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private
island in the Miami . Bahamas
Then it’s back to the west for the Wonder after another repositioning cruise through the canal to make
British Columbia a home port for 7 night
from May through September 2013. There
are no other itineraries available for the Wonder after September 2013. Alaska
Now, about the Disney Magic—
will be the home port of this ship from December 2012 through May of 2013. An Eastbound Transatlantic cruise is next
followed by a glorious summer in the Galveston, Texas Mediterranean. The itineraries rotate 4, 7, and 12 night
sailings with as a home port. Ports of call include Nice, Barcelona, Spain Naples,
Florence, Rome, Venice, Croatia,
depending on the particular sailing. Turkey
Also, interestingly, there is no Westbound Transatlantic cruise scheduled and no sailings for the Magic after August 2013.
Basically, we’ve got the first 8-9 months of 2013 covered for the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, while reservations and itineraries exist for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy until December 2013.
Time for some rumination. . Will extended dry-docks to update the older ships be scheduled for the end of 2013? Will guest favorites, such as the Aqua Duck, be added to the older ships? What about virtual portholes for the inside staterooms, another guest favorite? Will the Magic stay in
for an extended period of time?
After the long awaited announcement for the 2013 itineraries for the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, this Disney Cruise Line fan is left with more questions than answers.
So, will we be sailing in 2013? I’m not sure. Since our next Disney Cruise is slated for December 2012, it would be a short turn around to sail again in 2013. And, while the European itineraries are tempting
seems to be an area we are more
interested in visiting right now. . . well, Alaska and Hawaii. Yet, changing the home port from Alaska Seattle—which the 2012 Alaska
sailings are using to —home
port for 2013, makes airfare more expensive.
Another dilemma is considering the boy and the kids club. When he is 10, he’s in the Oceaneer’s Club, which is a state of the art facility on any ship. But when he turns 11, which he will in 2013, the location for the Tween group on the Magic and Wonder is a converted area on Deck 2 midship, rather than the state of the art location in the forward funnel—the Edge—on the Fantasy and the Dream. We are leaning more towards the newer ships until he is old enough for the Teen club, which again is quality on all of the ships.
What I do know for sure, is that we will have our next cruise picked out by the time we board the Disney Dream in December of 2012 and will be ready to rebook on board. We’ll be Gold Castaway Club Members by then and ready for even more perks! (Click here to read about Castaway Club.)