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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Announced Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Second Half of 2013 Itineraries

While some Disney Cruise Line guests are anxiously awaiting the 2014 itineraries—like us, DCL had yet to inform guests what the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder would be doing for the remainder of 2013.

No more guessing as itineraries were released yesterday. 

The Disney Magic will be spending the summer of 2013 in Europe and will return to the port of Miami sail dates beginning October 27, 2013.  No dates yet as to the transatlantic cruise and it looks as if the Magic will be have almost 30 days for an extensive dry dock for updates.  Will Enchanted Art be added?

Once in Miami, the Disney Magic will sail offer three, four, and five night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.  If a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay is a must for your sailing itinerary, be careful which itinerary you book, as the sailings including both Grand Cayman and Cozumel do not include a stop at Castaway Cay.  All the other Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries do include Castaway Cay.

As for the Disney Wonder, it will offer guests a Vancouver to L.A. sailing in early September followed by a 14 night cruise through the Panama Canal to then make Galveston, Texas its home port for the remainder of 2013.  Do you like how the Magic and Wonder will have traded places as the Magic will be in Galveston during the Fall and Winter of 2012?

The Disney Wonder will offer six, seven, and eight night sailings to the Western Caribbean.  Note that none of these sailings make a stop at Disney’s Castaway Cay.

These offerings are yet to be noted on Disney Cruise Line’s web-site for booking.  You are welcome to call DCL directly or contact your travel agent.

There are still some unanswered questions with the release of this information.  When will the Magic make its way back across the Atlantic?  Will the Disney Magic dry dock in the U.S. or in Europe?  Will the late release of itineraries for the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder stave off the release of the 2014 itineraries?

The response to the itineraries was somewhat “ho-hum” as no new itineraries, destinations, or ports were announced.  My speculation is that due to higher fuel prices and a slow recovering economy, DCL wanted to stick closer to “home” so to speak.  And, it will most likely mean the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to provide the Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral for 2014 due to the extended contract with port authorities.

The Williams Family will wait patiently for the 2014 itineraries to be announced.  We are hopeful to rebook our next cruise on the Disney Fantasy while on-board the Disney Dream.  Wish us luck!

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