Disney Cruise Line announced changes to the itineraries for the Disney Magic sailing out of
. While the Magic doesn’t arrive in Galveston,
Texas Galveston until September
22—a month from now, DCL is making adjustments to itineraries for early 2013
Three 8-night Western Caribbean itineraries are being replaced by six 4-night sailings that stop in
and include 2 days at sea. Six 8-night
itineraries will visit Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay, Port
Canaveral, Cozumel, Mexico Key West,
and include 4 days at sea. Cruise fare
includes park admission and ground transportation to/from Walt Disney World
during the stop at Port Canaveral.
Guests with current cruise reservations are being contacted regarding the changes by DCL and travel agents. Reservations will open September 5, 2012, for new reservations for the revised itineraries.
While the Magic makes
its home part for fall 2012 and early 2013, the Wonder will be coming to Galveston later in
2013. Will the Wonder’s itineraries be
adjusted as well?
When DCL first announced the
and Miami itineraries, there was a glaring lack
of inclusion of stops at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island in
the Bahamas. We’ve sailed on itineraries that didn’t include
a stop at Castaway Cay and boy, did we ever miss it! Adding stops at Castaway Cay on the adjusted
itineraries is good news.
DCL is demonstrating that they can turn a cruise ship, or at least a cruise itinerary on a dime. Looking at market trends and anticipating guest wants/needs and making adjustments to better meet guest demands is a smart move. Both for the Disney Cruise Line brand and the bottom line.
While we aren’t planning on sailing out of
Galveston, we are familiar with the
area. When DCL first announced Galveston as a home port, we wondered about which airport
ground transfers would serve—George Bush Intercontinental in North Houston, Hobby Airport
in South Houston, or the smaller airport in Galveston.
I did find out on DCL’s web-site that ground transfers are $60 per
person for the Galveston
sailings vs. the $70 per person for ground transfers from Orlando International
to Port Canaveral. Also, DCL is
advertising pre-cruise stays near George
Airport and in Galveston.
Nothing mentioned about hotels near . Houston Hobby
Guests who may be flying Southwest or Airtran, take note, as both fly into Houston Hobby rather than Houston Intercontinental. There may be other airlines in the same boat, so to speak.