Cruise News You Can Use & Friday's Mystery Announcement

Disney just made an exciting announcement about new itineraries and ports for 2012!

For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from three new ports in 2012 – New York, Seattle and Galveston – making the Disney family cruise vacation even more accessible to guests across the country. There are also more itinerary choices, including one special voyage to Hawai‘i.

If are a lucky Platinum or Gold Castaway Club Member, you get the exclusive benefit of booking a day early beginning April 7.  Everyone else can begin booking on Friday morning at 8:00 am.  As always, I am more than happy to help book your cruise experience.  Please call or send me an email if I can help!

Here is what future cruisers have to look forward to...

New York Sailings
Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York.
  •  8-night Bahamian cruises include a day at Disney’s Castaway Cay and a stop at Port Canaveral, gateway to the Walt Disney World Resort. As part of this itinerary, you will receive a one-day Park Hopper Ticket and roundtrip transportation between the ship and resort.
  • 5-night Canadian/New England cruises will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.
  • 2-night cruises are perfect for Clients looking for a quick getaway at sea over a weekend.

Seattle Sailings

 Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder® will sail a total of 14 cruises to Alaska from the Port of Seattle, Wash.

  •  7-night Alaskan cruises will call on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan plus Victoria, British Columbia.

Galveston Sailings

 Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 12 cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas.

  •  7-night Western Caribbean cruises will visit Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Grand Cayman.

Los Angeles Sailings

In addition to 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises, the Disney Wonder will set sail on Disney’s first-ever voyage to Hawai‘i on April 29, 2012.

  • 15-night Hawaiian cruise departs from the Port of Los Angeles and includes stops at Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico. 
  • 7-night Pacific Coast cruises will call on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. 
The Disney Dream will continue to sail 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises. The new Disney Fantasy will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, beginning with the maiden voyage on March 31, 2012. Sail dates for both ships are now available through December 2012.

The Mysterious Friday Announcement
Popular Disney message boards and the well connected Disney blogosphere are all abuzz about an announcement coming from Disney on Friday morning.  So what is the mysterious announcement?  Of course, the most obvious speculation is that a new round of discounts are about to be announced.  Free Dining for fall is the most repeated rumor.  Is it true?I don't know.  My crystal ball is currently out for repair.  While I will certainly be poised and ready to dial bright and early tomorrow if that is the case, I think it might be something else.  One possibility?  I think they might announce package prices for 2012 in April instead of waiting until August.  This would certainly make things easier for the Type A among us who want to get trips for early 2012 booked asap.   While I am certainly hoping for fabulous discounts for all, I would not be surprised at all if that is not the case.  So, if on Friday we learn 2012 packages are announced early, you can remember that you heard it here first!  If not, well, hopefully my crystal ball will be returned in working order shortly!



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