It’s all going on at Disney Cruise Line recently! Quite apart from the fact that they have three new ships in the pipeline, this week has seen a ton of announcements from DCL about some cracking new itineraries for 2020 and there are some BIG surprises when it comes to ports, including the wonderful news that Disney cruises from New Orleans will commence in early 2020, and that Disney Cruise Line will also be returning to Hawaii!
New Disney Cruise Line ships
Three new Disney Cruise Line ships are on their way, and will be setting sail in 2021, 2022 and 2023 respectively. In keeping with the current fleet, the new ships, each with around 1250 staterooms, will reflect the golden age of ocean liners while combining their classic looks with some fabulous modern technology, promising more innovation, more character interaction and more sparkling entertainment than ever before.
The Disney Wonder to home port in New Orleans
The most exciting announcement from this week is that from February 2020, for the first time ever, the Disney Wonder will set sail on Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from New Orleans. It’s the first time that DCL will home port in Louisiana, and it’s a brilliant opportunity for families to spend a couple of days either side of their Disney cruise exploring New Orleans, immersing themselves in the culture and the wonderful cuisine as well as discovering the magic and the music that brought The Princess and the Frog to life.
This is a limited time season and will include four, six and seven night Western Caribbean sailings, as well as a seven night Bahamas cruise and a really exciting sounding 14 night Panama Canal cruise which will depart on February 7th 2020.
Disney Wonder in Hawaii
It’s been over five years since Disney Cruise Line has cruised from Hawaii, so it’s brilliant news that after all her adventures in New Orleans, the Disney Wonder will return to Hawaii in 2020 for just two really special cruises: a nine night cruise from Vancouver to Honolulu on April 29th 2020, and a 10 night sailing back to Vancouver on 8th May 2020. I can’t think of anything more incredible than visiting the beautiful beaches of Waikiki, exploring beautiful Kauai, sometimes called the ‘Garden Isle’, with its breathtaking waterfalls and dramatic scenery, and the picturesque Maui – a Disney dream come true!
…and it doesn’t stop there: Puerto Rico and San Diego!
Before all this, though, the Disney Wonder is going to start its season of getting all the awesome gigs by setting sail for the Southern Caribbean for two seven night cruises right at the beginning of 2020: departing January 19th and January 26th from the gorgeous old city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, directly followed by a five night Bahamas cruise.
This is followed by seven sailings from San Diego, California (another of my favourite places) to Baja and the Mexican Riviera, starting from 20th March with cruises ranging from two to seven nights.
But what of the other ships in the fleet?
All the other three ships will be in Florida from early 2020, and of course each cruise will include a day of glorious sunny rest and relaxation on Disney’s very own private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
The Disney Magic will be sailing from Miami on three, four and five night cruises to the Bahamas and five night Western Caribbean cruises. The Disney Fantasy will be sailing seven night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, along with two special sailings of six and eight nights each. And last but not least, my favourite (sorry girls), the gorgeous Disney Dream will also be sailing from Port Canaveral, offering three and four night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay.
Now’s the time for that Disney cruise and stay!
With such a variety of gorgeous cruise options from Florida, what better time to think about a Disney cruise and stay holiday (or indeed a stay and cruise holiday)? In my mind, cruise and stay is the perfect mixture of fun and relaxation. Disney Cruises are perfect for families, giving you the opportunity to enjoy relaxing, indulgent days at sea with the chance to explore some wonderful tropical destinations, and all that wonderful entertainment on board, then combine it with a visit to the magical Disney parks, and you really do experience the best of both worlds. If you want to know more about our very own stay and cruise adventure, why not check out our Disney stay and cruise week in pictures, parts one, two and three!
Header pic: Matt Stroshane, dclnews.com