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    Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for Alaska in 2011


    Disney Wonder Bound for Alaska in 2011

    Disney Wonder Also to Sail Mexican Riviera; Disney Magic to Spend Summer in Europe

    For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will offer Alaskan cruises during a four-month season of seven-night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in summer 2011. Combining the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience provided by Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Wonder will depart out of Vancouver, B.C., calling on popular ports such as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

    Before and after the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

    In response to guest demand, the Disney Magic will once again return to Europe in 2011 with seven-, 10- and 11-night cruises sailing out of Barcelona. In addition to popular ports in Italy, France, Spain and the island nation of Malta.

    “We’re excited to offer this incredible choice of itineraries for 2011, with cruise vacation options for every family – whether that’s outdoor adventure in Alaska, the beauty and culture of Europe, folklore and pageantry of Mexico or tropical fun in the Caribbean,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “The unique advantage of Disney Cruise Line is that we offer a customized ship experience that brings families together, while still catering to the personalized vacation needs of every guest who sails with us.”

    Disney Cruise Line also will offer a number of repositioning cruises and special sailings in 2011, including a 15-night Panama Canal crossing, two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a five- and six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Los Angeles, with first-ever stops in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., and 10- and 11-night holiday sailings to the Mexican Riviera and the eastern Caribbean.

    Disney Wonder 2011 Schedule

    Departing out of Vancouver, the Disney Wonder will sail a total of 18 seven-night cruises to Alaska for the 2011 summer season, calling on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

    As part of the new Alaska itinerary, Disney Cruise Line guests will be able to experience breathtaking natural vistas, an abundance of wildlife and the rich history and customs of Alaska’s native culture. On their Alaskan adventure, guests may catch a glimpse of a brown bear, bald eagle or humpback whale, and explore magnificent glaciers and fjords in Juneau. In Ketchikan, guests can fish for some of the largest wild salmon in the world and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests can traverse panoramic landscapes by railway, or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.

    The first-ever Disney cruise to Alaska will depart on May 3 with the last cruise of the season scheduled for Aug. 30. Rates for the seven-night Alaskan itinerary start at $939 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

    To prepare for the Alaska sailings, a brand-new venue called Outlook Café was added to the Disney Wonder during dry dock in October. Located high atop deck 10, the 2,500-square-foot Outlook Café is a stylish retreat for guests to relax and enjoy a beverage or cocktail as they peer out through floor-to-ceiling, curved glass windows at breathtaking vistas. The design of Outlook Café is sophisticated with contemporary Art Deco inspiration. An elegant spiral staircase connects Outlook Café with the existing Cove Café one deck below. The 65-seat lounge has a granite-topped cocktail bar with comfortable seating throughout the space, all providing picture-perfect views of the surrounding landscapes.

    Book-ending the 2011 summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night itineraries to the Mexican Riviera. Rates for the seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary start at $639 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

    Prior to repositioning to Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail a special 10-night Mexican Riviera voyage, including a stop at Manzanillo.

    Disney Magic 2011 Schedule

    Departing out of Barcelona, the Disney Magic will sail seven-, 10- and 11-night European itineraries for the 2011 summer season starting on May 28. Once again, guests will be able to explore the culture and beauty of Italy, France and Spain, with a family-friendly experience only Disney can deliver. The longer itineraries also include visits to the island nation of Malta, and Ajaccio, Corsica, an island oasis off the southern coast of France.

    Rates for the seven-night European cruises start at $1,069 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Rates for the 10- and 11-night European cruises start at $1,739 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

    For the majority of 2011, the Disney Magic will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). Both itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

    All pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included.

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    Wow, more ships in those little Alaskan ports. BUT, I will say this - if you have not cruised on Disney yet, treat yourself! We LOVED our Disney cruise and went (very skeptically) without any kids or grandkids!! There are plenty of adult only places including a swimming pool and the most amazing restaurant - Palo's, where we had our Anniversary dinner. Of course if you take kids with you, this will be a cruise of a lifetime for them.

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    Jackie, thanks for the input. I really have no desire to travel on a Disney because I thought it was geared for kids. Guess I'll have to look at prices and see what comes up.

    They don't have casinos, do they? If they don't, that would be the deal breaker. Jerry said one cruise (NCL out of Hawaii) without a casino was one cruise too many.

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