2015 – 2016 Disney Cruise Destinations Overview

Cruise destination overview

Disney cruises probably sail to more places than you think! They have expanded their ship fleet from 2 to 4 over the past few years and added many new destinations around the world. Here I briefly touch on each destination for a quick overview of Disney cruise options.

 

Alaska – On a Disney Alaskan cruise, you’ll visit Vancouver, British Columbia (departure port), Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Tracy Arm Alaska. Activities at these ports of call include whale watching, gold mining, dog sledding, hiking in forests, native American cultural activities, wild life spotting (bears, elk, moose, etc.), and glacier viewing.

These cruises only sail in the summer months, from May to August, and currently only the Disney Wonder ship travels to Alaska. The itinerary is for 7 nights.

Bahamas – Disney Bahamian cruises typically depart from either Port Canaveral (Orlando area) or Miami Florida. These cruises are typically 3-4 nights long and visit Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. The only difference between the 3 and 4 night cruises is an extra day at sea on the 4 night cruise.

I definitely recommend on booking a cruise with an extra days at sea because there is so much to do and see on the cruise ship. It’s so nice to have a day to relax at the pool, enjoy the waterslides, book a spa treatment, and participate in all the other activities that are offered on the ship.

Also, this is the perfect cruise to book a “Land and Sea” vacation package with Disney, because of the short length of the cruise and the location of the Port Canaveral departure port. A land and sea package consists of a Disney World trip and a cruise! Talk about a dream vacation!

Caribbean – There are many options for Disney Caribbean cruises. They range from a 4-night, one port of a call in Cozumel, to a 7-night with 5 ports of call spanning many islands.

Western Caribbean cruises typically consist of a visit to Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Castaway Cay or the Florida Keys, depending on how many nights you choose and which cruise ship you sail on. Departure ports include Galveston, TX, and Port Canaveral or Miami, FL.

Eastern Caribbean cruises depart from Port Canaveral or Miami FL and sail to a couple ports of call in the Virgin Islands and Castaway Cay. This is typically a 7-night cruise.

Southern Caribbean cruises are harder to come across with Disney and they only depart from Puerto Rico. Currently there are only 4 sailings scheduled in January 2016. They go to more exotic places, such as Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, and Antiqua.

California Coast – These cruises range from a couple of fun days at sea on a 2-night getaway cruise from San Diego, to 5-nights traveling down the California coast from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego.

Hawaii – There are only 2 sailing dates through 2016 for a Hawaiian Disney Cruise – September 7 or September 17, 2015. The ship sails from Vancouver, Canada and ends in Oahu, Hawaii. The route is reversed for the next sailing date. The trip is a fun-filled 10-nights and you’ll stop at the Big Island, Kauai, and Maui.

Mexico – Disney Mexican cruises depart from San Diego and travel for 3 or 5 nights down the Baja peninsula. The 3-night itinerary sails to Ensenada only, and the 5-night itinerary sails to both Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas.

Panama Canal & Transatlantic – These Disney cruises are the mother of all cruises! These range from 11-nights to 15-nights depending on the ports of call and ship you choose.

The Panama Canal 14-night cruise takes you from Miami to San Diego via the Panama Canal. You’ll stop in Cozumel Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas Mexico.

Transatlantic cruises sail from Europe or Port Canaveral, Florida with ports of call options including Barcelona, Portugal, Iceland, Norway, Denmark Bahamas, New York, Canada, and others. This one is definitely on my bucket list!

Europe – European Disney cruises, with exception of the Transatlantic cruises, depart from ports in Barcelona, Dover, or Copenhagen in Europe. There are a variety of options for ports of call and cruise length, ranging from a 5-night cruise to a 12-night cruise.

Mediterranean – These cruises sail the southern portion of Europe and include Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, and Turkey. You’ll visit areas where some of the world’s oldest civilizations flourished and still thrive today.

Northern Europe – This option will take you on the route to the north of Europe and includes ports of call options at Iceland, Norway, England, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, Finland, Russia, France, and Sweden.

There you have it! There are over 400 cruise options with Disney and I’ve only scratched the surface on the details for each destination. On future posts, I’ll dive deeper into these destinations and further describe ports of call activities. Stay tuned!

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