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Updated Disney Cruise Line Schedules for 2014

We have compiled a list of all the schedules for the Disney ships next fall, following the changes in the last couple weeks.  These sailings are available to book at this time.

Disney Magic®

  • October 4, 2014 – Southern Caribbean out of San Juan (no change)
  • October 11, 2014 – Southern Caribbean out of San Juan (no change)
  • October 18, 2014 – 3 night Repositioning cruise from San Juan to Port Canaveral (Day at Sea, Castaway Cay)
  • October 21, 2014 – 5 night from Port Canaveral (Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West, Day at Sea)
  • October 26, 2014 – 7 night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Two Days at Sea, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – Also November 9, 2014
  • November 2, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Key West, Day at Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – also November 23, December 7 and December 21, 2014
  • November 16, 2014 – 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Day at Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay) – also November 30, December 14 and December 28, 2014

Disney Dream®

  • 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay –  October 2, 9, 16, 31, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • 3 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Day at Sea, Castaway Cay – November 7, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay, Day at Sea – October 5, 12, 19, 27, November 3, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Castaway Cay, Castaway Cay – October 23, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Day at Sea, Castaway Cay, Castaway Cay – November 10, 2014
  • 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral – Nassau, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay – December 29, 2014

Disney Wonder®

  • October 1, 2014 – 5 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (no change)
  • October 6, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (no change)
  • Transit to Miami (not for sale) October 10 – 11, 2014
  • October 11, 2014 – 6 night Western Caribbean –
  • October 17, 2014 – 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami – Day at Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Day at Sea – Also October 31, November 14, 28, December 12, 2014
  • October 22, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Day at Sea, Key West – Also November 5, 2014
  • October 26, 2014 – 5 night Western Caribbean from Miami – Day at Sea, Cozumel, Day at Sea, Castaway Cay
  • November 19, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West – Also December 3, 17, 2014
  • December 26, 2014 – 4 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Day at Sea, Nassau, Castaway Cay
  • December 30, 2014 – 5 night Bahamian Cruise from Miami – Castaway Cay, Nassau, Day at Sea, Key West

There are no changes at this time to the Disney Fantasy® scheduling.  With this schedule, unless Disney cancels some of the dates already for sale, there is not going to be a dry dock opportunity for the Disney Wonder or the Disney Dream in 2014.

Don’t forget about our onboard credit offer, available on most sailings.  Also we currently have two promotions for our birthday – one giving you double referral credit and the other with a bonus for groups.

A Fantasy Review

Editor’s Note:  This review is from our friend Nicole Fazzio from her recent cruise on the Disney Fantasy.   Thanks Nicole for taking the time to share this with us!

The Fantasy was just so beautiful, and I loved the additions to the adult area at the front of the ship- Satellite Falls was a great place to hang out, although it can get windy at times.  I do think DCL went a little overboard with shaded areas on this ship though.  There seems to be more covered areas than open so there are limited lounge chairs for sun which compounds the problem of people saving chairs.  I was by myself so I didn’t have too much of a problem but for those needing 2 or more chairs together in the sun it appeared challenging.  La Piazza was spectacular, felt so much larger than on the Dream.  It was almost too large though—I always felt like I was missing something and couldn’t do it all and this was a 7 night cruise!  The bars were so beautiful and themed but I am definitely looking forward to my cruise on the Magic this summer when I will feel less overwhelmed with it all.

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New 2014 DCL Itineraries Announced

Disney Cruise Line has finally announced the rest of the 2014 cruise itineraries.  The first half of the year were released in early December and can be found here.  This actually wasn’t that long of a wait when we look back at some recent years, but it seems like forever when you are looking for a specific itinerary or date.  We will look at what’s happening ship by ship.  But first, bookings for these itineraries will open on February 14, 2014 (opening February 13 for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members).

Disney Magic

As was predicted, the Disney Magic will be returning to the Mediterranean to embark on exciting sailings in the summer of 2014.  Select sailings will call Venice, Italy, as her home port.  All Venice sailings will overnight in the city so you can experience the nightlife here.  Disney Magic will visit several ports of call (some for the first time), including Katakolon, Rhodes, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini and Corfu, Greece and Catania, Sicily.

On June 26 and July 5 there will be new 9-night Mediterranean Greek Isles sailings departing from Venice with visits to Katakolon, Pireaus, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Mykonos and then overnighting in Venice.

She will conclude her season in Europe with another Transatlantic sailing returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Here Disney Magic will embark on four 7-night Southern Caribbean sailings with stops in Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.  These sailing will be September 20, 27, October 4 and October 11.

Next she will go back to Miami and continue with alternating 4, 5 and 5 night sailings to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.  This is the same itineraries the Disney Wonder will be sailing in early 2014.

Disney Wonder

Yes, the Disney Wonder is going back to Alaska!  But before she gets there, she will be making a journey through the Panama Canal.

The first sailing out of Vancouver will be special as the Wonder will visit Sitka, Alaska for the very first time on a 9-night sailing.  Following the 9-night sailing, she will continue through the summer with 7-night Alaskan itineraries, with ports of call in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan and a visit to Tracy Arm fjord.

The 9-night sailing will be on May 24, while the remaining of the sailings will depart on Mondays with the final Alaska sailing on September 1.

Following the Alaskan season, Disney Wonder will go back to the Caribbean and Port Canaveral!

Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue it’s schedule of Bahamas and Caribbean sailings out of Port Canaveral in the fall of 2014.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins – Costa Maya, Mexico

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is one more from Louise Mullen with her review of the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins on her recent Disney Fantasy Cruise.  Thank you Louise!

We disembarked the ship at Costa Maya, Mexico via a 5-10 minute walk on a fairly long pier.  We showed our room key in order to enter the town.  It was another short walk past the shops and a left hand turn around the corner where we gathered and were ushered to the buses.  There were at least four buses to take people to the Ruins from the Fantasy.  Our bus was very clean and the air conditioning felt good.  One of the other buses had all sorts of problems with the A/C where it was so bad they ended up going back to the pickup spot and had to offload and board a different bus.

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2014 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Three times the Disney magic from Port Canaveral in 2014!

As we predicted, the Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2014 will be opening soon.  Soon as in tomorrow for some guests!  Yes, tomorrow Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book their 2014 sailings on Disney Cruise Line by phone starting at 8:00 am EST, with bookings open to all guests at 8:00 am EST on Thursday.

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

The Disney Dream will be sailing on Thursdays and Sundays while the Disney Magic will be sailing on Fridays and Mondays.

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay , Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent today so we can secure your reservation this week!

2014 Disney Cruise Watch

Any Disney cruiser like me is waiting, watching and hoping that any day now Disney will release their itineraries for 2014.  Most people are guessing that it will be January or February before we see new dates.  Based on some information I have gathered, I think we will see something before Christmas.

When I called in to Disney Cruise Lines last week, one of the agents asked me a very innocent question about my travel plans this month, specifically out of country travel.  When I said I had no plans, she recalled my trip in January.  That was when Disney released the Mediterranean itineraries for 2013.  That got me thinking and looking for other clues.  I found some significant changes to the Western Caribbean ports of call, that weren’t there before.  The last time we found changes like this, it was just a couple weeks before changes were announced to the Galveston sailings towards the end of 2013.

I must say that when Jamaica was added to select sailings in 2013, I heard from a lot of people that they would like to go to Jamaica but they did not want to sail from Galveston.  This did not spark additional interest from my clients to now book Galveston.

Let’s take a look at what we believe will not change.  We believe the Disney Dream will continue 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas and the Disney Fantasy will continue 7 night sailings from Port Canaveral.  Here are the dates we anticipate:

3 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • November 6, 13, 20, 23, 2014
  • December 4, 11, 18, 21, 28, 2014

4 – Night Bahamian Cruise

  • January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2014
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
  • October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2014
  • November 2, 9, 16, 26, 30, 2014
  • December 7, 14, 24, 2014

7 – Night Eastern Caribbean

  • January 11, 25, 2014
  • February 8, 22, 2014
  • March 8, 22, 2014
  • April 5, 19, 2014
  • May 3, 17, 31, 2014
  • June 14, 28, 2014
  • July 12, 26, 2014
  • August 9, 23, 2014
  • September 6, 20, 2014
  • October 4, 18, 2014
  • November 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • December13, 27, 2014

7 – Night Western Caribbean

  • January 4, 18, 2014
  • February 1, 15, 2014
  • March 1, 15, 29, 2014
  • April 12, 26, 2014
  • May 10, 24, 2014
  • June 7, 21, 2014
  • July 5, 19, 2014
  • August 2, 16, 30, 2014
  • September 13, 27, 2014
  • October 11, 25, 2014
  • November 8, 22, 2014
  • December6, 20 2014

Now for the changes.

We noticed that once again the Jamaica port calendar has changed.  There will be the same unknown ship, that turned out to be the Wonder, every other week starting May 14.  We also noticed that the Grand Cayman schedule has also changed.  The Magic is no longer on the port calendar.  Instead, only the Fantasy and Wonder will make calls on Grand Cayman.  We are seeing the Disney Wonder on the port calendar twice a month between January and April.  This would be the schedule we would expect if the Magic were continuing her schedule at the end of 2013.

With the changes to the Jamaica calendar, we anticipate that the Disney Fantasy will pick up Jamaica on Western Caribbean sailings between May and December.

Here is our prediction.  The Disney Wonder will move from Galveston back to Miami at the beginning of January.  She will then alternate 4 and 5 night sailings much the same as what the Magic is set to do at the end of 2013.  We predict a schedule like this:

  • January 10, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 15, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • January 19, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • January 24, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • January 29, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • February 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • February 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • February 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 2, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 7, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 12, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 16, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • March 21, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • March 26, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • March 30, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 4, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)
  • April 9, 2014 – 4 Night Bahamas (Key West & Castaway Cay)
  • April 13, 2014 – 5 Night  Western (Cozumel & Castaway Cay)
  • April 18, 2014 – 5 Night Western (Grand Cayman & Cozumel)

After this we cannot predict what will happen since the ship is no longer on the port calendars.

That leaves the Disney Magic and this one is a big mystery.  Will she stay in Miami or move to another port of call?  We do think it’s possible she will stay in Miami and possibly alternate Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.  If she does this, we anticipate there will be different ports of call than the Disney Fantasy as we are not seeing the Disney Magic on either Grand Cayman or St. Maarten’s port calendars.  She could also alternate 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas or Key West.  It’s hard to say.  One thing that we anticipate if the Disney Wonder does move to Miami is that there is the potential that all four Disney ships could be on the East Coast of Florida at the same time.  If this happens, I can certainly see a rendezvous with all four!  That would be a spectacular site to see!

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

Artist rendering of all four Disney Ships

While we have no specific knowledge of a release date, we will suggest that this could be before Christmas since these itineraries are not dramatically different from what the ships are doing at the end of 2013.  We don’t anticipate that the entire year will be released, but could see the first half at that time.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent to get your name on our waitlist for 2014 dates.

 

 

ToaD is Running for Rescues On Disney Fantasy?

Yes, that’s right!  On our recent Disney Fantasy sailing, we had originally planned to do the 5k on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  As we approached the cruise date, we realized that we would be getting to Castaway Cay a bit later than would be comfortable for walking or running.  We wanted to start the race a bit earlier.  That way we would also be able to enjoy our full day on Castaway Cay.

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