Editor’s Note: Today we have another shore excursion from Louise Mullen from her recent visit to Disney’s Aulani. Thanks again Louise for a fantastic review!
We met in the lobby of Aulani for our van ride to the marina where we were to meet up with the catamaran. There was a little bit of a holdup over, of all things, towels…A bit of confusion over who wanted to sit where in the vans. These were no big deal, small hiccups. This excursion was run by a private tour company in conjunction with Adventures by Disney. The van drive was less than a half hour drive to get to the marina. We were greeted and our shoes were stored in a bin on the dock. So it was a “barefoot cruise”. Once on board the crew did introductions and the mandatory safety check. We were told the dos and don’ts of the restrooms, and where the life vests were stored etc.
Some of you have never cruised on a Disney Cruise Line® cruise, while others have cruised many times. This question is more for someone who has cruised at least once on Disney but we welcome opinions from others as well.
If you have cruised on the Disney Magic® or Disney Wonder®, which would you prefer to do for your next Disney cruise?
Cruising on the Disney Dream® or Disney Fantasy® will give you the option to see some of the new technological advances of these ships, new decor and features as well. Cruising different ships in the fleet will also give you new entertainment options. What you don’t get with the newer ships is new itineraries. 3, 4 and 5 night cruises to the Bahamas are what you will get with the Disney Dream while 7 night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings will be offered on the Disney Fantasy.
If you choose the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic, there is a wide variety of new home ports and destinations to visit. In 2012, you could sail out of Galveston, Texas or New York City on the Disney Magic. You could sail out of Seattle on the Disney Wonder. With destinations such as the New England Coast and Canada, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean, there is something for everyone. In 2013, you can go on a Transatlantic sailing to Barcelona or sail the Mediterranean sea with new ports of call such as Venice, Dubrovnik, and Mykonos just to name a few. Or you could choose a Panama Canal sailing on the Disney Wonder in either direction. For those with more time on their hands, how about a Panama Canal sailing followed by a repositioning cruise to Vancouver and finish up with a 7 night Alaskan sailing. Can you think of a better way to spend a month next year?
So what will you do? Will it be a standard itinerary of the Bahamas or Caribbean on one of the new ships of Disney Cruise Line or will it be a new, exciting itinerary on one of the classic ships? Check out our Facebook page and vote on your choice.
For those cruising on the Disney Wonder to Hawaii in April, December 31, 2011 is not just New Years Eve. It is also the date when Platinum Castaway Club members can start booking shore excursions. Disney Cruise Line has now released it’s list of shore excursions for this Hawaii sailing. There are some amazing trips. Here is what we found today. All offers are subject to change so check on Disney Cruise Line’s website for the most up to date Port Adventure offerings.
- Colors of the Sunset Haleakala Adventure
- Haleakala Crater by Horseback
- Atlantis Submarine Adventure
- Haleakala Crater
- Haleakala Crater Sunset Tour
- Haleakala Ranch Horseback Adventure
- Haleakala Summit Lavender & Winery Sojourn
- Hana Cave Quest
- Hana Picnic
- ‘Iao Valley & Maui Tropical Plantation
- Ka’anapali Beach Break
- Maui by Private Vehicle
- Maui Ocean Center & Maui Tropical Plantation
- Maui Ocean Center
- Old Lahaina Luau
- Rainforest & Waterfall Hike
- Snorkel & Sunset Sail
- Trilogy Catamaran Sunset SAil
- Kualoa Ali’i (Royal) Experience
- Pearl Harbor Exclusive Captain’s Cabin Lunch & Tour on USS Missouri
- Arizona Memorial & Battleship Missouri
- Arizona Memorial & City Tour
- A Talke of 2 Palaces – Hawai’i’s Royal History Tour
- Atlantis Submarine Adventure
- Bishop Museum – Hawai’i’s Treasures & Legacy
- Diamond Head Crater Summit Adventure
- Dolphin Encounter at Sea Life Park
- Dolphin Observer at Sea Life Park
- Explore & Taste O’ahu’s North Shore
- Hawaiian Waterfall Hiking Adventure
- Honolulu by Private Vehicle
- Hop On Hop Off Trolley
- Kualoa Experience: Movie Sites, Ranch Tour & Jungle Expedition
- Life at Sea on the Battleship Missouri
- Natural Highlights of O’ahu
- Navatek Buffet Dinner Cruise
- O’ahu Haunted Tales Tour
- Pearl Harbor VIP Military Base Tour
- Valley of the Rainbows & Lyon Arboretum
- Waikiki Helicopter Spectacular
- Best of Hilo
- Culinary Hawai’i Home Tour
- Discover Hilo – Waves & Waterfalls
- Gourmet Volcano Adventure
- Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden & Big Island Candies
- Hilo Bay Waterfall Kayaking Adventure
- Imiloa Astronomy Center
- Kilauea Volcano Bicycle Adventure
- Mauna Kea Summit Adventure
- Rainforest Zipline & Waterfall
- Secrets of Puna
- Volcano National Park Odyssey & Macadamia Nut Factory
- Waterfall, Cave & Black Sand Cove
- Exploration, Creation & Discovery at Kilohana Plantation
- Garden Waterfall Tour at the McBryde & Allerton Gardens
- Grove Farm & Kaua’i Plantation Railway
- Heaven & Earth – the Ultimate Kaua’i Helicopter & North Shore Experience
- Hidden Valley Falls Kayak Adventure
- Hollywood in Hawai’i – Movies & Waterfalls
- Kalapaki Beach Break
- Kaua’i by Private Vehicle
- Kaua’i Canopy Zipline Adventures
- Kilohana Plantation & Train Ride, Wailua River & ‘Opaeka’a Falls
- Kipu Safari Zip Adventure
- Po’ipu Bay Golf Course
- Po’ipu Beach Surfing Lessons
- Po’ipu Horseback Riding
- Rainforest 4×4 Hike
- Seafun Beach Snorkel
- Tubing the Ditch Expedition
- Wailua River Cruise & Fern Grotto Tour
- Waimea Canyon – Grand Canyon of the Pacific
What do you want to do in Hawai’i?
Card companies do it all the time — create new holidays — so why can’t we too? Today kicks off the twelve day of ToaDmas! Between now and Christmas the agents at Travel on a Dream will bring you ideas for vacation destinations. Not only will they tell you about the destination, they will also give you an idea of what a vacation could cost you. Disney vacations, all-inclusives, cruises plus land tours will all be covered. We hope they help you with ideas for your next vacation!
Today we are going to Hawaii! The 50th state in the United States, Hawaii is made up entirely of islands, with eight “main” islands. We have had blogs in the past for Aulani, Disney’s newest resort on the island of Oahu. While an Aulani vacation would be fabulous on its own, the excursions to the other islands can get pricey. What we recommend is a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America followed by a relaxing three night stay at Aulani.
We have received the “exciting news” that Disney Cruise Line tweeted about yesterday.
Based on the response DCL had to its first Hawaiian itinerary, there will be a second Hawaiian cruise added to the 2012 schedule, as we suggested. This new sailing will be a 14 night sailing on October 14, 2012 from Los Angeles. It includes stops at Kahului, Maui; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Honolulu, O’ahu; and Hilo, Hawai’I; plus Ensenada, Mexico. There will also be eight days at sea.
Bookings open today at 8 a.m. EDT for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members and Monday, September 26 for everyone else.
If you are interested in booking, please email your agent (with a carbon copy to firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We anticipate long hold times today through Monday and expect this sailing to be sold out sometime on Monday. Include in your email which Castaway Club level you are at. If we don’t currently have your booking information, please fill out a request form on Travel On A Dream. If you are changing a current booking that we already have on file for you, indicate so in your email.
We will continue to keep you updated of any additional news from Disney about new itineraries.
The last part of our Aulani review is a series of pictures from the resort. Enjoy!