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Top 10 Beaches for Adults to Visit on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 13th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Adults cruising without little ones, I haven’t forgotten about you! Last week I shared my top 10 beaches for families to visit on a Disney cruise, and while all of these are great options for you, too, today I’ll give recommendations specifically for those seeking a little more seclusion or some fun with just the adults. Some of these spots may be off the beaten path, but the journey to get there will be well worth it!

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1. Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay (Bahamas)

Just like on our ships, we have a hangout exclusively for adults on our private island, Castaway Cay. Serenity Bay is only a quick tram ride away from the family beach, but you’ll feel like you’re miles and miles away from any hustle and bustle. This age 18+ beach has everything you need for a relaxing day, including lounge chairs, umbrellas, hammocks, yummy food and tropical drinks!

2. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau (Bahamas)

The famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau offers a great beach retreat for families, but it’s also at the top of my list for an adult-only beach day. When you join our Atlantis Beach Day & Discover Atlantis Port Adventure, not only will you have access to the resort’s exclusive beach, you’ll also have the chance to try your hand at Blackjack in the casino or shop in the nearby Marina Village.

3. Playa Uvas, Cozumel (Mexico)

The upscale and chic beach park at Playa Uvas, with its trendy scene and sofa style seating, is an awesome place to relax in Cozumel, and it’s just a 10-minute ride from the port. Since it is part of a marine park, snorkeling and kayaking are two of the best ways to enjoy your day here. We offer the Clear Kayak and Beach Snorkel Combo for those who want to mix in a little fun with their relaxation.

4. Rum Point Beach, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)

The beautiful Rum Point Beach on Grand Cayman offers more seclusion than some of the island’s other beaches, making it perfect for those wanting a chill beach day. The best way to get to enjoy this authentic island atmosphere is on our Rum Point Beach Adventure, which includes a relaxing one-hour catamaran cruise and plenty of time to relax in a hammock on the warm sand.

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5. Trunk Bay Beach, St. John (US Virgin Islands)

Located in a national park, St. John’s pristine Trunk Bay Beach is home to amazing snorkeling and stunning views. Since the ship docks in St. Thomas, you’ll need to take a ferry to the island of St. John, but the 45-minute ride over is part of the fun! Our St. John Trunk Bay Beach and Snorkel Tour is a great option for those who want to enjoy the bay’s impressive underwater snorkel trail.

6. Great Bay Beach, St. Maarten (Virgin Islands)

St. Maarten’s Great Bay Beach is in Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of the island near where the ship docks. It’s a nice beach for you to visit if you also want to take advantage of the area’s shopping and dining. Plus, the ship is in sight from the beach, making for a great photo opp!

7. Ocean Park Beach, San Juan (Puerto Rico)

If you’re looking for a quiet beach day in San Juan, head on over to Ocean Park Beach. There aren’t as many facilities there as you’ll find at other beaches, but its natural and less-crowded setting is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing afternoon.

8. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Falmouth (Jamaica)

Montego Bay in Jamaica is well known for its beautiful beaches, and it’s just a half-hour ride from the port in Falmouth. Doctor’s Cave Beach, home to a beach club where you can rent chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gear, is a hot spot for fun in the sun. The beach is also nearby the area’s shopping and dining hub.

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9. The Baths, Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands)

Virgin Gorda is a nearby island to the port in Tortola, most known for The Baths National Park. The breathtaking beach is filled with giant granite boulders surrounded by natural tidal pools. You’ll need to take a ferry to get to The Baths at Virgin Gorda, but you’ll be happy you spent the extra time to get to this gorgeous destination!

10. South Beach, Miami (Florida)

Chances are, you’ve heard of the trendy South Beach in Miami. This colorful, Art Deco neighborhood is famous for its energy, shopping, dining and of course, a beautiful beach. Once you’ve had your fill of lounging on the white sand beach, there are many options to continue the fun, like riding a jet ski down the coast or eating at one of the many delicious restaurants on Ocean Drive.

If you’ve traveled to any of these locations without kids, tell us, which beaches are your favorite for some peace and quiet or fun in the sun?

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Top 10 Beaches for Families to Visit on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 11th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


If you love cruising to tropical locations, chances are you also love visiting beautiful beaches. Luckily for you, there’s no shortage of warm sand in the Bahamas and Caribbean where our ships frequent throughout the year. But deciding which glorious stretch of sand is a good fit for your family isn’t always easy.

Our Port Adventures are the best way for your family to experience a hassle-free beach day, and we’ve worked with tour operators to take you to some of the best beaches in the places we visit. Here’s a look at my favorites in 10 of our tropical destinations:

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1. Castaway Family Beach, Castaway Cay (Bahamas)
Most cruises from Florida include a stop at our private island, Castaway Cay, and if you’re traveling with little ones, Castaway Family Beach is the perfect spot for you. The beach is lined with umbrellas, chairs and hammocks for your complimentary use, and the water is sectioned off for swimming, floating and snorkeling. Plus, the Pelican Plunge water slide is within swimming distance from shore and the all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet is steps away.

2. Blue Lagoon Island, Nassau (Bahamas)
This spectacular private island is just a half-hour boat ride from the port of Nassau. We offer several excursions there with different options for what your family would like to do, whether that’s swimming with dolphins, snuggling with sea lions or swaying in hammocks! The family-owned island has all of the amenities you need, yet it’s set apart by its untouched natural environment and authentic Bahamian experience.

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3. Playa Mia, Cozumel (Mexico)
With its water park, water trampolines and water bicycles (just to name a few!), Playa Mia is an active family’s paradise on the island of Cozumel. The full-facility beach also has plenty of space where you can relax, including lounge chairs both on the beach and by the pool. Our Cozumel Beach Break excursion is a convenient way to get time at this popular locale, with a delicious lunch buffet included!

4. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman is famous for its long stretch of coral sand and clear blue water, and it’s just a short ride from the port. On our Family Beach Day at Tiki Beach Port Adventure, you’ll have access to full amenities there, including lounge chairs, fresh-water showers, a restaurant and not to mention a gorgeous view!

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5. Magen’s Bay Beach, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands)
With its calm waters and half-mile stretch of white sand, Magen’s Bay is home to St. Thomas’ premier beach. The beachside café in this untouched environment makes it a great option for families, especially on our Magens Bay Beach Break excursion, which also includes a stop at Drake’s Seat to enjoy the panoramic view of the bay.

6. Orient Bay Beach, St. Maarten (West Indies)
Known as the “French Riviera of the Caribbean,” Orient Bay is the most famous beach in St. Maarten. Adventures like our Afternoon Beach Bash Tour and French Riviera Beach Rendezvous are great options if you want to just relax in this stunning locale. For a more active day, our Family Fun, Beach and Nature Walk adds the option to boogie board and join a guided walk through part of a nature reserve.

7. Isla Verde Beach, San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Isla Verde Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico is especially popular for families with its gentle waves, huge expanse of white sand and access to amenities. If you’re visiting San Juan during your cruise, you can join our Isla Verde Beach Escape or our San Juan Family Beach Day, both including a lunch buffet and the chance to play beach volleyball!

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8. Rose Hall Beach, Falmouth (Jamaica)
Rose Hall Beach in Jamaica is home to several upscale resorts, adding an air of exclusivity to this beautiful stretch of sand. We give Disney cruisers the chance to enjoy time at one of these beautiful resorts on our Resort Beach Break – All Inclusive Port Adventure. Access to the resort’s amenities, including pools, slides and dining, makes this excursion a great day for families.

9. Cane Garden Bay Beach, Tortola (British Virgin Islands)
Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay is considered by many to be finest beach on the island. Restaurants, bars and shops are steps from the beach, making it an ideal spot for families. We just announced Tortola as a destination in 2016 and are working with local operators to develop family-friendly Port Adventures so you can enjoy this destination to its fullest. Stay tuned!

10. Crandon Park Beach, Miami (Florida)
Miami is one of our homeports for cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean, and no visit there is complete without stopping by one of the area beaches. My top pick for families is Crandon Park Beach, located on Key Biscayne in front of a sandbar that keeps the surf calm. This park also has an amusement center, picnic areas and plenty of other amenities for a comfortable family beach day.

All of these beaches are sure to be enjoyed by cruisers of all ages, but later this week I’ll give more recommendations in these same locations for adults traveling without the little ones. Until then, are there any family-friendly beaches in these destinations that you want to add to this list?

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Experiencing St. Kitts with Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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The last stop on our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises is Basseterre on St. Kitts, a small, volcanic island in the West Indies. White-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest are the perfect backdrop for adventures your family will enjoy here. Check out some of my favorites…

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St. Kitts Scenic Railway and Sail Cruise – If scenic views are what you’re after, this is definitely the tour for you. It starts with an hour-and-a-half catamaran voyage along the island’s southwestern coastline where you’ll enjoy views of small fishing villages, sugar plantations and historical sites, including the first British settlement at Old Road and the Brimstone Hill Fortress, the British “Gibraltar of the West Indies.” The second half of the tour is a two-hour railway ride along the Atlantic north side of the island with sweeping views of sandy beaches and pounding surf. Be prepared to take a ton of photos!

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Rainforest Hike – Those of you who want to get your blood flowing with an active adventure will want to join the this two-hour nature hike in St. Kitts’ breathtaking rainforest. Before your hike, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the picturesque Romney Gardens at Wingfield Estate, along with a photo stop at Carib Rock Drawings, a volcanic rock with inscriptions from the first inhabitants of the island. Your transportation for this adventure is an open-air safari vehicle, perfect for checking out the coastal views, picturesque valleys, sugar cane fields and lush green mountains.

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4×4 Island Safari And Beach – This adventure also takes you into the rainforest on a safari vehicle to explore the flora and fauna and possibly even see green monkeys. Your destination is a private, mountaintop property, 1,000 feet above sea level, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the island’s rainforest, coastline, the capital city of Basseterre and the sister island of Nevis. The journey continues to the opposite side of the island, past quaint villages, farmers’ gardens and the windswept Atlantic coastline to your final destination – a beautiful beach for swimming, relaxing on the golden sand and savoring your last moments ashore in the Southern Caribbean.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. If you’re joining us on our brand-new adventure from San Juan this fall, let me know in the comments what you’re looking forward to most. As I always say, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Enjoying Barbados with Disney Cruise Line

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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Boasting unique geological formations, pristine beaches and rich mix of cultures, Barbados has something to suit every taste. It’s sure to be one of your favorite stops on our weeklong Southern Caribbean cruises! During our call on Bridgetown, here are just a few of the many incredible adventures your family will love …

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Harrison’s Cave and Scenic Drive – Harrison’s Cave, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the entire Caribbean, is a stunning cavern formed from a particularly beautiful type of crystallized limestone. This tour includes an underground journey on a tram to see thousands of gleaming stalagmites and stalactites. You’ll visit several areas of the cave, including its 150-foot Great Hall, along with its lowest point where a waterfall plunges into an emerald pool. Located near the center of the island, your visit to this magnificent natural phenomenon includes a scenic drive through the countryside.

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Turtle Shipwreck & Snorkel Adventure – Water and wildlife lovers won’t want to miss this adventure! An exhilarating powerboat ride takes you to one of Barbado’s most beautiful beaches, in addition to two fantastic snorkel spots – a historic shipwreck teeming with marine life and a spot frequented by sea turtles. Swimming with these gentle creatures is something your family will never forget! For a more luxurious experience, consider the 5-Star Catamaran and Turtle Encounter excursion, which also includes a chance to swim with the sea turtles following a catamaran cruise and all-you-can eat-and-drink lunch.

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Discover Barbados – Often called “The Little England of the Caribbean,” British roots are apparent in the island’s many historical sites. This tour gives you a chance to explore some of these locales, including St. John’s Church and St. Nicholas Abbey. The Abbey, built in 1660, is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. This well-preserved mansion is actually a sugar plantation, so a visit here lets you see the traditional way of making rum using handpicked sugar cane. Our Beautiful Barbados excursion also includes a stop at the unique St. Nicholas Abbey, and both tours offer an adult-only departure in addition to one for families.

In the final post of this series, next week I’ll share my picks for what to do in St. Kitts. Don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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A Taste of Grenada with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 29th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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Next up in my series about Port Adventures on our Southern Caribbean cruises is what to do from the port of St. George’s, Grenada. Known as the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is filled with spice estates, tropical gardens, beautiful beaches, thrilling diving, snorkeling, fishing and exploration through mountain landscapes and waterfalls. There’s an adventure to be had by everyone, with more options than I can possibly tell you about today!

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Tropical Beach Tour – Grenada is known for some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, so many of our excursions bring you to a stunning stretch of sand to relax and swim. If you want to take a step back in time on your way to the beach, this tour gives you the chance to explore the historic Fort George overlooking the capital city. Your stop here also provides a fantastic panoramic photo opportunity above the island and Caribbean Sea! Some of our other beach trips to consider are the Rum And Beach Tour, Aquarium Beach Day With Lunch and Beach House With Lunch.

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Around The Isle Of Spice – This Port Adventure provides a great taste of Grenada with an inside look at the spice and rum industry, along with fantastic views of nature and wildlife. First, discover the reason for Grenada’s nickname with a visit to a garden of spices at a historic estate and to a spice factory to see the seasoning, processing and sorting of nutmegs and mace. Then, after a tour of a famous rum distillery, you’ll visit Grand Etang to see the crater of an extinct volcano and possibly wild monkeys. Your last stop is to Annandale Falls, a 30-foot waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation.

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Amazing Sculpture Park Snorkel By Powerboat – Molinere Point, a protected marine park, is a volcanic reef home to the world’s first underwater sculpture park. After a thrilling ride in a powerboat, you’ll have the chance to snorkel here and see an abundance of tropical fish and other marine life. Before heading back to port, you’ll cruise through Dragon Bay and along the island’s beautiful coast for some great photo opportunities.

Up next, I’ll give you my recommendation for Port Adventures in Barbados. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Adventures in St. Lucia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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The dramatic Piton volcanic peaks, a famous symbol of St. Lucia, make this island one of the most stunning destinations in the Caribbean. Our call on Castries, the island’s capital, is the second stop of our 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan this fall and the starting point for countless adventures! Whether you’re into snorkeling, biking, hiking or just relaxing with beautiful views, you’ll be in paradise on St. Lucia.

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Snorkel Beneath The Pitons – Those of you who want a chance to see the majestic Pitons will love this tour! It includes the perfect photo vantage point of the volcanic peaks from a cruise down the coast, plus time to relax and snorkel at the world-famous Sugar Beach located between Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Your journey along the island’s picturesque west coast on a powerboat is part of the fun of this adventure, and provides views of Marigot Bay and Soufrière Bay. If you want to add a little shopping and luxury to your experience, hop on the Cruise To The Pitons tour, which includes a stop at the shopping village of Marigot Bay.

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Tropical Waterfall Experience – This excursion combines visits to three spectacular destinations – volcanic springs, a historic estate, and a cascading waterfall. Starting at Sulphur Springs, you’ll be amazed at the bubbling mud pots of the only drive-in volcano in the world. Next up, you’ll head to the Morne Coubaril Estate, a plantation full of history, culture, gorgeous gardens and a sugar cane mill. Your final stop is for a dip into a pool of fresh mountain spring water under the 50-foot Toraille Waterfall.

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Sea Trek Helmet Diving At Pigeon Island – Pigeon Island, a national park and historic site with numerous forts, is a great landscape for hiking and breathtaking views. On this family-friendly excursion, you’ll have time to explore the park from both above and below the water. A special Sea Trek adventure, a unique helmet diving experience where you don’t even have to get your hair wet, gives you the chance to walk the ocean floor for an up-close encounter with tropical fish and marine life. The Snuba Adventure is another great options for families who prefer a traditional mask instead of the helmet.

Stay tuned for my suggestions of what to do in Grenada, coming up next week. And remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Visiting Antigua with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 15th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


The first stop on our brand-new 7-night Southern Caribbean voyages is to St. John’s, Antigua. Part of the West Indies, Antigua is known for its gorgeous beaches, lush rainforest, national parks and cities filled with intriguing historic sites. There’s no shortage of fun in the sun there for your whole family! Here are just a few of the Port Adventures you can enjoy …

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Amazing Antigua – The perfect mix of history, culture and scenery, this tour takes you to Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the world, built in 1725. With time to explore the dockyard and its museum, along with an interesting presentation at Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, you’ll learn about the island’s history in a fun and interactive way. What’s more, you’ll get great views of the island’s harbors and picturesque villages on your drive and have an opportunity to take photos at the island’s best viewpoint, Shirley Heights Lookout. We offer two departures of this tour – one for families and another just for adults.

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Antigua Hike And Beach – If you’re seeking a little adventure mixed with relaxation, this tour is for you. First, you’ll join a knowledgeable local guide on a 2-hour hike through the rainforest for a magnificent view of the south coast of Antigua. Then, you can cool off in the Caribbean waters and lounge on the white sand during your relaxing beach break. A similar excursion is Hiking Adventure and Beach, and for those who want more adventure, consider the Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Adventure, which combines kayaking and snorkeling with hiking and beach time.

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Catamaran And Lobster Lunch Cruise – Another relaxing way to soak up the beauty of Antigua is by sailing around it on the water. This luxury catamaran tour is the perfect way to enjoy the island’s beautiful coastline and the turquoise sea. The boat anchors at two stunning beaches where you can swim in the calm waters and lay out in the sunshine. The life of luxury continues when you’re served lobster and champagne for what’s sure to be a delicious lunch.

Next week, I’ll share my suggestions for Port Adventures in St. Lucia, home of the famous Piton volcanic mountains. When the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Exploring San Juan and the Southern Caribbean with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 8th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


We’re just six weeks away from our brand-new Southern Caribbean voyages, departing for the first time ever from beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico! As we count down the weeks until the start of this spectacular itinerary, I’ll be sharing insights on all you can see and do when we visit ports on the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and St. Kitts.

Today I want to start with the activities in San Juan you won’t want to miss before or after your cruise. With so much history and beauty in San Juan, it’s difficult to narrow down my favorite places to visit, so here’s just a glimpse of what your family can experience …

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Old San Juan
Think blue cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors. You could spend the entire day walking around the old city of San Juan, browsing unique shops and eateries, shopping for arts and crafts in the plaza and exploring the grounds of the fort, Castillo San Cristóbal. Make sure you set aside some time to taste the savory flavors of Puerto Rico’s “Créole” cuisine, called “cocina criolla” by the locals, at one of the many charming cafés.

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El Yunque Rainforest
A lush tropical rainforest, the Caribbean National Forest known as El Yunque is less than an hour away from the city. From high atop the mountains, you can enjoy scenic views of the east coast of Puerto Rico, hike to water falls, explore rugged terrain on horseback or ATV, and more. Keep an eye and ear out for the singing coqui frogs and tropical birds that inhabit the trees.

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Beach and Water Adventures
There are several great beaches near San Juan where you can relax on the warm sand and take a dip in the sparkling Caribbean waters. Isla Verde is one of my favorites for its wide beach, palm trees and close proximity to restaurants and facilities. Adventure lovers can take advantage of the many fun water activities offered in the area, like snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing and scuba diving, just to name some.

Stayed tuned next week for my recommendations on what to do in Antigua. And remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Santorini, Greece

posted on March 21st, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I hope you’ve enjoyed my last few posts about some of the Port Adventures we’ll be offering guests in Europe this summer. Today I’ll give you a glimpse of what you can see and do when we call on the picturesque island of Santorini, Greece.

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With its rugged cliffs overlooking the bright blue waters of the Aegean Sea, majestic mountains, colorful lava-sand beaches and charming villages, Santorini is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. We offer a variety of excursions for families, along with adult-only departures of some of the most popular tours. Here are some of my favorites …

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Volcano Of Santorini And Hot Springs – The island of Santorini was formed by a volcanic eruption around 1450 BC, and since then volcanic events have shaped the island’s coastline and culture. On this tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit Erinia Cove on the nearby volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you can hike over volcanic dried sand and lava fragments up to the summit for beautiful sites of the caldera. Next, you’ll venture to volcanic hot springs and get the chance to swim in the warm, mineral-rich seawaters—with some areas reaching 95° F (35° C).

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Akrotiri Excavations Site – First on this excursion you’ll be able to explore the Bronze Age town of Akrotiri seeing archaeological excavations of the Minoan Era town with multi-story houses, shops and well-preserved cobblestone streets. The excavations started in 1930 by Professor Marinatos, who in 1967 unearthed a town buried within the pumice of the volcanic eruption of 1450 BC. Then you’ll journey from ancient Akrotiri to the village of Akrotiri to explore one of the five fortified settlements created during medieval times.

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Best Of Santorini – In addition to a boat ride past the Palea and Nea Kameni islands to see the volcano that formed them in the bay of Santorini, along with a visit to the Akrotiri archaeological excavation site, this tour gives you the chance to explore the villages of Oia and Fira. You’ll get panoramic views of steep cliffs and nearby islands, which are the perfect backdrop for capturing photos, sipping coffee and eating local cuisine. One highlight of this trip is a stop at a local winery where you’ll taste wine and snacks including hard bread, cheese and tomato fritters.

From all of the destinations in Greece I’ve shown you that Disney Cruise Line is calling on this summer, including Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Olympia and Rhodes, which is at the top of your list to visit?

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Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Crete, Greece

posted on March 19th, 2014 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


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The next destination on our Mediterranean voyages I want to tell you about is Crete, the largest island in Greece. The port is in the capital city of Heraklion, where you’ll be surrounded by lively Greek culture and spectacular island scenery.

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A must-see during your visit is the Minoan palace of Knossos, located just a few miles from Heraklion. Originally built around 1900 BC, this sacred settlement showcases the region’s Minoan history. The archeological site includes ruins of a small palace, royal villa and many well-preserved fresco-covered buildings.

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Knossos Palace Ruins and Arolithos Village with Family Activity – This tour combines a tour of the ancient civilization with a visit to Arolithos, the re-created traditional Cretan village built on the side of a mountain. Here your family can explore the Museum of Agricultural History and Traditional Art, followed by the chance to create your very own kompoloi or “worry beads.” During the craft, you’ll learn the history of the beads, a traditional tool used in Greek culture for relaxation, prayer, rituals and celebration, and enjoy samples of freshly made spinach and cheese pies.

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Knossos Palace Ruins and Thalassocosmos Aquarium Behind the “Seas” – Families will love this excursion, which combines a tour of the Knossos Palace Ruins with a visit to the Thalassocosmos Aquarium. Located in Gournes Village, this aquarium houses 2,500 marine species, focusing on the Mediterranean marine life. Your family will get a unique, behind-the-scenes tour and learn about the work involved in caring for all the underwater residents of the aquarium.

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Isla Beach Club and Knossos Archaeological Site – If you’re craving some sunshine and views of the turquoise water, this Port Adventure is perfect for your family. Following your tour at Knossos, you’ll head to Gouves Village for lounging by the Cretan Sea. A reserved sunbed with an umbrella, along with a soft drink or frappe coffee, is included and makes for a very refreshing afternoon!

Stay tuned for my final post about Port Adventures in Europe this summer. Next up … breathtaking Santorini! Don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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