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Adventures in Croatia with Disney Cruise Line

posted on April 17th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


For the first time in 2013 and again in 2014, Disney Cruise Line is calling on Dubrovnik, Croatia, an ancient walled city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. As we near the start of our summer in Europe, I want to tell you about some of what our guests will enjoy in this beautiful locale, coined the “Pearl of the Adriatic” by famed English poet Lord Byron.
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Surrounded by impressive fortifications that once served to fend off invaders, and filled with stunning baroque architecture and marble walkways, a visit to Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a must-do. Disney Cruise Line offers several ways to see and experience the beauty, history and culture of the area.

Adventures in Croatia with Disney Cruise Line, Featuring the Panoramic Dubrovnik and Old City Tour Adventures in Croatia with Disney Cruise Line, Featuring Walking Tours

First up, guests can take a walking tour of the town with a knowledgeable guide on several of our Port Adventures. Many of the tours, including the Panoramic Dubrovnik and Old Town City Tour, also stop at Park Orsula, a scenic viewpoint from a cliff 650 feet above sea level overlooking Dubrovnik and its riviera.

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In addition to a guided walking tour, the Riviera Cruise and Cable Car add two more ways to view the town, from the sea and sky. The adventure begins on a wooden motor sailor boat cruise on the clear waters of the Adriatic to the Old Town entrance. Following a walking tour and leisure time, guests hop on a cable car that takes them high above Dubrovnik for a breathtaking view of its signature rooftops and the Dalmatian coastline.
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For an even more unique view, guests can join Walking the City Walls and do just that! The walls, completed in the 13th century, are still intact and encircle the old city with a circumference of more than a mile and a half. Guests will walk the entire length, seeing the gorgeous Minceta Fortress, St. John`s Fortress, Bokar Fortress and Maritime Museum all along the way.

Stay tuned for another post next week about how you can enjoy fun in the sun off Croatia’s gorgeous Dalmatian Coast. Until then, if you’ve visited Dubrovnik, tell us what you loved most about this ancient city!

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Discover Alaska’s Annette Island with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 28th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


It is no secret by now that our voyages to Alaska offer some of the most amazing Port Adventures available in our entire portfolio, worldwide. Every year we search for new ways to excite our guests and help them discover the rich culture and diversity of our ports of call.
Discover Alaska’s Annette Island with Disney Cruise Line
For our 2013 summer season, we’ve added two new Port Adventures from Ketchikan to Annette Island, home to the only native reservation in Alaska. These excursions, which offer a rare glimpse of a working village, will immerse guests in the culture of the Tsimshian people, whose ancestors followed Anglican missionary William Duncan in ocean-going canoes to settle on this rugged uninhabited island in 1887.
Discover Alaska’s Annette Island with Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line guests on the Exclusive Annette Island Native Discovery will tour Father Duncan’s Church and Cottage (a museum), hear interesting stories of the village’s totem poles, explore local arts and crafts, and see a local native dance group perform traditional and contemporary dance ceremonies in their clan house.

The Annette Island Cultural Celebration with Family Activity excursion offers guests even more immersion with a unique hands-on experience. Families will construct their very own drum and learn how Tsimshian people teach youngsters about their ancestors using drum beats, song and dance.
Discover Alaska’s Annette Island with Disney Cruise Line
What’s more, on the catamaran cruise to Annette Island, guests have yet another opportunity to view some of Alaska’s wildlife, like seals, eagles and dolphins, just to name a few. Hidden gems such as Annette Island are yet another reason why when the ship is in port, you must venture ashore!

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Explore Alaska’s Wildlife with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 27th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Wildlife exploration is one of the top activities in Alaska, so for this summer Disney Cruise Line has added brand new tours in Juneau that allow guests to witness the very best of the Inside Passage’s marine and coastal wildlife.
Explore Alaska’s Wildlife with Disney Cruise Line

The new Wilderness Safari & Beach Exploration excursion starts out on a high-speed, water-jet powered vessel that can venture to areas unreachable by conventional boat. Whales, sea lions and brown bears are just a few of the species guests may spot that thrive in this pristine environment. The tour also includes a visit to the remote coast of Admiralty Island, where guests can relax or explore while enjoying the area’s stunning beauty.
Explore Alaska’s Wildlife with Disney Cruise Line

Also in Juneau, like most Disney Cruise Line destinations, guests have the option to explore the port of call privately through our Signature Port Adventure Collection. Our private arrangements are a great option for large parties traveling together, families who want to create their own itineraries, or those would like a more in-depth experience with a private guide.
Explore Alaska’s Wildlife with Disney Cruise Line

New this year in Juneau is the Private Whales, Fishing and Wildlife Adventure, where guests can enjoy Alaska’s coast up close and personal, customizing their experience with iconic activities such as whale watching and fishing. Groups have their very own captain and private vessel with several amenities like snacks and beverages, binoculars and fishing gear, plus other VIP options that can be added upon request!

Whether you do it with a group or on a private port adventure, when the ship’s in port, venture shore!


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Join Donald Duck and Pan for Gold in Skagway, Alaska, with Disney Cruise Line

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I love when we here at Disney Cruise Line are able to combine the magic of our Disney characters with the rich culture of our ports of call. It is not a simple process, but when that formula is right, we are sure to create memorable experiences, like the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience.
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure: Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience

A guest favorite for the past two seasons, this Port Adventure returns this summer to tell the story of the prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Guests will visit a trail camp complete with gold panning, great family entertainment and an all-you-can-eat outdoor feast featuring Alaskan salmon. Visiting the camp and in full local attire is Donald Duck, bringing along a few surprises.

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After all this, guests will still have time to explore Skagway or take part in the many other options in this quaint and pristine corner of the Alaskan inside passage.

As I always say, when the ship’s in port (especially in Alaska!), venture ashore!


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Join Disney Royalty on a VIP Visit to Doge’s Palace in Venice

posted on March 20th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Excitement is building as we get closer to Disney Cruise Line’s Mediterranean season! Several months ago I gave you a sneak peek on some of the Signature Collection tours we developed just for our guests in Europe. Today, I am ready to share more details about our most unique port adventure this season, taking place during our overnight stays in Venice, the Exclusive Evening Tour and Disney Royal Visit to the Doge’s Palace.

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Doge’s Palace, as the name suggests, was once home to the Doge, or the chief magistrate and leader of the Republic of Venice. In the great tradition of storytelling, Disney Cruise Line guests on this excursion are the recipients of true Venetian hospitality as the “Doge” opens the doors of his palace to them and our beloved princesses.

Those of you joining us for this evening port adventure will travel on a scenic boat ride to an area nearby St. Mark’s Square for a short walk to the iconic Doge’s Palace, or in Italian, Palazzo Ducale. By the time you arrive, the palace will be closed to the public, giving you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an intimate and private tour of the palace, where you’ll be welcomed by both Venetian and Disney royalty.

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At the end of the tour, you’ll gather at the loggia, the gallery overlooking St. Mark’s Square, joined by Disney princesses, royal Venetian courtiers and live musicians for a special gathering and a toast to this memorable occasion.

There’s no doubt this truly magical VIP experience will bring Venetian culture alive for your family. It’s just another reason for when the ship’s in port, you venture ashore!

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Disney Cruise Line’s Adult-Only Excursions in Europe

posted on March 13th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Kids aren’t the only ones that will be having fun in Europe this summer with Disney Cruise Line! Like I mentioned in my last post about Port Adventures in Europe, we developed excursions that appeal to all types of families, including those of you not traveling with children.

Disney Cruise Line Adult-only Excursion in Tuscany

One of the ways we cater to this group is by providing adult-only departures for some of our most popular tours, including Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and Gondola Ride in Venice, Best of Ephesus from Kusadasi, Turkey and Highlights of Monaco and Monte Carlo from Villefranche, France. For the 2013 season, at least one adult-only tour is offered in each port of call.

What’s more, we’ve also created some brand-new experiences just for adults that I want to tell you about today…

The Acropolis Sightseeing and Greek Culinary Presentation

Acropolis Sightseeing and Greek Culinary Presentation – This adult-exclusive tour in Athens combines a visit to the Acropolis with a Greek culinary journey in the historical neighborhood of Plaka. A local chef demonstrates how to create authentic Greek cuisine such as tzatziki, cheese pie and yogurt with honey using fresh, local ingredients. After you enjoy the culinary creations, you’ll have time to explore the picturesque town and shop in nearby Monastiraki.

Roman Art – Mosaic Workshop with Wine and Cheese

Roman Art – Mosaic Workshop with Wine and Cheese – In Rome, adults are invited to learn the art of creating mosaics from a renowned local artist. While creating your very own masterpiece, you can sip Italian wine and savor delicious local cheeses and salumi (Italian cured meats and cold cuts). Following the workshop, free time in the city allows you to explore famous sites like the Coliseum, Pantheon, Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica.

There are so many choices for Port Adventures in Europe, and I wish I could cover them all! When you find the ones that seem the most interesting for your family, let your fellow Disney Parks Blog readers know about them in the comments.

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Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


With Disney Cruise Line’s return to Alaska just three months away, and now that we’ve announced another summer season there in 2014, I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about family-friendly Port Adventures on this popular itinerary.

Just like I did for the Disney Magic’s summer season in Europe, today I want to tell you about shore excursions that have exclusive youth activities for the Disney Wonder’s summer season in Alaska.
Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska
Totems, Exclusive Lumberjack Show and Potlatch Park Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity - Not only will families experience the exciting competition of the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show on this adventure from Ketchikan, they’ll also learn about the culture of Alaska’s natives, including the art form of totem carving, at a recreated settlement. Here kids have the chance to join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors and paint their very own wooden feather, which will be later added to a totem pole designed specifically for Disney Cruise Line guests.
Family Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Alaska
White Pass Scenic Railway Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Since one of the family favorites from Skagway is a vintage rail car through the breathtaking White Pass summit, we dedicated a portion of this tour that allows parents to relax with a glass of champagne while kids expel energy in their own rail car. Under the supervision of local staff and joined by Disney Cruise Line youth counselors, they enjoy sing alongs, games, activities and stories of the gold rush…without anyone reminding them to use their “inside voices!”

Here’s a video to give you a better idea what this experience is all about…

As you’re planning your Alaskan adventures for this summer, which Port Adventures seem best for your family?

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New Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities in Europe

posted on March 5th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


As my team developed Port Adventures for the upcoming summer season in Europe, one of our goals was to create a selection of offerings desirable to the many types of family units that cruise with Disney. I’m proud to say we accomplished that goal!

Today I want to tell you about some of the excursions that are perfect for families with young kids. On these excursions, we set aside a special part of the tour where parents can have time to themselves, while kids have a break just to be kids during a special craft with Disney Cruise Line youth counselors.

Here are a few of the new excursions with specially integrated youth activities for 2013:
Mask Workshop, St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace - Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities in Europe

Mask Workshop, St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace Featuring Youth Activity – This adventure takes families on a guided tour of Venice before giving parents the chance to stroll the nearby shops and cafes while children decorate a traditional Venetian mask.
Bracelet Making in Sirince Village - Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities in Europe

Ephesus and Sirince Village featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – After a visit to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, families will travel to the countryside village of Sirince, where parents are free to explore the market, sample fruit wines and taste local delicacies, while children make their very own bracelet, featuring popular Turkish symbols.
Mosaic Activity in Mykonos - Disney Cruise Line Youth Activities in Europe

Delos Island Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Following a family visit to Delos to tour one of the most important mythological and archaeological sites in Greece, parents can enjoy free time to explore Mykonos on their own while children participate in a fun mosaic activity.

Next up I’ll give you details on some of the adult-only excursions. As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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Disney Cruise Line’s Return to Europe this Summer

posted on February 8th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Summer is just around the corner, and before you know it, the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic will be halfway across the world from each other! I gave you a glimpse at what the Disney Wonder’s time in Alaska will be like, and now I want to give you a look at some of the sites you may see during the Disney Magic’s upcoming three-month Mediterranean season.

Europe destinations brand new to Disney for 2013 include Venice, Athens, the Greek Isles, Turkey and Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and you’re going to love the special Port Adventures we have planned for these locales. Stay tuned for updates soon!

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Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska

posted on January 28th, 2013 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Beginning in May, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
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Don’t you just love this shot of the ship sailing through the Tracy Arm fjord? We’re wrapping up all the final details on the Port Adventures in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, and I’m looking forward to telling you about my favorites. Like always, Disney Cruise Line worked closely with local tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures in Alaska.

Until then, I leave you with this fun time lapse video showing some of the breathtaking vistas and exciting excursions that await Disney cruisers this summer.


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