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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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Adventures in Miami with Disney Cruise Line

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


Happy New Year, Disney Parks Blog fans! It’s going to be an exciting year for Disney Cruise Line with both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic sailing from Miami for the first time. The Disney Wonder kicked off her season just before Christmas, and the Disney Magic will call South Florida home after her summer in Europe.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

Since this is the first time ever that Disney Cruise Line has home-ported in Miami, I want to highlight some of the fun activities you can do in this vibrant city after your voyage. Disney Cruise Line offers special Port Adventures on debarkation day that pick you up from the ship and drop you off at the airport, after you have some fun of course! It’s a hassle-free way to explore the area without having to worry about where you’ll store your luggage between the ship and the airport.

South Florida is known for the vast and dense wetlands of the Everglades with abundant wildlife and unique flora and fauna. There is no better way to see this subtropical “River of Grass” than on an airboat adventure!
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

After the airboat ride and an interesting reptile show featuring the American alligator, you can use your free time at the Everglades National Park to explore the Jungle Trail, alligator farm and crocodile exhibits.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

Another Miami Port Adventure I’d recommend is the Best of Miami by Land & Sea. This city highlights tour takes guests on a scenic drive and boat ride past iconic Miami locations. You’ll drive through Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Beach and other well-known areas and cruise on the famous Miami waters past celebrity mansions, historical buildings and the striking city skyline.
Explore Miami and South Florida with Disney Cruise Line

To reserve your spot on one of the Miami tours, just stop by the Port Adventures desk onboard. As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore…it’s no different on debarkation day!

Disney Parks Blogger Jonathan Frontado will be sailing on his first-ever Disney cruise from Miami this Thursday. Stay tuned for his voyage report on the Disney Parks Blog and follow him on Twitter via @DisneyCruise to get an inside look at #DCLMiami!

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Disney Cruise Line Sneak Peek: Port Adventures in Rome

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Now that I’ve given you a sneak peek at Disney-exclusive Port Adventures in Venice and Turkey, I’d like to tell you about what we’re developing in Rome for our 2013 summer in the Mediterranean.

Whether you’ve visited Rome before or not, these Port Adventures are a great way to visit the Eternal City…Disney-style! We’ve tailored the experiences for both families and adults – and the seasoned Rome traveler.

For families…
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Rome - Visit the Colosseum With Your Family

Highlights of Rome for Families Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity: Families can explore highlights of the Eternal City together, including the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. In the gardens of Villa Borghese, kids can join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors for a traditional Italian puppet show, giving parents an opportunity to stroll in the park, visit nearby shows or take a break and enjoy a glass of Italian wine.

For adults…
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Rome - Roman Art - Mosaic Experience For Adults

Roman Art – Mosaic Experience: During this adult-exclusive experience, art enthusiasts will have time to explore Rome, checking out incredible mosaic art examples in the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then, they can try their hand at creating their own mosaic masterpiece while enjoying some of Italy’s finest wine and cheeses.

For seasoned Rome travelers…
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Rome For Seasoned Rome Travelers - Visit San Clemente Basilica Underground and Galleria Borghese

San Clemente Basilica Underground and Galleria Borghese: If you’ve visited Rome before and are looking for new sites to explore inside the Eternal City, this adventure is for you! The San Clemente Basilica gives guests a glimpse into the past, as underneath the church are two underground floors that represent different eras of the city’s history. The Galleria Borghese features one of Rome’s premier art collections, assembled and displayed in the private residence of the Borghese family.

From what I’ve shown you so far in Rome, Venice and Turkey, which of these stops do you think you’ll enjoy most?

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Disney Cruise Line Sneak Peek: Port Adventures in Turkey

posted on November 20th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Are you ready for another sneak peek at the Port Adventures Disney Cruise Line is developing for our summer cruise season in the Mediterranean?

I already gave you a glimpse at what we’re working on in Venice, and today we’re headed to exotic Turkey! For a true look at the creative process we use when developing adventures ashore, take a look at this video…

Here are more details about some of the Disney-exclusive Port Adventures in Turkey…

Ephesus and St. John Archaeological Quest – After a guided tour of St. John’s Basilica, guests will join an adventure-seeking “archeologist” on his quest to locate pieces of a popular symbol found throughout the area. Teams will see and decode clues to find a piece of an ancient symbol. When all teams finish solving their set of clues, the “archeologist” puts the pieces together, but realizes there’s one piece still missing! The quest shifts to Ephesus where all teams work together to find the final missing piece of the ancient tablet.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus and St. John Archaeological Quest

Ephesus Excavation Site with Archaeologist Encounter – At Ephesus, the most popular archeological site in the Kusadasi area, guests will get a guided tour and then be introduced to an archeologist who is currently working on the excavation (or a retired archeologist who once worked on the Ephesus site). The archeologist will share stories of past adventures and insights on what it takes to be a member of this illustrious profession. After a brief visit to an active dig site, guests will put their archeological skills to the test at an “artificial” dig site and unearth replicas of treasures found in Ephesus.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus Excavation Site with Archaeologist Encounter

Ephesus Ruins & Sirince Village Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity – Families will explore Ephesus and then tour the narrow streets and markets in the countryside village of Sirince. They’ll end at the Artemis Restaurant, a local historic building where today a museum and restaurant operate. Here children will join Disney Cruise Line youth counselors and take part in a fun Turkish bracelet making activity, giving parents an opportunity to explore the market, sample some fruit wines or taste some local delicacies.

Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures in Turkey - Ephesus Ruins & Sirince Village Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity

Which family-friendly adventures in Turkey would you love to join?



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Disney Fantasy Prepares for Inaugural Call to San Juan, Puerto Rico

posted on October 11th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


At Disney Cruise Line, we are always looking to add new and exciting destinations to create the variety of itineraries our guests love.

Starting on the November 3rd sailing, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first time, visit the historic capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, during its 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. With so many places to explore, San Juan boasts history with its iconic “Old San Juan,” a World Heritage Site, and adventure with “El Yunque,” the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks Service.

Here are some great Port Adventures for your entire family to enjoy from San Juan:
Visit Castillo San Cristobal with Disney Cruise Line

Castillo San Cristobal, a World Heritage Site – featuring Youth Activity – Families will explore San Cristobal Castle together before kids get a chance to be Little Masons and learn about the materials used to construct old fortifications. The kids are joined by Disney Cruise Line Youth Counselors, giving parents free time to explore nearby sites.
Visit El Yunque National Forest with Disney Cruise Line

Rainforest Nature Walk and Waterfall Adventure – Follow expert nature interpreter guides on a nature walk through El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system. Discover its beautiful flora and fauna before relaxing at a majestic waterfall.
Participate in a Hands-On Criollo Cooking Demonstration with Disney Cruise Line

Hands-On Criollo Cooking Demonstration – Learn about traditional Puerto Rican foods, including popular dishes like plantains, meats and local spices. You’ll savor the homemade meal you prepare during this hands-on cooking experience!

Whatever you choose to do in San Juan, the city will delight you with its historic charm, hospitality, adventure and delicious cuisine. Make sure to allow time for a stroll through the beautiful streets and taste some of the local dishes – like plantains. My favorite is the “mofongo!”

As always, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!


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