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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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Disney Cruise Line Sneak Peek: Port Adventures in Venice

posted on September 27th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Disney Cruise fans, I’ve got some really exciting stuff to share with you today! I just got back from a trip to Europe. The purpose? To plan Port Adventures for the Disney Cruise Line summer Mediterranean cruise season! (Yes, I love my job!)

New Port Adventures in Venice Coming Soon for Disney Cruise Line Guests

At each destination, we’re partnering with tour operators to create one-of-a-kind excursions geared towards families and exclusive to Disney Cruise Line. For example, Venice has a wealth of family experiences – but we’re taking them to a whole new level! In this video, you’ll see some of the adventures we’re developing in Venice – while they’re still in the “work-in-progress” state.

The one I’m most excited about is the Disney-exclusive Evening Doge’s Palace Tour & Character Experience where families will be treated to two very rare treats – a private, after-hours tour of Doge’s Palace and a royal reception with Disney princesses on the Palace’s loggia (balcony overlooking St. Mark’s Square).

Another Disney-exclusive excursion I’m sure will be an instant favorite is our Gondolier For A Day Experience. There is no greater symbol of the city of Venice than that of a gondolier navigating his gondola down the city’s world-famous canals. During this Port Adventure, guests 16 and older will be able to try their hand at piloting a gondola on the city’s lagoon!

New Port Adventures in Venice Coming Soon for Disney Cruise Line Guests

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at Port Adventures in Venice. Stay tuned for my next post about the family-fun adventures we’re planning in Turkey!

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‘Submerge’ Yourself to See the Underwater Beauty of the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise from Texas

posted on September 4th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Ready to hear more about Port Adventures you can enjoy on a Disney Cruise Line cruise from Texas starting September 22?

Alright, well I saved the best for last – at least in my opinion! Today it’s all about the Caribbean waters again, but this time we’ll go below the surface! Whether you know how to swim or not, want to stay dry or splash around, there are many options that will delight the young and young at heart in the ports visited during a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, Texas.
Go on an Atlantis Submarine Expedition in Grand Cayman with Disney Cruise Line

Grand Cayman – Atlantis Submarine Expedition – Discover the reefs and creatures that reside on the near shore waters when you voyage on the largest commercial passenger submarine in the world to depths of up to 100 feet: a must on everyone’s bucket list!
Go for a Beach Power Snorkel in Costa Maya with Disney Cruise Line

Costa Maya – Beach Power Snorkel – Love snorkeling and want to take it to a whole new level? Try power-snorkeling! With the use of an underwater scooter you glide easily through the waters to get up-close and personal with friendly underwater friends!
Go to Xplor Park in Cozumel with Disney Cruise Line

Cozumel – Xplor Park – Thrill seekers can travel to mainland Mexico and visit the Xplor Park. With many attractions including a jaw-dropping zip line, the underground river system and caves, it is a sight to behold and a landmark of the region’s natural features.

Thanks again for following my posts about all the fun there is at every destination visited by Disney Cruise Line. No matter where you go or what ship you choose, always remember: when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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VIP Tour of Lasseter Family Winery with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 21st, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


I told you about the special Lasseter Family Winery Port Adventure Disney Cruise Line guests can do on the California Coastal voyages this fall, but now you can hear about it straight from the Lasseter family!

Take a look at this video with John and Nancy Lasseter as they give you a glimpse of their beautiful Sonoma Valley property and tell you about the unique experiences guests will have on this private VIP tour offered exclusively for Disney cruisers.

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Three Ways to Explore History and Culture on a Disney Cruise from Texas

posted on August 14th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Hello everyone! I am back to tell you more about the fun you can experience in the ports visited during a 7-night Western Caribbean Disney cruise out of Galveston, Texas.

I already told you about the best adventures to splash in the sun, and today it’s all about exploring the local culture and history!

Learn About Grand Cayman's Culture, Architecture and Unique Ecosystem on a Disney Cruise

Grand Cayman – Discover Native Cayman & the Saltwater Forest – Learn about Grand Cayman’s culture, architecture and one of the most unique ecosystems on earth: the mangroves! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the shore birds and iguanas!

Visit One of Many Mayan Archeological Sites During a Trip to Costa Maya with Disney Cruise Line

Costa Maya – Chacchoben Mayan Ruins – No trip to the Yucatan Peninsula is complete without an awe-inspiring visit to one of the many Mayan archeological sites. The Chacchoben ruins near Costa Maya are a great example of this lost civilization and we offer family and adult-only departures, another proof that Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone!

Enjoy Mexican Cuisine During a Trip to Cozumel with Disney Cruise Line

Cozumel – Mexican Cuisine Workshop & Tasting – Who doesn’t like Mexican cuisine? This tour combines a great workshop of some of the most iconic Mexican dishes with some relaxing time to play in the sun!

Whether you are traveling with young cruisers or your party is made up only of adults, learning about the culture of each destination you visit is one of the main reasons why people love traveling. That’s why I always say, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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