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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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Three Ways to Splash in the Sun on a Disney Cruise from Texas

posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Starting in September, the Disney Magic will sail 7-night Western Caribbean cruises out of Galveston, Texas. During those voyages, the ship will call on the popular destinations of Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Today, I want to tell you about three Port Adventures that highlight one of the main reasons why guests sail on Caribbean cruises: the beautiful waters and sunshine!

“Stingray

Grand Cayman – Stingray City Reef Sail & Snorkel – By far the most popular attraction in Grand Cayman, one of the few places in the world where you can swim and interact with wild stingrays in a sandbar in the middle of the ocean – quite a sight!

“Dolphin

Costa Maya – Dolphin Encounter – A popular choice amongst families and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. Learning about these friendly mammals may be the key to help protecting them!

“12-Metre

Cozumel – 12-Metre Regatta – Sail aboard an America’s Cup Yacht and race in the warm blue waters surrounding Cozumel.

These are just a few of the many options to soak up the sun and splash in Caribbean waters. Stay tuned for my next Disney Parks Blog post about Port Adventures offered on cruises sailing out of Galveston. And don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Tropical Adventures with Disney Cruise Line in Hawai’i

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


When the Disney Wonder sails to Hawai’i in October for a second time this year, guests will have plenty of fun ways to experience the breathtaking beauty of the islands.
The Disney Wonder in Hawai'i

We developed tons of fantastic Port Adventures so that Disney cruisers can get the most from this tropical paradise vacation. Here are a few of my favorites:
Visit Kualoa Ranch in Honolulu on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Kualoa Ali‘i (Royal) Experience (Honolulu, Oahu) – Explore Kualoa Ranch, the site of many feature movies and TV shows such as “Jurassic Park” and “Lost,” and follow it up with a private picnic-style lunch. It’s the perfect match of breathtaking vistas and dramatic cliffs paired with the delicious flavors of the islands!
Go on the Colors of the Sunset Haleakalā Adventure on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Colors of the Sunset Haleakalā Adventure (Kahului, Maui) – A brilliant sunset tour to famous Haleakalā Crater and upcountry Maui, featuring a dairy goat farm tour, lavender garden tour, wine tasting and a 3-course dinner. If you’re looking for a luxurious intimate experience, this is the tour to choose!
Visit Haleakalā Crater by Horseback on a Disney Cruise to Hawai'i

Haleakalā Crater by Horseback (Kahului, Maui) – Ride the Sliding Sands Trail into the world famous Haleakalā Crater, descending 2,500 feet to the crater floor below, where you’ll enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch. This is an incredible way to see the crater!

If you’re saying “aloha” to Hawai’i with Disney Cruise Line this fall, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Disney Cruise Line Exclusive Port Adventures in Atlantic Canada

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


My favorite Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are always the ones we design exclusively for our guests. I love the way we’re able to extend the art of Disney’s storytelling into the ports we visit, and that is especially true in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada.

Check out this video to see two of the charming Port Adventures we developed in Atlantic Canada just for Disney cruisers.

Whether you choose to have tea with Alice in Wonderland, play solider for a day at the historical Citadel or join another exciting Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure, remember…when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Exploring Canada’s Bay of Fundy on a Disney Cruise

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


Set between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, shore excursions to the Bay of Fundy are a must on a Disney Cruise Line cruise to Atlantic Canada.

In this video, see the beauty of the Bay of Fundy and hear from a local guide about what you can do to enjoy all it has to offer.

Check out some of my personal recommendations for Port Adventures that allow you to experience the Bay of Fundy fully…

Bay of Fundy Whale & Wildlife Watching – Set sail on the Bay of Fundy to watch for whales like Humpbacks, the huge Finback and smaller Minke whales. You’ll also sail among islands and passages where tidal currents are strong to watch for eagles, seabirds, seals and porpoise.

Hopewell Rocks Tidal Discovery – Travel along the picturesque Fundy Coastal Drive to Hopewell Rocks, a unique coastal formation where you can experience the world’s highest tides that have carved the famous flowerpot rocks.

Ride the Rapids – On this exciting high-speed jet boat ride, you’ll get up close to one of the world’s most unique phenomena, the Reversing Falls Rapids, caused by the strong harbor currents reversing every six hours.

Adventures on the Bay of Fundy are not to be missed, so when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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