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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Enjoy the Lasseter Family Winery Port Adventure on Disney California Coastal Cruises

posted on July 16th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Excitement has been brewing since Disney Cruise Line announced Pixar-inspired California Coastal cruises sailing this fall. Aboard the Disney Wonder, Pixar characters like Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear will visit with guests, and artists and filmmakers from Pixar Animation Studios will make special presentations, including sneak peeks of future Pixar films.

What’s more, special Port Adventures will allow you to see the best of California, and as a wine lover, one I am particularly excited about is the excursion out of San Francisco to the Lasseter Family Winery in Sonoma Valley.
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Guests will explore the family’s private vineyard, owned by Nancy and John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios), and sample some of the unique red wine blends offered under the Lasseter label. With Nancy as your host, you will be granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the heart of the winery and into the vineyards to taste different grape varietals right from the vines.

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After tasting five Lasseter Family wines you will have leisure time at the beautiful Lake Serendipity, a rarely-seen jewel of the estate.
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Experiencing the Maritime Charm of Atlantic Canada with Disney Cruise Line

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


Last week I gave you a glimpse of a Disney Cruise Line cruise to Atlantic Canada, boasting a picturesque coastline, rich heritage, the world’s highest tides and loads of maritime charm.

In this video you’ll hear more about that maritime charm from locals and find out where you can go in the seaside provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to experience it.

If you’re planning a Disney cruise to Canada this summer, here are a few Port Adventures I recommend to enjoy first-hand the quaint fishing villages, seafaring history and mouth-watering fresh seafood…

Peggy’s Cove, Lobster Lunch & Maple – Visit Peggy’s Cove, a famous fishing village known worldwide as having one of the most photographed lighthouses. Here you’ll learn about the lobster fisheries and enjoy a delicious lobster lunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Learn the Ropes Featuring Exclusive Youth Activity & Hop On Hop Off – Explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where children can take part in an exclusive activity accompanied by Disney Cruise Line Youth Counselors, allowing parents some free time to explore. Next, re-group and explore the heritage of Halifax at leisure aboard a Hop On Hop Off double-decker bus.

St. Martins & the Bay of Fundy – Travel to the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins on the shores of the Bay of Fundy with its famous sea-carved caves, twin covered bridges, delicious seafood chowder and old-fashioned hospitality.

Now that you know more about what Atlantic Canada has to offer…when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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Disney Cruise Line Adventures in Key West

posted on July 9th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


When you think of Key West, Florida, what comes to your mind? Turquoise water, world-class fishing, colorful culture, interesting history, delicious key lime pie, amazing sunsets…? The list of what this tropical paradise is known for could go on and on.

With the addition of Galveston, Texas, and Miami as new homeports, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the vibrant city of Key West on select Western Caribbean and Bahamas sailings.

Here are just a few ways you can explore the southernmost city in the continental U.S.:

Trolley, Train and Bike Tours

Sit back and relax on the Old Town Trolley or Conch Train Tour or get a little exercise on the Key Lime Island Bike Tour. All three are great ways to enjoy numerous Key West historical sites and local hot spots, including a tasting of delicious key lime treats at the world-famous Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shoppe!

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Water and Wildlife Adventures

Explore the waters of the Key West Wildlife Refuge, home to a vast array of beautiful marine life, on the Snorkel Kayak and Dolphin Watching Adventure. Be sure to have your camera ready as you might see dolphins jumping and playing in a special area known to the locals as the “Dolphin Playground.” You can also enjoy the water from above on a glass bottom boat, sail through it on a catamaran, or dive in on a Snuba tour, an activity that combines the ease or snorkeling with the thrill of scuba diving.

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If you’ve been to Key West, tell us in the comments about your favorite spots around the island. And don’t forget, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!

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A Glimpse of a Disney Cruise to Atlantic Canada

posted on July 6th, 2012 by Arnaldo Zanonato, Port Adventures Manager


Whether you’re a nature lover, foodie or history buff, there’s something for everyone on a cruise to Atlantic Canada, a brand new Disney Cruise Line destination this year. With the area’s stunning scenery, rich history and refreshing summer climate, this itinerary is one of my new favorites!

Rather than just tell you about this remarkable destination and its Port Adventure experiences, I want to show you. Take a look at this video and tell us in the comments what you’d enjoy most about your time in the seaside provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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