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Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

posted on January 10th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today’s the day I set sail for my first-ever cruise from Miami! After arriving to the port this morning, now I fully understand the excitement of departing from this beautiful and iconic city. What a view huh?

Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

This is Disney’s fourth voyage from Miami since the Disney Wonder set sail on December 23, but it is the first four-night Bahamas cruise. Even though it’s a short trip, Miami’s close proximity to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas allows us to stop at three ports: Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.

Sailing from Miami with Disney Cruise Line

Over the weekend, be sure to follow me via @DisneyCruise for an inside look at my experience, and join the conversation with #DCLMiami. Then check back on the Disney Parks Blog on Monday for my full voyage report.

See ya real soon!

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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 Miami Countdown: Two Days Left

posted on December 21st, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Only two days left in Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural Miami voyage countdown, which you may remember Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off when he visited South Florida last month in a speedboat!
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On Sunday morning, the Disney Wonder will arrive to Miami after a 4,857-mile voyage from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal. The ship will set sail the same afternoon on Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever departure from South Florida, setting the stage for a variety of Disney cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean in 2013 and 2014, most with stops at Castaway Cay.
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No doubt, Christmas is coming early for Miami! Which Disney cruise would you consider the perfect holiday gift?

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Disney Cruise Line Gives Away 100 Family Vacations from Miami

posted on November 29th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


As part of the festivities yesterday to celebrate the Disney Wonder’s arrival to Miami next month, 100 lucky families won their own 5-night Disney cruise vacation!

Excited fans showed up to the Bayside Marketplace for the Disney Cruise Line Save Us a Spot Celebration, eager for their chance to be one of the first to sail with Disney from Miami.

Check out this video to see some of the families who won and hear more about Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural Miami season…

Which Disney Miami cruise is your family embarking on?

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Let the Countdown Begin: Disney Cruise Line Says “See Ya Real Soon” To Miami

posted on November 28th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


See ya real soon, Miami! Earlier today I shared with you a photo where Captain Mickey Mouse met Miami in a Disney-style celebration.

Now, take a look at this video with Cruise Director Christiaan Abbott who shows you the sleek speed boat, dazzling fireworks and the grand unveiling of an enormous banner adorning Miami’s cruise terminal that ignited the countdown to Disney Cruise Line’s maiden voyage from Miami on December 23, 2012.

The Disney cruises from Miami will stop at multiple ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Nassau, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Can you guess the port the South Florida families I talked to today are most excited about visiting? Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, of course! Miami is the newest addition to the list of Disney Cruise Line homeports from which guests can escape to this exclusive tropical paradise.

Which Disney cruise are you counting down the days until?

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Disney Cruise Line Prepares for Inaugural Season from Miami

posted on November 28th, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Only 25 days to go! Today, Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to Port Miami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger-than-life banner proclaiming “See Ya Real Soon.”
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When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida.

Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural Miami season will start with a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Christmas cruise and then ring in the New Year with a 6-night Western Caribbean voyage. These two holiday cruises set the stage for a very happy 2013 with three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

Be sure to check back later for our video so you can see more of the Disney Cruise Line fun that took place in Miami today.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Disney Wonder Debuts

posted on August 2nd, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today back in 1999, the Disney Wonder arrived at Port Canaveral for the first time after leaving Italy. Below is a shot of the ship pulling into port behind its sister ship the Disney Magic.
The Disney Wonder Pulls into Port Canaveral, Florida, Behind its Sister Ship the Disney Magic, for the First Time Back in 1999

As the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Wonder has many unique features that distinguish it from the other ships, including the Ariel statue in the atrium, Triton’s restaurant, Route 66, and Donald and Huey on the ship’s stern.
Vintage Walt Disney World: The Disney Wonder Debuts in 1999

This year, the Disney Wonder voyaged to Hawaii for the first time, made its first call to Seattle and soon will depart for cruises to the Caribbean from Miami in December. That’s a lot of firsts for this classic Disney Cruise Line ship!

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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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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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Disney Alaska Cruise: A Ship Off the Old Glacier

posted on July 11th, 2012 by Jimmy Lynett, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Hello Disney Parks Blog fans! I’m Jimmy, cruise director on the Disney Wonder. Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, I now call Gold Coast, Australia, home with my wife and three amazing children. I have been with Disney Cruise Line since December 1998, when I began working in Youth Activities on the Disney Magic.

I’m writing to you now from the pristine waters of Alaska as we make our way through the summer cruise season here. People say a picture is worth 1,000 words. In Alaska, I say a picture cannot truly describe what you see. Everything from whales, dolphins, seals, bears and bald eagles to 7,000-foot snowcapped mountains and fresh fallen icebergs is like a live-action postcard.
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Whales Spotted from the Disney Wonder While Sailing in Alaska Bald Eagles Spotted from the Disney Wonder While Sailing in Alaska

Yes, shoot as many pictures as you can, but do not get lost behind the lens of your camera. Take a moment and enjoy for yourself the beauty that is Alaska. Here are some personal recommendations to make the most of your Alaskan adventure:

  • Be prepared for the weather! I know its summer, but this is Alaska so dress warm and layer clothing. (You can always remove clothing should it get warm.)
  • No matter what the weather has in store, be out on deck during the scenic voyage through Tracy Arm! You need all five senses to fully immerse yourself in this spectacular area.
  • Maximize your time in the Alaska ports of call with Port Adventures, without a doubt the best way to plan your time ashore. Some of my favorites are riding the White Pass Rail, dog sledding on Mendenhall Glacier, taking a float plane to the beautiful Misty Fjords and enjoying the famous Butchart Gardens. (Remember, space is limited on our Port Adventures so be sure to plan ahead.)
  • Finally, don’t blink! Without a doubt you will miss something.

Thanks for welcoming me as a new author to the Disney Parks Blog. I look forward to welcoming you aboard the Disney Wonder for your adventure to the Great Land!

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