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Disney Cruise Line Itinerary Options from Miami

posted on January 22nd, 2013 by Ray Smale, Cruise Director, Disney Cruise Line


Hi again, Disney Parks Blog fans! I just boarded the Disney Wonder this past weekend, and I am so excited to be a part of Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural season from Miami. Sailing out of this vibrant city for the first time on Saturday was such a fun experience for me!
The Disney Wonder Now Sails from Miami

One of the great things about Disney sailing from Miami, other than departing from such a bustling and iconic metropolis, is the abundance of itinerary options. Here’s a snapshot of the variety you have to choose from when planning a Disney cruise from South Florida in 2013:

Which of these voyages is the best fit for your family?

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Disney Cruise Line Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

posted on January 21st, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


My weekend getaway from Miami on the Disney Wonder took me to three of the coolest destinations south of Florida. Spending time in tropical paradise…now that’s what I’m talking about!

Sail with the Disney Wonder on a Disney Cruise Line Miami Cruise Visiting Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

First stop, Key West!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

There’s no better view of Key West than from the deck of the Disney Wonder! This was the perfect first stop to an awesome vacation. Filled with history, shopping and unique restaurants, there’s no way you can’t have fun in this charming town.

One of the best ways to discover all of the must-see historical landmarks is on the trolley or train tour. Here are some of the highlights:

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Audubon House and Gardens

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Sloppy Joe’s

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Southernmost Point

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Hemingway House

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Fun fact: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to about 40-50 six-toed cats. Here’s one of the
cute kities I found sleeping on a bed.

Second stop, Nassau!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

In this Bahamian town, you can choose from a number of thrilling port adventures or hit the unique straw market and socialize with the people who know the island best.

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Searching for hand-crafted jewelry and one-of-a kind souvenirs? This is where you’ll find it! I was digging the hat selections, and I even tried out a new hairstyle!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

Or if you feel like getting the inside scoop, hang out with some new friends…

Last, but certainly not least, Castaway Cay! What can I say, Castaway Cay never disappoints.

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

If you’re looking for excitement, Disney Cruise Line offers fun activities the whole family can enjoy such as parasailing, kayaking and paddle boating. Here I am with a couple friends, just living the dream! Look at that crystal blue shoreline!

Disney Miami Cruise Highlights from Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay

And if you want to have as much fun as this kid, Spring-a-Leak, with pop jets, geysers and bubblers, is the place to be on Castaway Cay.

Whether your family seeks adventure, historic enrichment or relaxation, this Disney cruise itinerary from Miami has it all.

Now, who is ready to set sail to these awesome places? I think I need to go again.

Until next time, bon voyage my friends!

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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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