Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
Disney Cruise Lines announced earlier this week that beginning Monday, May 9, guests can begin making bookings on 2023 itineraries for sailings through September 2023 from Port Canaveral and other homeports. Bookings will be open during various times this week for members of Disney’s frequent cruiser groups.
Currently, Disney has two of its three largest ships – the Wish and the Fantasy, based out of Port Canaveral. The Disney Wish will enter service in July 2022, is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, is the largest ship based on length and tonnage, and is the first in the Disney Fleet to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
“Having the new Disney Wish to join the Disney Fantasy provides some fun sailing options for cruise guests in the summer 2023 season. Every Disney ship that sails from our port creates excitement and highlights the pride in our joint dedication to providing a high-quality customer experience for all cruise guests,” said Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray.
The Wish's summer 2023 itineraries will include a series of three- and four-night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Disney Fantasy, which also sails from port Canaveral, will offer sailings ranging from five to ten-night sailings. The Fantasy also will offer:
"We are thrilled to have five ships at sea in summer 2023 with a wide array of destinations for families to enjoy,” said Sharon Siskie, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Cruise Line.
Below are the 2023 itinerary plans for Disney's other three ships:
Disney Dream: The Disney Dream will call on a wide variety of destinations from European homeports, with sailings ranging from four to eleven nights. It will be the Dream's first deployment to Europe after repositioning from Miami with a 13-night trans-Atlantic cruise to Spain. The Dream will sail from Barcelona, Spain, and Rome to ports of call throughout the Mediterranean, including a first-ever seven-night sailing to the Greek Isles with stops in Santorini and Mykonos.
Disney will also offer late-summer/early-fall departures of the Dream from Southampton, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark, featuring cruises to various destinations, including Spain, France, the British Isles, Norway, and Iceland. New ports of call for Disney include La Rochelle, France, and two new ports in Norway — Skjolden, and Sandnes.
Disney Magic: The Magic will be based in Miami for the summer 2023 sailing season, making it the third Disney ship sailing from Florida. The Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamas cruises; four- and seven-night eastern Caribbean cruises; and five- and seven-night Western Caribbean cruises. Some of the summer cruises will include two days at Castaway Cay.
Before redeploying to Miami, the Magic will offer seven- and eight-night southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Disney Wonder: The Wonder will offer five-, seven- and nine-night sailings from Vancouver, Canada, after repositioning from San Diego for different Alaskan sailings.