New Disney Cruise Ships

Not only has Disney Cruise Lines announced several new ports of call for 2009, but the popular family cruise line has also announced plans for several new Disney cruise ships. The new Disney cruise ships will double the cruise lines’ current fleet and the number of staterooms will increase by a whopping 40%. Before we give you the lowdown on the new Disney cruise ships, first, here’s a bit of background on the world’s favorite family cruise line.

Disney Cruise Lines has been in the cruise business for more than a decade and well over half a million people will sail on a Disney Cruise Lines ship each year. Owned by the Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Port Canaveral, Florida, Disney Cruise Lines’ ships were the first in the cruise industry to be designed specifically for families, parents, and children.

Disney Cruise Lines operates the popular Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise ships, each offering a wide assortment of accommodations, itineraries, and activities to choose from. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder call Cruise Terminal 8 — the Disney Cruise Line Terminal, home. The $27 million, 70,000-square-foot facility terminal was completed and dedicated on November 17, 1997. Disney Cruise Line Terminal is Port Canaveral’s third ultra-modern mega-ship terminal and it is the exclusive home of Magic and Wonder.

Nearly identical in design and space, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder feature spacious staterooms (875 – Magic, 874- Wonder), themed dining rooms and unique areas of the ship that cater to each age group including: toddlers, young children, tweens, teens and adults. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small child or an adult — Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone. Disney Wonder sails to Nassau in the Bahamas. Passengers have the option to choose from 3-day and 4-day cruises and packages that include either a 3-4 day stay at the Walt Disney World Resort prior to voyage. There are currently two special 10 and 11-day voyages.

Disney Magic offers several varied itineraries, as several new ports of call and one new option. Guests can now explore Tortola and St. Croix/St. Thomas ports of call as well as the Mexican Riviera – Disney’s latest option. Vacationers may choose from the original Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean itineraries and special cruises that sail to Disney’s private island paradise Castaway Cay. Back in March 2006, Disney announced that Disney magic would offer a special European itinerary for summer 2007. Ten and 11-night Mediterranean cruises departed from Barcelona, Spain and stopped at numerous ports in Italy and France. Traditional Disney cruises depart from Disney’s Art Deco-themed terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida.

The new Disney cruise ships will be delivered in 2011 and 2012. Meyer Werft Shipyards of Papenburg, Germany will build the ships and each ship will weigh in at 122,000 tons. Disney’s current ships are 83,000-tons each. The new Disney cruise ships will have 1,250 staterooms with room for 4,000 guests compared to Disney’s current 877 staterooms with room for 2,400 guests. The new Disney cruise ships will stick to Disney’s traditional Mickey Mouse color scheme of black, white, red, and yellow combined with art deco touches of 1930’s ocean liners. The new ships will stand two decks taller than Disney Wonder and Magic, and they will have much more room for verandahs – and then some!

If you would like to book a cruise with Disney Cruise Lines, it’s best to book as far in advance as possible. Several months in advance is your best bet as the full amount for a Disney cruise is due 90 days prior to sailing. In addition, the farther in advance you book, the better your chances are to lock in significant savings or take advantage of great deals and discounts. To book a Disney Cruise, visit the Disney Cruise Lines website or contact your local cruise travel agent.

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