Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Earlier this month, all four of Disney's cruise ships were together for the first time ever. From the pictures I saw, it was amazing. I kept wishing I could get a better look, though.
Fortunately, someone knew people like me would want to see more of the ships from that day in France. The YouTube user _cruise_ships posted the above video. The video has beautiful footage of the ships from multiple angles, including from above. When the camera was above the ships, it shows the Magic out of the water. It's a little strange to look at, because I'm so used to seeing the ships in the water. The video gave a glimpse at the ship's hull, something Disney doesn't usually show. Hey, maybe that's why Disney didn't do anything special to celebrate this special occasion. It's possible they don't want people seeing the part of the Magic that's usually submerged. Even with that, they should've at least acknowledged to the public that the ships were together. Well, it wasn't Disney, but I'm glad someone decided to take advantage of that day.
From above, something's up with the Dream. In the video's thumbnail or 1 minute and 17 seconds in, take a look at Vibe, in the front of the ship. See the gray section with Mickey Mouse on it? That isn't usually there. Also, it isn't on the Fantasy. It's not a cover for the outdoor section of Vibe, since it's behind that area. It might be a cover for the area behind Vibe while the Dream is being worked on. Or, it could be a new decoration, but if so, why is it gray? The area around it is white, so the gray doesn't look right. I doubt this, though, because Disney probably would've said something about a change to the Dream. I'm guessing it's just for protection.
Another thing the video succeeds at is emphasizing the size difference between the smaller Magic-class ships and the much larger Dream-class ships. If you look at the Magic or Wonder alone, they look very large.
But, compare them to the Dream and Fantasy in the video. Not so huge now, are they? It's funny, they actually look small. The Disney Wish is only going to be a little bigger than the Dream-class ships, so the size difference won't be nearly as dramatic as the difference between the current ships. As a result, it'll likely be difficult to tell the Dream-class ships apart from the Triton-class (what Disney is calling the Wish and the other two new ships) ships.
I also loved the time-lapse portions of the video. Seeing the brightly-lit Wonder glide smoothly into port at night was fantastic. They didn't need all of those lights on, since there weren't any guests. I guess they just wanted to celebrate. What do you think was playing on Funnel Vision? It was definitely on. I bet it was playing Ratatouille since the ships were in France.
Sadly, this video doesn't have any audio, just some background music. I doubt we'll ever know if there was a four way horn battle. The ships were only together in France for a day, because the Wonder left and sailed to Dover, in the UK. If Disney ever decides to get all of their ships together again, I hope it's under better circumstances. Maybe then they'll have that horn battle.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Last week, Disney announced cruise itineraries for the beginning of 2022. They're not available for booking yet, but bookings open on October 22nd. This announcement includes cruises from January 2022 to May 2022. Unfortunately, since the Wish was delayed and will start sailing in summer 2022, there are no Wish itineraries in this announcement.
First, let's look at what was announced in the Caribbean. The Magic will be doing some five night Western Caribbean cruises from Miami. This itinerary has a day at sea, then stops at Grand Cayman or Cozumel, depending on the date, then has another day at sea, then stops at Castaway Cay. These cruises aren't a huge surprise, since the Magic has done these cruises in the past. The Wonder will also be doing some Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston and New Orleans. From Galveston, it'll be doing some 4-night cruises with a day at sea, a stop at Cozumel, and another day at sea. This itinerary isn't the most interesting, but if you like days at sea and don't want to be gone very long, this may be for you. From New Orleans, the Wonder will be doing a couple of 6-night Western Caribbean cruises. Like the 4-night cruises, these aren't the most interesting. They both have three days at sea and stop at Cozumel and Grand Cayman. I think you'd be better off on a Western Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy, with an additional day and stops at Falmouth and Castaway Cay. The Dream won't be doing any Caribbean Cruises, as usual. However, the Fantasy will start the year off with a 6-night Western Caribbean cruise to reset its schedule. If you remember the fall 2021 itineraries from back in July, the Fantasy will do an 8-night cruise to make its 7-night cruises go from Sunday to Sunday instead of Saturday to Saturday. This 6-night cruise will bring the Fantasy's schedule back to Saturday to Saturday. I'm not sure why they're changing its schedule in the first place. Maybe the Wish was planned to take the Fantasy's job and do 7-night cruises from Saturday to Saturday, but since it got delayed, it wouldn't do that until summer 2022. This could be putting the Fantasy back to it's normal schedule. This 6-night cruise on the Fantasy is similar to the normal 7-night Western Caribbean cruises on the Fantasy, just with no stop at Falmouth. It also won't go to Cozumel. Instead, it'll go to Costa Maya. Other than that 6-night cruise, the Fantasy will do alternating Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean cruises like normal. Some of the Eastern Caribbean cruises have unusual itineraries, like two stopping at St. Maarten and San Juan instead of Tortola and St. Thomas. There's also one stopping at St. Maarten instead of Tortola.
Unfortunately, there aren't any Southern Caribbean cruises in early 2022 departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2018 and 2019, my family and I went on two Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, and they were both great itineraries. They were fun, and it's a shame that there won't be any in 2022.
Next, let's look at the Bahamas. The Magic will be doing some 4-night and 5-night Bahamian cruises from Miami. Some of the 4-night cruises stop at Nassau, while some stop at Key West instead. The 5-night cruises stop at both! The Wonder will be doing a whopping two Bahamian cruises. The itineraries of them are exactly the same except for the home port. One is from Galveston and the other is from New Orleans. These 6-night cruises have two days at sea, a stop at Key West, a stop at Castaway Cay, then another day at sea. The Dream is...the Dream. It'll do the normal Dream stuff, alternating 3-night and 4-night cruises. The Fantasy won't be doing any Bahamian cruises in early 2022.
So, that's it for the Magic, Dream, and Fantasy. However, the Wonder has many unique and interesting itineraries planned for early 2022. It's by far the busiest ship in this announcement.stop in Ensenada. From what I've seen, the ports visited in the Baja cruises are really pretty.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
This is big. Earlier today, October 14th, the Disney Wonder sailed into the port of Brest, France, where the Magic, Dream and Fantasy were docked. This is the first time all four of Disney's ships have been in the same place at the same time. In the eight years since there have been four Disney ships, this is the first time this has happened. I guess all it took for this to happen was a pandemic. In May of this year, the Magic, Dream, and Fantasy were in Port Canaveral together, but the Wonder wasn't with them. Unfortunately, there isn't a good streaming camera like the one in Port Canaveral in Brest, but on marinetraffic.com, we can see that all four of them are together.
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I wish I could see them in person, but this picture will have to do. If you look closely at the picture, you'll notice multiple cranes. Disney is using the time when cruises are cancelled to renovate them. Either that or all of the ships are stocking up on croissants and baguettes. The renovations they're doing now are likely minor, so they're not converting a restaurant or youth club or doing anything big.
Look at the Dream's pool deck. The stage by the forward funnel is missing, some of the floors are gone, and at the far left of the image, it looks like there are some large clear plastic tubes. These must be new AquaDuck tubes. I've never really thought about it, but the slide's tubes probably get worn down over time from having 600,000 gallons of water run through them every hour it is running. I've never seen what the pool deck of a ship looks like during a renovation, so this is very interesting.
But the renovations aren't the point of the picture. On the left of the Dream is the Magic, on the right is the Fantasy, and on the far right is the Wonder. I'm not sure how long the ships will be in France together, but they don't appear to be going anywhere soon because of the renovations. While they're there, Disney needs to take promotional images of all of their ships together. Maybe Disney will once each ship's renovations are complete. They need their ships to be ship shape in their advertisements. If they don't take any pictures now, they might not ever be able to. All of the ships may never be in the same place at the same time again, and getting them all together will be harder as the fleet grows with the Wish and the other two ships.
It may not happen again, so let's enjoy this magical time in France. If the ships have a four way horn battle, I hope someone will be around to film it. It would be nice if Disney filmed it and posted it on their Disney Parks YouTube Channel. Come on Disney, it'd be an awesome advertisement!