Sunday, October 18, 2020

Taking a Look at the Newly-Announced Early 2022 Itineraries

 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.

In March 2022, the Wonder will be doing its 14-night Westbound Panama Canal cruise.  It's funny, only one of the days of the cruise is actually in the Panama Canal.  After arriving in San Diego, the Wonder will do a mixture of 2-night, 4-night, and 5-night Baja cruises.  The 2-night cruises go to Ensenada, Mexico, and back to San Diego.  Don't go on a 2-night cruise, it's too short!  One of the 4-night cruises goes to Catalina, California and Ensenada, Mexico, then has a day at sea.  The other 4-night cruises have a day at sea, then a stop at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, then another day at sea.  The 5-night Baja cruises have a day at sea, then a stop at Cabo San Lucas, then another day at sea, then a stop in Ensenada.  From what I've seen, the ports visited in the Baja cruises are really pretty.

After those Baja cruises, the Wonder will head north to Vancouver, Canada, on a Pacific Coast cruise.  From Vancouver, the Wonder will head to Hawaii!  It was scheduled to go to Hawaii earlier this year, but those cruises got canceled.  In 2022, the Wonder will do two 10-night Hawaiian cruises.  From Vancouver, the Wonder will spend five days at sea, then say, "Aloha" to Nawiliwili, Hawaii.  It'll spend two days there, then travel to Kahului.  Then, it'll spend a day in Honolulu before guests disembark there.  After that cruise, the Wonder will go back to Kahului, then to Hilo, and then spend two days at Nawiliwili.  Then, it'll say "Aloha" to Hawaii again and spend five days at sea on the trip back to Vancouver.  These Hawaiian cruises are uncommon, but I'm sure they sell well because they're so uncommon.  

That's it for early 2022!  Again, there's nothing about the Disney Wish because it'll be setting sail in summer 2022.  By the time the next group of itineraries are announced, I'm sure there will be a lot of news about the Wish.  Who would book a cruise based on a name and a few renderings?  Well, I probably would, but most people wouldn't.  I'm so excited to learn more about what Disney is going to blow our minds with on the Wish.

For more information about the itinerary announcement, like dates, check out the Disney Cruise Line website.  Also, don't forget that booking opens to the public on October 22nd!

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