Monday, August 30, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
DCL Will Require Guests 12 and Older to be Fully Vaccinated on Cruises to the Bahamas Starting September 3rd
Monday, August 23, 2021
Back in June, Disney Cruise Line announced their itineraries for the fall of 2022. However, that announcement left out finsh later. The rest of the 2022 itineraries on the Magic and Fantasy were recently announced, but Disney is still leaving everyone wondering about the Wonder. While we're waiting to find out what the Wonder will be doing, let's look at what the Magic and Fantasy will be doing at the end of 2022.
Previously, the Magic had itineraries announced up to December 9th, when it'll be going on cruises from Galveston, Texas. Starting on December 9th, the Magic will go on a 4-night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston that visits Cozumel, Mexico and spends two days at sea. After that, the Magic will go on two 5-night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruises that visit two Mexican ports, Cozumel and Progreso, and spends two days at sea. Following those two cruises, the Magic will begin a 4-night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruise on December 23rd. It's the same itinerary as the 4-night cruise earlier in the month, but it's significantly more expensive because it goes over Christmas. On the 27th, the Magic will begin a 6-night (not Very Merrytime) Western Caribbean cruise that visits Cozumel and George Town, Grand Cayman. Additionally, it spends three days at sea. This cruise is very expensive because it goes over New Year's Day. Overall, the Magic won't be doing anything too interesting to finish 2022, but at least we now know what it'll be doing.
Let's see what the Fantasy's going to do in December 2022. Before the most recent announcement, it was revealed that the Fantasy would be doing a 7-night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruise (this itinerary spends two days at sea and visits Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Castaway Cay) beginning on December 3rd, followed by a 7-night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean cruise (this itinerary spends three days at sea and visits Tortola, BVI; St. Thomas, USVI; and Castaway Cay) starting on December 10th. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the month isn't too interesting. It'll do another 7-night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean cruise and then a really expensive 7-night Very Merrytime Eastern Caribbean cruise that goes over Christmas. After that is another expensive cruise, a 7-night (not Very Merrytime) Western Caribbean cruise that goes over New Year's Day.
We now know what every DCL ship but the Wonder will be doing up until the start of 2023. The Wonder may not be doing any cruises at the end of 2022 because of a dry dock, but I doubt Disney would schedule one then, because as we saw, cruises can get expensive over holidays like Christmas and New Year's Day. Maybe Disney just isn't sure what to do with the Wonder at the end of 2022 yet. Or, maybe they're planning something big and don't want to announce it yet. For example, they might move the Wonder to the West Coast of the US. With the addition of the Wish, DCL will have more guests than ever before, so maybe they want to expand their offerings, which are mainly cruises from Florida at the moment. This would be a major change, so Disney may be waiting for the perfect time to announce this. Of course, the ship is called the Wonder, so maybe Disney wants us to keep wondering about the Wonder so we'll be more prepared to find out what it'll be doing at the end of 2022. I don't know when they will make an announcement, so I'll keep wondering!
Monday, August 16, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Later today, August 9th, the Disney Dream will begin its first cruise with regular paying guests since March of last year! The Dream did go on a few test cruises recently, but they weren't real cruises, as they weren't available to the general public. The cruise starting today, a 4-night Bahamian cruise, will be the first real Disney cruise from the United States after cruises were shut down. It'll also be the first Disney cruise with normal guests to stop at a port of call since the shutdown. On this cruise, the Dream will spend two days at Castaway Cay and one day at sea. After this cruise, the Dream will alternate between 3-night and 4-night Bahamian cruises. Both of these itineraries include two days at Castaway Cay.
Since Castaway Cay is Disney's private island, everything guests experience there is controlled by Disney. Nassau, the other port that Disney's Bahamian cruises typically visit, is not owned by Disney, and Disney has much less control over what guests do and who they come into contact with there. Only visiting Castaway Cay will ensure that Disney's new restrictions and safety measures will remain enforced, so it makes sense why they're not visiting Nassau for now. Speaking of which, there will be many of them in place on the Dream and on Castaway Cay, as I talked about in my last post. Overall, it doesn't seem like they'd completely ruin the cruise experience, but it looks like these cruises won't be as much fun as normal (pre-shutdown) cruises.
As time goes on, Disney will likely start visiting Nassau again, but for now, guests get double the time on Castaway Cay. That's way better than Nassau! Can you please make this a permanent change, Disney?
Unfortunately, no. The Dream is currently the only DCL ship going on cruises with guests from the US, so it's the only ship that's going to Castaway Cay at the moment. However, when the other DCL ships resume, starting with the Fantasy on September 4th, the Dream won't be the only ship going to Castaway Cay, so the double Castaway Cay cruises won't always be possible. Plus, Disney probably wants to keep the double Castaway Cay cruises limited so they can charge extra for them.
If you want to watch the Dream sail out of Port Canaveral, be sure to check out PTZtv's Port Canaveral Webcam in the later afternoon. You won't see a deck party, but plenty of people should be up on Deck 11 and Deck 12. I'm excited to see actual guests, not just crew, on the ship.
Assuming the Dream's cruises go well, nothing terrible happens, and Disney doesn't change plans, the Fantasy will resume cruises on September 4th and the Wonder will resume cruises on September 24th. Things will probably change, so be sure to check the DCL website for the latest information about cruises resuming.