Disney Cruise Line Europe Shore Excursion Preview


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After a brief hiatus from the European cruise market, Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Mediterranean. Disney Magic will sail four-, seven- and 12-night itineraries featuring updated shore tours in places such as Kusadasi, Rome and Venice.

"It's all about how to tell a story because that's what Disney does," line spokesman Jason Lasecki says, when asked why adults should be excited about offerings from a line that's stereotypically very kid-friendly. "It's about how to tell it in a way that appeals to everyone. It's not just kid-focused, and we don't want it to be. Some adults leave the kids behind on purpose."

We here at Cruise Critic will be the first to admit many of our readers -- especially those without kids -- don't give Disney a second thought. But following our recent sampling of the line's newest excursion offerings, we'll tell you (or, rather, show you) why a voyage with "the Mouse" is worth your consideration.

Check out our whirlwind, six-day, three-port adventure -- in photos.

disney-cruise-line-europe-shore-excursion-preview-kusadasi Port 1: Kusadasi
We started off our Turkish shore excursion adventures with a trip to St. John's Basilica in Kusadasi. Our guides led us from room to room, showing us original mosaic floor tiles, baptismal pools and the tomb of St. John, who is said to have written the end of the Bible's Book of Revelation at the site.

Click to begin the Kusadasi slideshow.

disney-cruise-line-europe-shore-excursion-preview-rome Port 2: Rome
Rome was the most tiring port on trip, but it was also the most enjoyable. We started at the Vatican, where we saw the Pope flying back from his summer home, gazed at the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and toured St. Peter's Basilica. Other adventures included pizza-making and a trek to Trevi Fountain.

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disney-cruise-line-europe-shore-excursion-preview-venice Port 3: Venice
We dare anyone to visit Venice and not at least take a peek at a Venetian mask or two. Disney one-upped the experience by taking us to an authentic mask-making shop, where we picked out white plaster masks and painted them before adding glitter, ribbons, feathers and other accoutrements as part of an adults-only activity.

Click to begin the Venice slideshow.

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