Disney Dips An Ear Into Cruising the Southern Caribbean

August 5, 2005

Disney Cruise Line, which has in the past primarily focused on the eastern and western regions of the Caribbean, has announced that its Disney Wonder will sail two special 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean next fall. These voyages will also mark another first for the line: They are the first cruises longer than four nights to be offered onboard Disney Wonder.

This isn't the first itinerary shakeup at Disney, either. This summer, Disney sent Disney Magic to the West Coast for the first time for a series of Mexican Riviera trips, and in 2006, the line will begin calling in Costa Maya. Why the changes? In an official statement, the cruise line cites repeat guests simply looking for something different as the main reason for developing new-to-Disney -- and longer -- itineraries.

The first Southern Caribbean sailing, a 10-night itinerary, departs from Port Canaveral on September 7, 2006, and will visit St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and private island Castaway Cay. The 11-night cruise departs Port Canaveral on September 17, visiting Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts and Castaway Cay.

Disney Magic currently sails the Eastern and Western Caribbean year-round, with special summer sailings to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal; Disney Wonder regularly sails three- and four-night Bahamas itineraries.