The addition of two new cruise ships (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) to the Disney Cruise Line roster is apparently going to offer prospective cruisers a choice in destinations never before seen from the company.
The Disney Dream is scheduled to be in service in 2011 with the Disney Fantasy following in 2012. Both ships will operate out of Port Canaveral until at least 2014, freeing up the current vessels (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) to sail to destinations yet unexplored by mouse-lovers.
Alaska has already been announced aboard the Disney Wonder with 18 cruises scheduled for the summer of 2011 between May 11th and August 30th. Rates for Alaska are not going to be cheap as they start out at $939 per person based on double occupancy for an inside cabin, and that is before taxes and fees.
Of course, Disney does not seem to have a problem filling their ships even with the premiums they charge. Most attribute this to their business plan that caters to the family, something other cruise lines have not been as successful at.
Of note, other cruise lines are cutting back on their routes to the 49th state with fingers being pointed at a new $50 per person cruise tax being charged by the state of Alaska. Add this tax to the already hefty price of an Alaskan cruise, and many might decide to go somewhere else.
In the off-season, the Disney Wonder is scheduled to operate out of Los Angeles with trips to the Mexican Riviera. The Disney Cruise lines have made this south of the border trip before in both 2005 and 2008.
Not to be left out of the excitement, the Disney Magic is slated to offer Mediterranean cruises based out of Barcelona in 2011 as well. At this time, only 10 voyages are scheduled for this exotic destination.
One thing for sure, those who love the Disney Cruise atmosphere will soon have a lot more choices to decide upon!