The Disney Cruise Line announced plans yesterday to add a another voyage to Hawaii. This means a total of two Hawaiian cruises are now planned by the Disney Cruise Lines for the 50th state out of the west coast of the United States in 2012.
The addition of this second Hawaiian cruise shows that customers must be booking the first scheduled Hawaii trip in decent numbers to justify adding a second itinerary to the islands. In fact, Disney executives stated as much in their comments included with the release about the second voyage:
“We listen to our guests, and shortly after we announced our first Hawaiian voyage it was clear our guests wanted more options to visit Hawaii,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “This second sailing to Hawaii is part of a wide variety of Disney Cruise Line vacation options for families in 2012 including new itineraries, regional homeports and the debut of our newest ship, the Disney Fantasy.”
With the addition of the Disney Fantasy to the line-up, the cruise line announced plans to send the Disney Wonder to the west coast. From there, initial details slated out itineraries to the Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast and Alaska. The Hawaiian Cruise was added later.
The first scheduled 15-night Hawaiian Cruise will leave on April 29, 2012 with nine days at sea and visits to four of the islands – the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kaua. The second cruise will be for 14-nights with eight days at sea and departs Oct. 14, 2012.
These trips mark the first time the Disney Cruise Line will sail to Hawaii. However, as Disney’s newest Vacation Club – Aulani, opens on the islands, it is not surprising that Disney will want to draw more interest to the state.
To book a package on the Disney Cruise Line, contact Disney or your travel agent.