Disney adds longer cruises from Port Canaveral in 2017

Magic will offer a 15-night trans-Atlantic crossing


PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Disney Cruise Line will offer longer Southern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral for the first time in 2017, the cruise line announced today.

The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral on 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean.

• On June 17, 2017, a new 11-night itinerary will visit Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

• On June 28, 2017, a new 10-night itinerary will call on Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

And, for a really long cruise, the Disney Magic will offer a 15-night trans-Atlantic crossing, leaving May 13, 2017, from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen, Denmark, with a stop in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, along the way. This itinerary also includes a call on Portland, England, which is not far from Stonehenge, the prehistoric ring of standing stones monument that is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

Amsterdam and Portland are new stops for Disney Cruise Line.

The Magic — which will be based in Miami in early-2017 — will offer various European sailings in the summer of 2017.

But Disney's two largest ships, the Fantasy and its sister ship, the Dream, will be based at Port Canaveral in the summer of 2017.

Disney said one of the highlights of the Dream's summer 2017 schedule from Port Canaveral will be selected sailings that include two stops at Castaway Cay.

• Five-night sailings, departing June 2, 11, 16, 25 and 30 and July 9, 2017, will call on Castaway Cay twice and include a stop in Nassau, Bahamas.

• Four-night sailings, departing June 7 and 21 and July 5, 2017, will visit Castaway Cay twice, also with a stop in Nassau.

Disney's fourth ship, the Wonder, will sail offer sailings focusing on Alaska in the summer of 2017, sailing out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

It will be at Port Canaveral in early-2017, giving Disney three Port Canaveral-based ships during that time frame.

Disney said bookings for its summer 2017 cruises open to the public on Thursday.

The Dream and Fantasy are 4,000-passenger ships, while the Magic and Wonder are 2,700-passenger ships.

Disney in March announced that it will be adding two ships more ships to its fleet. The new ships — which will be similar in size to the Dream and the Fantasy — are scheduled to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

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