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Disney Cruise Line has announced that while it will be pulling into Halifax and Saint John for the first time in 2012, it would be abandoning Vancouver for a new base in Seattle. Not only that, but the line will be abandoning Europe, at least for now.
So 2011 will be Disney’s one and only season sailing out of Vancouver. Except for one or two calls at Vancouver in 2012, Disney Wonder will call at Victoria BC, thus allowing her to comply to US coasting laws that permit a ship to cruise from and to the same US port as long as her itinerary includes a foreign port of call.
In addition to its homeport of Port Canaveral, Disney will be sailing from three new US ports in 2012 – New York, Seattle and Galveston.
The 1,754-berth Disney Magic, cruising in Europe this summer, will move to New York in May 2012 for a series of twenty cruises through autumn. Galveston will then be added in September 2012, with Disney Magic offering twelve 7-night cruises from then until December. Her sister ship, Disney Wonder, will also move her Alaska cruises from Vancouver this summer to the US port of Seattle in the summer of 2012. Both Europe and Vancouver will therefore be losing Disney Cruise Line at the end of this summer’s season.
In New York one may be pardoned next year for thinking they see a Cunard Line or a French Line Transatlantic liner berthed at Manhattan’s west wide liner piers. It won’t be RMS Queen Mary or Normandie, however, but Disney Magic. Like all Disney ships, she has been built to evoke the great "ships of state" from the 1930s. Disney Magic will offer eight 8-night cruises to the Bahamas and nine 5-night cruises to Canada, thus adding more cruises to New York’s port statistics. In 2010, New York counted over 582,000 embarking passengers and 241 ship calls, 30% up from 445,000 passengers and 181 calls in 2009.
The new 2,500-berth Disney Dream has taken over the line’s traditional 3-, 4- and 5-day sailings out of Port Canaveral and will be joined in 2012 by her sister ship Disney Fantasy. On delivery of the Fantasy, the Disney fleet will not only stand at four ships, but its lower berth capacity will have risen from 3,508 to 8,508, an increase of 2.4 times.
All Disney Cruises can be booked through The Cruise People – in North America 1-800-961-5536 – in the UK 0800 526 313.