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Disney Cruise Line has released its 2013 itineraries for the Magic and Wonder, confirming that the line will leave Los Angeles at the end of 2012, and announcing a return to Europe.
The Wonder is set to log quite a few miles through the Panama Canal in the next two years as Disney relocates the ship from Los Angeles to Miami for five months, before returning the ship to Vancouver for the 2013 Alaska cruise season.
After the Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, the ship will sail one seven-night Christmas Cruise and one six-night New Year’s Eve cruise before settling into a series of four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.
The three Miami-based itineraries take passengers to a variety of ports, including Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Interestingly, one of the five-night options skips Castaway Cay entirely, stopping instead in Grand Cayman.
When the Wonder returns to Alaska in May, the ship will base once more in Vancouver. Disney’s first season of Alaska cruises sailed from Vancouver in 2011, but for the 2012 season the line will sail from Seattle.
What we don’t yet know is what the Wonder will do after the 2013 Alaska season winds up in September. Will Disney send the ship back to Miami for the autumn and winter, or give Los Angeles another try?
The Magic will continue to sail from the Port of Galveston through May 2013, before heading back across the Atlantic for another season of European cruises departing from Barcelona.
From Galveston, Disney will continue to offer six- and eight-night cruises visiting Grand Cayman, Cozumel and (on the longer cruise) Costa Maya.
For the 2013 European cruise season, Disney is offering a wide mix of itineraries and destinations, from a four-night "Mediterranean Getaway" to 12-night cruises visiting new-to-Disney ports like Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles.
These itineraries seem crafted to appeal to the widest possible audience, everything from new cruisers who want a short taste of life onboard a Disney ship, to experienced travellers looking for new destinations. I note that Disney split the new ports across the two 12-night itineraries, creating what could be a very nice 24-day vacation for folks willing to book back-to-back cruises.
Like the Wonder, Disney hasn’t yet said what it plans to do with the Magic once the European season is over. The ship could head back to Galveston, or may return to New York for another round of cruises along the Canada/New England Coast.
Bookings for the 2013 schedule open to the general public January 26, 2012; Gold- and Platinum-level Castaway Club members can book starting January 25.