Disney Cruise Line Revamps Magic, Adds More Ports for 2016
If anyone can add another touch of magic to the next family vacation, Disney can. The aptly named Disney Magic, a 2,700-passenger cruise ship that was the first in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet, is being “re-imagined” starting this fall with features sure to delight children and adults alike. Disney announced the new features and new itineraries at a press event aboard Disney Magic in New York City earlier this week.
For example, the Aquadunk is a newly designed, 37-foot-high body slide that gives riders the feeling they are free falling. In addition, the characters of the animated film “Frozen” will be making even the warmest destinations a tad more frigid with new shows, guest appearances and even leading special shore excursions when the ship is docked in Norway.
But Elsa and Olaf aren’t the only new characters roaming the ship—the stars of Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” come to life in Andy’s Room. And Pixie Hollow brings to life the enchanted land of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, for kids ages three to 12. Families can enjoy a new stage adaption of the Disney animated movie called “Tangled: The Musical,” scheduled to debut onboard this November.
Star Wars fans of all ages will delight in the newly themed area of Disney’s Oceaneer Club. Star Wars: Millennium Falcon is a re-designed play area inspired by the spacecraft depicted in the movie. Upon entering the spaceship, kids will join the Rebel Alliance in the epic battle of good versus evil by assisting with the navigation of this space vehicle. They can pilot the spaceship through hyperspace and trigger light-speed jumps to different locations around the galaxy. They also can also take part in Star Wars-themed activities, make crafts inspired by Darth Vader and watch episodes from the new “Star Wars Rebels,” a Disney XD animated series.
Families also can visit Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats, inspired by the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph.” There will be a plethora of sweets available here, including homemade waffle cones, handmade gelato and ice creams, and lots of candy.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be a dream for all children who have ever wanted to feel like royalty. A fairy godmother-in-training will transform kids ages three to 12 into the most regal princesses and princes. On pirate party night this boutique becomes The Pirates League, where “swashbuckling pirates of all ages will have the opportunity to unleash their inner buccaneer,” according to Disney.
Adults will find peace and tranquility at Satellite Falls on Deck 13. This oasis will include a gently falling rain curtain providing comfort and relaxation, as well as a circular splash pool with benches.
These enhancements to the Disney Magic will debut on the four-night voyage from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. But soon there will be even more ports to choose from as Disney expands the ship’s itineraries.
Disney Cruise Lines will be returning to the Big Apple for a limited time in the fall 2016 with Disney Magic voyages to the Bahamas and the Canadian coast. Disney’s last voyage out of New York City was in 2012.
The eight-night Bahamas cruise departing Manhattan will initially set sail on Oct. 7, 2016. The itinerary will include stops in Nassau, Bahamas; Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island; and Port Canaveral, Fla. The seven-night Bahamas cruise will depart Manhattan on Oct. 15, 19 and 29, 2016. This slightly shorter itinerary will stop in Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.
When the ship is docked at Port Canaveral, passengers can visit Walt Disney World, only about an hour’s drive away. Each Disney Magic guest will receive a Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and a roundtrip transportation ticket between the ship and the parks to enjoy Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park.
Passengers looking to escape the heat and experience the quaint villages and charm of the Canadian coast can sail aboard the Disney Magic on Oct. 2, 2016 for a five-night cruise from New York traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.
Following its visit to New York City, Disney Magic will reposition in Miami. The ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary will stop at Castaway Cay, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. These programs depart on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, 2016.
In addition, an Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Disney Magic will set sail on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2016, visiting Castaway Cay, St. Thomas, and Tortola. Disney Magic also will sail to Tortola, San Juan and Castaway Cay on Dec. 23, 2016.
In other Disney Cruise Line news, the 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder, which will be sailing out of Galveston, Texas for three months in November 2015, will be returning to the Lone Star State in November and December 2016. The ship will offer seven-night Caribbean and Bahamas sailings as well as two four-night Cozumel sailings.
Disney’s two other cruise ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, both carrying 4,000 passengers, will continue to call Port Canaveral, Fla., their home port. Fantasy will still offer seven-night Caribbean itineraries, while Dream will continue to feature three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. Bookings for all the above sailings will be available to the public beginning May 20, 2015.
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