Disney Cruise Line has revealed where it's sending its four ships in fall 2020, the final year before the line welcomes a new ship to its fleet.
Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, which debuted in 2011 and 2012, respectively, will continue to call Port Canaveral home. Disney Dream will do three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas while Disney Fantasy will handle the seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean duties, but also have a few three- and four-night Bahamas sailing as well one five-night Bahamas trip with two stops at the Disney private island Castaway Cay. The youngest ship in the fleet, Fantasy will also sail one six-night and one eight-night Caribbean option.
The line's original two ships, the smaller Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, which debuted in 1998 and 1999, respectively, will once again service alternate ports with Magic finishing up in Europe, then headed to New York, visiting Puerto Rico and finishing up in Miami. Disney Wonder will finish its Alaska service, head to San Diego and then home port in Galveston, Texas.
Once again, the majority of the fall 2020 voyages will offer Disney's Halloween and holiday-themed sailings.
Halloween on the High Seas will be on select sailings in September and October while Very Merrytime Cruises take place from early November through December.
Before heading to Miami, Disney Magic will sail from New York in October on three five-night cruises to Bermuda as well as one five-night voyage to Canada with stops in Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
On Nov. 1, Disney Magic will sail a six-night trip that ends in Puerto Rico, followed by a five-night sailing that sends the ship to PortMiami on Nov. 12. Sailings from Miami beyond Nov. 12 have yet to be listed.
Disney Wonder will sail Mexican Riviera cruises from San Diego from September-November on two-, three-, four- and five-night options with stops in Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. One seven-night cruise will make additional stops in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Wonder will then sail a 14-night Panama Canal cruise on Nov. 6 to reposition to Galveston, where it will sail four-, five-, six- and seven-night Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries.
Sailings for the winter season that heads into 2021 will most likely be announced in the fall. It won't be until next year that Disney opens sailings on its yet-to-be-named new ship expected in fall 2021.
That ship, to be powered by liquefied natural gas, will be 140,000 gross tons, which is slightly larger than the 130,000 gross tons of Dream and Fantasy, but will have the same number of staterooms: 1,250.
It will join Disney's fleet and be headed to Port Canaveral, with two sister ships set to debut in 2022 and 2023. Two of those three ships will sail out of Port Canaveral and the cruise line will expand its annual sailings there, growing from 150 calls to at least 180 in 2023 and up to 216 calls in 2024.
As part of a new 20-year agreement with Disney Cruise Line, Port Canaveral is refurbishing the existing Disney terminal as well as an adjacent terminal that the line will use when it regularly sails three ships from the port.
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