Disney Extends its 2011 Offerings

Disney Cruises to add Alaska, Mexico; expand Castaway Cay

The Disney Wonder will set sail for Alaska and Mexico in 2011 // (c) Disney 2009

The Disney Wonder will set sail for
Alaska and Mexioco in 2011

The books open Sept. 28 for Disney Cruise Line’s first ever Alaska season. In 2011, the Disney Wonder will make 18 seven-night sailings out of Vancouver, calling in Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Rates start at $939 for the 2011 cruises, which embark from May 3 to August 30. Before and after the Alaska season, the Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, starting at $639.

Disney Magic will once again return to the Mediterranean in 2011 with 10- and 11-night cruises sailing out of Barcelona, adding Tunis and Malta to its ports in Italy, France and Spain.

Disney also will offer a number of repositioning cruises and special sailings in 2011, including a 15-night Panama Canal crossing, two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a five- and six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Los Angeles, with first-ever stops in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., and 10- and 11-night holiday sailings to the Mexican Riviera and the Eastern Caribbean.

To prepare for the Alaska sailings, a new 2,500-square-foot Outlook Café will be added to the Wonder. The 65-seat Art Deco lounge will be connected with the existing Cove Café by an elegant spiral staircase.

Castaway Cay will have new developments // (c) 2009

Castaway Cay will have new developments
by summer 2010

Disney also announced earlier this month that Castaway Cay, the private island that receives top ratings among the ships’ calls, would have new developments, scheduled to be completed by summer 2010. The additions will be finished in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder which will make two stops at Castaway Cay, and the new Disney Dream, which debuts in early 2011.

Among the new features will be Pelican Plunge, a 2,400-square-foot floating platform, located within swimming distance from shore. The area will have two water slides – an enclosed corkscrew slide and a 140-foot-long open slide – and a giant “bucket dump” delivering hundreds of gallons of water to soak guests, while four water cannons provide sharp-shooting fun with floating nautical targets approximately 20 feet away.

On the island, a new play area called Spring-a-Leak helps brings guests to the remnants of a washed-away beach dwelling with dripping pipes, broken plumbing and a “splash pad” with jets of water, where parents can relax or join the kids. In addition, the Castaway Family Beach will be extended by more than 700 feet. Also, a new Cookies Too family lunch buffet, a new Sand Bar beach bar, Flippers & Floats beach rentals providing inner tubes, snorkels, masks and fins, and Buy the Sea Shore merchandise location selling a variety of Castaway Cay-exclusive items will also open.

Scuttle’s Cove will have a new water play area for the youngest Disney Cruise Line guests to enjoy: a 1,200-square-foot soft wet deck area with pop jets, geysers and bubblers and circling shade sails.