Clues as to the Whereabouts of the Wonder in October 2014 — Dry dock??
This week’s itinerary announcement filled in the remainder of the 2014 calendar for the Disney fleet – except for the Disney Wonder. The last cruise that you can book on the Wonder is a 4-Night Bahamanian Cruise with back to back days at Castaway Cay, which ends on Friday October 10, 2014. Originally, I had speculated the Wonder would undergo an overhaul following her Alaskan cruises based on an some port calendar information, or lack there of until November 2014 when she appears in Grand Cayman. Well, it looks like I placed the Wonder’s dry dock on the wrong end of the speculated itinerary gap.
We now have a new perspective on the Wonder in the later part of 2014. The Wonder will sail East through the Panama Canal and arrive in Port Canaveral on September 26, 2014. Once in Port Canaveral she will embark on two 5-Night Bahamian cruises followed by a 4-Night Bahamian cruise ending on October 10, 2014.
At this point, I would suggest she would head out for her major overhaul which would last approximately 5 weeks. Previously, Disney Cruise Line has used BAE Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.
The calendar below starts in October 2014 with the last bookable 2014 sailings on the Wonder. The itinerary shown in blue beginning in mid-November is based solely on the weekly appearance of the Wonder on the Grand Cayman port calendar.
November 2014: Dream, Fantasy and Wonder
There are a few interesting things going on in the middle part of November 2014 that have not been highlighted yet, or even really mentioned by Disney Cruise Line. The previous speculation has been confirmed, and we now know the Disney Fantasy will indeed be sailing exclusively in the Eastern Caribbean alternating between 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Fantasy – Itinerary B (St Thomas) and Itinerary C (St Maarten) beginning November 15, 2014. At about the same time the Disney Dream alters her sailing from Sundays and Thursdays to Mondays and Fridays simply by breaking the 3-Night/4-Night alternating pattern with three consecutive 4-Night itineraries. The November 13, 2014 sailing is one of the Double Dip sailings I mentioned earlier as a unique 2014 sailing.
The calendars below show bookable sailings for the Dream and Fantasy in November and December 2014.
With the Fantasy continuing to sail on Saturdays to the Eastern Caribbean, and the Dream shifting a day, Port Canaveral will then be available on Sundays. This would give the Wonder the opportunity to sail on 7-Night Western Caribbean cruises, and would fall in line with the weekly appearance on the Grand Cayman port calendar beginning on November 19, 2014 when it returns from dry dock.