The other day, I was using my iPhone to look up the new information on the Castaway Club gifts. In doing so, I was redirected to Disney Cruise Line’s mobile site, and Explore 2015 Itineraries caught my eye. Admittedly, I do not know how long this information has been part of DCL’s mobile site, but it appears to indicate what may be planned for the remainder of the 2015 cruise calendar.
Now, before we get started it is important to keep in mind that DCL’s mobile web page could be a ported version of last year’s mobile page that is not fully updated to reflect 2015. However, there is a significant difference between the 2014 page that makes me think it is indeed up to date.
The opening paragraph states the following… Explore lands of beauty and timeless wonder in 2015 with Disney! Chart a course to the cradle of modern civilization in Europe, the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean and the bucolic beauty of Alaska. Did you see Europe and Alaska mentioned? As most of you know those are the two big itinerary types people are waiting on the edge of their respective seats to book.
For those hoping for some more details on Europe the page referenced France, Greece, Italy and Spain. If you want to over analyze the images there are pictures of Venice and Greece. Does this mean a bigger focus on itineraries to Greece from Venice? Who knows, I’m just connecting the dots via the first two pictures coupled with the fact that Disney has been pushing out YouTube videos with Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy featuring the Mediterranean including the last few in Greece and Venice. Maybe the Disney Magic will venture into the Black Sea (see below) and visit Istanbul. UPDATE: Recent port calendar indicate the Disney Magic will sail to the Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, the Baltic’s and the Mediterranean.
The Alaskan cruise section mentions Sitka which will be included for the first time during the 2014 season with a single 9-night sailing in May. Interestingly enough Ketchikan is not mentioned which could indicate that Disney Cruise Line has plans to replace Ketchikan with Sitka on the 7-Night sailings aboard the Disney Wonder in 2015, and not repeat the 9-night. Not to worry West Coasters… If you are looking for a longer sailing on the Disney Wonder there is evidence of a return to Hawaii.
The same Southern Caribbean ports of St Kitts, St. Lucia and Barbados are mentioned and at this time they are not included on any current Caribbean itineraries for 2015. This could indicate a possible return to San Juan for 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises, but on the Disney Wonder. Why the Wonder and not the Magic? Well, the Magic appears on the Grand Cayman port calendar about when she would return from Europe.
The Disney Fantasy so far in 2015 is only sailing Eastern Caribbean itineraries, but this mobile page indicates she will return to alternating 7-night Eastern & Western Caribbean cruises in the summer. As for the expected addition of Tortola, I estimate those sailings will not begin until the Fall when the Magic and Wonder return to Miami and Port Canaveral. Based on the deal with the British Virgin Islands, I would not be surprised if stops in Tortola were included on both the Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder Eastern Caribbean itineraries.
If you want to sail to Castaway Cay and Nassau then the Disney Dream is the choice. Based on the mobile site, the Disney Dream will remain the only ship sailing from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas in 2015 on a regular basis. With the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder away from Florida in the Summer the Disney Fantasy is the only other ship calling on Castaway Cay which opens the door for a potential return of sailings with 2-stops at Castaway Cay on the Disney Dream.
I’ve received many emails and comments recently asking if I know when Disney Cruise Line will release there rest of the 2015 itineraries. I think DCL is trying to book the sailings that are currently available before opening new inventory. This seems to be their way of controlling the supply and demand in order to justify the recent price increases. Frankly, I do not know the date, but we should begin to get a better picture over the next month as we approach the Ides of March. but who in their right mind would announce itineraries during the same week March Madness tips…
Which itinerary do you hope Disney will announce?