Disney Cruise Line Announces Winter 2019 Itineraries (January – May)

Disney Cruise Line released a new batch of sail date for winter 2019. The big news for early 2019 is the Disney Wonder will be heading to San Diego earlier than usual with the Panama Canal cruise scheduled for late February. This will come after the Wonder departs Galveston for San Juan in early January to sail a series of Southern Caribbean cruises. The Disney Magic will spend the winter sailing from Miami.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will remain at Port Canaveral. The Disney Dream will continue sailing alternating 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises on Fridays and Mondays. The Disney Fantasy will stick with the alternating 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises.

Today’s release extended the available sail dates into mid-2019. These new sail dates will allow guest to plan vacations more than one year out, as well as take advantage of opening day pricing for some of the new itineraries.

Although the dates were announced today, general booking will not open until Thursday November 2nd. On Monday October 30th, Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to call in followed on Tuesday by Gold Castaway Club members, then on Wednesday Silver members can start booking. On Thursday, November 2nd, first time cruisers will be able to book. I know I say this with each itinerary announcement, but it is worth repeating… Please do NOT try calling today to book; this will just clog up the phone lines and bog down the reservation cast members. There may be people attempting to book an available cruise vacation today.

The sailings should show up on DCL’s website early on Thursday morning before the phone lines open at 8AM EST.

This post will be updated throughout the day as I work out the details of DCL’s Winter 2019 plans for each ship.

Disney Magic Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Magic will continue voyages from Miami in the winter with 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises along with 5-night Western Caribbean sailings.

Miami

Disney Wonder Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Wonder will depart Galveston on January 9th and embark on a repositioning cruise to San Juan with a stop in Falmouth. Once in San Juan, there will be three Southern Caribbean cruises. In February, the Wonder will reposition to Port Canaveral for a brief stint before embarking on a February Westbound Panama Canal cruise to San Diego. The San Diego season will run from March to May with a mix of 2-, 4-, 5-, and 7-night Baja and Mexican Riviera cruises.

Galveston

Port Canaveral

San Diego

San Juan (Pan American Pier)

Disney Dream Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Dream will continue sailing alternating 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises on Fridays and Mondays from Port Canaveral.

Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Fantasy will maintain the alternating 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral with Saturday departures.

Port Canaveral

Winter 2019 Onboard Booking Blockout Dates

Disney Wonder Sailings

For a complete list of onboard booking blockout dates check this page.

Updated 2018 – 2019 Itinerary Brochure

For those interested in a brochure, Disney Cruise Line published an updated 2018-2019 Sail Dates & Itineraries booklet. Click the image below to download the brochure as a PDF.

DCL Itinerary Brochure October 2018 2019 Winter Dates Cover

Full Disney Cruise Line Press Release

Below is the copy of the press release issued along with the new sail dates.

Disney Cruise Line Expands San Diego Season and Returns to Popular Tropical Ports from Both Coasts in Early 2019

Sailings include a variety of itineraries to favorite destinations from California, Florida and Puerto Rico

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2017) – In early 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations on a variety of itineraries, including an expanded two-month season from San Diego to the sun-drenched Baja and Mexican Riviera. A host of options to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida ports, plus cruises to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico, take Disney Cruise Line guests to visit timeless tropical locales and experience endless amounts of Disney magic.

From January to May, all cruises departing from Florida feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. The award-wining island is a pristine Bahamian oasis boasting clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, world-class recreation and signature Disney hospitality.

Bookings open to the public on Nov. 2, 2017. More details on 2019 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2019 page of disneycruise.com.

San Diego to Baja and Mexican Riviera

The Disney Wonder returns to San Diego for an extended season from March to May 2019, with a variety of cruises to Mexico where Disney Cruise Line guests can enjoy vibrant culture, stunning beaches, exciting water activities, cliff diving and ziplining through the jungle. Onboard two-, four-, five- and seven-night voyages, unparalleled fun awaits the entire family.

Most sailings to Mexico’s Baja peninsula call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known as the “Cinderella of the Pacific” with its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. Two-night cruises to Ensenada boast Friday departures from San Diego, giving guests the ultimate weekend getaway to experience world-class entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder.

Four- and five-night Baja options include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, a destination favored for its arid climate and sunny weather, dotted with dramatic rock formations and bordered by white-sand beaches.

Seven-night sailings to the Mexican Riviera call on Cabo San Lucas and feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. These week-long cruises offer Disney Cruise Line guests the chance to make magical memories together while soaking up the history and Old World charm of Mexico’s Pacific Coast and taking in the beauty of stunning beaches and the nearby Sierra Madre Mountains.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southern Caribbean

In January, three special Disney Wonder cruises from San Juan sail to the Southern Caribbean, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches and warm azure waters. On the six- and seven-night sailings, Disney Cruise Line guests can dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces.

The Disney Wonder arrives to San Juan after a five-night journey departing Jan. 9 from Galveston, Texas, with a stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.

On Feb. 3, a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes guests from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Florida, just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort—the perfect stop for a fairytale land and sea adventure.

Port Canaveral to Bahamas and Eastern and Western Caribbean

With three Disney ships in port and cruise lengths spanning three, four and seven nights, vacationers looking for a getaway in early 2019 have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida. Every sailing includes a day at Castaway Cay, where only Disney Cruise Line guests can enjoy splashtacular fun at Castaway Family Beach or escape to the secluded, adults-only Serenity Bay.

The Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Caribbean voyages, with Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises calling on Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.

The Disney Dream embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay, and the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries throughout February.

Miami to Bahamas and Western Caribbean

To kick off 2019, the Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises.

The magical shores of Castaway Cay await guests aboard every one of these Disney Magic sailings. Other ports of call on the Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, Florida, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.

Fun for Families and Unforgettable Experiences for Guests of all Ages

While visiting incredible destinations from homeports on both coasts, Disney Cruise Line enchants adults and children alike with an unforgettable cruise experience. Adults find relaxation and indulgence, children engage in magical adventures and families create memories that last a lifetime. Onboard a Disney ship, guests experience a vacation that feels like it was created especially for them.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Now that you’ve made it to the end of this itinerary announcement… What do you plan on booking?

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22 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Announces Winter 2019 Itineraries (January – May)

  1. Kevin Burns

    Thank you Scott. You have obviously put in a great amount of time to get us this information (in a format that even I can understand). This is SUPER helpful as we look at our future cruise plans. In gratitude,
    Kevin

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  2. Michelle

    Thanks Scott. This is so helpful. Are the two blackout dates noted above the only dates or are they the only dates you know of at this point? If there are likely to be others, will we know before platinum books on Monday? Thanks again.

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  3. Anonymous

    This format is sooooo much better and easier to process for all the different sailings/dates than anywhere else. Thanks for all the work you put in to this!!!

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  4. Darren

    A very early Panama Canal for 2019. I wonder if this is a trial year to see if the West Coast can support a ship all year, ready for the 3 new ships from 2021?

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    1. BartmanLA

      That is my guess, they’ve scheduled a full 2 months (14 itineraries) based out of San Diego, before the Wonder moves up to Vancouver for the Summer Alaska season. I imagine if they can fill the ship for all or most of those schedules it will give them an indication of sustainability on the West Coast. Although with DL being closer to LA than SD I hope they’ll reconsider relocating the Wonder’s home base to be out of San Pedro. But that’s just wishful thinking.

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  5. Sarah

    Do you know if they plan on doing Star Wars Day at Sea cruises in spring of 2019? Or have they already announced that and I just missed it?

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Any Star Wars Day at Sea or Marvel Day at Sea sailings would be announced much later. This is done to help fill those sailings by adding a reason for people to book the have not already done so. My opinion is that you can anticipate the sailings being Star Wars, Marvel, Halloween, or Christmas based on prior years, but do not expect them to be special sailings.

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  6. Steven

    Great help as ever Scott. Thanks. I’m just hoping there isn’t a huge jump in pricing. My dilemma is whether to book on the U.K. or US DCL website. Playing the exchange rate game! Did it in 2016 and gambled wrong 🙁

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  7. Denny C

    Well, I was ready to book DCL cruise #5 this morning (10 a.m. EDT on 11/1) but the new 2019 itineraries are still not showing up. It also appears that a number of pages on the DCL website are down as well. Will try again in an hour.

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      1. Denny C

        Oy. That’s proving to be an exercise in frustration. Still on hold while binge watching Netflix (closing in on two hours).

        Thanks, Scott.

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  8. Chris Yansick

    I am booking President’s Week on the Magic in the hopes of a Marvel Day at Sea, but interestingly enough, opening price this year is $400 LESS than the same cruise last year (according to TouringPlans), which makes me wonder if it won’t be.

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