Earlier today, I logged onto Disney Cruise Line’s website, and noticed the typical slide show was just showing a single image of the Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida. I did not think much of it until later in the day when I refreshed my browser and the slide show reverted to the one I am used to seeing. Then again tonight, I logged on and the single slide of Miami returned.
Now, the [Disney_Wonder] will be sailing from Miami at the end of December so, it is only logical for Disney to ramp up promotions on the Miami sailings. This led me to price a few cruises as prices for the Miami and Galveston cruise have recently been reduced. I ended up on the Caribbean ports of call page were I noticed some new photos in the slide show. Usually, this would not be news, but the captions for some of these photos caught my eye. They included St Lucia, St Croix, and Aruba.
We are long overdue for some new ports of call. In fact, that was one of the more commonly asked questions during the Castaway Club reception this past June on the the Fantasy with Captain Tom. In fact, when asked about a Southern Caribbean itinerary, Captain Tom brought up various ports by name including these three.
If you search for a Caribbean cruise beginning September 2013 from Galveston, you will see this itinerary map. The itinerary itself does not reflect the change, but yet another indication he website is being updated ahead of a new itinerary announcement.
In the past there have been some special 10 and 11-Night Southern Caribbean cruises which included stops at St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, and St Kitts.
We are already to move one of our upcoming cruises in order to sail to these ports. The only question is when can we do it.
UPDATED: DCL’s Website Reverted
As of Saturday Night, most of the images have been removed or renamed. The A Catamaran Sails the Caribbean to Buck Island remains, but just look at a map and you can see that the only logical Port for this would be St Croix. For example this image which was labeled as Aruba has been changed to Sunset in Cozumel.
What do you think about new itineraries that feature these ports of call?
I would welcome the change… would prefer Curacao instead of Aruba, but I’d take it
When do you expect DCL to officially announce the 2014 schedule?
I’d say it could happen as early as Monday.