Yesterday, we discovered that the [Disney_Magic] is more than likely headed to Europe in 2014. While, I was trying to find more pieces to this puzzle I noticed some interesting things on the St Maarten Port schedule.
On October 22, 2013 the Magic appears on the St Maarten schedule. Currently, the Magic is scheduled to be sailing on a 5-Night Bahamian Cruise on Disney Magic – Itinerary A from Miami, Florida. In fact, on October 22 she is scheduled to be at sea between her first stop at Castaway Cay and Nassau. Is this an error on the schedule, or is this a sign that the dry dock will be a little longer than expected, or will there be a Westbound Transatlantic cruise with passengers resulting in a later arrival to Miami?
Moving ahead to 2014 the Magic appears yet again, this time on September 18, 2014. Again, building off of yesterday’s discovery we could speculate that the Magic will be in Europe from late May 2014 to early September 2014. Could the Magic be returning to take over the Wonder sailings while she then goes for her dry dock?
Finally, the alternating Eastern & Western Caribbean cruises on the [Disney_Fantasy] come into question when you look at the December 2014 St Maarten port schedule. On the surface it looks normal, but there are 5 Tuesdays in that month and the Fantasy is scheduled on each.
In fact, starting with November 25, 2012 the Fantasy appears to be in St Maarten weekly. If you remember back to early November, the Disney Cruise Line website briefly showed some new Caribbean ports of call in their slideshows. Will the Fantasy be doing Easterns while the Magic or Wonder sail on Westerns? Does this indicate special holiday cruises on the Fantasy, or is the Fantasy a place holder for another ship a la the Jamaica schedule. However, this again could just be a mistake on the schedule.
Please keep in mind that this is all speculative as it relies on third party information as well as some assumptions.
What do you think the St Maarten schedule is trying to tell us about 2014?
Based on your research, this would mean that the Magic will be in Europe and the Wonder will return to the West Coast for the Summer of 2014, right? That then leaves the door open a Panama Canal Cruise and perhaps a Hawaii itinerary for the Wonder! Any idea as to when the official announcement might come from Disney?
Not sure on an official announcement, but I do have some more pieces to this puzzle. Stay tuned.
I will definitely keep checking your posts! I am anxious to book a nice trip aboard DCL for the Fall of 2014. My husband and I have a couple of things to celebrate that year so I want to start planning and dreaming! I think that we are leaning towards a 14 night to Hawaii. I just have to keep my fingers crossed that Disney sees Hawaii as a promising market. Anyway… Thanks for all your efforts in researching the perspective itineraries and providing your best guesses! It helps so much!
Hi Scott. FYI – You probably know this already, but I found the port schedule for Hawaii. It lists the shedule of cruise ships for 2013 and 2014. Disney is not on it. I suppose this isn’t the final word as Disney can certainly add dates. However, I find myself a little sad that Disney is not showing herself the ports that Disney fans have enjoyed and desire. Again, as a fan of Disney Cruise Line… thanks for all your hard work!
I did see the Hawaii schedules. For now I am focusing on where the ships are listed. Each port is different, some will not list the ships until the itineraries are released, others will mask the ships identity, and others will post what they have or what they think they have.