According to the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, the Disney Wonder is scheduled to return to Hawaii in 2015. Based on the currently port schedule which was last updated this past week, the Disney Wonder will call on Honolulu on September 17, 2015.
In 2012, the Disney Wonder sailed on a 15-Night and 14-Night cruise to Hawaii with stops in Hilo, Kahului, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Ensenada. Honolulu was day eight on both itineraries which embarked from Los Angeles.
The timing of the call is the most interesting aspect with it being almost a full month earlier than the 2012 14-Night Hawaiian sailing which embarked on October 14th.
This potentially indicates that there will not be a series of the September 7-night California Coast Cruises which were Pixar themed in 2012. The other wild card will be wether Disney sticks with San Diego, or return to Los Angeles in 2015.
Pending the accuracy of the port calendar, the west coast positioning of the Disney Wonder it is easy to concluded she will also sail Alaska in 2015.
UPDATE: Disney Wonder Removed from Port Calendar
During the day on Monday January 27, 2014, the Department of Transportation replaced the previous port schedule with one that no longer shows the Disney Wonder. This appears to indicate one of two things…. Either Disney notified the Hawaii DOT that they will no longer be sailing to Honolulu, or DCL requested to have the Disney Wonder removed from the schedule until the remaining 2015 itineraries are announced.
However, the properties of the PDF all but confirm Monday’s update was an attempt to hide the Disney Wonder’s scheduled call.
This is not the first time a Disney ship has been removed from a port calendar following its discovery. This past fall the Disney Magic was spotted in Rome and has sense disappeared.
Do you think The Disney Wonder will head into its re-imagined dry dock if it goes to Hawaii? You would think they would aim for fall of 2015 unless they wait until 2016.
Does this mean we are closer to the announcement of the end of 2015 schedule?
Hi Scott!!! Hawaii with DCL is on my wish list!!!
Oh man, I hope it stays in SanDiego and does some MR cruises again. It actually is a nice change of pace itinerary
I want to go!! I’m sure it’s super expensive 🙁 and is Ensenada safe? What are family fun activitys there?
We were on the original Disney Cruise to Hawaii and when to Ensenada. It was not a nice stop and there was not much to do. Disney included it because they are required to
visit a port outside the USA since the boat has Bahama registartion.
That’s my favorite place…… Hawaii
Carol, the Wonder is currently in dry dock now. 🙂 Can’t wait to see all the WONDERful changes she gets!
The current dry dock is not a re-imagination. This is a routine maintenance and hull inspection dry dock.
Yep… just maintenance. What do you think Scott… I wouldn’t imagine they will do any re-imagineering until the Panama Canal is upgraded, because isn’t the new Magic now too big to get through the canal? That would mean Wonder would have to stay year round on west coast… don’t see that happening.
OMGGGG I’M SO THRILLED! I hope this is a sure thing! I’ve been waiting so patiently for Hawaii!!
Scott will the wonder do the Hawaii trips in 2016 or is that just next year
Tyler, the calendar does not go out to 2016.
Will it be in the calendar for 2017? or 2018? My daughter wants to take a Disney cruise to Hawaii, for her Quinceañera. I, hope I, can fulfill her dream.
Sail dates are available through early September 2018 for the Disney Wonder. At this time, there are no Hawaiian sailings scheduled.
Ok Scott thanks!!!!!!!!!
Oh I forgot, do you know if the fantasy or dream will get re-imagined in the next year or 3.
The Dream and Fantasy are more than a decade away from being re-imagined. The Dream will be due for her first out of water inspection in about 2 years.
Hi Scott when do you think is the perfect time to go on a disney cruise
I do not think there is such a thing as a perfect time. We all have our own unique schedules to consider. It is more about your availability and what itinerary you want to sail that makes it a perfect time to cruise.
What cruise do you recommend for I first time cruiser
I mean first time cruiser
From past date announcements… does anyone have a guess on when Disney might announce their sailings for the remainder of 2015?
It could happen any day… or week… However, if opening day prices jump like the previous announcement the sailings will be available for a while.
Scott- what do you mean “opening day prices”? Are they more expensive or cheaper when they are first announced? Any advice on what a good time to purchase is?
Any speculation as to when the next schedule will be released for 2015/2016?
I have been sooo waiting for this. Our first Disney cruise (really any cruise) was the last sailing of the Mexican Riviera in December 2012. We have been impatiently waiting for a Disney ship to return to California. The higher cost of a Disney cruise is greatly offset when we can drive to the port. Keeping our fingers crossed on this. Thanks again Scott for your excellent reports and website.
So Scott… How much of a role does the expansion of the Panama Canal play on Disney Cruise Line’s availability to access the West Coast? More specifically, will the Dream or Fantasy fit? Like everyone else, I’m just thinking ahead here. If the Dream and Fantasy can cross the Canal once expanded, do you think Disney would continue to send the Magic or Wonder back and forth to the West Coast, or might they send one of the larger ships? In that logic though, I am only considering the cruises DCL has done in the past… Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii. I think its too far out to begin speculating if any of the ships would cross the Pacific Ocean into brand new markets.
The Panama Canal plays a major role as the Disney Wonder is DCL’s only ship that can pass through the current locks. With the expansion the entire fleet would be able to transit the Panama Canal. The rest of your question is all a business decision whether or not it is worth sending a larger ship and would it provide the same overall experience as a classic.
The port schedule has changed and it no longer shows the Wonder stopping there. Please say it isn’t so!!
It’s probably just like when the Carioca’s stuff got pulled from the designers website – the info got leaked. It’s certainly still a possibility, but I’m sure they want to keep it a secret!!
It’s gone. 🙁 the wonder is off
I am going out to rob a bank now that is only way i will make that cruise.
Any thoughts on a ship in NYC for ’15? It sold well last time.
So Scott you are saying the prices were high when they first announced? I thought they were lower the earlier you booked? So it could be anytime now that they are released?
Scott wonder back in Miami. End of dry dock or what??????
I just found that the sept 17, 2015 spot on the Honalulu cruise calendar (http://hidot.hawaii.gov/harbors/pass…ise-schedules/) that originally said disney wonder, then disappeared, has now been replaced with “Inchcape special”. And the pdf’s name is not longer “….without disney”. Check out the hawaii port calendars for 2015 at hawaii DOT under harbors and then passenger cruise ship schedules. In googling Inchcape, they do act as ship’s agents in various ports including Hawaii. An “inchcape special” listing now also appears on the Hilo, Hawaii port calendar in 2 spots, 9/13/2015 and 9/20/2015, maybe until DCL decides on a final itinerary?? Those dates are 4 days before and 4 days after the Honalulu date. Not sure what that means, since in the past DCL only spent a total of 4 consecutive days at the hawaiian islands, not 5 days. On the Hilo port calendar it shows that the “Inchcape special” is a ship with 2000 passengers and 965 ft long. The wonder is listed as 964 feet long and carries 2000 +/- a few hundred passengers, so its a perfect fit!!
Hey Scott, I was wondering if you had any “gut feeling” if the Hawaii cruise will still work out? We are certainly keeping our fingers crossed it will. 🙂 Thank you for all that you do!
As far as I know nothing has changed. They may have removed the Wonder from the port calendar, but the last time I checked a ship was still on the schedule in her place.
With your expertise knowledge, do you feel it will be 1 roundtrip or 2 one ways? We are REALLY hoping it is a roundtrip. 🙂 Thank you again for all that you do to keep us all “in the loop”.
Today I was asked to take a survey on the DisneyCruiseline official site about my experience with the site. One of the questions was the destination of the cruise we have booked currently. Hawaii was one of the possible answers! I only realized after clicking to the next question, so didn’t take a screenshot, but it was there!
Are you kidding me? If this was September 2014, I’d do this in a heartbeat, but my teenage daughter will be at boarding school in September 2015.
If it’s a 15-day, I’m not sure I’d love it… What I would really, really love would be an 8-day one way from either LA to Hawaii, or the opposite, and book a few days at Aulani either before or after.
Based on previous research I think San Diego will be used in lieu of LA. A Vancouver to Hawaii and a Hawaii to San Diego is not out of the question based on the port calendar. With Hilo listed twice between a call in Honolulu it could mean there will be two one way sailings.
I think going from Hawaii is nice but it is expensive a 15 day would be nice but September is starting of school but I am still looking to it my mom said she will go on it she will be paying $9,000 and will be a. It vacation .