Disney Cruise Line Announces Itineraries for Winter 2016 Featuring Tortola and a Return to the Southern Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line released the Winter 2016 itineraries today, with the addition of Tortola and Martinique to the list of Caribbean ports of call. The Disney Wonder will leave Galveston for the warm waters of the Southern Caribbean with sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Disney Wonder will sail four 7-Night Southern Caribbean cruises which will include the Flower of the Caribbean, Martinique. The Disney Wonder will make calls in Tortola during her two repositioning cruises.

The Disney Fantasy will finally add Tortola, British Virgin Islands during her Eastern Caribbean sailings while adding a day a sea to her Western Caribbean Sailings. The Disney Dream will continue to sail the same itineraries as the fall from Port Canaveral. The Disney Magic will split time between the Caribbean and the Bahamas between her two homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral. The Magic will also visit Tortola beginning in April.

Gold and Platinum bookings will go on sale October 29th followed by the general public on Thursday October 30, 2014. Sail Dates marked with an asterisk (*) indicate the sailings is marked as an Onboard Booking Block-out date.

Disney Magic Winter 2016 Sailings

The Disney Magic will continue to sailing three and four night cruises to the Bahamas as well as five night Western Caribean cruises from PortMiami through January. On February 3rd, the Disney Magic will sail without passengers to Port Canaveral where she will sail alternating three and four night Bahamas cruises embarking on Thursdays and Sundays through March. Beginning in April 2016, the Disney Magic will switch to alternating seven nights Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. The Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls in Tortola.

From Miami, rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 per person for five-night cruises for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. From Port Canaveral, rates start at $375 per person for three-night cruises, $500 per person for four-night cruises and $1,120 per person for seven-night cruises for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are not included.

Miami, Florida Sailings

Port Canaveral, Florida Sailings

Disney Wonder Winter 2016 Sailings

Following the December 28th 7-Night sailing to the Bahamas, the Disney Wonder set a course for San Juan with a six-night repositioning cruise. Once in San Juan, the Disney Wonder will sail an all new 7-Night Southern Caribbean itinerary which will include a stop in the Flower of the Caribbean, Martinique. To make this itinerary even more special than the sailings on the Disney Magic, the day at sea has been moved to the final day. After our recent sailing, this is definitely a welcome change as the itinerary is port intensive and you will need a day to relax before returning to life on dry land. The Disney Wonder’s time in San Juan will be brief with just four Southern Caribbean sailings. On February 7th, the Disney Wonder will take passengers on a five-night repositioning cruise to Miami with stops in St Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

Once in Miami, the Disney Wonder will sail a series of alternating five-night Western Caribbean and four-night Bahamian cruises through the end of April.

Rates start at $980 per person for seven-night cruises from San Juan for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. From Miami, rates start at $352 per person for four-night cruises and $440 per person for five-night cruises for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are not included.

Galveston, Texas Sailings

San Juan, Puerto Rico Sailings

 

Miami, Florida Sailings

Disney Fantasy Winter 2016 Sailings

The Disney Fantasy will continue to sail alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral in 2016. There are some notable changes resulting in two new itineraries. First, the Eastern Caribbean itinerary will drop St. Maartin in favor of the long anticipated Tortola. All but the April 30th Western Caribbean sailings will drop Falmouth, Jamaica in favor of a third day at sea.

Rates start at $1,120 per person for seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are not included.

Port Canaveral, Florida Sailings

Disney Dream Winter 2016 Sailings

The Disney Dream will continue her Monday and Friday departures from Port Canaveral with her usual alternating three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay.

From Port Canaveral, rates start at $375 per person for three-night cruises, $500 per person for four-night cruises and $1,120 per person for seven-night cruises for a category 11C standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are not included.

Port Canaveral, Florida Sailings

Detailed Itineraries

The updated 2015-2016 Disney Cruise Line Brochure (Updated October 2014) contains a summary of the following information.

The website has been updated with detailed itineraries for each ship:

DCL Itinerary Brochure October 2014 2015 2016 Dates CoverDCL did provide pricing information for select sailings, but this does provide all that much to make an informed decision. If you are Gold or Platinum Castaway Club member feel free to share the quotes you receive tomorrow either in the comments below or tweet at us and we will pass the information along to help others plan for Thursday.

49 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Announces Itineraries for Winter 2016 Featuring Tortola and a Return to the Southern Caribbean

  1. Peter

    Boring! Just more of the same thing. When will DCL finally go to Asia or at least different Canadian/ Mexican / European itineraries?

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  2. Pamr413

    Scott – Any idea why on the DCL website it shows a photo of Puntarenas, Costa Rica under the Mexican Cruise page? I was trying to figure out whether this was a past or future destination…..

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      This is a pattern, they released up to roughly the same time last year and held back the seasonal repositioning of the Magic and Wonder. This is also done to control inventory. If DCL were to open up say Alaska or European sailings now for 2016, there could be people who will decide to wait a year rather than book a cruise in 2015. By releasing smaller batches DCL is controlling the inventory and reducing the supply to generate a greater demand.

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  4. FellowCollector

    Thanks for sharing this today! We were hoping to future book a 2016 on our cruise in the next few weeks. Definitely booking Tortola! We’re on a Falmouth itinerary coming up, so our first experience in that port this trip will determine whether or not Fantasy’s Western remains of interest. Key West is always a fun port. So, depending on which (Falmouth or Key West) seems like a better choice for each, hope to book a B2B on Magic to get Tortola and Key West or on Fantasy to get Tortola and Falmouth! Thanks again for the exciting release.

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    1. Dennis C

      We’re many months away from any announcememts regarding December, 2016. I’m anxiously awaiting Summer, 2016 itineraries!

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  5. Nancy Day

    Just booked Fantasy (Tortola, St. Thomas & Castaway Cay), 1/30/16 – 2/6/16, Cat 5E, for our 2/6/2016 anniversary. 2 adults, voyage fare & taxes = $3,007.36 We prepay gratuities which added $168. 🙂 We’re sailing Fantasy 1/31/15 – 2/7/15 to St. Maarten and San Juan so the Fantasy 2016 sailing is perfect for us.n

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  6. Nancy Day

    Thank you SO much Scott! I posted in a rush to head to work I obviously didn’t think. 😉 Thanks again for looking out fir your readers. Have a great day.

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  7. futuredisneyimagineer

    Hi guys. My guesses for those curious for the Summer 2016:
    Magic- Back to Europe
    Wonder- Back to Alaska
    Dream- 3/4 Night Bahamas
    Fantasy- 7 Night Rotating E/W Caribbean.
    Which is basically the same old same old… I am hoping for NY or something to return but if anything it would only be for September/October which would stink considering I have school. 🙁 I hope we get some change… but if they are paying they will return.

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  8. Angela

    Any thoughts on when the Wonder might get it’s extensive dry dock update like the Magic? We’re hoping for Alaska in summer 2016, but really would prefer it on a reimagined Wonder. Thanks for any thoughts, guesses, hints…

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    1. Dennis C

      Purely speculation but the most likely scenario would be after the Alaska sailings in 2016. As I understand it the makeover would be impacted by the expansion of the Panama Canal since the addition of a duck tail similar to the Magic’s would mean that the Canal would no longer be able to accomodate the Wonder.

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      1. Sarah S

        You are correct Dennis C. As of right now, the Wonder is the only ship Disney has that can fit through the canal. So no extensive dry dock/re-imagine for the Wonder until the Panama Canal expansion is complete, but the project is currently well behind its initial schedule. Speculation is late 2015 completion for the Canal expansion, but I believe that is a best case assuming no further delays.

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  9. Amy P.

    Any thoughts as to why the western routes do not include Jamaica? I am happy they added the southern routes in January otherwise I’d be very bummed because we were planning on a western that included Jamaica and there are not any…unless I am missing something??

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  10. Janet

    I was wondering if Disney will be doing a southern carribian during summer or fall 2016 since it’s just January 2016 at this time? Any thoughts?

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  11. Jimmy

    Will winter sailings to the Southern Caribbean become an annual thing? Will the Disney Dream or Fantasy sail to the Southern Caribbean in the future? Those two ships have the way-cool slides that the Disney Wonder doesn’t.

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  12. Roxie

    Hmmm, really wish DCL would release Summer 2016 before our March 2015 cruise so we can book on board. We have booked Spring Break many times but really want to try summer next time. If we cannot work it out to book summer 2016 or get a good placeholder while on board we will not book. If we don’t book on board we are much more likely to feel like we aren’t getting a “deal” with the discount and go look at other cruise lines for once. We have cruised with DCL the same routes at the same time of year so many times now we really want something different. How can we find out when Summer 2016 will be released?

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      1. Antonella

        Any chance Disney will do the 12 night Mediterranean cruise with Venice for summer 2016? This is my dream cruise that I missed in 2014!

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  13. Jimmy Bronson

    I believe that you can book onboard with the discount for an earlier cruise and then call back later to postpone to a later one and transfer your discount to that cruise.

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  14. Jimmy

    I would like to sail on, sometime in the next few years, on either the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy during Christmas vacation to the Southern Caribbean. I see that the Disney Wonder has gone there during Christmas break in the past, and will be doing so next January (which is after vacation ends), but it doesn’t have the cool water slides that will delight my daughter. I see that the Disney Magic went there in October, but that’s not Christmas vacation. Any chance that I will find my jackpot opportunity during the next few years, or should I be prepared to give up something, whether it be sailing date, specific ship, or specific area of the Caribbean?

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  15. Erin

    Hi Scott! Thanks for all you do to help keep us informed. I used this site often as we planned for our recent NYE Cruise. Thanks! Any idea when the late spring/summer 2016 itineraries will be posted?

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  16. breanth

    I was just wondering if the rumor of a san fransisco to alaska cruise could possibly be true for 2016? any thoughts…we did princess that way 7 years ago but now with little onces we think Disney would be the way to go!

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  17. Sherri

    Hi Scott. Just wondering if you have any idea when the May 2016 cruise dates will be opened for booking? Also, is there any talk of the Star Wars cruises continuing into May?

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  18. Patty

    I hope the Alaska dates for 2016 are released soon. We thought about taking our daughter this summer, but next year will work out better for us, as she will be a little older and more likely to remember it…

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  19. Jax Latour

    We were on the fantasy in December and the cruise director was talking about possible austrailian cruises for 2016.

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  20. Carol

    Ohh Australia would be great!!! I heard Asia too! But they probably will end up doing the same , Med Baltic Greece….

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  21. Angie

    I really wish Disney would release the dates for May 2016 sailings. My husband has to bid his vacations a year ahead of time and he will be bidding soon. We need to know DATES!!!

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    1. Kasiah Goiziou

      My mom and her husband just got off the Fantasy the beginning of March. The booking people on the cruise said dates would be released anytime between the middle to the end of March but probably closer to the end.. so they will be out very soon!

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  22. Tammy Morgan

    I’m looking to sail December 23rd thru 27th, 2016-Disney Fantasy-Please confirm which cruise is available. 2 adults and 2-kids age 15 and age 10

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