Disney Cruise Line is notifying guests booked on the 12-Night Greek Isles Cruise from Barcelona of a major itinerary change. The August 1, 2016 sailing aboard the Disney Magic will no longer sail to the Greek Isles. I am calling this a new itinerary rather than a revised itinerary due to the significant changes with the loss of calls in Piraeus, Kusadasi, Mykonos and to a lesser extent Valletta and La Spezia. It is now a Mediterranean cruise, not a Greek Isles cruise. At the time of publication, the sailing was pulled from DCL’s website. Around the lunch hour, the new itinerary named 12-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona appeared online.
While the loss of ports may be disappointing, the new itinerary has one less sea day with the addition of Olbia, Naples, Palermo, Cannes and Palma. As was the case with the 7-Night Mediterranean sailings, La Spezia is being replaced with Livorno. It is important for any guests who are planning ahead, August 4th remains the only port day of the cruise unchanged with the stop in Civitavecchia. Well, ok, you got me. Embarkation day remains unchanged. The new itinerary is as follows.
Disney Cruise Line is attempting to make this itinerary change hurt less for those who were hoping to visit the Greek Isles. Guests may change their dates or cancel for a full refund. For guests with non-refundable deposits, they will get a full refund. Guests who choose to keep the itinerary will receive a $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom, which can be used towards any services or merchandise purchased onboard, including port adventures and beverages. I cannot confirm, but I received another report that a $2,000 OBC was offered for guests in a 2-bedroom suite.
For guest looking to change to a different sailing they will be able to book at the pricing tier from when they originally booked the 12-Night Greek Isles cruise, not the current prevailing rate.
The previously submitted cruise meet Facebook group link has been relinked to the revised sailing on August 1, 2016.
Below is a copy of the notice DCL is sending out to agents with clients booked on this sailing. Disney states the change a result of their desire to provide the best possible experience for their guests. However, I feel it has more to do with the current situation highlighted by the US State Department’s travel warning for Turkey (pdf) which then had a ripple effect on the rest of the itinerary.
Special thanks to Tracy from TravelOnADream.com for providing the new itinerary details.