Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2018 Itineraries (May – September)

Summer 2018 Disney Cruise itineraries have been released earlier this year than the last few with some usual guest favorites as well as some new adventures. The Summer 2018 Disney Cruise itineraries feature the Disney Wonder returning to Alaska and the Disney Magic heading back to Europe with the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy continuing their Bahamian and Caribbean cruises.

Notably different will be the Disney Magic’s European deployment with the season beginning in the Mediterranean in May then repositioning to Northern Europe to finish the season. In the Summer of 2018, the Magic returns to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean with new ports of call in Genoa, Italy, and Cork, Ireland. And for the first time, Rome will be added as a departure port, allowing more flexibility to explore this fascinating destination.

If the majesty of North America tops your list, then choose from a variety of 5-, 7-, and 9-night itineraries through wild, wonderful Alaska. Or escape to warm weather and endless fun on a special 11-night sailing through the southern Caribbean. And by popular demand, we’ve also added more itineraries featuring 2 stops to Disney’s exclusive private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas.

The Disney Fantasy will feature an 11-Night Southern Caribbean cruise at the end of June in addition to her regular 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings. The Disney Dream will sail 3-, 4-, and 5-Night cruise with some featuring two stops at Castaway Cay.

Today’s release extended the available sail dates into late-August/September 2018 for the Magic & Wonder and through September 2018 for the Dream & Fantasy. These new sail dates will allow guest to plan vacations more than one year out, as well as take advantage of opening day pricing for some of of the more unique itineraries.

Although the dates were announced today, booking will not being until February 22nd. On Wednesday, Platinum & Gold Castaway Club members will be able to call in or have their travel agents book sailings. On Thursday, February 23rd Silver Castaway Club members as well as first time cruisers will be able to book. I said this before, but it is worth repeating… Please do NOT try calling today to book; this will just clog up the phone lines and bog down the reservation cast members. There may be people attempting to book an available cruise vacation today. The sailings should show up on DCL’s website early on Thursday morning before the phone lines open at 8AM EST.

I really need to thank Tracy from TravelOnADream.com for helping me get the itineraries cleared up.

This post will be updated throughout the day as I work out the minutiae of DCL’s Summer 2018 plans for each ship. UPDATE: At this time all the sailings have been added to the website. There are a number of new Disney Magic itineraries that I need to verify the port order. As a result, the itinerary maps for those sailings will be delayed until I can get the port order verified. The new Disney Magic itineraries have been verified and maps are now online.

Disney Magic Summer 2018 Sailings

The Disney Magic will embark on her summer European season on May 13, 2018 from Miami, Florida with a 13-nigth Transatlantic cruise to Barcelona. In May & June the Magic will sail Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. There are two one way Med cruises on June 16 the voyages begins in Barcelona and ends in Rome. The Magic will then embark from Rome on June 23rd and return the trip to Barcelona. Back in Spain, the Magic will sail 5-, 7-, and 10-night Mediterranean itineraries.

Late July, the Magic will reposition to Dover and being one way trips between Dover and Copenhagen. Mid August will be a 10-night Norwegian Fjord and Iceland cruise ending in Dover for a 7-night Norwegian Fjord cruise and a 7-Night British Isles cruise.


25 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2018 Itineraries (May – September)”

  1. John Welch

    Am I confused, or is there an error in the Itinerary PDF? It shows a 10 night on the Fantasy leaving the 28th of June and an 11 night on the Fantasy leaving on the 30th of June.

  2. John Welch

    Thanks, that was my thinking, too. I was going to go on-line and check the 2017 DCL dates, but the DCL website wasn’t allowing cruise searches

  3. Summer

    On this one: 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise
    Barcelona • Marseilles • Villefranche • Genoa (Milan), Italy • Livorno • Naples • At Sea

    I believe it ends in Civitavecchia. At least that’s how it looks from the brochure. (I hope so because this is what we want to do.)

  4. Gina Tompkins

    Hi Scott! This was great news to see this on the site today! Can you or any of your experienced readers please give some insight into Tracy Arm vs. Icy Strait Point? Is one more scenic than the other? Also, I kind of remember reading something on your blog (or possibly twitter) last year about none of the cruises actually making it to Tracy Arm because of too much ice? I’m just curious about Disney replacing Tracy Arm with Icy Strait on a couple of the cruises. Wondering which is a better way to go. Thank you Scott! (and any readers who might know)

    1. ProsperityAndCalamities

      We did Tracy Arm in June 2015 and the ship got really close to the glacier but it was really more of a sea day because the ship didn’t dock anywhere. Based on DCL website, it sounds like Icy Strait is a port where you can get off the ship. I’d be interested to know more about these as well!

    2. Shanna

      Hey Gina! Icy Strait is a port stop whereas Tracy Arm is a Fjord sailing day with glacier viewing. Icy Strait is a bit of a built up port to bring in the cruise ships… there is not a lot there IMO but it is still a very pretty area.

    3. Chanda

      We sailed in May 2016 and were unable to get to Tracy Arm due to ice so I think we went to Hubbard Glacier instead. They had just added an excursion where a tour boat pulls up next to the Wonder and you board the tour boat for a more up close tour around the area (you go to areas where the Wonder can’t reach and we enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife on the tour boat). I think it was called Glacier Explorer (TC01) on the DCL Port Adventures Page if you want to read the full description.

  5. Mandy

    On the Disney Cruise Line website it mention an 11 night Iceland and Norway going from Dover to Dover, can’t see that on you schedule. Am I missing it?

  6. ceb.104

    I assumed DVC charter as well, but I was hopeful that Disney just made a typo. Guess my 40th will not be on the Dream!

  7. Jeanene Barclay

    You have a cruise 5/16/18 from San Diego to Vancouver. When I go into Disney Cruise website its coming up as 5/6/18. Which one is correct?

  8. Yuckster

    This is terrific Scott. We (Platinum wife) just jumped on the 10-day Copenhagen – Norway – Iceland – Dover trip in August. 2 days + 1 night in Rekyjavik plus a bunch of small Norwegian port cities. With the place-holder and the ship-board credits, a bit less expensive than we thought.

    Another trip to Europe on the Magic.. . I am so excited!

  9. Jill D.

    I am excited about the Mediterranean cruise that ends in Rome. That would be amazing! That was always one of our disappointments to previous cruises because only on day in Rome would be really hard to swallow, but because the cruise ends, now you can spend more time if you want. That is awesome!!!

  10. ProsperityAndCalamities

    This year (2017) they have a 7-night Mexico in September and one in October. Next year, they don’t have any yet. Do you think they will still add one to September or do you think this is the full September 2018 schedule? I’m assuming Panama Canal crossing will be in October 2018.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Based on DCL’s historical release patter, I’d expect the next batch of sail dates (Jan-May) to be announced in October. Then May to September in the Spring Late Feb/March.


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