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.



Civitavecchia (Rome)



Disney Wonder Summer 2018 Sailings

The Disney Wonder will kick off summer on with a 5-night repositioning cruise from San Diego to Vancouver on May 16, 2018. Once in Vancouver, the Disney Wonder will sail Alaskan voyages into September. The season will be similar to 2017 with the 9-night and 5-night sailings in addition to two 7-Night sailings featuring Icy Strait Point.

San Diego


Disney Dream Summer 2018 Sailings

The Disney Dream will spend the summer months alternating between three, four and five-night Bahamian sailings. The June and early July four and five-night sailings will feature two stops at Castaway Cay.

There is a missing 4-night sailing on July 23, 2018. I am working to determine if this was an error or if the sailing has been chartered. We’ve confirmed that this date is not for sale, but the reason is unknown at this time. If not chartered by a third party, this could be a 2018 DVC members cruise.

Port Canaveral

Disney Fantasy Summer 2018 Sailings

The Disney Fantasy will spend the Summer of 2018 sailing alternating 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises with the addition of a 3-night Bahamian cruise following an 11-Night Southern Caribbean cruise.

Port Canaveral

Summer 2018 Onboard Booking Blockout Dates

Disney Dream 

Updated 2017 – 2018 Itinerary Brochure – COMING SOON

For those interested in a brochure, Disney Cruise Line published an updated 2017-2018 Sail Dates & Itineraries booklet. Click the image below to download the brochure as a PDF.

DCL Itinerary Brochure February 2017 2018 Summer Dates Cover

Full Disney Cruise Line Press Release

Below is the copy of the press release that you can read verbatim at hundreds of other websites.

Disney Cruise Line Offers Families a Chance to See the World and Explore Magnificent New Destinations in Summer 2018

New ports and new itineraries in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean take center stage

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2017) – In summer 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes guests on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Bookings open to the public on Feb. 23, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.

New sailings from Rome and Barcelona

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience the rich culture of Barcelona and inspiring history of Rome as bookend experiences in a single cruise.

In Rome, guests can explore the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, and sample authentic local cuisine. Barcelona offers beautiful beaches, the market streets of Las Ramblas, the artistic architecture of Gaudi and the famed Sagrada Família church.

On June 16, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Rome). Ports of call include Marseilles and Villefranche, France; and Genoa (Milan), Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Naples, Italy.

On June 23, 2018, the Disney Magic will sail a seven-night itinerary from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona. Ports visited on this cruise are Naples, Livorno (Florence, Pisa) and Genoa (Milan), Italy; and Cannes and Marseilles, France.

First-time visits to Milan, Italy

Disney Cruise Line will call on Genoa, Italy for the first time in 2018, as part of three special sailings from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome). The historic port town of Genoa, located on the Italian Riviera, is a gateway to the beautiful metropolis of Milan and the picturesque locale of Portofino. Milan is a global capital of fashion and design, featuring top-name designer stores, boutiques, open-air markets and art galleries.

A 10-night Mediterranean itinerary sailing from Barcelona on July 7, 2018, calls on Genoa, as well as other popular ports in Italy, France and Spain.

First-time visit to Cork, Ireland and first seven-night British Isles

The Disney Magic will call on Cork, Ireland for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever seven-night British Isles cruise, departing on Sept. 2, 2018. Additional ports visited on this sailing include Dublin, Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; and Liverpool, England.

Cork is home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes. It invites visitors to connect with Ireland’s ancient past, with historic sites like Blarney Castle, where visitors can kiss the famed Blarney Stone.

Throughout the summer, the Disney Magic’s tour of Europe continues with engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Return to Alaska                   

In 2018, the newly re-imagined Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. A variety of five-, seven- and nine-night itineraries will depart from Vancouver, Canada, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Southern Caribbean special sailing

The Disney Fantasy will embark on a special 11-night southern Caribbean itinerary departing June 30, 2018, visiting tropical destinations, renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches, including Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and the Disney private island, Castaway Cay.

Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore Disney’s exclusive private island

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently a top-rated destination. In 2018, the Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay so guests can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of the pristine island paradise.

On June 6, 20, and July 4, the Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla., on four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, plus two stops at Castaway Cay.

On June 1, 10, 15, 24, 29, and July 8, the Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla., on five-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, plus two stops at Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

Now that you’ve made it to the end of this itinerary announcement… What do you plan on booking?

25 thoughts on “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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