Disney Cruise Line Announces Winter 2019 Itineraries (January – May)

Disney Cruise Line released a new batch of sail date for winter 2019. The big news for early 2019 is the Disney Wonder will be heading to San Diego earlier than usual with the Panama Canal cruise scheduled for late February. This will come after the Wonder departs Galveston for San Juan in early January to sail a series of Southern Caribbean cruises. The Disney Magic will spend the winter sailing from Miami.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will remain at Port Canaveral. The Disney Dream will continue sailing alternating 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises on Fridays and Mondays. The Disney Fantasy will stick with the alternating 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises.

Today’s release extended the available sail dates into mid-2019. 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 the new itineraries.

Although the dates were announced today, general booking will not open until Thursday November 2nd. On Monday October 30th, Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to call in followed on Tuesday by Gold Castaway Club members, then on Wednesday Silver members can start booking. On Thursday, November 2nd, first time cruisers will be able to book. I know I say this with each itinerary announcement, 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.

This post will be updated throughout the day as I work out the details of DCL’s Winter 2019 plans for each ship.

Disney Magic Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Magic will continue voyages from Miami in the winter with 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises along with 5-night Western Caribbean sailings.


Disney Wonder Winter 2019 Sailings

The Disney Wonder will depart Galveston on January 9th and embark on a repositioning cruise to San Juan with a stop in Falmouth. Once in San Juan, there will be three Southern Caribbean cruises. In February, the Wonder will reposition to Port Canaveral for a brief stint before embarking on a February Westbound Panama Canal cruise to San Diego. The San Diego season will run from March to May with a mix of 2-, 4-, 5-, and 7-night Baja and Mexican Riviera cruises.


San Juan (Pan American Pier)

23 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line Announces Winter 2019 Itineraries (January – May)”

  1. Kevin Burns

    Thank you Scott. You have obviously put in a great amount of time to get us this information (in a format that even I can understand). This is SUPER helpful as we look at our future cruise plans. In gratitude,

  2. Michelle

    Thanks Scott. This is so helpful. Are the two blackout dates noted above the only dates or are they the only dates you know of at this point? If there are likely to be others, will we know before platinum books on Monday? Thanks again.

  3. Anonymous

    This format is sooooo much better and easier to process for all the different sailings/dates than anywhere else. Thanks for all the work you put in to this!!!

  4. Darren

    A very early Panama Canal for 2019. I wonder if this is a trial year to see if the West Coast can support a ship all year, ready for the 3 new ships from 2021?

    1. BartmanLA

      That is my guess, they’ve scheduled a full 2 months (14 itineraries) based out of San Diego, before the Wonder moves up to Vancouver for the Summer Alaska season. I imagine if they can fill the ship for all or most of those schedules it will give them an indication of sustainability on the West Coast. Although with DL being closer to LA than SD I hope they’ll reconsider relocating the Wonder’s home base to be out of San Pedro. But that’s just wishful thinking.

  5. Sarah

    Do you know if they plan on doing Star Wars Day at Sea cruises in spring of 2019? Or have they already announced that and I just missed it?

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Any Star Wars Day at Sea or Marvel Day at Sea sailings would be announced much later. This is done to help fill those sailings by adding a reason for people to book the have not already done so. My opinion is that you can anticipate the sailings being Star Wars, Marvel, Halloween, or Christmas based on prior years, but do not expect them to be special sailings.

  6. Steven

    Great help as ever Scott. Thanks. I’m just hoping there isn’t a huge jump in pricing. My dilemma is whether to book on the U.K. or US DCL website. Playing the exchange rate game! Did it in 2016 and gambled wrong 🙁

  7. Denny C

    Well, I was ready to book DCL cruise #5 this morning (10 a.m. EDT on 11/1) but the new 2019 itineraries are still not showing up. It also appears that a number of pages on the DCL website are down as well. Will try again in an hour.

      1. Denny C

        Oy. That’s proving to be an exercise in frustration. Still on hold while binge watching Netflix (closing in on two hours).

        Thanks, Scott.

  8. Chris Yansick

    I am booking President’s Week on the Magic in the hopes of a Marvel Day at Sea, but interestingly enough, opening price this year is $400 LESS than the same cruise last year (according to TouringPlans), which makes me wonder if it won’t be.

  9. Fabi

    Are there any plans to add Cuba as port on Disney cruises in 2020? Both Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have added more cruises.


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