Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2020 Itineraries (May – September)

Disney Cruise Line announced their much anticipated 2020 summer itineraries today. As expected, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in the summer. Unlike prior years, the Wonder will only be sailing 7-night Alaskan cruises in 2020. The Disney Magic will spend the summer sailing throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Most notably, the Disney Magic will be returning to the Greek Islse with 9- and a 12-night voyages from Civitavecchia.

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 primarily stick with Caribbean cruises with some new 5-night sailings and a 9-night Southern Caribbean voyage. Plus 3, 4, and 5-might Bahaiman cruises. Yes, the Fantasy will be sailing multiple Bahamian cruises.

Today’s release extends the available sail dates into late-2020 allowing 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 March 7th. However, there will be a tiered booking period beginning Monday March 4th.

  • Monday March 4th –Platinum Castaway Club members & Disney’s Golden Oaks residents
  • Tuesday March 5th – Gold Castaway Club members
  • Wednesday March 6th – Silver Castaway Club members & DVC members who have not previously sailed with DCL
  • Thursday March 7th, first time cruisers will be able to book.

If you’re an existing Castaway Club member, simply log in to your account now to verify your Castaway Club status, so you’ll be all set to book on your designated date.
Alternatively, you can call (800) 388-4513 starting at 8:00 AM Eastern Time or contact your travel agent.

Golden Oak Club Members should contact Golden Oak Club Member Services, Disney Vacation Club Members wishing to book with points will need to call Member Services at (800) 800-9800. To make a cash-only booking, call Disney Cruise Line at (866) 325-6348. Finally, Adventures by Disney Insiders call (800) 388-4513—or contact your travel agent.

As was the case with the last itinerary release, Castaway Club members can book online beginning Monday! The only caveat is that this is for new bookings only as the website is not set up to move a placeholder to a new sail date. Those types of bookings will still require a phone call. For those having issues search the new cruises based on your Castaway Club status, you can try this solution I discovered last release.

The following bears 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.

Below you will find a breakout by ship, but this is a work in progress. I will be updating the website throughout the day as I load the sailings and upload the new itinerary maps. The best way to be alerted to updates if following me on Twitter @TheDCLblog as I will tweet when updates are posted. At the very end, is DCL’s Summer 2020 Itinerary Announcement press release.

Disney Magic Summer 2020 Sailings

The Disney Magic will end her time in Miami embarking on the 2020 Eastbound Transatlantic cruise on May 11, 2020. Once in Europe the Disney Magic will sail some familiar itineraries along with some surprises. The biggest change for the summer of 2020 is the Disney Magic will return to the Greek Isles. There are also 6 new ports of call sprinkled across the 13 new itineraries that Disney will be offering for 2020. Overall, there are 16 sail dates and none of the itineraries repeat. So, you can sail back to back all summer on the Magic and have a unique itinerary each time!

Barcelona

Civitavecchia (Rome)

Copenhagen

Dover

Miami

Disney Wonder Summer 2020 Sailings

The Disney Wonder will will return to Vancouver on May 18th from her Hawaiian adventure and begin her summer sailings to Alaska. The Disney Wonder will offer guest the standard 7-night itinerary along with with alternate 7-night itinerary which includes Icy Strait Point instead of Skagway. The 2020 summer season for the Wonder does not include a longer 9-night voyage to Hubbard Glacier. Additionally, it was announced that the August 24th Alaskan Cruise will be a Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise. Please note, the Eligible DVC Members may begin booking staterooms through Member Services beginning April 6, 2019. To learn more about the Members Cruise visit DVCMemberCruise.com.

Vancouver

Disney Dream Summer 2020 Sailings

The Disney Dream will continue sailing 3- and 4-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral during the summer of 2020. IN addition to the standard itinerary offerings, the Disney Dream will offer four 5-night cruises featuring two stops at Castaway Cay. In fact, there are also a couple 4-night double dip sailings.

There is a 3-week itinerary gap for the Disney Dream from August 24 – September 14, 2020 which I suspect is the Disney Dream’s 2020 Dry Dock. The Disney Dream had her first dry dock in 2015 so the timing is right for her second in 2020.

Port Canaveral

 

Disney Fantasy Summer 2020 Sailings

The Disney Fantasy is shaking things up in the summer of 2020 by adding in a selection of 3-, 4-, and 5-night Bahamian cruises along with the standard 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises. Additionally, the Fantasy will return to the Southern Caribbean with a new 9-night voyage.

Port Canaveral

Summer 2019 Onboard Booking Blockout Dates

Onboard booking blockout dates will be update as this information becomes available. For a complete list of onboard booking blockout dates check this page.

  • TBD

Updated 2019 – 2020 Itinerary Brochure

For those interested in a brochure, Disney Cruise Line published an updated 2019-2020 Sail Dates & Itineraries booklet. Click the image below to download the brochure as a PDF.

DCL Itinerary Brochure September 2018 2020 Winter Dates

Full Disney Cruise Line Press Release

Below is the copy of the press release issued along with the new sail dates.




What do you think of the new ports and itineraries? Which itinerary do you want to book?

25 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2020 Itineraries (May – September)

  1. Gina

    I was hoping to book the 9 night Alaska for 2020. Not sure if I should wait a year in case they bring it back or just book the 7 night. I’m not sure what the difference is between Dawes and Icy Strait. Is this the first time DCL has gone to Greece? That will probably be a popular cruise. Thank you for the info Scott!

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    1. Mike

      imho, Hubbard (the 9 night) was worth it. check the 2019 schedule too – it might be cheaper than you think.

      Icy Strait (Hoonah) was a full port stop at a pier with lots of excursions including whale watching.

      I believe Dawes is just cruising by the glacier, kinda like tracy or Endicott arm.

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    2. beth

      I would go for Skagway (which I personally still found boring as I’m not into the whole gold rush thing) before the obviously manufactured only for cruises Icy Strait which doesn’t even look movie-set real IMHO. (Though if I were to cruise back to Alaska – done it twice…meh – I’d either pick a line that avoided ISP and preferably Skagway in favor of Sitka OR I would have a “sea day in port” at either Skagway or ISP.)

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  2. Ana Gaillat

    Scott, do you have any idea as to when will we see the fall itineraries. The dates I need are one week beyond the end of these. Sigh! Thanks in advance!

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  3. Darren

    Dubrovnik is an odd addition, especially given the problems too many cruise ship/passengers cause in the old city.

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    1. LeoM

      We visited Dubrovnik on the Magic in 2013 between our stops in Venice and Malta. Dubrovnik was beautiful and quite charming – we, our kids, and the grandparents all had a wonderful time. I wouldn’t let Dubrovnik’s presence on an itinerary deter you from that sailing – it definitely isn’t a ‘wasted day’ .

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      1. Darren

        I’ve done a city break to Dubrovnik before the cruise season started. The old city was deserted. We had the walls to ourselves most of the day.

        Next year is when new rules are suppose to be introduced where ships have to stagger arrivals, say arrive 5am, leave 1pm and arrive 1pm, leave 9pm in an effort to ease the ~10,000 visitors a day. The city has been warned it may lose it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status unless something is done.

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        1. JFB

          It’s going to be interesting to see how long the DCL stop there. There are 3 other ships in town on that day with a max capacity of about 5000pax in total and the travel time to Katakolon is roughly 16 hours at max speed. Leaving around 4pm would mean an arrival time of 8am in Katakolon. Typical travel time from Rome to Dubrovnik would indeed allow for an early arrival. Port departures/arrival times are going to be very interesting for that cruise, and may lead to some minor disappointment like what we experienced in last summer’s Norway/Iceland cruise where Alesund was a very short stop (and DCL did not do any of their Signature activities). Mykonos could be another shorter stop on this one given the travel time back to Naples.

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  4. Denise S

    Sailings from Port Canaveral seem so boring. I was full of anticipation for this new itinerary and even the 9 day southern (which is actually an Eastern really) seems to come up short. I love DCL & want to continue to cruise them but I reviewed the Summer Port Canaveral offerings and was practically snoring by the first few sailings. No Puerto Rico, no Aruba, Western with one Cozumel stop? Gees. I felt like these sailings were an afterthought. Maybe the Fantasy can do a few more itinerary’s with a CC double included. Sadly, it may be break time for our family until the new ships, so full of anticipation and then…..thud! So crazy disappointed DCL! ( we double dipped on a B2B last year and it was nice but I would not do that again because of the repeating menu’s, repeating shows, not enough different movies) It was too much money to have nothing new and fresh to experience) Come on DCL show some LOVE to the Port Canaveral sailings!!

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    1. Alex

      Disney wants more people on the Fantasy because it is the “Best” ship because it is newest. So, they put shorter cruises so those that don’t have as much time to travel go on that ship.

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    2. LeoM

      The misnamed ‘Southern’ Caribbean Cruise is indeed the best of the bunch. That said, I can’t speak highly enough of the Magic’s summer cruises in Europe – each and every one we’ve been on has been nothing short of spectacular.

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  5. Victoria

    The 7 night British Isle cruise leaving Dover on 9/6 puts the Magic in Plymouth the day after the Mayflower 400 year anniversary. It probably couldn’t be there on the actual day as it is envisaged that all living presidents will be attending the celebration.

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  6. John

    Scott, with Disney reducing the departures on the Alaskan cruises for 2020, is this a sign that the Wonder will arrive in Galveston earlier to increase turns as promised in the new agreement with the POG?

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    1. JFB

      John – the last 2020 Alaskan departure from Vancouver is on September 7, which is fairly consistent with 2018. 2019 is a bit unique because of the drydock in between the last Alaskan and the repo to San Diego. Now, the Wonder could be spending less time in San Diego… but we won’t know until a bit later…

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  7. Greg

    Am I a little bummed that they do not have the 11 night Southern Caribbean on the Fantasy again. Thankfully we are getting on it this, but if there is a chance we liked it, we can’t go again. Hopefully some new itineraries will cone up for the fall and winter. If not. We will be waiting until the new ships.

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  8. David

    Once again thanks Scott for the heads up on all this. Little bit disappointed in the lack of imagination for the Europe cruises. The greek cruise which is the one we wanted to do is during school time. Out of interest why dont they do longer cruises in the USA? For us to come over and then only have a 3, 4 or 7 night cruise isnt long enough for us as we just love the time on the ships more than the parks.

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      David, I am not really sure why Disney doesn’t do longer sailings from the United States. Once the new ships come online, I think DCL will have an opportunity to offer longer sailings depending on ship deployment.

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