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Disney Cruise Line highlights return to Europe in 2023

by Susan and Simon Veness

Disney Cruise Line will feature its first full five-ship summer program in 2023, highlighted by the debut European season for the Disney Dream.

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Disney Dream
Photos courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

With the forthcoming new Disney Wish joining the fleet in July 2022, all five vessels feature in next year’s itineraries, which range from majestic Alaska to the Mediterranean and Greek isles, as well as an around-Britain series based in the port of Southampton.

Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line, stated, “We are thrilled to have five ships at sea in summer 2023 with a wide array of destinations for families to enjoy.

“These sailings will take families on summer adventures in ways that only Disney can do, delighting guests of all ages with dazzling entertainment, world-class dining, unique character encounters, carefree days at sea, and the uncompromising guest service that defines a Disney vacation.”

Here’s how next year’s full summer sailing program lines up:

Europe

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Greece
Photo by Matt Stroshane

Experience the Disney Dream’s inaugural voyages through Europe and visit some of the world’s most iconic ports and destinations. Itineraries range from four to 11 nights, and include the immersive culture of Amsterdam, the stunning fjords of Norway, the unique landscapes of Iceland, and the enchanting British Isles and Ireland.

The ship’s sailings through the Mediterranean then set off to tour Spain, Portugal, Italy, and the French Riviera, before heading east to include a series of voyages around historic Greece and her mesmerizing islands.

New ports of call include the postcard-worthy La Rochelle, France, and two stops in Norway – Skjolden, home to a wealth of natural attractions, and Sandnes, a small city just outside the metropolis of Stavanger known for its outdoor activities.

Each cruise on Disney Dream will also include a special line-up of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains for the first time.

Caribbean

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Disney Fantasy Castaway Cay

Soak up the blissful palm-tree-and-white-sand-beach vibe of the islands of the Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic, with voyages from five to 10 nights sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami in Florida.

Among the jewel-like isles of this rich region are Cozumel (Mexico), Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Jamaica, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), Tortola (British Virgin Islands), St. Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, and Puerto Rico, while most itineraries also include a stop at Disney’s private Bahamian island of Castaway Cay.

The Bahamas

This is where the Disney Cruise Line magic started in 1998, sailing from Port Canaveral to the picture-perfect islands of the Bahamas, including stops at the principal port of Nassau as well as the unique private isle experience of Castaway Cay.

Sailing on the brand-new Disney Wish from Port Canaveral, guests can select from voyages of three or four nights, enjoying all the features of this remarkable vessel. Or sample three, four, or five-night cruises on the Disney Magic from Miami and Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, including two stops at Castaway Cay on the five-night voyages.

Alaska

Explore glaciers, hike through lush forest, and spot plentiful wildlife in its natural habitat aboard the Disney Wonder as it enjoys summer season in the 49th state, from May to September.

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Disney Wonder Alaska
Photo by Diana Zalucky

Choose from magical five, seven, or nine-night cruises that depart from Vancouver in British Columbia and drop anchor in some of North America’s most stunning landscapes, including Juneau, Ketchikan, Dawes Glacier, and historic Skagway.

Three itineraries call at Icy Strait Point, home to unique coastal rainforest, wilderness tours, and, for thrill-seekers, ziplining above the tree-tops.

Bermuda

Experience the unique pink-sand beaches of this fascinating Atlantic island on a rare eight-night itinerary in September 2023 aboard the Disney Fantasy, including a two-night stopover at King’s Wharf in Bermuda, as well as calls at Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.

Bookings open to the public on May 9, 2022.

For full details, see all the summer itineraries at DisneyCruiseLine.com.

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