Disney's 2023 cruise itineraries include variety of sailing options from Port Canaveral

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Disney Cruise Line will offer passengers a range of sailings out of Port Canaveral in 2023.

The company announced its itineraries for the summer of 2023, which will continue to have two of its three largest ships — the Wish and the Fantasy — based at Port Canaveral. The latest schedule release covers June through September 2023.

Bookings open to the public next Monday. Bookings will open during various times this week for members of Disney frequent cruiser groups.

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The Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line's largest ship, will start sailing from Port Canaveral in July.
The Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line's largest ship, will start sailing from Port Canaveral in July.

The Disney Wish debuted at Port Canaveral this July, and will continue to sail out of Brevard County next summer. The Wish is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and its largest, based on length and tonnage.

It will join the Disney Magic (maiden voyage in 1998), the Disney Wonder (maiden voyage in 1999), the Disney Dream (maiden voyage in 2011) and the Disney Fantasy (maiden voyage in 2012).

The Wish's summer 2023 itineraries will include a series of three- and four-night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

The Wish is the first Disney ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas. The ship features Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience and AquaMouse, a water adventure that is Disney's first attraction at sea.

Port Canaveral also will be the departure point for the Disney Fantasy for sailings ranging in length from five to 10 nights.

Many of the Fantasy's summer 2023 sailings will be seven-night cruises to ports in the eastern and western Caribbean. The Fantasy also will offer:

  • A five-night Bahamian sailing with back-to-back calls at Castaway Cay.

  • Two six-night cruises to the western Caribbean.

  • An eight-night cruise featuring two days in Bermuda.

  • A 10-night southern Caribbean itinerary to the islands of Aruba and Bonaire.

Reacting to the Disney announcement, Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said: “Having the new Disney Wish join the Disney Fantasy provides some fun sailing options for cruise guests in the summer 2023 season. Every Disney ship that sails from our port creates excitement, and highlights the pride in our joint dedication to providing a high-quality customer experience for all cruise guests.”

These are the summer 2023 plans for Disney's other three ships:

Disney Dream: The Disney Dream will call on a wide variety of destinations from European home ports, with sailings ranging from four to 11 nights. It will be the Dream's first deployment to Europe, after it repositions from Miami with a 13-night trans-Atlantic cruise to Spain.

The Dream will sail from Barcelona, Spain, and Rome to ports of call throughout the Mediterranean, including a first-ever seven-night sailing to the Greek Isles with stops in Santorini and Mykonos.

There also will be late-summer/early-fall departures of the Dream from Southampton, England, and from Copenhagen, Denmark, featuring cruises to various destinations, including Spain, France, the British Isles, Norway and Iceland. New ports of call for Disney include La Rochelle, France, and two new ports in Norway — Skjolden and Sandnes.

Disney Magic: The Magic will be based in Miami for the summer 2023 sailing season, making it the third Disney ship sailing from Florida. The Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamas cruises; four- and seven-night eastern Caribbean cruises; and five- and seven-night western Caribbean cruises. Some of the summer cruises will include two days at Castaway Cay.

Before redeploying to Miami, the Magic will offer seven- and eight-night southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Disney Wonder: The Wonder will offer five-, seven- and nine-night sailings from Vancouver, Canada, offering a variety of Alaskan sailings. It will move to Vancouver after repositioning from San Diego.

Scott Sanders, founder and operator of the Disney Cruise Line Blog — which is not affiliated with Disney — said this will be the first time that the Disney Dream will be sailing out of Europe. In the past, the smaller and older Disney Magic has sailed out of European ports during the summer.

It also will be the first time a Disney ship has sailed out of Miami during the summer months, as the addition of a fifth Disney ship to the fleet allowing that additional flexibility, Sanders said. In the past, with four ships, Disney typically has had two ships at Port Canaveral, one in Europe and one doing Alaska sailings during the summer months.

For Port Canaveral, Disney's summer 2023 itineraries offer cruise passengers the "tried-and-true" Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries, with some variations, Sanders said. The shorter cruises offered out of Port Canaveral also allow Disney fans to both take a cruise and visit Walt Disney World during the same weeklong vacation, he said.

Here are the specifications on Disney's five ships:

  • The Wish is 1,119 feet long and weights 144,000 tons. It has 1,254 staterooms, a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a crew of 1,555.

  • The Dream and the Fantasy both are 1,115 feet long and weigh 130,000 tons. They have 1,250 staterooms, a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a crew of 1,458.

  • The Magic and Wonder both are 984 feet long and weigh 84,000 tons. They have 875 staterooms, a passenger capacity of 2,713 and a crew of 950.

In announcing the summer 2023 deployments, Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line, said: "We are thrilled to have five ships at sea in summer 2023 with a wide array of destinations for families to enjoy."

Dave Berman is business editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Berman at dberman@floridatoday.com. Twitter: @bydaveberman.

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