02 Jul Disney Cruise 2023 Overview
Disney Cruise Line offers incredible vacations to destinations around the world. The theme parks always make for a fun trip but all of that excitement, and walking, can leave you ready for another vacation. If you love Disney trips but would like to add some more relaxation or simplicity to your getaway, you’ll be delightfully surprised with a Disney cruise. Just imagine the magic you love but at sea. Let’s talk about the ships, itineraries, entertainment and more in this Disney cruise 2023 overview.
Disney Cruise 2023 Overview
Why do people love Disney Cruise Line?
Disney cruises are whatever you want them to be. You can have a relaxing time. You can have a lively experience. Your cruise can include as much or as little Disney as you want. There are adult areas reserved for guests 18 and over and a lovely Senses Spa & Salon on each ship. I’ve found these areas to feel a little less Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. The ships’ spaces are designed to be elegant with tasteful Disney touches unless deliberately colorful, fun and over the top. It’s nice to have variety and admire how Disney brings world class design and entertainment to ocean adventures.
When it comes to family, Disney Cruise Line has you covered. There are kids only spaces on board where the little ones can enjoy themed environments with others their age like Andy’s room or a Finding Nemo themed water play area.
The food is praised and the rotational restaurant interiors are all different and enjoyable like Royal Palace with it’s glitzy, chic and subtle princess inspired decor. For those seeking more detailed dining experiences there are memorable fine dining opportunities for an upcharge like Remy’s with fine French fare and a view of the horizon.
The shows on Disney Cruise Line have always been joyful and nostalgic with lots of characters. Things really reached a new level when the Beauty and the Beast show, inspired by the 2017 live action film, debuted on the Disney Dream. And who could forget fireworks at sea? It’s certainly a unique Disney touch.
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, is surely a highlight of every Disney cruise vacation it’s on the itinerary for. Refreshingly clear ocean water dances upon the beaches’ white sandy shores. There’s a lagoon for snorkeling, waterslides for all ages, hammocks under palm trees and an adult only area called Serenity Bay. The beautiful and picturesque Caribbean blue waters that surround the island bring it all together. Castaway Cay is an ultimate beach destination.
As you can see there’s a lot to love. Add Disney’s world renowned service and cleanliness, which feels at its peak on Disney Cruise Line, and it’s easy to see why these vacations are so treasured.
Disney Cruise Line Ships
As of 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have five ships in its fleet. In the early years there was just the Magic class featuring the Magic and Wonder. These ships have a capacity of about 2,700. The Dream and Fantasy launched more than a decade later. Those next two ships are part of the Dream class and are bigger with a capacity of around 4,000 people per ship. Being introduced in 2022 is the first of the Triton class. The Disney Wish will depart from Port Canaveral in the summer while the two other announced ships in this class have been delayed. The Triton class ships are slightly bigger but nearly the same size as the Dream class.
Disney Magic (1998)
Disney Wonder (1999)
Disney Dream (2011)
Disney Fantasy (2012)
Disney Wish (2022)
Sixth Disney Ship (2024)
Seventh Disney Ship (2025)
Disney Cruise 2023 Itineraries
In 2023, Disney Cruise Line is offering itineraries that include Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Pacific Coast and Transatlantic region cruises. Each of these regions has different ports of call. While beachy Caribbean itineraries remain the most popular, cruises elsewhere also have a lot to offer. Adding a fifth ship expands the horizon of possibilities. Of course, Disney’s private island Castaway Cay is in the Bahamas so if you want that to be part of the fun, the Caribbean is the way to go.
Disney Cruise 2023 Ports
This is important. It’s common to pair a Disney Cruise Line vacation with time at Orlando’s parks. The home port for Disney Cruise Line seems to be Port Canaveral with half of the fleet regularly stationed there. This port is just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Port Canaveral is on the east coast of Florida on the Atlantic Ocean and is perfectly situated for Caribbean itineraries. The second closest port to Disney World is in Miami. For many years, there have been multiple Disney ships based at this location. At Port Canaveral there’s usually one Disney cruise ship that does week long cruises, that’s been the Fantasy, and another ship in the fleet that does three night and four night cruises, which has been the Dream. As the fleet is growing, ships home ports have been changed up a bit for 2023. As the Disney Wish debuts in the summer of 2022, it takes the place of the Disney Dream at Port Canaveral. The Wish will take over three and four night Bahamian cruises in the Caribbean from Port Canaveral through 2023. The Dream will make the move from Port Canaveral to Miami and also depart from European ports. The Wonder will be on the Pacific side of America, cruising from San Diego and Vancouver. The Magic departs from Galveston, Miami, San Juan and New Orleans during this time. At the time this post was written not all of the 2023 ports and itineraries were released. Check Disney Cruise Line for dates later in the year. A list of ports Disney Cruise Line will depart from in 2023 that we know of so far:
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
New Orleans, Louisiana
Port Canaveral, Florida
San Diego, California
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
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