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Disney Cruise 2024: Sail Dates, Itineraries, and Ports

UPDATED Sept 5, 2023: This article has been updated to add 2024 cruises on the Disney Treasure cruise ship, which is scheduled to begin sailing in late December 2024.

If you’re dreaming of a Disney Cruise 2024, you’ll need to know where the ships are and where they’re going. Although there are plenty of Disney Cruises in 2024, not every itinerary is offered at every port during every month of the year. And once you throw school vacations and time off work into the mix — not to mention the complexities of multiple cruise ships and countless itineraries — it can be tricky to figure out just which cruise to select.

With that in mind, we offer this handy reference guide. We’ll start with a brief glance at where all of the Disney Cruise Ships will be located throughout the year. Then, we’ll go in-depth for each month so you can see exactly which sail dates are being offered for each itinerary.

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Where Will the Disney Cruise Line Ships Be In 2024?

Here’s a quick overview at what’s planned so far. To see specific cruise itineraries and sail dates, look at the monthly entries further down this page.

Disney Dream

The Disney Dream cruise ship spends the first half of 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida , continuing the string of Caribbean Cruises it had begun offering from there in November 2023.

In May, the ship heads out on a Transatlantic voyage that positions it in Europe for the summer travel season.

The Dream will offer a series of European itineraries that sail out of Barcelona, Spain and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy from early May through late July — and from Southampton, England from late July through mid-September.

Disney Dream sailings between mid-September and mid-October are not yet released , but it’s likely the ship will remain in Europe during that timeframe.

Following a Transatlantic voyage in late-October, the ship returns to Fort Lauderdale in November and offers Bahamian and Caribbean cruises for the remainder of the year.

Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy will be based out of Port Canaveral, Florida throughout 2024.

From early 2024 through the end of September, the Fantasy primarily offers Caribbean cruises. From October onward, the ship adds in a number of Bahamas sailings including Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

Disney Magic

The Disney Magic cruise ship rings in the new year in Galveston, Texas , continuing the series of Caribbean cruises it had begun a few weeks earlier.

In February, it briefly relocates to New Orleans, Louisiana for a month of Caribbean cruises out of that port before returning to Galveston in March.

The Caribbean cruises continue from Galveston through mid-April, when the ship relocates to San Juan, Puerto Rico .

The San Juan Caribbean cruises run through mid-May, when the ship relocates for an extended assignment to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), Florida .

In Fort Lauderdale, the ship will mainly sail on Bahamian itineraries (featuring Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, Disney’s newest private port), with an occasional Caribbean cruise in the mix.

The Disney Magic briefly returns to San Juan for part of November, then returns to Galveston for the remainder of the year.

Disney Treasure

The brand new Disney Treasure cruise ship just barely squeaks into 2024’s sailing schedule; the ship’s 7-night Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida start in late December.

Disney Wish

The Disney Wish has the simplest of all sailing schedules.

The ship will be based in Port Canaveral , Florida throughout all of 2024, sailing on 3- and 4-Night Bahamian Cruises.

Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder cruise ship starts 2024 in the southern hemisphere, continuing the inaugural season of Disney’s Australia and New Zealand cruises which began in October 2023. These cruises sail out of Sydney, Australia and Melbourne, Australia in January and early February.

Starting in mid-February, the ship goes on a series of one-way cruises that take it to Honolulu, Hawaii , followed by Vancouver, Canada, and finally to San Diego, California .

Once the ship arrives in San Diego in mid-March, it begins a string of Baja cruises that last through early May.

The ship then returns to Vancouver to begin the 2024 Alaska Cruise season, which lasts through late September.

From there, a series of one-way cruises take the ship back to Honolulu and then to Brisbane, Australia to start another series of Australia and New Zealand cruises for the remainder of the year and into early 2025 (sailing out of Brisbane, Auckland, Sydney, and Melbourne ).

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With five ships and hundreds of sail dates to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. One of the easiest ways to cut through the confusion is to work alongside an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner . Put simply, they’re Disney Cruise experts who offer free help planning your trip .

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  • One Dedicated Agent: No giant call centers, no hours wasted waiting on hold, no getting transferred a dozen times and explaining your situation over and over to new people each time
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When Does Disney Release Its 2024 Cruises?

Disney Cruises are typically released in three phases throughout the year.

The first phase of sail dates, covering travel from the beginning of the year through Spring 2024, was announced in December 2022.

The second phase of sail dates, covering travel for Summer 2024 and early Fall 2024, was announced in March 2023.

The third phase of sail dates, covering the final months of 2024, was announced in June 2023. Some saildates for the Disney Dream (mid-September through mid-October) were still missing during this announcement, and might possibly indicate a “dry dock” period in which there are no cruises and the ship is essentially “closed for refurbishment.”

There was a special fourth announcement of 2024 sail dates due to the arrival of the new Disney Treasure cruise ship. The ship only has two 2024 sail dates, both in late December; those were announced to the public in September 2023.

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When Do Cruises to Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Begin?

Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point on Eleuthera, Bahamas, is Disney’s newest private destination — and it’s certainly been highly anticipated.

Unlike Disney Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island), Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is a private port rather than a private island . Construction has been underway for a few years, and the island is ready to welcome its first Disney Cruise Line guests.

Artist rendering of the beach and amenities at Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera, Bahamas

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The first cruise scheduled to visit Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is a special preview sailing on the Disney Magic. It departs from Fort Lauderdale on June 6, 2024 .

After that, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is a frequent stop on Bahamas Cruises from Fort Lauderdale all summer long.

There’s also a special “Lighthouse Point Inaugural Cruise” from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy June 8. 2024 — one of the few chances in Summer 2024 to reach Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point from Port Canaveral rather than Fort Lauderdale. Once fall 2024 rolls around, the port can be regularly reached through sailings from either Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral.

Want to secure your spot on the inaugural season of cruises to Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point?

Now let’s take a look at the Disney Cruises setting sail each month of 2024. Below, we’ve listed the first day of each cruise departure currently scheduled to occur in 2024. Dates which show “none” indicate days on which no cruises begin their voyages.

Note that we’ve omitted cruises that aren’t open to the general public, such as short no-passenger relocation voyages or privately-chartered sailings such as the Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise.

January 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Wish)
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Dream)
  • 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston (Disney Magic)
  • 2-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 3-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 4-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Wish)
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston (Disney Magic)
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston (Disney Magic)
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 6-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Dream)
  • 4-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)
  • 3-Night Australia and New Zealand Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans (Disney Magic)

February 2024 Disney Cruises

February 01

February 02

February 03

  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)

February 04

  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans (Disney Magic)

February 05

February 06

February 07

February 08

February 09

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans (Disney Magic)

February 10

February 11

February 12

February 13

February 14

February 15

February 16

  • 15-Night South Pacific Cruise from Sydney to Honolulu (Disney Wonder)

February 17

February 18

February 19

February 20

February 21

February 22

February 23

February 24

February 25

February 26

February 27

February 28

February 29

March 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 10-Night Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night California Coast Cruise from Vancouver to San Diego (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder)
  • 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Dream)
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston (Disney Magic)
  • 7-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder)

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April 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Dream)
  • 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder)
  • 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston to San Juan (Disney Magic)
  • 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan (Disney Magic)

May 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 5-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)
  • 13-Night Transatlantic Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona (Disney Dream)
  • 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)
  • 4-Night California Coast Cruise from San Diego to Vancouver (Disney Wonder)
  • 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Disney Wonder)
  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)
  • 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Disney Dream)
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)

June 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 9-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (Disney Dream)
  • 3-Night Lighthouse Point Preview Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)
  • 7-Night Lighthouse Point Inaugural Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 7-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia (Disney Dream)
  • 11-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia to Barcelona (Disney Dream)

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July 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Disney Magic)
  • 5-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Disney Dream)
  • 9-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Disney Wonder)
  • 7-Night Western Europe Cruise from Barcelona to Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 5-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Disney Wonder)
  • 12-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 10-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)

August 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 4-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 3-Night Belgium Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 4-Night Spain Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)
  • 5-Night Spain Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)

September 2024 Disney Cruises

September 01

  • 7-Night Western Europe Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)

September 02

September 03

September 04

September 05

September 06

September 07

September 08

  • 7-Night British Isles Cruise from Southampton (Disney Dream)

September 09

September 10

September 11

September 12

September 13

September 14

September 15

September 16

September 17

September 18

September 19

September 20

September 21

September 22

September 23

  • 10-Night Hawaiian Cruise from Vancouver to Honolulu (Disney Wonder)

September 24

September 25

September 26

September 27

September 28

September 29

September 30

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October 2024 Disney Cruises

  • 15-Night South Pacific Cruise from Honolulu to Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 2-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Brisbane (Disney Wonder)
  • 6-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)
  • 13-Night Transatlantic Cruise from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale (Disney Dream)
  • 3-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Brisbane (Disney Wonder)
  • 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Brisbane to Melbourne (Disney Wonder)

November 2024 Disney Cruises

November 01

  • 2-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)

November 02

November 03

  • 7-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)

November 04

November 05

  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan (Disney Magic)

November 06

November 07

November 08

November 09

November 10

  • 3-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)

November 11

November 12

November 13

  • 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Melbourne (Disney Wonder)

November 14

November 15

  • 6-Night Bahamian Cruise from San Juan to Galveston (Disney Magic)

November 16

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

November 22

November 23

  • 7 -Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)

November 24

  • 5-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Melbourne to Auckland (Disney Wonder)

November 25

November 26

November 27

November 28

November 29

  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disne Wish)
  • 3-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Auckland (Disney Wonder)

November 30

December 2024 Disney Cruises

December 01

December 02

  • 2-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Auckland (Disney Wonder)

December 03

December 04

  • 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Auckland (Disney Wonder)

December 05

December 06

December 07

December 08

  • 5-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Auckland (Disney Wonder)

December 09

December 10

December 11

  • 4 -Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston (Disney Magic)

December 12

December 13

December 14

December 15

December 16

December 17

  • 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Auckland to Sydney (Disney Wonder)

December 18

December 19

December 20

December 21

  • 3-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 7-Night Maiden Voyage Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Treasure)

December 22

December 23

December 24

  • 4-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)

December 25

December 26

  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy)

December 27

December 28

  • 6-Night Disney Magic at Sea Cruise from Sydney (Disney Wonder)
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Treasure)

December 29

December 30

December 31

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2024 Disney Cruise Schedule – Sail Dates, Ports & More

LAST UPDATE: 1/2/24

Itineraries for 2024 Disney Cruises  are listed below, along with the complete  2024 Disney Cruise Line schedule .

If you’re thinking about taking a Disney Cruise in 2024, you may also want to read our comprehensive Disney Cruise discount guide  and  Disney Cruise planning tips  pages.

  • 2024 Itineraries

Get On the Early Booking List

  • 2024 Holiday Cruises, Themed Cruise & Other Special Cruises

2024 Adventures by Disney Pre- and Post-Cruise Escape Packages

2024 drydock plans.

Sailings for Winter/Spring 2024 (January through April/May) were announced on December 7, 2022. They went on sale for Platinum Castaway Club members on December 12, 2022, Gold members on December 13, Silver members and DVC members on December 14, and everyone else on December 15.

Pixar Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea 2024 cruise dates (January through March) were announced on February 2, 2023.

Sailings for Summer 2024 (June through September) were announced on March 23, 2023. They went on sale for Platinum Castaway Club members on March 27, Gold members on March 28, Silver members and DVC members on March 29, and everyone else on March 30.

Sailings for Winter 2024 (October through December, and a few early 2025 itineraries) were announced on June 13, 2023. They went on sale for Pearl Castaway Club members on June 19,  Platinum Castaway Club members on June 20, Gold members on June 21, Silver members, Adventures Insiders and DVC members on June 22, and everyone else on June 26.

Inaugural sailings for the Disney Treasure (Late December) were announced on September 5, 2023. They went on sale for Pearl Castaway Club members on September 12, 2023, Platinum Castaway Club members on September 13, Gold members on September 14, DVC and Adventures By Disney Insiders on September 18, Silver members on September 19, and everyone else on September 20.

Disney Cruise 2024 Itineraries

Disney treasure, disney wish, disney fantasy, disney dream, disney wonder, disney magic.

Schedule in a nutshell:

  • Late December:  — 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral

Complete 2024 Disney Treasure Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Treasure , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.
  • Small World Vacations is a full service agency, offering a personal travel agent you can contact by email or direct phone number. It costs you nothing to use them, PLUS their FREE onboard credit offer applies to these special fares (the total cruise fare for the stateroom must be at least $1000 to get their onboard credit). 
  • Undercover Tourist is a self-service booking site similar to Expedia or Priceline, but with years of focus on the Disney travel market. They offer the special rates mentioned above PLUS they add their own discounts. 

The Disney Wish sails 3-night and 4-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, visiting Nassau and Castaway Cay, for 2024.

Complete 2024 Disney Wish Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Wish , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.

The Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean and 3- to 6-night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral in 2024, with a few double-dips and triple-dips to Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay.

Complete 2024 Disney Fantasy Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Fantasy , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.
  • January – early May: Fort Lauderdale — 3- to 5-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises, then across the Atlantic to Barcelona
  • Late May – Late July: Barcelona & Civitavecchia — 5- to 11-night Mediterranean cruises, then reposition to Southampton
  • Late July – Early October: Southampton — 3- to 12-night Northern Europe, Norwegian and Iceland cruises, then a possible drydock and a reposition across the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale
  • Late October – December: Fort Lauderdale — 3- to 5-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises with several double-dips

Complete 2024 Disney Dream Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Dream , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.
  • January – mid-March: Sydney, Melbourne — 2- to 6-night Australian cruises, then reposition to San Diego via Honolulu & Vancouver
  • Mid-March – early May: San Diego — 3- to 7-night Mexican cruises, then up the coast to Vancouver
  • Mid-May – October: Vancouver — 5- to 9-night Alaskan cruises, then across the Pacific to Sydney, Australia via Hawaii.
  • Late October – December: Australia — 2- to 6-night Australian and New Zealand cruises from various ports, many with no stops (cruises to nowhere)

Complete 2024 Disney Wonder Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Wonder , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.
  • January: Galveston — 4- to 6-night Western Caribbean cruises
  • February: New Orleans — 4- to 7-night Western Caribbean cruises
  • March – mid-April: Galveston  — 4- to 7-night Western Caribbean cruises, then reposition to San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Late April: San Juan — 7-night unique Southern Caribbean cruises 
  • May – October: Fort Lauderdale — 3- to 5-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean cruises, including some visiting Disney’s new private beach: Lighthouse Point
  • November – December: Galveston — Reposition to Galveston via San Juan, with a 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise in the middle, then 3- to 6-night Western Caribbean cruises

Complete 2024 Disney Magic Cruise Schedule

  • If you are interested in booking a 2024 cruise on the Disney Magic , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.

Interested in booking a cruise for a date or itinerary that hasn’t been announced yet? You can submit a booking request for a Disney cruise, even before Disney Cruise Line releases the schedule. Save yourself some stress and fill out the Small World Vacations Wait List form in advance and they’ll book your preferred cruise the first day you are eligible, at no cost to you! Plus, you can get up to $1000 in FREE onboard credit  courtesy of Small World Vacations! (All staterooms and cruises are subject to availability at the time of booking.)

Disney Cruise Line announces their cruise dates and itineraries for only a few months at a time: January through April, then May through September and finally, September through December. Once the new itineraries come out, booking begins just a day or two later, first to Castaway Club members (people who’ve been on a previous Disney cruise) and then to the general public.

The people who book earliest almost always get the lowest possible price . Sometimes there will be last-minute deals via the restricted guarantee fares or Florida Resident fares , but only a small percentage of cruises ever have those fares, and those fares aren’t always cheaper than opening day fares. In addition, early bookers get first dibs on staterooms, making it the best way to land one of the hardest-to-get staterooms like the Secret Porthole and Secret Verandah rooms. Lots of people know about these advantages, so on the days the new itineraries become available for booking, both the phone lines and website get slammed.

There’s an easy way to avoid the scramble to book on the first day the bookings open:  submit a request to Small World Vacations now. You just need basic information like where you want to go (Caribbean, Alaska, Norway, Europe, etc.), the date range you want, the kind of stateroom you want (inside, outside, verandah) and the names and ages of the people going. Let them know if you are a Castaway Club Member by including your Member Number and Level (Platinum, Gold or Silver). You can add other preferences or priorities as needed – early dining, lower deck, upper deck, not over a nightclub – whatever is important to you.  Their agents will review your request, contact you to confirm they understand your priorities, and then you can relax and let your personal agent book your cruise when the time comes. Your agent will provide their email and direct phone number, so you can discuss your options and preferences.

On the day the itineraries become available for your Castaway Club level, your agent will be up bright and early while you sleep in (or go about your usual day). If Disney releases a cruise that fits your criteria, your agent will typically go ahead and put a hold in place, thus reserving your stateroom(s), then email you with your cruise details and deposit information. You’ll be able to have your choice of room type and location and will lock in the opening day price. If later on you decide to change rooms on the same sailing, Disney will give you the opening day price on the new room , even if the price has gone up in the intervening days or months. 

Even if you aren’t 100% sure whether you’re going to be able to go, there’s no real risk in getting a cruise booked early . Disney Cruise Line deposits for any stateroom types other than Concierge are fully refundable up to the Payment In Full date, which is 120-75 days before sailing, depending on the specific cruise and time of year. You have lots of time to figure out whether that cruise will work for you. If it doesn’t, you can get the deposit back or just transfer it to a different sailing date that works better.

The agents who handle cruise bookings for Small World Vacations have collectively sailed on more than 400 Disney cruises, and know a truly astonishing amount about all four ships, the various Disney ports of call, shore excursions and all the common itineraries (and many uncommon ones). Many of them are Platinum members of Disney’s Castaway Club, meaning that they have personally been on 10 or more Disney cruises! They’re happy to share their firsthand experience with the kids’ clubs, dining, character meets, entertainment, transportation, etc. In our experience, the travel agents at Small World Vacations are great at finding the best fares. They know all the tricks that will save you money, and they know the Disney Cruise Line inside and out. We’re confident that once you work with a really great travel agent, you’ll never want to book a cruise any other way. Read more about why we recommend using Small World Vacations to book your cruise!

  • If you are interested in booking a cruise that hasn’t been announced yet , fill out the Small World Vacations Wait List form and get on their Early Booking List!
  • Small World Vacations offers onboard credit of $50-$1000 per booking, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab. Small World Vacations also gives you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by email or direct phone number. Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them! (Onboard credit courtesy of Small World Vacations.)

2024 Holiday Cruises, Themed Cruises & Other Special Cruises

Holiday cruises, themed cruises.

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Repositioning Cruises

Unique cruises, adventures by disney cruise packages, disney vacation club cruises, independence day, halloween on the high seas, thanksgiving, very merrytime cruises (christmas), new year’s eve.

On sailings that include July 4th, there is usually a special celebration with characters dressed in red, white and blue outfits. There has not been a special fireworks show in the past, but sometimes on sailings in the Caribbean or Bahamas they move pirate night to July 4th so they will have fireworks on Independence Day. (There is no pirate night or fireworks on sailings outside the Caribbean and Bahamas.)

During this period there will be special Halloween events onboard, including Halloween-themed parties, storytellings, movies and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. You will also find characters dressed in Halloween costumes, as well as a costume party for families and, just for adults, a costume contest and a Villainous Takeover on the dance floor in the nighttime entertainment district.

In the past there has not been any special menu for Halloween night itself, over and above what they do on all the Halloween themed cruises during the whole period, but there will be some special Halloween-themed treats.

Halloween on the High Seas takes place on the following sail dates:

  • Disney Dream : (Not yet announced)
  • Disney Fantasy : September 14 – October 26
  • Disney Magic : September 9 – October 31
  • Disney Wish: September 13 – October 28
  • Disney Wonder :  (Not yet announced)

In the past there has been a special menu on Thanksgiving Day, and pictures with Pilgrim Mickey and Minnie. The Christmas decorations will be fully up by Thanksgiving, and there will be a full set of holiday activities and events.

The following sailings include Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2024).

  • Disney Dream : 5-Night Bahamian on November 27
  • Disney Fantasy : 7-Night Eastern Caribbean on November 23
  • Disney Magic : 6-Night Western Caribbean on November 25
  • Disney Wish: 4-Night Bahamian on November 25
  • Disney Wonder : 5-Night Australian on November 24 ( note: since New Zealand & Australia don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we don’t know if there will be a Thanksgiving Menu. )

Typically, Christmas decorations will be up from early November through the final New Year’s sailing, and there will be special holiday events during that whole period, including meet and greets with Santa Claus and with Disney characters in special Christmas outfits. Some of the more elaborate Christmas decorations, including a huge, real gingerbread house or other gingerbread decoration, will not be up until later in November.

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, will be transformed with “snow” flurries, a Christmas tree and more. Be on the lookout for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, dressed in their island attire. Plus, the island’s tram is decorated to resemble a reindeer, complete with antlers and a tail.

Very Merrytime Christmas-themed cruises will be offered on sailings departing between the following dates:

  • Disney Dream: November 14 – December 21
  • Disney Fantasy: November 10 – December 22
  • Disney Magic: November 21 – December 23
  • Disney Wish: November 4 – December 23
  • Disney Wonder:   (Not yet announced)

There are unique special events and a special menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The following sailings include Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (December 24-25, 2024).

  • Disney Dream : 5-Night Western Caribbean on December 21
  • Disney Fantasy : 4-Night Bahamian on December 22
  • Disney Magic : 6-Night Western Caribbean on December 23
  • Disney Treasure : 7-Night Eastern Caribbean on December 21
  • Disney Wish:  4-Night Bahamian on December 23
  • Disney Wonder : 4-Night Australian on December 24

There is a special party with countdown and balloon drop on New Year’s Eve.

The following sailings include New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2024).

  • Disney Dream : 5-Night Bahamian on December 30
  • Disney Fantasy : 7-Night Eastern Caribbean on December 29
  • Disney Magic : 4-Night Western Caribbean on December 29
  • Disney Treasure : 7-Night Western Caribbean on December 28
  • Disney Wish:  4-Night Bahamian on December 30
  • Disney Wonder : 6-Night Australian on December 28
  • If you are interested in booking a holiday Disney cruise , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.

Pixar Day at Sea

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Pixar Day at Sea includes a Pixar film festival; photo opportunities with Pixar characters; a character breakfast with Woody, Jesse and Bullseye; a theatrical performance based on Coco ; a Pixar-themed dinner; a dance party with Pixar characters; and a nighttime spectacular featuring the Incredibles.

Pixar Day at Sea will take place on select Disney Fantasy 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral in early 2024. The Eastern Caribbean cruises are January 6, 20; February 3, 17 and March 2. The Western Caribbean cruises are January 13, 27; February 10 and 24.  

Marvel Day at Sea is a special all-day celebration of the Marvel Universe. Special features include multiple Marvel character meet-and-greets, Marvel-themed activities for families, Marvel movie screenings, a costume party, special merchandise and food, and an exclusive Marvel deck party. There is also an adults-only dance party with Star-Lord and Gamora.

Marvel Day at Sea will take place on select Disney Dream 5-night Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale on January 7, 12, 21, 26; February 4, 9, 18, 23; March 3 and 8. 

Star Wars Day at Sea cruises generally feature a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including a deck party, meet-and-greets with favorite characters, Star Wars -themed youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise. The night before Star Wars Day at Sea, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers march into the ship’s atrium for an Imperial takeover.

Guests are encouraged to bring their costumes and participate in the costume celebration held in the ship’s atrium. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offers special makeovers on Star Wars Day at Sea. Kids ages 3-12 can transform into Rey, Kylo Ren, Leia and Poe. Adults and teens, can get a Rey makeover that includes a stylish dress, makeup and hair style or choose from one of four Star Wars-themed T-shirt options. All come with a personalized name tag, lanyard with medallion and magnet set.

No Star Wars Day at Sea dates have been announced for 2024. Star Wars Day at Sea appears to have been replaced with Pixar Day at Sea, but DCL has not made an official announcement one way or the other. 

  • If you are interested in booking a themed Disney cruise , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.

Double Dip Cruises

A “Double Dip” sailing is one that visits Castaway Cay or Lighthouse Point twice on the same cruise, or goes to both of them on the same cruise. Many people (including us) feel the day at one of Disney’s private beaches is the highlight of a Bahamian or Caribbean cruise, and this gives you a double dose! Both days follow the typical Castaway Cay & Lighthouse Point schedule: off the ship at 8:30 am (depending on sea conditions), and all aboard at 4:45 pm. The same excursions and activities will be available both days, though if you want to do the same activity or book a cabana for both days, you’ll need to book each day separately. If you are going to Castaway Cay twice, you can run the Castaway Cay 5K twice!

In the rare event that the ship visits Castaway Cay or Lighthouse Point two days in a row, the ship will not stay docked overnight. It will leave the island at the usual time on the first day and come back the next morning.

Double Dip cruises scheduled so far for 2024:

  • Disney Dream : March 17
  • Disney Magic : July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12
  • Disney Fantasy : Jun 8 (technically a triple-dip!), July 20, July 25

Repositioning is when a cruise starts in one port and finishes in another. These cruises can be a good deal, as they usually are cheaper per night than conventional round-trip cruises. They also tend to go to more unusual locations. The longest repositioning cruises are the Panama Canal and Transatlantic cruises, which are almost always the cheapest cruises (per night) of the whole year.

Unique cruises have an itinerary that is different from other cruise itineraries that particular ship is sailing around that time. They either visit an unusual location or locations or visit a unique combination of common locations. Repositioning cruises are all unique as well.

  • If you are interested in booking a specialty Disney cruise , we recommend either Small World Vacations or Undercover Tourist . We have worked with both companies for over 15 years and can recommend them wholeheartedly. It’s really a question of whether you prefer full-service booking or self booking. These staterooms often sell out fast, so if you see one you like, snag it quickly.

2024 Adventures by Disney Cruise Packages have not yet been announced.

The Adventures by Disney Cruise Packages include 2 Adventures by Disney guides available onboard and in port; special VIP privileges; private onboard receptions; unique onshore activities; early debarkation at each port; all meals, snacks and water while in port; a photo CD with all ship photographer pictures, all Adventures by Disney guide photos and an Adventures by Disney slideshow.

  • If you are interested in booking an Adventures by Disney Cruise Package , we recommend filling out a quote form with Small World Vacations . They give you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by email or direct phone number and we recommend them wholeheartedly ! Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them, PLUS they give you FREE onboard credit for any Disney Cruise Line booking of over $1000 total fare, good toward most onboard activities and extras such as spa treatments, shore excursions or even your bar tab.

DVC member cruises are only open to Disney Vacation Club members who have purchased at least some of their vacation points directly from Disney (rather than from another member via resale). Members can use their vacation points to book the cruise or can pay cash rates. Typically DVC cruises are significantly more expensive than similar cruises for the general public, but guests will be given a wide variety of DVC special gifts and will get to experience some exclusive member events including talks by special guests including artists, imagineers and/or actors from classic Disney movies.

Whether the DVC member cruise is worth booking is a personal judgment call. The extra events are difficult or impossible to experience any other way. The various DVC gifts are usually a mix of the usual kinds of tote bags, pens, and so forth you can get by attending a DVC meeting or buying a new DVC contract, plus at least a few special and unique items. Some people love the DVC member cruises and try to go on each one. Others go once and feel it’s not worth the extra money.

Disney Cruise Line has announced two Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member cruises for 2024:

  • May 18: 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona on Disney Dream
  • June 14: 5-night “triple dip” Bahamian cruise with two visits to Lighthouse Point and one visit to Castaway Cay on Disney Magic

Adventure by Disney Pre- and Post-Cruise Escape Packages take place before and after select Disney Cruise Line sailings. These 2- to 3-night Escapes include 2 Adventure by Disney guides; hotel accommodations; multiple, daily excursions; special VIP privileges; all transportation during the trip and a photo CD with all the Adventure by Disney guide photos.

  • If you are interested in booking an Adventures by Disney Pre- or Post-Cruise Escape Package , we recommend filling out a quote form with Small World Vacations . They give you full service, including a personal travel agent you can contact by email or direct phone number and we recommend them wholeheartedly ! Best of all, it costs you nothing to use them, PLUS you could save up to $1,000!  Read more about the Small World Vacations savings offer here .

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Disney Cruise Line has begun announcing the Disney Cruises 2024 itinerary which includes many beautiful tropical itineraries! A variety of tropical locales are on the planning list for 2024 including trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

If you've never done a Disney Cruise before there are several benefits to using Disney for your cruise experience. Disney Cruise Line offers themed itineraries including Caribbean cruises, European cruises, and Alaskan cruises, each with its unique activities and entertainment.

You can always expect high-quality dining options and entertainment when cruising with Disney which everyone in the family will love. The cruise line offers unique dining experiences, such as a dinner show featuring your favorite Disney characters that will be specific to each individual cruise ship and itinerary.

Disney Cruise Line's ships also offer a variety of stateroom options, including deluxe balcony rooms, concierge rooms, and even suites for larger families to take advantage of. No matter what type of stateroom you choose, you can expect comfortable and stylish accommodations.

Keep reading to see what Disney Cruise Line has planned for 2024 so you can start planning your cruise vacation now! You can see the 2025 Disney Cruise Line dates here .

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Late 2024 Itineraries—Halloween on the High Seas & Very Merrytime Cruises

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Disney Cruise Line has released new itineraries for late 2024 into early 2025, including Lighthouse Point, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Hawaii, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, and Transatlantic sailings. You can read more about this in our guide to Disney Cruise Line Christmas Entertainment and 2024 Itineraries!

In late 2024, guests will be able to experience the return of two favorite holiday cruises, The Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime sailings, featuring themed entertainment, activities, and decorations. On the Halloween on the High Seas sailings , you can engage in events like trick-or-treating, enjoy spooky movies and Halloween decor, and try special themed treats. During the Very Merrytime sailings, you'll be able to see favorite Disney characters dressed in their “holiday finest,” meet Santa Claus, and access holiday merchandise.

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European Adventures Sailing from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome)

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This cruise will depart from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) in the summer of 2024 as the Disney Dream carries guests through a journey exploring the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles, the Norwegian Fjords, and Iceland. This journey will feature returning destinations (Catina, Italy, Kusadasi, and Valletta) as well as brand-new ones (Valencia, Haugesund, and Hamburg).

Mediterranean sailings will range from 5 to 11 nights, and Northern European and British Isles sailings will range from 3 to 12 nights (featuring the Norwegian fjords, three days in Iceland, and an overnight stay in Reykjavik). Tour Edinburgh's hilltop castle, explore the ruins of Pompeii, or take in the gardens of Vigo—the opportunities are abundant. Onboard the Disney Dream, enjoy musicals, dining, and fireworks shows!

See the Disney Cruise Line website to find the variety of adventures available per trip length.

Sailings to the Bahamas from Florida

Disney Dream- Early 2024

Disney Dream will begin in early 2024 with a range of three and four-night trips to the Bahamas and five-night vacations to the western Caribbean. All these itineraries will feature classic Disney Cruise Line experiences such as Broadway-style shows, innovative dining, character encounters, and fireworks at sea.

All Disney Cruise 2024 sailings will include a stop at Castaway Cay- the private island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Castaway Cay is located in the turquoise waters of the Bahamas and provides options to relax, explore, and spend quality time with family.

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Disney Wish- 2024

The Disney Wish will offer three and four-night trips to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. This departure port is Disney Cruise Line’s home port and is located just one hour from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. This would be a great cruise to combine with a Walt Disney World visit making for one epic vacation!

Disney Fantasy- 2024

Also departing from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will continue seven-night sailings to the eastern and western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit Tortola and St. Thomas, while western Caribbean itineraries will feature the ports of Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Every Disney Fantasy sailing also includes a stop at Castaway Cay, along with several days at sea.

Disney Fantasy – Special Sailings 2024 

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A special five-night trip on the Disney Fantasy voyage in July will set sail for Nassau with two stops in Castaway Cay, and a 10-night southern Caribbean adventure will give families an opportunity to visit Lighthouse Point while also stopping at the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

Sailings to Lighthouse Point from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Inaugural Trip: Port Canaveral to Lighthouse Point

On June 8th, the Disney Magic will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida to its newest Bahamian destination, Lighthouse Point. This seven-day trip features two stops at Lighthouse Point and one day at Castaway Cay.

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After the first sailing, the Disney Magic will embark from Fort Lauderdale on three, four, and five-night sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. These itineraries will vary stops between Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay. At Lighthouse point, Bahamian artists, historians and cultural ambassadors have partnered with Disney to create a memorable experience on this beach retreat.

This new location features an Arts and Cultural Pavilion to learn about and celebrate Bahamian traditions, a family beach along the Eleuthera shoreline, an interactive water play area, a gaming pavilion, market-style family dining, and more. In addition, there will be port adventures hosted by local tour guides who will offer the opportunity to explore Eleuthera's beauty and engage in other exciting adventures.

Caribbean Adventures Sailing from Texas and Louisiana

Disney Magic- January-April 2024

Disney Magi c will have two limited-time engagements in Galveston in early 2024. The ship will embark on Caribbean adventures ranging in length from four to six nights through the end of January. Upon returning for another month-long stint between March and April, the ship will sail cruises ranging from four to seven nights to the western Caribbean during spring break.

The Disney Magic will depart New Orleans in February 2024 with four, five, and seven-night cruises to the Caribbean. This is also a great place to extend your trip as New Orleans offers plenty to experience for a family vacation.

Mexico Trips Sailing From California

Disney Wonder- March 2024

The Disney Wonder will be departing from San Diego, California in March 2024 for three- to seven-night voyages to Mexico, including the Baja peninsula. Adventures off-ship include some of Mexico’s most prized destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Ensenada. Other stops include the shores of Catalina Island off the California coast. This would be the perfect cruise to combine with a Disneyland vacation!

Disney Cruise to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada

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This cruise will begin its journey from Vancouver in May through September of 2024 as the Disney Wonder sets sail for a journey exploring the beauty of Alaska with five, seven, and nine-night sailings. The cruise through the Inside Passage will take guests to witness the incredible scenery of port locations like Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, while also providing the opportunity to see the Hubbard Glacier and Stikine Icecap.

Guests will marvel at fjords and waterfalls that grace the landscape while also sighting bears, elk, and humpback whales. In addition to onboard entertainment, they can engage in port adventures like zip lining, wildlife expeditions, horseback riding, and more.

Read our full guide to a Disney Cruise trip to Alaska to see why this is one of the most popular cruise options for guests looking to explore one of the most beautiful corners of the United States!

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Wondering when the Disney Cruise 2024 dates will be released?

If you want to sail on a Disney Cruise Ship in 2024 you will have to wait to book.

Whilst some other cruise lines release their new itineraries two or even three years ahead, Disney tends to only have dates released around 18 months ahead of time.

However, if you would like to plan a Disney Cruise vacation for 2024 there are some indicators of when you will be able to book, and also where the five Disney cruise ships are likely to sail.

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A Disney Cruise has a variety of activities and entertainment options available on the cruise, including character meet and greets, Broadway-style shows, and deck parties. And of course that all-important Disney Service.

Here I show you how to predict when sailings are likely to be released, how to plan, where the ships are likely to sail, and talk about a new destination for Disney Cruise Lines that is on the horizon for late 2023 and 2024.

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If you look at the table below you can see that we can make a reasonable guess at when the 2024 Disney Cruises will be available to be booked.

There is some pattern, but it has changed over the years, particularly in 2022.

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As you can see, going back to the Disney Cruises for 2015 this is the “usual ” pattern. There have been some anomalies, but in general, we can say:

  • Early sailings are usually released from late September to late October
  • Summer Disney Sailings are released any time from early to mid-May
  • Fall and Winter Disney cruises are bookable from May to June.

Of course, there are exceptions, such as the fact that the Fall 2023 cruises were released late in July 2022.

However, there are probably very good reasons for this delay in 2022.

The Disney Wish had just been launched and there have also been some issues with actually getting through to Disney Cruise customer service.

The Disney Cruises to Australia and New Zealand were released in October 2022.

These are incredibly popular and this likely had an impact on when the 2024 cruises for the other ships will be released.

The Transpacific and Hawaii Disney cruises were released separately.

Castaway Club members had priority, but these were released to the public on 13 October.

Disney announced the early 2024 Disney Cruise Line itineraries on December 7, 2024. This was very much later than in previous years.

This release is the latest in 7 years!

However, the announcement for Summer 2024 came earlier than the corresponding time for the previous year.

When will all the 2024 Disney Cruise sailings be available? It has been announced that Fall 2024 cruises will be available to book for the general public on Monday, June 26, 2023.

Therefore at that time all of the 2024 sailings will be available to book, subject to availability.

Here is a table that shows the history of when the Disney Cruise sailings were released from 2015 to date.

If you want to book a Disney Cruise for 2025 go to the article below:

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W here is Disney Sailing in 2025?

You can go online to see the Disney Cruises that are available.

If you are waiting for new cruise dates Disney Cruise Line usually announces them about a week before they are actually released.

This gives you the chance to look at the itineraries and see what you want to book.

Disney Castaway Cay Club Members are given priority along with certain other categories.

You become a member of the Disney Castaway Cay Club after your first sailing.

Silver Members have sailed between one and five cruises, Gold between six and ten.

To reach Platinum status you must have sailed ten cruises and above.

Usually, the earlier you book the lower the price.

Booking early is also a good thing if you want to book Concierge staterooms, particularly on the Disney Wish.

If you want to get an idea of a cost of a Disney Cruise I have been following this for a long time and have lots of updated guides including:

How Much Does a Disney Wish Cruise Cost 2023?

What is the price of a Disney European Cruise?

As an example here are the dates for when guests could book the Summer 2023 Disney Cruises.

  • Monday, May 2nd – Platinum Members, Golden Oak Club Members, and Club 33 Members
  • Tuesday, May 3rd – Gold Castaway Club members
  • Thursday, May 5th – Silver Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventures by Disney Insiders
  • Monday, May 9th, first-time cruisers will be able to book.

Once the cruises have been released and are available to book for first-time cruisers, you can book at any time, subject to availability.

When you have sailed on a Disney Cruise you become a member of the Castaway Cay Club – the DCL loyalty program.

There are 3 Disney Castaway Club Levels of membership:

  • Silver – Begins after your first completed cruise
  • Gold – Begins after your fifth completed cruise
  • Platinum – Begins after your tenth completed cruise.
  • Pearl = Begins after your twenty-fifth completed cruise.

Disney Cruise Line has announced that there will be a new level.

When you have completed 25 cruises you will attain Pearl status.

This new level will begin on May 1, 2024.

It may be that the new summer 2024 cruises will not be released until after May 1, 2024, so those of us with the new title will have priority.

This is usually the pattern for the release of sailings for Castaway Club Members.

Castaway Cay Members will have priority booking according to this schedule:

  • Silver Castaway – 1 day prior to sailings being released to the general public
  • Gold Castaway – 2 days prior to sailings being released to the general public
  • Platinum Castaway – 3 days prior to sailings being released to the general public
  • Pearl Castaway – 4 days prior to sailings being released to the general public

Where Will Disney Cruise Line Sail in 2024?

If you are wanting to book a Disney Cruise date 2024 it is a good idea to do your research ahead of time, so that you can think about which ship you want to book and the itinerary that you want to sail.

You will want to know the different dates and ports of call so that you can start to choose which Disney Cruise you want to book.

Although we never really know until DCL releases the exact itineraries, we can probably safely assume that certain things will happen:

  • The Disney Wish will most likely sail 3 and 4-night Bahamas Sailings. This is likely to continue at least until the sixth Disney Cruise ship is launched.
  • The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral on 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean sailings. The Fantasy is the perfect choice for a Caribbean cruise.

She will sail to her new homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November 2023.

From what we can see of the November and December 2023 itineraries, the Dream is likely to continue sailing 5 Night Western Caribbean and 4-night cruises to the Bahamas.

All of these cruises will visit Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

When the 2023 Summer itineraries were released, there was some surprise as the Disney Dream is going to be sailing in Europe. In previous years Disney Magic has sailed in Europe.

It seems likely that the Disney Dream will sail to Europe again in 2024. This is a destination that is on many people’s bucket lists.

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Likely home ports for whichever Disney ship sails to Europe are Barcelona, Dover or Southampton, and Copenhagen. Some of the fabulous destinations that will most likely be included are:

  • In the Mediterranean Cannes, Livorno, Naples, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Mykonos, Piraeus, Santorini, and Chania.
  • For a British Isles Disney Cruise, the ports may include Belfast, Greenock, Liverpool, Ringaskiddy, and Portland.
  • On an exciting Norway cruise Amsterdam, Skjolden, Nordfjordeid, Sandnes
  • On a magical cruise to Iceland, Norway, and France the port stops most likely will be Cherbourg, Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri, and Alesund

If she does sail to Europe I would predict that New York will be her temporary home port for Fall 2024 before she sails back to Fort Lauderdale.

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We don’t know yet where the Disney Magic will sail in 2024, but we can take a reasonable guess at the itineraries that she might sail.

The Disney Magic will be in Galveston at the end of 2023 after sailing through the Panama Canal.

Disney Magic will have her home port in Galveston until the end of January 2024 when she will reposition to New Orleans.

She will then sail back to Galveston to start more Western Caribbean sailing on March 5, 2024,

The Magic will then sail 2 Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan.

The last sailing for the Magic that we know about right now is the Southern Caribbean from San Juan.

The 2023 Disney Cruise Fall Itineraries were not released with the other four ships in July 2022.

When this article was originally written In August 2022, I said it was highly likely that the Disney Wonder would be sailing to Australia in 2023.

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We now know that this prediction has come true and that she will be sailing Transpacific cruises to reposition to Australia and New Zealand.

She will return to Vancouver in early March 2023.

After sailing from Vancouver to San Diego on March 11, 2024, the Wonder will sail her usual Baja and Mexican Riviera itineraries until she returns to Vancouver on May 13, 2024.

Although the specific sailings have not been released yet Disney Wonder will sail from Vancouver on what is likely to be her usual 7-night Alaskan itineraries until September.

Will she then sail back to Australia via Hawaii for more Pacific cruises in late 2024?

Many people hope that there will be more Disney Cruises to Hawaii.

Hawaii Disney Cruises are pretty rare. The first Disney Cruise to Hawaii was in 2012.

There were two Hawaii Cruises on the Disney Wonder in 2012. They were 15-night round-trip cruises from San Diego in May and September.

Disney has not repeated this cruise itinerary to Hawaii, which had 9 sea days, since 2012.

There was a gap of eight years before Disney scheduled another Hawaii Cruise. That was supposed to happen in 2020, but as we know, a lot of things just didn’t happen in 2020.

In 2022 the Disney Wonder sailed from San Diego to Hawaii and from Hawaii to Vancouver, Canada, to start her Alaskan sailings.

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Thankfully we now know the answer!

Disney Wonder will sail two repositioning cruises to Hawaii in late 2023 and early 2024.

The Disney Wonder will sail from Vancouver to Honolulu Hawaii on October 3 2023

The starting prices are:

Inside Stateroom $2,632 Outside Stateroom $2,752 Verandah Stateroom $3,902 Concierge Stateroom $7,372

Disney Wonder will sail from Honolulu Hawaii to Vancouver Canada on March 1 2024

Inside Stateroom $2,601 Outside Stateroom $2,731 Verandah Stateroom $3,881 Concierge Stateroom $7,381

Many people had their wishes granted when the Hawaii cruises were announted, as this is one of the most sought-after and popular Disney cruises.

Now we know that there will be two cruises for the Disney Wonder with port stops in Hawaii and she will briefly have Honolulu as her home port.

When the late 2023 schedules were first announced there was some mystery surrounding the Disney Wonder.

When the itineraries for the Disney Wish, Dream, Magic, and Fantasy were announced, there was a lot of speculation as the Wonder sailings were not announced at the same time.

The reason was that Disney was waiting to announce that they would sail to Australia for the first time!

If you want to see more about these very special Disney Cruises here is all the information:

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We’ve checked out a lot of the cool offerings on the ships, like exclusive dining and entertainment , attractions , and even some fun themed days at sea . And, if you’re looking to plan a Disney cruise in 2024 , we’ve got some good news for ya!

Disney Cruise Line is returning to the Caribbean in early 2024 ! The destinations include Mexico , the Bahamas , and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay . Cruises will be saying from two home ports in Florida , as well as out of Texas , Louisiana , and California .

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The Disney Dream will start 2024 with an assortment of three- and four-night getaways to the Bahamas , as well as five-night vacations to the western Caribbean .

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The Disney Wish will start 2024 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas , and Castaway Cay , and will be departing from Port Canaveral, Florida .

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Also leaving from Port Canaveral is the Disney Fantasy , which will have seven-night sailings to both the eastern and western Caribbean . Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit Tortola and St. Thomas , and western Caribbean cruises will stop at Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica .

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Note that ALL of the cruise sailings leaving from Florida will include a stop at Castaway Cay .

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The Disney Magic will have two limited-time engagements in Galveston, Texas in early 2024. The ship will have trips ranging in length from four to six nights through the end of January. In February, the Magic will be leaving out of New Orleans with four-, five-, and seven-night cruises to the Caribbean . Then, between March and April, the ship will sail out of Galveston again for cruises ranging from four to seven nights in the western Caribbean .

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Finally, the Disney Wonder will return from its first season in Australia and New Zealand to arrive in San Diego in March 2024. From there, it will have three- to seven-night voyages to Mexico , including the Baja peninsula . Some of the locations you could visit include  Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Ensenada, along with Catalina Island in California .

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These cruises will open up for booking to the general public on December 15th ! So, you can go ahead and start planning your vacation very, very soon!

However, if you’re a Platinum Castaway Club Member or a Golden Oak Club Member , you can book beginning on Monday, December 12th . If you’re a Gold Castaway Club Member , book starting December 13th , and Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventure Insiders can book beginning on December 14th .

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Disney Cruise Line announced today their itineraries for early 2024. Booking ahead can be a great way to save money and will give you something to look forward to for a whole year.

Booking for these new releases begins next week:

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Note: Platinum Castaway Club cruisers are those who have completed 10 or more DCL sailings, Gold cruises have completed 5 or more, and Silver cruisers are those have completed one DCL sailing.

Most of the newly released sailings will get you out of the winter gloom and put you on a sunny beach in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, or Mexico.

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The Disney Wish and Fantasy will both be sailing routes out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The Wish is taking three and four night trips to the Bahamas with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay. The Fantasy takes seven night trips to spots in the eastern or western Caribbean with Castaway Cay stops as well as port calls at destinations such as Tortola, St. Thomas, Falmouth, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman.

The Disney Dream will sail out of her new home port at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All Dream sailings, which include a mix of three, four, and five night sailings, make a stop at Castaway Cay and also visit other ports in the Caribbean or Bahamas.

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The Disney Magic will make 4-7 night voyages in the Caribbean, sailing out of Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

And the Disney Wonder, back from her inaugural season in Australia in New Zealand, will be based in San Diego, California, sailing three to seven night trips in Mexico. Depending on the sailing, port calls may include Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Ensenada.

If you’re looking for advice and planning assistance with any Disney Cruise Line sailing, be sure to check out the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line or ask for a free quote from one of our expert travel agents .

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Disney has released itineraries for Summer 2024. This release includes cruises sailing Europe , Alaska , across the Atlantic , the Caribbean , and the Bahamas , including Lighthouse Point , Disney’s newest private Island. It looks like Disney Magic will make the inaugural stop at Lighthouse point on June 6, 2024.

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Booking begins on March 27, 2023

  • March 27, 2023: Platinum Members
  • March 28, 2023: Platinum and Gold Members
  • March 29, 2023: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
  • March 30, 2023: All Guests

Due to the anticipated high call volume, Disney is encouraging you to  book online   or contact your  Travel Advisor. 

Early Booking for Summer 2024 Disney Cruise Itineraries

  • Lighthouse Point

Enjoy a perfect beach day while experiencing the rich culture, beauty and history of The Bahamas when you cast off from Fort Lauderdale on a 3-, 4- or 5-night cruise to Lighthouse Point, a new Disney Cruise Line island destination. You can be among the first to visit this tranquil island retreat during a special 7-night inaugural sailing from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy . Experience the ultimate Disney Cruise Line island destination itinerary with 2 stops at Lighthouse Point and 1 at Disney Castaway Cay . Or take a 3-night preview cruise on the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale. Please note that some experiences on this sailing may be limited or impacted due to preview events occurring at Lighthouse Point.

*Update When I looked earlier this morning, the first cruise to Lighthouse point was listed as a regular 3-night cruise and was reasonably priced. Unfortunately, I did not take a snapshot of it. Now it is listed as a 3-Night Lighthouse Point Preview Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, and the price has gone up by around $800 for 3 people 🙁

The Disney Fantasy is doing the first Double Dip at Lighthouse point on June 8. 7-Night Lighthouse Point Inaugural Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 stops at Lighthouse Point

3-Night Lighthouse Point Preview Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, FL

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 6 * Blockout Date

  • Nassau, Bahamas

3-Night Bahamian Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 19 • Aug 30 • Sep 6, 13, 20, 27

4-Night Bahamian Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 27 • Jul 11, 25 • Aug 8, 22, 26 • Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

5-Night Bahamian Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jul 1, 15, 29 • Aug 12

  • Disney Castaway Cay

7-Night Lighthouse Point Inaugural Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 8 * Blockout Date

  • 2 stops at Lighthouse Point
  • 2 days at sea

10-Night Southern Caribbean Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 25

  • St. John’s, Antigua
  • Castries, St. Lucia
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • 3 days at sea

Embrace the spirit of adventure, discovery and wonder when you drop anchor at some of our new and returning ports, in Europe-including Mykonos, Greece; Hamburg, Germany; and Catania, Italy.

Itineraries include 3-, 4- and 5-night sailings from the United Kingdom to Spain, Portugal, France and Belgium . Or take off on a 5-, 7-, 9-, 11- and 12-night sailing throughout Greece and the Mediterranean , Iceland and the Fjords, Northern Europe and the British Isles .

Mediterranean Cruises

5-Night Mediterranean Disney Dream from Barcelona, Spain

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 12

  • Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Nice), France
  • Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
  • Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

7-Night Mediterranean Disney Dream from Barcelona, Spain

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 5

  • Naples (Pompeii), Italy
  • Cannes, France

2024 SAIL DATE: May 25

7-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Disney Dream from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 10, 17*

  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece *Piraeus instead of Santorini
  • Chania, Greece

9-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Disney Dream from Barcelona, Spain ending in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 1

  • Messina (Sicily), Italy
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Naples, Italy

11-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Disney Dream from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy ending in Barcelona, Spain

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 24

  • Chania (Crete), Greece
  • Valetta, Malta
  • Catania (Sicily), Italy
  • Naples, Rome

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Northern Europe Cruises 

7-Night Norwegian Fjords  Disney Dream from Southampton, England 

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 5

  • Mekjarvik (Stavanger), Norway
  • Alesund, Norway 
  • Olden, Norway
  • Haugesund, Norway 
  • 2 days at sea 

12-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Disney Dream from Southampton, England 

2024 SAIL DATE : July 24

  • Olden, Norway 
  • Alesund, Norway
  • 2 days in Reykjavík, Iceland 
  • Isafjordur, Iceland
  • 5 days at sea 

Western Europe Cruises

3-Night Belgium Disney Dream from Southampton, Englan d

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 16

  • Zeebrugge, Belgium

4-Night Spain Disney Dream from Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 19

  • Bilbao, Spain

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 23

  • La Coruña, Spain

5-Night Spain Disney Dream from Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 27

  • Vigo, Spain

4-Night France Disney Dream from Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 12

  • La Rochelle, France

7-Night Western Europe Disney Dream from Barcelona, Spain ending in Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 17

  • Valencia, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal

7-Night Western Europe Disney Dream from Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Sep 1

  • 2 days in Hamburg, Germany
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands

7-Night British Isles Disney Dream from Southampton, England

2024 SAIL DATE: Sep 8

  • Greenock, Scotland
  • Liverpool, England
  • Ringaskiddy (Cork), Ireland
  • Portland (Stonehenge), England

The Caribbean

Surrender to the swaying palm trees, blue-water bliss and endless sunshine of such dreamy locales as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Lucia or Antigua on a 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, or 10-night Caribbean cruise packed with sun, fun and unique island adventures. Snorkel amid tropical fish, zip-line through the jungle or explore ancient Mayan ruins.

Most cruises include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay and, depending on your itinerary-our Bahamian island retreat, Lighthouse Point .

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5-Night Eastern Caribbean Disney Magic from San Juan, Puerto Rico ending in Fort Lauderdale, FL 

2024 SAIL DATE: May 4

  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

5-Night Western Caribbean Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: May 27 • Jun 1, 9, 22 • Jul 6, 20 • Aug 3, 17

  • Cozumel, Mexico

6-Night Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATE: Aug 4

  • George Town, Grand Cayman

7-Night Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL  

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 15, 29 • Jul 13 • Aug 10, 24 • Sep 7, 21

  • Falmouth, Jamaica

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 1, 22 • Jul 6 • Aug 17, 31 • Sep 14, 28

The Bahamas

Soak up the laid-back pleasures of island life on a 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- or 10-night cruise departing from Port Canaveral or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Your magical journey drops anchor in sun-kissed ports of call that may include a stop at Nassau, Disney Castaway Cay or Lighthouse Point. From stingray encounters, fly-fishing and parasailing to celebrating the arts and culture of The Bahamas, there’s something for everyone.

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3-Night Bahamian Disney Wish from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 • Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 • Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • Sep 6, 13, 20, 27

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 6

2024 SAIL DATES: May 17, 24

4-Night Bahamian Disney Wish from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATES: Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 • Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 • Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2024 SAIL DATES: May 9, 13, 20

5-Night Bahamian Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, FL

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 20

  • 2 stops at Disney Castaway Cay

2024 SAIL DATE: Jun 8

Embark on an unforgettable voyage to the last frontier! Explore stunning glaciers, hike through lush forests, spot wildlife in their natural habitats and perhaps even catch a glimpse of majestic humpback whales during a magical 5-, 7- or 9-night Alaskan cruise departing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Sail to some of North America’s most resplendent landscapes, including Juneau, Ketchikan and, depending on your itinerary, either Skagway or Icy Strait Point.

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5-Night Alaskan Disney Wonder from Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 24

  • Glacier viewing (Stikine Icecap)
  • Ketchikan, Alaska

7-Night Alaskan Disney Wonder from Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

2024 SAIL DATES: May 20 • Jun 3, 17 • Jul 1, 29 • Aug 12, 26 • Sep 6, 16

  • Glacier Viewing (Stikine Icecap)
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Juneau, Alaska

2024 SAIL DATES: May 13, 27 • Jun 10, 24 • Jul 8 • Aug 5, 19

  • Icy Strait Point, Alaska

9-Night Alaskan Disney Wonder from Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

2024 SAIL DATE: Jul 15

  • Sitka, Alaska
  • Victoria (British Columbia), Canada

Transatlantic

Set sail from sunny Port Canaveral on a 13-night transatlantic adventure to cosmopolitan Barcelona-featuring stops in Portugal and Spain. Explore the culture and natural beauty of the Iberian Peninsula, from whale watching in Ponta Delgada and touring historic landmarks in Lisbon to wine tasting in Cadiz, kayaking in Cartagena and browsing Europe’s largest farmers market in our newest port, Valencia. Plus, enjoy all the non-stop fun and relaxation while at sea.

13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Disney Dream from Fort Lauderdale, FL ending in Barcelona, Spain 2024 SAIL DATE: May 5

  • Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal 
  • Lisbon, Portugal 
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Cartagena, Spain 
  • 7 days at sea 

Blockout Dates

Here are the current blockout dates. On the following dates, you will not be able to use your onboard placeholder offer.

Disney Cruise Blockout Dates as of March 23, 2023

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With great brand-new and returning experiences, and a new ship on the horizon, 2024 is shaping up to be an absolutely thrilling year for guests to book a Disney Cruise Line sailing. If you’re considering planning a Disney vacation in 2024 (or beyond!), be sure to check out our 24 reasons why the new year should be  the year  for your visit!

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4. Marvel Day at Sea

During a Marvel Day at Sea sailing , on the Disney Dream out of Fort Lauderdale, the largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains on land or at sea will gather for Marvel Day at Sea for an action-packed day that’ll unlock the inner superhero in all guests. Marvel Day at Sea offerings are included in the price of a Disney cruise. All of the regular guest favorites, including Broadway-style shows, themed rotational dining, fireworks at sea and spaces and activities for everyone in the family, will still be present on all Disney Cruise Line sailings.

5.  Disney Movies Day and Night

Watch the latest theatrical releases in the theater, head up to the pool deck and swim while you watch, or simply lounge in the comfort of your stateroom. Whether you’re looking to re-watch your favorite Disney classic or catch up on the latest releases, you can switch on your stateroom TV and find a variety of Disney movies to enjoy. What’s better than ending your day with a family movie night? (Answer: Nothing!)

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8. Rotational Dining

With Disney Cruise Line’s innovative rotational dining concept, you get to enjoy all three of our family dining rooms. On cruises longer than three nights, you can dine in some of the restaurants a second time but with a new menu. You can also opt to eat at one of our adult-exclusive fine dining restaurants or dine on your own schedule at our casual dining restaurant, Cabanas.

9. Relax in the Spa

Enjoy a Swedish massage, get your hair done before dinner, or refresh your manicure. The Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering, and relaxation with a multitude of spa and beauty treatments.

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10. Very MerryTime Sailings

From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic is unwrapped for the whole family with festive holiday decor, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire and a special visit from none other than Santa Claus. 

11. Shopping (Onboard and Off!)

Find unique pieces such as art and jewelry in the shops onboard, or venture through the ports to find the perfect souvenir. With ports around the globe, you are sure to find unique treasures to add to your collection.

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12.  Memorable Moments with Characters Are Around Every Corner

Disney Cruise Line offers one-on-one experiences with beloved Disney pals, princesses and super heroes that you can’t get anywhere else. Whether they go through hero training with Spiderman, train with a Jedi Master or give Olaf a warm hug, your kids will never forget these special interactions.

13. Playtime Isn’t Just for Kids

While your little ones are having a blast with youth counselors and characters in the kids clubs, you can enjoy “me” time in the spa or by the pool. And when you can’t get them to leave the kids club, dinner in the adult-exclusive restaurant, followed by fun in the adult district, makes for the perfect parents’ night out.

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14. Stunning and Spacious Staterooms 

Disney Cruise Line staterooms were expertly designed for maximum convenience and comfort, with unique features like elevated beds (with plenty of storage space beneath) and plenty of connecting doors for larger parties. Plus, pixie-dusted details throughout the room add touches of Disney magic to your stay.

15. DisneyBand+ 

DisneyBand+ is a waterproof wristband designed to enhance your Disney cruise experience. From boarding the ship on embarkation day and accessing your stateroom, to charging specialty food and merchandise to the payment card on your stateroom folio and beyond, DisneyBand+ adds convenience, fun and more magic to your cruise!

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18. Pools and Slides

On your Disney Cruise, there are several areas for splashing the day away. The main pool is a perfect place to spend time as a family or to hang-out with the new friends you met in the Kids Clubs. Little Mouseketeers can head to the Nemo’s Reef splash pad for safe water play. Adults can even head to the adults-only pool for some quiet time. There are also two fantastic slides on deck to make your swim time a little more thrilling.

I know what you’re thinking. “Bingo? Why is that so exciting?” There is no Bingo game out there quite like a Disney Cruise Line Bingo!! This isn’t your Grandma’s Bingo hall; this is a dance-inducing, belly-laughing, family-friendly, good ‘ole time!

Be ready to dance for B11!

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20. Castaway Cay

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived! Welcome to Disney’s Castaway Cay. This private island paradise in the Bahamas is reserved exclusively for guests of the Disney Cruise Line. Castaway Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. Everything needed for the perfect beach getaway is here—from lounge chairs and beach umbrellas to tasty food and family-friendly entertainment.

21. “its a small world” Nursery

At ‘”its a small world” nursery!’, sailors from 6 months to 3 years old can play games, make crafts, watch movies, or even take a nap while you embark on adventures of your own.

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22. Pirate Night

On pirate night, the menus change on your dining rotation and EVERYONE onboard joins in the pirate fun. Get a pirate makeover, join the deck games and watch a fun pirate-themed show featuring Mickey and Friends. Be sure to look to the sky for the only fireworks show out at sea!

23. Cabanas and Marceline Market

Choose from a variety of hot and cold items, soups, salads, desserts, and more! Grab your lunch and soak in the amazing views right from your table. Did you know that sodas are included in your cruise fare? There is no need to purchase an additional soda package like on other cruise lines!

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24. Making Magical Memories Together!  There is no better reason to sail with the Disney Cruise Line than to make lasting memories with your family. Taking time to celebrate your family and create wonderful memories together is how we should all spend your 2024!

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The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2024 (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – December 5, 2023

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Planning a Disney Cruise Line (DCL) trip is a big deal. It’s too important to be left to chance, so put the best-selling independent guidebook to the DCL in your hands and take control of your vacation. Make every minute and every dollar count with this no-nonsense, consumer-oriented guide to the best (and worst) of Disney’s ships and itineraries.

The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2024 explains how the DCL works and how to use that knowledge to stay ahead of the crowd. Authors Erin Foster and Len Testa know that you want your vacation to be anything but average, so they employ an expert team of researchers to find the secrets, the shortcuts, and the bargains that are sure to make your vacation exceptional! Find out what’s available in every category, ranked from best to worst, and get detailed plans to make the most of your time on and off your cruise ship. Choose the right stateroom, eat at the best restaurants, find top-notch children’s activities, and experience all the can’t-miss excursions—including those offered at Castaway Cay, one of the best vacation islands in the Caribbean. The guide also provides full coverage of the Disney-run European river cruises and includes itinerary and port guides.

Stay in the know on the latest updates and changes on the DCL. Here’s what’s NEW in the 2024 book:

  • Take in advice for first-time cruisers: money-saving strategies, packing tips and other pre-trip preparation, preferred ships and itineraries, and how to hit the deck running your first day onboard
  • Utilize suggestions for deciding whether a Disney cruise or a Walt Disney World vacation is the better choice for your family
  • Find out the scoop on different stateroom types and how to choose the best room for your needs
  • Get updates on post-COVID changes to health and safety protocols
  • Read detailed descriptions of DCL’s ports of call around the world, including the newest home port at Ft. Lauderdale
  • Learn about Castaway Cay, DCL’s private Bahamian island
  • Uncover news about Disney’s second private island: Lighthouse Point
  • Get expanded coverage and unbiased opinions about DCL’s expanding fleet, including the brand-new Disney Wish and Disney Treasure
  • Enjoy discussion of Adventures by Disney river cruises and how they compare with DCL cruises
  • Find the latest details about DCL’s new itineraries, changes to DCL’s loyalty rewards program, and more

Make the right choices to give your family a vacation they’ll never forget. The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2024 is your key to planning a perfect stay. Whether you’re putting together your annual trip or preparing for your first visit, this book gives you the insider scoop on staterooms, dining, children’s activities, shopping, entertainment, and more.

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  • Publication date December 5, 2023
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What’s NEW in The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2024:

  • Expanded coverage of the Disney Wish , including staterooms, dining, children’s activities, shopping, entertainment, and more
  • Coverage of Disney’s second private island: Lighthouse Point
  • Post-COVID changes to health and safety protocols
  • News about DCL’s expanding fleet, including the brand-new Disney Treasure and two additional ships being built
  • Reports on DCL’s new itineraries, including routes to Australia and the South Pacific
  • News about changes to DCL’s loyalty rewards program, The Castaway Club
  • What you need to know about Disney’s newest home port at Ft. Lauderdale

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Erin Foster researched and responded to more than 11,000 guest questions as a charter member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel (now the planDisney Panel). Erin has visited Walt Disney World; Disneyland; Disneyland Paris; Hong Kong Disneyland; and the Disney Vacation Club properties at Hilton Head, South Carolina; Vero Beach, Florida; and Aulani in Hawaii. She has also taken Adventures by Disney (AbD) journeys to four continents, including AbD’s European river cruises. And, of course, she has been on many Disney Cruise Line sailings on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, Fantasy, and Wish. She was among the passengers on the maiden voyage of the Wish in 2022. Erin is a regular contributor to the blog at Touring Plans. When she isn’t traveling, you can find her attending theatrical performances in New York City.

Len Testa is coauthor of the Unofficial Guides series, covering Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Las Vegas, Universal Orlando, and Washington, D.C. While Len has published works in travel, computer science, and endocrinology, it’s widely acknowledged that he’s just the pretty face for a group of people way more talented than he is (and “pretty face” is a stretch at best). Len sends love to his daughter, Hannah.

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Part 12: Port Adventures

Parasailing

Guests looking for a bird’s-eye view of paradise should check out this excursion. Floating hundreds of feet in the air, you’re the master of all you survey, or at least it seems that way for several minutes.

You board a speedboat and travel several hundred yards away from land. Then, in singles or pairs, you stand at the back of the boat and are harnessed to a line-bound parachute that slowly lets out until you and the parachute are 600–1,000 feet above the water. Enjoy panoramic views of your ship, Castaway Cay, and beyond.

Each excursion takes about 10 people onto the boat. There are no ride-alongs—every guest on the boat must pay. Your actual parasail event will last about 5–7 minutes. Depending on the number of other guests, the entire experience lasts 45 minutes–1 hour.

Open to guests age 8 and up, parasailing excursions cost $135 for both adults and kids. Guests must weigh between 90 and 375 pounds; those who weigh less than 90 pounds may be able to ride if they fly in tandem with another guest, but their combined weight may not exceed 375 pounds. Determination of single or tandem rides is at the discretion of the staff.

Kids under age 13 must be accompanied by a paying adult age 18 or older. Guests ages 13–17 may go on the excursion unaccompanied but must be escorted to the Marge’s Barges meeting area by an adult age 18 or older. All guests must sign a safety waiver.

You must leave your shoes on the dock and are strongly discouraged from wearing a hat or glasses during your sail; a storage area is provided on the boat for your personal belongings. Wheelchairs and other wheeled mobility devices cannot be accommodated.

No photography service is provided during the excursion—you’re welcome to bring your phone or a camera onto the boat, but you assume all liability if you lose it in the ocean.

This is one of the least expensive, most rewarding shore excursions offered on a Disney cruise. We recommend it for every family. The cost is $22 for kids ages 5–9 for one day, $33 for two days; guests age 10 and up pay $38 for one day, $57 for two days.

First, find some chairs on the family beach, where you can store your stuff while you’re in the water. If possible, choose something near a vertical landmark such as a tree; it will be easier to find when you come back to shore.

Next, pick up your snorkeling gear at Gil’s Fins and Boats , a short walk from Scuttle’s Cove, the island’s first tram stop. You’ll be given a mask, a snorkel, fins, and an inflatable buoyancy vest to make swimming easier. Also pick up a blue-mesh gear bag, which makes it easier to haul your stuff back to your beach chairs.

Put on your vest before you get in the water, but don’t inflate it just yet. Wait until you’re in hip-high water to put on your flippers because it’s impossible to walk in them on shore (and they’ll get sandy). Don’t put your mask on until you get into the water.

If you’re snorkeling with younger children, plan on spending 10–15 minutes adjusting the fit of masks and vests. Inflate a kid’s vest by blowing into the vertical tube on the left side of the vest, adding just enough air to keep the top of the child’s head above water. (If you overinflate the vests, kids will have trouble getting their masks below the surface.) Also, practice using the flippers, which work best with slow, deliberate leg movements.

Once everyone’s gear is working, take one last look at the lagoon to get your bearings. Disney has placed orange-and-white buoys above the underwater sites, so head for those.

There usually aren’t a lot of fish in the first 30–40 yards nearest the shore, though it’s possible to see almost anything once you’re in the water. Fish species in the lagoon include yellowtail snapper, sergeant major, banded butterfly fish, blue tang, and barracuda.

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Disney 2024 Preview: What’s Coming to Disney Parks, Hotels and Disney Cruise Line This Year

W e’ve looked back at the biggest Disney news of 2023 , so now it’s time for our annual look ahead at what the coming year will bring to Disney fans around the world at Disney’s parks, resorts and on Disney Cruise Line.

At the domestic parks, 2024 introduces a mix of returning and updated offerings, plus some brand-new experiences, from the return of Disney Dining Plans and the easing of park reservation requirements at Walt Disney World to the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, to new and reimagined places to stay.

Meanwhile, Disney Cruise Line is set to embark on new journeys with the launch of the Disney Treasure and the debut of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. Internationally, Tokyo DisneySea gears up for a major opening — its eight port, Fantasy Springs — and Disneyland Paris will soon open the gates to a total overhaul of the Disneyland Hotel. Here’s your look at all that 2024 holds for Disney travelers. 

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to Open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is easily the most highly anticipated domestic parks update coming in 2024. Replacing Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, The Princess and the Frog-themed musical adventure down the bayou picks up where the 2009 animated film left off.

The new ride will feature dozens of new audio-animatronic figures and a soundtrack of new music as well as familiar songs from the film, created in collaboration with award-winning artists PJ Morton and Terence Blanchard. Original cast members from the film, Jenifer Lewis, Bruno Campos, Michael Leon Wooley, and Anika Noni Rose, return to reprise their voice roles. Opening dates have not been revealed yet.

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Major changes to the Walt Disney World guest experience debut Jan. 9, 2024.

Disney Dining Plans Return

Disney Dining Plans are back. Debates will continue to rage as to whether the dining plan is a better deal than paying as you go (It really depends on how you use it — there’s no one-size-fits-all answer), but for guests who prefer to budget and pre-pay for their meals and snacks on their vacation, the return is a welcome one. Guests who book Walt Disney World vacation packages for stays beginning on or after Jan. 9, 2024 have the option to add either the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan to their package.

Theme Park Reservations Will No Longer Be Required for Date-Based Tickets

Many Walt Disney World guests will finally get to bid farewell to park reservations. For visits with a start date of Jan. 9, 2024 or later, guests with date-based tickets will no longer need a theme park reservation to visit the park of their choice.

All-Day Park Hopping Returns Jan. 9, 2023

No more waiting until 2pm to park hop! Beginning Jan. 9, guests with Park Hopper tickets and Annual Passholders can visit their next park at any time of day.

Good-To-Go Days for Annual Passholders

The Jan. 9 lifting of the theme park reservation requirement for date-based ticketholders doesn’t extend to Annual Passholders, but passholders will still get some reprieve in the new year. Beginning Jan. 11, Walt Disney World will begin publishing a calendar of “good-to-go” days for Annual Passholders — days when passholders can enter the theme parks without a park reservation. Good-to-go days will be added periodically and may be added to the calendar days or weeks in advance.

In addition to good-to-go days, Annual Passholders can also visit any theme park after 2 pm without a reservation, except for Magic Kingdom Park on Saturdays and Sundays.

A New ‘The Little Mermaid Show’ Is Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A new show based on the classic animated Disney film, “The Little Mermaid,” is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in fall 2024. The reimagining, called “The Little Mermaid — A Musical Adventure,” will replace “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” which never reopened following the park’s pandemic closure. The new show will feature an updated design, new set pieces, and effects, and will be staged in the Animation Courtyard theater, which is also getting a refresh. The new show will feature iconic songs from the film, including "Part of Your World,” "Poor Unfortunate Souls," and “Kiss the Girl.”

New Adventures Coming to Star Tours at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

New adventures to a galaxy far, far away are headed to Star Tours — The Adventures Continue at Disneyland Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Paris. The new destinations haven’t been revealed yet, but Walt Disney Imagineer Scott Trowbridge first hinted at Star Wars Celebration that they would come from new “Star Wars storytelling” (which could include “Ahsoka,” “The Mandalorian,” and “Andor”), and at Destination D23, Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro confirmed Ahsoka would indeed be part of the update. Of the three locations, only Disneyland Resort in California has confirmed a debut date of April 5 for the new adventures.

Country Bear Jamboree Is Getting an Update

Changes are coming to Country Bear Jamboree in 2024. The Country Bears will be performing new songs in an updated Grand Ole Opry-inspired act. Walt Disney Imagineers are collaborating with Nashville musicians to produce the new lineup of country takes on Disney classics in genres including bluegrass, rockabilly, and pop-country.

CommuniCore Hall and Plaza Will Open, Completing EPCOT’s Transformation

EPCOT’s multi-year transformation will reach completion in 2024 when World Celebration’s CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza open. CommuniCore Hall will be “a dynamic exhibition space that can transform with each new festival throughout the year,” and CommuniCore Plaza will be an outdoor event space with “flexibility to host intimate musical performances that extend out into the nearby gardens, as well as large-scale concerts.”

Disney Vacation Club Cabins Coming to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney Vacation Club will soon open their 17th property, T he Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort . The new cabins accommodate up to six guests per cabin, with some dog-friendly cabins available. They will also include a living area with a dining nook, fully equipped kitchen and queen-size pull-down sofa bed, a main bedroom with a queen-size bed and two bunk beds, and a personal patio with charcoal grill. Whimsical Disney details include artwork featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale, River Country, The Junior Woodchucks of the World, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. The Cabins are projected to open in the summer of 2024.

New Disney Vacation Club Tower Coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Construction is well underway on the new Disney Vacation Club tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas Resort. The tower, projected to open in late 2024, is situated along the Seven Seas Lagoon and will “complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.” The expansion will also offer new recreation and dining options.

New Dining Debuting at Disney’s BoardWalk

Two new dining locations are set to open at Disney’s BoardWalk in 2024. Blue Ribbon Corn Dog, a quick-service stand already popular at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District, will take over the BoardWalk To-Go location. The walk-up stand will serve classic corn dogs and more playful and inventive takes like the Pickle Dog and Mexican Street Corn Dog, alongside drinks and treats like lemonade and fresh-spun cotton candy.

Also coming to Disney’s BoardWalk in the space previously occupied by ESPN Club, The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers is scheduled to open in 2024 and will include a table-service restaurant serving brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea service, and a quick-service bakery. The menu will include savory dishes as well as the Indianapolis-based restaurant’s famed baked goods including cookies, French macarons, and handmade cakes.

A Simplified Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Experience Could Be Coming

In May, a Disney Parks Blog post teased future updates to the Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane planning experience, stating that Disney is “working on” “ways to plan with Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lane selections before the day of their park visit.” Additional details and timeline have yet to be shared. 

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runDisney Races Return to Disneyland Resort

2024 will reintroduce the first runDisney race weekends at Disneyland since 2017. First up, Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will take place Jan. 11-14, 2024. Later in the year, a second Disneyland race weekend will launch the 2024-2025 runDisney race season. The Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend, Sept. 5-8, 2024, will feature a Halloween-themed 5K, 10K, and half marathon, plus yoga and kids races. Registration opens Feb. 13, 2024.

Pixar Place Hotel Opens Jan. 30

Pixar Place Hotel, the first fully Pixar-themed hotel in the US, will open on January 30, 2024. This transformation of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel includes Pixar-themed decor throughout, from the lobby to guest rooms to a rooftop "Finding Nemo"-themed pool and splash area. Guest rooms will feature colorful Pixar Ball bedding, Pixar Lamp-inspired lighting, headboard concept art from films like "The Incredibles" and "Toy Story 3," and unique artwork by Pixar Animation Studios artists.

Entertainment Returns to Disneyland Park

Disneyland has shared return dates for popular entertainment in Disneyland Park in the first half of 2024.

"Magic Happens," the parade that made its first comeback in February 2023 after a hiatus due to the pandemic, will resume again on Feb. 2, 2024.

After dark, nighttime projection and music show "Mickey’s Mix Magic" is scheduled to run from January 8 to March 21, and then again from April 15 to April 25, 2024, with fireworks on select evenings.

"Wondrous Journeys," the nighttime spectacular that debuted in tandem with the launch of Disney100 on Jan. 27, 2023, will return for a surprisingly limited engagement, running nightly with fireworks from March 22 to April 14, 2024.

Fantasmic! Is set to return to Disneyland Park following an extended fire-induced closure. The show will return on May 24 with some updates, including new special effects, a new battle sequence between Sorcerer Mickey and Maleficent, and the return of a classic “Peter Pan” segment. The must-see nighttime spectacular will continue to showcase advanced projections, iconic music, and dozens of live performers and characters. 

Downtown Disney District Transformation Continues

Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District continues its ongoing transformation. Updates in 2024 will include the opening of new Mexican Restaurants Paseo and Céntrico by Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan, and world-renowned Chinese Restaurant Din Tai Fung.

Disneyland Holidays, Festivals and Limited-Time Celebrations

Disneyland Resort provided an early look at the 2024 events calendar, including dates for many of the year’s key events, festivals and limited time celebrations. Here’s an overview:

  • Lunar New Year (Jan 23 - Feb 18): A celebration of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean traditions with special décor, food, character appearances, and entertainment at Disney California Adventure park.
  • Celebrate Gospel (Feb 17 and 24): Gospel music takes center stage at the Fantasyland Theatre, with acts including headliners Marvin Sapp and Tasha Cobbs Leonard as well as other award-winning musicians and local choirs.
  • Anaheim Ducks Days (Feb 22 - 23): A 30th anniversary celebration for the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, with player appearances, a cavalcade, fan zone, photo ops, and activities at Disney California Adventure.
  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival (Mar 1 - Apr 22): A culinary celebration of California, with the added bonus of the limited-time return of Soarin’ Over California.
  • Pixar Fest (Apr 26 - Aug 4): This updated version of Pixar Fest introduces a new parade, “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!” and the return of “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” with new scenes. New character appearances by Ember and Wade from “Elemental” and Red Panda Mei from “Turning Red” will also debut during the festival.
  • Season of the Force (Apr 5 - Jun 2): This Star Wars-themed celebration includes special food, merchandise, attraction updates and entertainment. Highlights include the Star Wars-themed Space Mountain overlay, Hyperspace Mountain and the debut of new adventures on Star Tours — The Adventures Continue. Also debuting during Season of the Force, “galactic music” will play in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during Disneyland Park’s fireworks displays.
  • Halloween Time (Aug 23 - Oct 31): Spooktacular decor, attractions and characters enhance both parks, and Oogie Boogie Bash — a Disney Halloween Party, returns select nights to Disney California Adventure.
  • Plaza de la Familia (Aug 23 - Nov 2): A celebration of Día de los Muertos with elements from Coco at Disney California Adventure.
  • Holidays at Disneyland Resort (Starting Nov 15): The resort-wide celebratory festive season features holiday decor, food and drink, attraction overlays, parades, cultural festivities, merchandise, and Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure.
  • Disneyland After Dark Events: Separately ticketed, after-hours themed "Nites" return in 2024 with Sweethearts’ Nite (Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12, 14), Star Wars Nite (Star Wars Nite (Apr. 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9), Pride Nite (Jun. 18 and 20), and the debut of Disney Channel Nite (March 5 and 7). The themed celebrations feature exclusive entertainment, special foods, photo ops, merchandise, rare characters and more.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point Debut

2024 promises to be a huge year for Disney Cruise Line. First, summer 2024 brings the debut of Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. Located on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, the immersive island destination will celebrate Bahamian culture with authentic, immersive entertainment, activities, dining, and spaces for family fun and relaxation.

After arriving at Mabrika Cove — "Mabrika" means "welcome" in Taino, the language of the the indigenous people of The Bahamas, — guests can experience “the sights, sounds and spirit” of the Bahamian festival “Junkanoo” at the Goombay Cultural Center. Other island offerings include Triton’s Trumpet Stage, a home for family entertainment; Treasures of Eleuthera, a shop selling locally made gifts and artisan crafts; and Serenity Bay, the 18 and older retreat also popular on Disney Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s other island destination.

The destination will also feature a family beach, interactive water play area with two slides, market-style family dining, and games and activities for kids of all ages.

Guests will get their first opportunities to visit Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point during a three-night preview sailing from Fort Lauderdale on the Disney Magic June 6-8, 2024, followed by an epic seven-night inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy June 8-15, 2024 that will include two stops at Disney Lookout Cay and one at Disney Castaway Cay.

Disney Lookout Cay stops will be offered on numerous summer 2024 cruises from Florida with options for three-, four-, five- and 10-night sailings.

The Disney Treasure Sets Sail on Its Maiden Voyage

Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Treasure, will embark on its maiden voyage Dec. 21, 2024. The ship shares the layout of its sister ship, the Disney Wish, but introduces a theme of “adventure,” inspired by iconic Disney stories of exploration and discovery, in place of the Wish’s “enchantment” motif.

Brand-new offerings on the Treasure include “Coco”-themed restaurant “Plaza de Coco,” which will feature live music and performers and a menu of “modern twists on traditional Mexican fare.”

In Worlds of Marvel, an Avengers-themed restaurant that debuted on the Disney Wish, the Treasure will introduce a second show in addition to “Avengers: Quantum Encounter.”

Several of the ship’s themed bars and lounges are inspired by iconic Disney Parks attractions. Skipper Society is an homage to the world-famous Jungle Cruise; Periscope Pub is based on “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”; and Haunted Mansion Parlor invites guests to join 999 happy haunts for spirited sips and sympathetic libations.

Staterooms are inspired by films like “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Up,” and “Encanto;” concierge rooms and suites get the “Lion King” treatment; royal suites honor feline sidekicks from “The Jungle Book” and “Aladdin;” and the bucket list-worthy Tomorrow Tower Suite celebrates EPCOT’s iconic design and legacy.

With an inaugural season of seven-night sailings, the DIsney Treasure caters to guests seeking a longer cruise than the Wish’s three- and four-night itineraries and replicates some of the Wish’s core offerings. These include the AquaMouse water ride, which introduces a new storyline, “Curse of the Golden Egg,” on the Treasure, as well as duplicated dining destinations: Marceline Market, Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods, 1923, and adults-only The Rose, Palo Steakhouse, and Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallermentare. The Wish’s excellent Kids clubs are also replicated on the Treasure. 

Bookings are now open at disneycruise.com/treasure .

International Parks

Fantasy Springs Opening at Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo DisneySea will open its eighth port, Fantasy Springs, on June 6, 2024. The new port takes its inspiration from “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Peter Pan,” and will be comprised of three new worlds within the port — Frozen Kingdom, Rapunzel’s Forest, and Peter Pan’s Never Land.

Each area will introduce new attractions and dining , including Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival attraction and The Snuggly Duckling Restaurant; Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure, Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies, and Lookout Cookout; and Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey attraction, Royal Banquet of Arendelle restaurant, and Oaken’s OK Foods.

Guests will also have a new hotel option right next door — Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel, which includes two new restaurants and a lobby lounge.

Reimagined Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

The Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris will reopen on January 25, 2024. The five-star hotel received a total overhaul to its interiors, including guest rooms and dining. Design inspiration and theming comes from numerous Disney royal stories including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Cinderella," "Sword in the Stone," and “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as famous European castles.

New gourmet dining experiences include the Royal Banquet, where guests can meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends in hotel-exclusive regal costumes, and La Table de Lumière, French fine dining featuring appearances by Belle and her Prince, Aurora and Philip, Tiana and Naveen, and Jasmine and Aladdin.

Additional amenities and offerings include the Crystal Pool, Disneyland Hotel Spa by Clarins, and special experiences for young guests at the Royal Kids Club and the Royal Collection Boutique.

D23 Changes

At Destination D23 in September, D23 announced that in 2024, D23 Expo will be replaced by a larger event: D23 — The Ultimate Disney Fan Event . The celebration, which will still be held in Anaheim, California, will be a week long, with core events taking place Aug. 9-11, 2024.

Hall D23 presentations will move from the Anaheim Convention Center to the Honda Center, nearly doubling the capacity.

Tickets and additional details are still forthcoming but discounted hotel rooms for the week are now available to book .

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Disney Cruise Line’s Early 2024 Sailings – A Look at Opening Day Prices

The recently announced Early 2024 Disney Cruise Line sailings were announced this week , and it is time to take a look at the opening day pricing. Please keep in mind, the pricing information is available for anyone to view, but there is the standard tiered booking for Castaway Club members starting December 12th more popular sailings will have fares increased by the time general booking opens. You must be logged into Disney Cruise Line’s website and make sure your account is properly associated with your Castaway Club ID so that you will be able to take advantage of your Castaway Club level booking day.

DCL Early 2024 Opening Day Pricing

Below, I’ve collected the opening day pricing, lowest price per stateroom category, based on double occupancy (2 adults) for all of the new Disney Cruise sailings to provide a general idea on where the cruises are priced. I realize this does not take into account onboard booking, or a more detailed quote for your sailing party.

The idea for this post was simply to get baseline pricing for each cruise and I felt 2 adults provided the baseline for double occupancy to help everyone plan for Gold, Silver, and first-time cruisers booking windows. The pricing is grouped by ship and itinerary for more of an apples to apple comparison.

One last note, the pricing below is representative of a snapshot in time on opening day. As cruises book, prices will increase and stateroom availability will dwindle. The pricing below includes taxes, fees & port expenses for 2 adults.

Disney Magic Late 2023 – Early 2024 Opening Day Prices

Galveston, texas.

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Progreso, Mexico • At Sea

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Progreso, Mexico • Cozumel, Mexico • At Sea

6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Costa Maya, Mexico • At Sea • At Sea

6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Progreso, Mexico • At Sea • At Sea

6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston ending in San Juan Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman • Falmouth, Jamaica • At Sea

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman • Falmouth, Jamaica • At Sea • At Sea

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston Galveston, Texas • At Sea • At Sea • Falmouth, Jamaica • Grand Cayman • Cozumel, Mexico • At Sea

New Orleans, Louisiana

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • At Sea

4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana • At Sea • Progreso, Mexico • At Sea

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Progreso, Mexico • At Sea

San Juan (Pan American Pier)

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan San Juan (Pan American Pier) • At Sea • Oranjestad, Aruba • Willemstad, Curaçao • Roseau, Dominica • At Sea • Philipsburg, St. Maarten

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan San Juan (Pan American Pier) • At Sea • Basseterre, St. Kitts • St. John’s, Antigua • Roseau, Dominica • Castries, St. Lucia • Bridgetown, Barbados

Disney Wonder Early 2024 Opening Day Prices

San diego, california.

3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego San Diego, California • Catalina Island, California • Ensenada, Mexico

4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego San Diego, California • Catalina Island, California • Ensenada, Mexico • At Sea

4-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from San Diego to Vancouver San Diego, California • At Sea • At Sea • Victoria, Canada

7-Night Mexican Riviera from San Diego San Diego, California • At Sea • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico • Mazatlan, Mexico • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • At Sea • At Sea

7-Night Mexican Riviera from San Diego San Diego, California • At Sea • At Sea • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico • At Sea • Ensenada, Mexico

Vancouver, Canada

4-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from Vancouver ending in San Diego Vancouver, Canada • At Sea • At Sea • At Sea

Disney Dream Early 2024 Opening Day Prices

Fort lauderdale, florida.

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Castaway Cay • At Sea

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay • At Sea

5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Fort Lauderdale with 2 stops at Disney Castaway Cay Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay • At Sea • Castaway Cay

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Castaway Cay • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • At Sea

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida • At Sea • Grand Cayman • At Sea • Castaway Cay

Disney Fantasy Early 2024 Opening Day Prices

Port canaveral, florida.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral, Florida • At Sea • At Sea • Tortola, British Virgin Islands • St. Thomas, USVI • At Sea • Castaway Cay

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral, Florida • At Sea • Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman • Falmouth, Jamaica • At Sea • Castaway Cay

Disney Wish Early 2024 Opening Day Prices

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral, Florida • Castaway Cay • At Sea

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay • At Sea

Now that you have had a chance to see opening day pricing for the Disney Cruise Line’s Early 2024 sailings, what do you think? What are you booking?

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The 8 top alaska cruise lines of 2024.

Discover the best lines and itineraries for your type of travel style.

The Top Alaska Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas in Alaska.

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A cruise vacation to Alaska is a profound adventure. The spectacular natural beauty, rugged wilderness, massive glaciers and endless opportunities for wildlife viewing make a trip to the 49th state a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers. As an added bonus, cruise ships can reach remote parts of the state, including Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve: one of the most significant (and picturesque) marine and wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

With the ever-growing popularity of the destination and an extended cruising season (some lines now travel to Alaska between April and October), more ships are heading north to the shores of The Great Land. With these expanded itineraries, there's more than ever to think about when booking your Alaska cruise.

To assist in your decision-making process, U.S. News listed the top cruise lines to consider across five categories, including the best options for families, luxury-seekers and adventurers. U.S. News consulted data provided by Cruiseline.com and the results of our 2024 Best Cruise Lines rankings to help develop this list of the top cruise lines sailing to Alaska.

  • Best Overall: Holland America Line; Princess Cruises
  • Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line; Royal Caribbean International

Best for Couples: Celebrity Cruises

  • Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Silversea Cruises

Best Small-Ship Expedition Line: UnCruise Adventures

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Best Overall: Holland America Line and Princess Cruises

Holland america line.

Holland America Line's Westerdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

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Alaska cruise ships: Eurodam , Koningsdam , Nieuw Amsterdam , Noordam , Westerdam , Zaandam Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Anchorage , Fairbanks and Whittier, Alaska; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $379 per person for seven-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on May 1, 2024, or Sept. 22, 2024. Round-trip from Vancouver.

Holland America Line has been cruising Alaska's pristine glacial waters for more than 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. On top of that, the line features more voyages to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve than its competitors. Seven-night round-trip sailings depart from either Seattle or Vancouver, while cruisetours – Holland America Line 's sea- and land-based packages – leave from several cities and extend each trip to nine to 18 days.

If this will be your first visit to Alaska, consider booking the comprehensive 14-day Yukon + Denali cruisetour. This Alaska adventure includes a voyage aboard Koningsdam, plus a three-night stay at Holland America's exclusive lodge in Denali National Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see Alaska's big five: moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves – and book bucket list activities like flightseeing over Denali. If it's a picture-perfect day, your pilot might even be able to land on the tallest mountain in North America, also known as "The Great One." Other excursions include meeting dog mushers from the Iditarod, landing on the Yanert Glacier, heli-hiking or embarking on a covered wagon adventure on the Alaska tundra. The Yukon Territory portion of this trip is exclusive to Holland America; while there, visit the mining town of Dawson City and learn about Northern Canada's Klondike Gold Rush of August 1896.

Another highlight of sailing Alaska with Holland America is the Alaska Up Close program, which immerses guests in an array of expert-led lectures and excursions on board and shore. When it comes to dining , Holland America is the only cruise line to achieve the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which means cruisers will enjoy certified sustainable wild Alaska seafood on board (think: Alaskan king crab legs and fresh salmon). You may also have access to culinary excursions in partnership with Food & Wine magazine, as well as special offerings like Alaska salmon bakes.

Cruisers should also consider one of the Holland America's new itineraries for 2024: the 28-night Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice voyage aboard Westerdam, round-trip from Seattle. This sailing, which departs on June 9, 2024, features highlights like crossing the Arctic Circle; celebrating the summer solstice in Nome, Alaska; and watching Kodiak bears – the largest bears in the world – on Kodiak Island.

Insider tip: Sample Holland America Line's famous Dutch pea soup while glacier viewing on the outside decks. The crew passes around mugs of the warm soup in this Holland America tradition that gives a nod to the line's heritage – and keeps guests warm on chilly summer days in Alaska.

Princess Cruises

View from the deck of a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska.

Courtesy of Princess Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Grand Princess , Sapphire Princess , Royal Princess , Ruby Princess , Majestic Princess , Discovery Princess , Crown Princess Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle; Anchorage, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco ; Fairbanks, Alaska Starting from: $398 per person for seven-night cruise from Anchorage (Whittier, Alaska) to Vancouver on May 18, 2024

Princess Cruises has a long history in Alaska, boasting more than 50 years of sailing to the Great Land. Cruise itineraries last between seven and 14 nights, and many visit the Inside Passage. Princess Cruises also owns and operates five wilderness lodges for guests of its cruisetours, plus exclusive "Direct to the Wilderness" rail service to those properties. The line's wide selection of cruisetours includes independent adventures and off-the-beaten-path destinations, like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest national park in the U.S. For travelers seeking the highest level of service and the most time on land, the Connoisseur cruisetour is a good option, including up to 10 nights ashore following the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. The Connoisseur trip is hosted by a tour director and includes select sightseeing outings and most meals in the fare.

Princess' special programming, North to Alaska, offers guests unique insights into the history and culture of the region with visits from local Alaskans, photography sessions, demonstrations on lumberjacking and excursions like Cook My Catch, where guests will go fishing (with a guide), then bring their fish back for chefs to prepare for dinner at one of the designated Princess lodges.

There are two new Princess cruisetours to consider for 2024. The 15-night National Parks Tour includes a seven-day cruise, visits to five national parks, scenic rail travel and a total of eight evenings across four Princess wilderness lodges. Meanwhile, the Katmai National Park Tour is a nine-day adventure that takes guests to the famed Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park & Preserve to see bears feasting on wild salmon in Alaska's wilderness.

Insider tip: While visiting Denali National Park, be sure to check out the Princess Treehouse at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," the treehouse offers a different perspective of Denali and features "Sappy Hour" and other fun activities.  

Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International

Norwegian cruise line.

Race track atop the Norwegian Bliss in Alaska.

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Alaska cruise ships: Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Bliss , Norwegian Jewel , Norwegian Sun , Norwegian Spirit Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle ; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $349 per person for seven-night sailing between Seward and Vancouver (itineraries visit Hubbard Glacier and Skagway, or Glacier Bay, Skagway and Juneau). Available on Norwegian Jewel in April, May and June 2024.

Norwegian Cruise Line has one of the longest seasons in Alaska, extending from April through October. The line operates two of its larger ships in Alaska: Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore. These ships feature a plethora of onboard activities to keep kids and adults entertained, like racetracks, laser tag, mini-golf, complimentary kids and teen clubs, video arcades, themed parties, live performances and more. Families will also enjoy entertainment by Nickelodeon, character breakfasts, salmon bakes and sessions with a park ranger who comes on board to narrate the Glacier Bay passage. You'll find many spacious room options on board perfectly suited to larger families – especially in The Haven, the line's exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line offers select cruise deals where third and fourth guests sail free .

There are two new Alaska shore excursions for 2024: the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek and the Fly-In Norris Glacier Hike and Packraft. The first outing takes place in Juneau , where you'll paddle a 12-person canoe across Mendenhall Lake to reach the towering glacier. Prepare to be surrounded by the spectacular setting of Tongass National Park, a 400-foot waterfall and an Arctic tern nesting ground. The second excursion, also in Juneau, takes participants on a flight into the Alaska wilderness via floatplane; you'll then paddle across a pristine glacial lake and hike the surface of Norris Glacier. Unforgettable sights along the way include densely forested mountains; the mouth of the Taku Inlet, a waterway that offers access to Juneau Icefield; and plenty of wildlife, including sea lions and bald eagles.

Also new for 2024 is the option to take the Denali Talkeetna Explorer tour after your cruise. (This cruisetour previously only took place prior to the voyage.) The 13-day sea and land package, Denali Talkeetna Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour, is available on three dates in 2024 in combination with a Norwegian Jewel sailing. The package includes a seven-night cruise; a total of six nights in Fairbanks, Denali and Talkeetna; a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; a riverboat cruise in Fairbanks; a visit to an Iditarod dog musher's kennel; a deluxe glass-domed Alaska Railroad journey between Fairbanks and Denali; and more. You'll also have free time to book optional shore excursions like whitewater rafting, park tours, helicopter flightseeing and other outdoor adventures.

Insider tip: If you're sailing on Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Encore, be sure to grab a front-row seat in the Observation Lounge when sailing in Glacier Bay Park & Preserve. This expansive space on Deck 15 at the bow of the ship offers breathtaking panoramic views from the comfort of inside the ship. 

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas at the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Alaska cruise ships: Radiance of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , Brilliance of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $439 per person for seven-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas, Seward to Vancouver on May 24, 2024

Royal Caribbean International offers seven-night cruise-only Alaska options (some featuring the Inside Passage) and extended cruisetours (lasting nine to 13 days) with land portions before or after the voyage. Cruisetours may visit Denali National Park & Preserve, among other highlights. The line also offers select "kids sail free" itineraries, which will appeal to families.

If you want nonstop entertainment while on board, choose one of Royal Caribbean International 's two larger Quantum Class vessels: Quantum of the Seas or Ovation of the Seas. Both megaships accommodate approximately 4,900 passengers. If you prefer a smaller ship, consider booking one of the Radiance Class vessels, which hold a maximum of around 2,500 guests.

Quantum Class ships have multiple outdoor attractions that provide panoramic views of the scenery. For example, the surf simulator, FlowRider, affords views of magnificent snow-capped mountains and glaciers all around the ship. If you're adept at rock climbing, this is another chance for optimal scenic viewing – at 40 feet above the deck. Additional entertainment includes free-fall skydiving at RipCord by iFly, outdoor movie nights, live performances and musical entertainment, bumper cars, an escape room, a sports court and indoor pools for those cool Alaska summer days.

Insider tip: For more awe-inspiring vistas, take a ride on North Star. Exclusive to Royal Caribbean (on Quantum and Ovation of the Seas), the glass-enclosed capsule rises 300 feet above sea level while suspended over the ocean.

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Celebrity Cruises

View from the Magic Carpet on the Celebrity Edge.

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Celebrity Summit , Celebrity Edge , Celebrity Solstice Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $397 per person for seven-night voyage on Celebrity Summit, Seward to Vancouver on May 17, 2024

Adventure-seeking couples will have many options to choose from during Celebrity Cruises ' 2024 Alaska season. The line's six- and seven-night cruise-only itineraries include up-close views of the Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier, the world's longest tidewater glacier at 76 miles long. For an in-depth exploration of Alaska's interior, Celebrity's cruisetours extend the trip to a maximum of 13 nights and feature small-town destinations like Talkeetna, Alaska – the quirky village that inspired the 1990s television show "Northern Exposure." There are also themed tours centered on wildlife viewing and national parks, as well as culinary tours highlighting the flavors of Alaska.

Couples will also find plenty of adult-focused activities and entertainment on board, no matter which vessel they choose. Each ship offers a spa, multiple bars and lounges, and an excellent selection of complimentary and specialty restaurants. Celebrity's three Alaska-bound ships carry between 2,158 guests (Celebrity Summit) and 2,908 passengers (Celebrity Edge). Celebrity Edge, the newest of the ships, offers immersive entertainment and especially beautiful public spaces – like Grand Plaza, a three-story venue at the heart of the vessel.

For extra privacy during your couples' vacation, consider splurging on a suite or villa in The Retreat. This all-inclusive space features luxurious accommodations; a private lounge; a sundeck (unavailable on Celebrity Solstice); and a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat. The swanky culinary venue serves dishes curated by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud. In addition, you'll have a team of attendants, butlers and concierges to indulge every whim.

Insider tip: Book your Alaska cruise on Celebrity Edge. The outward-facing design of the ship and expansive outdoor spaces, including the Magic Carpet, offer guests excellent viewing opportunities of Alaska's vast landscapes, calving glaciers and wildlife, including humpback whales in the Inside Passage and around Juneau and Sitka.

Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises

Regent seven seas cruises.

Alaska cruise ships: Seven Seas Explorer Departure cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $4,699 per person (all-inclusive) for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on May 1, 2024

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer will spend the 2024 season in Alaska, with the first sailing embarking from Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 1, 2024. The line offers 20 seven-night voyages and two 14-night sailings between May and September. The 746-passenger ship provides an in-depth exploration of Alaska's wilderness, thanks to the vessel's smaller size and all-balcony suites. Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' all-inclusive fares include free unlimited shore excursions (though select tours come with a fee); complimentary fine wines and spirits; dining at specialty restaurants; 24-hour room service; unlimited Wi-Fi access; prepaid gratuities; free valet laundry service; and more. Depending on the suite category, guests may also receive a pre- and post-cruise hotel stay with their voyage.

Complimentary shore excursions are available in a number of Alaska ports. In Ketchikan, sign up for the Tongass Rainforest Expedition, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show or the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafest. (Note: Some excursions in Ketchikan, such as the Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining option, come with an additional fee.) In Juneau, guests can take the complimentary hiking adventure through the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, home to black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. Cruisers can also dine on wild Alaska salmon grilled over a fire at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake.

Insider tip: Take advantage of the complimentary shore excursions during your cruise. These are tours you'd normally have to pay for on a ship that's not all-inclusive – and that can add up quickly.

Silversea Cruises

Pool bar on the Silver Nova.

Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Silver Nova , Silver Muse , Silver Shadow Departure cities: Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $3,450 per person for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on Silver Muse on Aug. 1, 2024

Debuted in August 2023, Silversea's latest addition, Silver Nova, is the newest luxury vessel sailing Alaska for the 2024 season. Silver Nova features an asymmetrical design and advanced technologies that make it Silversea Cruises ' most environmentally friendly vessel yet. With just 728 guests, spacious suites (some affording 270-degree views) and outdoor spaces showcasing The Great Land's pristine wilderness, Silver Nova is an excellent luxury option for an Alaska adventure. Silversea offers seven-night itineraries on its three Alaska ships, plus longer voyages on Silver Muse and Silver Shadow.

Silversea's all-inclusive fares include pre- and post-cruise hotel stays; complimentary nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages; in-room minibars; gourmet dining; all gratuities; at least one excursion per port; butler service in every suite; and other upscale amenities. Complimentary Alaska excursions include a scenic railway tour aboard the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway, the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest in Sitka Sound and more. You can also visit the Iditarod dogs' summer camp in Juneau. For an additional cost, Silversea offers more exclusive experiences, like a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier followed by a dogsledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies in Juneau, or a remote fly-fishing trip in Sitka.

Insider tip: Spend some time on Deck 10; you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the heated pool, thanks to the asymmetrical design of the pool deck.

UnCruise Adventures

Alaska cruise ships: Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Legacy, Safari Endeavor, Safari Explorer, Safari Quest Departure cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Whittier, Dutch Harbor and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle Starting from: $3,600 per person for seven-night cruise, Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse itinerary) on Wilderness Discoverer; various dates between April and September 2024

UnCruise's expedition-style small ships call on ports and remote areas in Alaska that larger ships can't access, taking guests to locales that the line coins, "UnAlaska." The five ships operating in The Great Land accommodate between 22 passengers (Safari Quest) and 86 guests (Wilderness Legacy), and there are seven-, 12- and 14-night itineraries to choose from. You can also book optional land tours, including a Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure. Expedition teams take guests on kayaking, skiffing, paddleboarding, bushwhacking, waterfall walks and hiking excursions close to the glaciers and visit secluded areas and waterway passages known for optimal wildlife viewing.

Cruise fares include group transfers to and from the ship; all meals; premium wine, beer and liquor; all nonalcoholic beverages; daily activities; wellness amenities; onboard heritage and expedition guides; and access to guest experts. You'll need to disconnect from your devices in remote areas, as there is no Wi-Fi access on UnCruise vessels.

For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, book the 14-night Alaska's Fjords & Glaciers Bay Adventure Cruise on Wilderness Discoverer, a 76-passenger ship. This voyage includes birding in the South Marble Islands, where you'll see puffins, cormorants, oystercatchers and other bird species. You can also search for brown bears in Corner Bay, bushwhack in old-growth forests, visit the town of Haines to sample local brews and spirits, and more.

UnCruise has introduced a few new cruises for 2024 with a renewed focus on The Great Land. One of these is the Kids in Nature, Wild Woolly & Wow with Glacier Bay cruise. The seven-night, family-focused voyage departs round-trip from Juneau aboard Wilderness Legacy and is available on three dates between June and July. One highlight of the voyage is exploring off-the-grid in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve's "Outback."

A second new option is the seven-night Prince William Sound Explorer with Cordova cruise. This adventure visits dozens of glaciers; the small fishing village of Cordova; the Harriman and College glacial fjords; the islands of Knight and Montague; and multiple places where you can see orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife. The itinerary is offered round-trip from Whittier, Alaska, on Safari Explorer throughout the summer.

Insider tip: Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to hop in a skiff directly off the ship to watch bears along the shore hunt for salmon just 100 feet away. This is an Alaska experience you can only have when sailing on a small ship.

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The massive and much-hyped ship embarks on its maiden voyage from Port Miami on Jan. 27, but PEOPLE got a first look during the preview sailing

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Calling all cruisers! Royal Caribbean’s shiny new ship, Icon of the Seas , is finally ready to make its official debut.

PEOPLE got a first look at the world’s largest cruise ship on a preview sailing ahead of its official maiden voyage on Jan. 27, and spent days exploring the vessel to see if it’s really the perfect combination of “thrill and chill” like the cruise line says. After experiencing a trip on the floating mini city (really, it has eight neighborhoods including a Central Park!), we can confirm that Icon has everything cruise lovers could want in a vacation and then some. 

Here’s everything to know about the record-breaking Icon of the Seas, including what you can only learn by sailing on it. 

The ship will depart from Port Miami next week for its first seven-night sailing and head for a number of destinations throughout the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Ports will include Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico, Roatan in Honduras, Cozumel in Mexico, Basseterre in St. Kitts & Nevis, Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, and Royal Caribbean's private island retreat Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas.

Prices for both trips currently range from $3,600 all the way up to $100,000 per week depending on the route and type of accommodation. 

The Superlatives

Icon of the Seas is breaking records in more ways than one. It boasts the world’s largest water park at sea ( Category 6 ) and pool at sea ( Royal Bay ). It's also just slightly longer than and holds a higher passenger and crew capacity than Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas , which formerly had the title of largest cruise ship in the world.

After completing a round of sea trials in June 2023 and naming soccer star Lionel Messi its official Icon in December, the ship is finally ready to start bringing cruisers on a larger-than-life vacation through the Caribbean. 

It’s Basically a Floating City

Cruisers can spend hours exploring each of the eight neighborhoods aboard the ship that all strive to create a unique travel experience based on specific vacation styles. The open-air Central Park is a lush oasis that surrounds passengers with four live plant walls and offers a number of restaurants and bars to dine at — including a walk-up champagne bar and an eight-course dining experience at Empire Supper Club . Guests can even let loose and sway along to live music at Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues . 

The Royal Promenade boasts stunning ocean views through the cruise line’s first floor-to-ceiling window feature equipped with connected decks. The neighborhood also offers more than 15 dining options (the ship in total offers over 40 ways to dine and drink) that can be enjoyed by families and solo adult passengers alike. Additional restaurants, bars and cafes can be found at the AquaDome which has a 55-foot waterfall display as well as panoramic views of the ocean. 

For those looking to lounge by the pool and relax, The Hideaway offers a suspended infinity pool overlooking the sparkling sea, while Chill Island features the most expansive pool at sea at 5,813 sq. ft. The neighborhood also includes a swim-up bar, Swim & Tonic , where cruisers can enjoy refreshing frozen drinks while wading in the water. However, because the ship can hold up to 7,600 guests at max capacity, the bar gets packed pretty quickly so you'll need to claim your spot early.

For adventurers and families, Thrill Island and Surfside are the spots to be. Thrill Island is where Category 6, is located, along with additional daring excursions like the free-fall Pressure Drop slide, FlowRider surf simulator and rock climbing at Adrenaline Peak. Thrill-seeking cruisers can also challenge themselves at Crown’s Edge where they’ll be suspended 154 feet above sea level. 

Meanwhile at Surfside, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever neighborhood designed specifically for families, parents and kids can enjoy their own mini adventures through the beach-themed carousel, family festival and more fun-filled activities. Parents can even have a chance to unwind at the Water’s Edge pool while they watch their kids play in the nearby Splashaway Bay or Baby Bay.

Last but not least, at the Suite Neighborhood , guests can experience the multilevel sundeck at The Grove, enjoy the luxurious private pool and eat at the two-deck Coastal Kitchen. 

Accommodations for All Kinds

With 2,805 staterooms and more than 28 different types of rooms, Icon of the Seas offers a unique way of cruise living. Guests can soak in the views in Royal Caribbean’s first-ever Infinite Balcony Room that can fit up to four people. The room’s private terrace allows cruisers to escape for a while and breathe in the fresh, salty air. 

Surfside Family Suites accommodate families of four and are conveniently located in the heart of Surfside making it easy for kids to jump straight into the action. They offer a private balcony that overlooks the neighborhood so families can always have a glimpse of the fun. 

To take a family getaway above and beyond, cruisers can consider booking the 2,523 sq. ft. Ultimate Family Townhouse that accommodates up to eight people. The three-story space boasts an indoor slide, a wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, an outdoor patio with table tennis and direct access to Surfside. 

This accommodation is so packed with activities and extra space that it costs $100,000 for the whole seven-night sailing and it's already booked through the next year.

Another noteworthy suite is the two-level Icon Loft which is priced at approximately $64,000 for a week. It includes a private hot tub, a wraparound balcony, a piano and primary bedroom with a freestanding bathtub. Both the Icon Loft and Ultimate Family Townhouse offer complimentary specialty restaurants, special beverage packages and unlimited wifi.

Meanwhile, all Sea Class rooms require guests to purchase separate wifi packages.

The least expensive stateroom on Icon of the Seas is the Interior Plus which costs about $3,600 a week.

Entertainment

The option to enjoy live entertainment is always a plus on any vacation, especially if you’re looking to escape some of the chaos happening throughout the 20 decks on board. A good place to start would be the first rendition of The Wizard of Oz at sea in the Royal Theater. The production is similar to a Broadway-level show, from cast members floating over the audience to fake snow falling from the ceiling and more spectacular special effects in between. 

To see the first cast of robots perform the unimaginable, guests can head to the AquaTheater at the AquaDome to see performances that blend together theatrical and live-action movie experiences.

If a show isn’t the vibe for the night, cruisers should head over to Boleros bar and lounge to hear Travesia bring Latin rhythms to life. Afterwards, the Adult Comedy LIVE! show located in The Attic is a good place to laugh the night away.

A Mini Paradise Awaits at CocoCay and the New Hideaway Beach 

It wouldn’t be a Royal Caribbean cruise without a Perfect Day at CocoCay stop. The company’s private Bahamas island retreat promises to keep the adventure going at Thrill Waterpark with 14 slides to ride.

The island is also offering a new addition for adults only called Hideaway Beach — its first-ever private escape where grownups can admire the stunning white sand and turquoise waters without any interruptions. 

While the new addition does imitate a relaxing beach club feel with free-flowing drinks and snacks to enjoy all day long, it also presents a similar issue to Swim & Tonic in that it gets packed really quickly. Be prepared to walk to the other side of the cove and spend a few minutes looking for a lounge chair before you can sit back and relax.

A Few More Things to Keep in Mind

Although this is the world's largest cruise ship in the world, cruisers should expect to feel the boat moving from time to time. Depending on the weather, it can rock to the point that guests may lose their balance, and it's definitely more intense towards the front of the ship. For those who get seasick easily, it's best to book a stateroom towards the back of the ship where less movement is felt.

This truly is a massive ship. It has a gross tonnage of 250,800 which is about five times more than the Titanic at 46,328, according to CNN . It also takes approximately six minutes to walk from one end of the ship to the other — and that's without stopping to chat with the incredibly friendly crew members on board.

And for the ultimate cruise nerds, Icon's Captain Henrik Loy told preview guests that the ship can reach a speed of about 24 knots (28 mph) during an exclusive tour of the vessel's bridge. The ship was cruising at about 11 knots (13 mph) during this sailing, and the captain added that the max speed is very fast and not needed for this type of trip.

Icon of the Seas Is Just the Beginning  

Also during the preview sailing, Royal Caribbean shared an exclusive look ahead at the next epic adventure they have up their sleeve. Star of the Seas will become the newest ship to join the cruise line's Icon Class when it makes its debut in August 2025. While it won't be the next largest cruise ship in the world, it will still aim to create an epic vacation on board through its accommodations, dining, entertainment and more.

The company also confirmed that an unnamed Icon 3 ship is currently in the works, but the timing and name of the ship has not yet been announced.

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  • Virgin Voyages is a playful, adults-only cruise line unlike any other. 
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Virgin Voyages is elevated, intimate, playful, and, sometimes, a bit naughty.

The cruise line doesn't have a ton of structure or strict rules, but it's also not the best choice if you want a rowdy booze cruise .

Its cruises are somewhat unconventional and, in a way, Virgin Voyages' balance of fun and flair makes it the "cool mom" of cruises.

Here's what you need to know before booking a cruise with Virgin Voyages.

Again, this is not a typical cruise line.

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Virgin Voyages has a "come as you are" attitude, which translates to no rigid rules like set dining times or formal nights.

Unlike other cruises, its ships don't have one main dining room with strict meal times. You pick a restaurant and eat at it (but those who do crave structure can make reservations).

The ships don't have dress codes.

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With Virgin Voyages, you're not required to dress up for formal evenings or wear nice slacks to dinner.

Travelers can dress how they please, from swimsuits to smart casual to glam. The only requirement is to wear something.

Although, passengers can sunbathe topless on the sun deck.

You won't see other basic cruise staples on Virgin Voyages, either.

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Common things you find on cruises won't be found on Virgin Voyages. This includes:

Children — All Virgin Voyages cruises are 18 and older.

Buffets — Instead, the ships have food halls and multiple restaurants.

Onboard photographers — If you want photos, bring a selfie stick or ask a fellow traveler.

"Port" or "starboard" labels — The ship uses "A" and "Z" instead.

Self-service laundry — Your laundry can be done for you for a fee, though.

Towel animals — You won't find these cruise staples on your bed at night on a Virgin cruise. Turndown service is only available by request.

The schedule is pretty relaxed.

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Although many cruises will have travelers board pretty early, boarding doesn't begin with Virgin Voyages until around 2 p.m.

On disembarkation day, guests don't have to leave their cabins until about 10:30 a.m. Many other lines want you off the ship by 8 or 9 a.m.

Virgin Voyages is nearly all-inclusive and drink packages are done differently.

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With most other cruise lines, you pay for internet and specialty classes — but everyone on Virgin Voyages ships gets access to unlimited WiFi and group fitness classes.

Crew gratuities, dining, and essential drinks like soda, sparkling water, and juice are included in the booking price. There's also no fuel-supplement charge, which many cruises have.

Once you pay your cruise fare, the only things to consider are optional add-ons like excursions, cocktails, and spa services.

Instead of unlimited drink packages , Virgin Voyages uses an onboard credit system called Bar Tab. Before the trip, you buy Bar Tab credits to dip into debit-style when you buy an alcoholic or a barista-made specialty drink.

It pays to be loyal.

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Virgin Voyages has a loyalty match program called Deep Blue Extras that unlocks great bonuses, like free laundry services and extra Bar Tab funds.

Passengers who have loyalty status on lines like Carnival, Celebrity, Disney Cruise Line , Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line , Oceania Cruises, Princess , and Royal Caribbean can basically apply to transfer their status to Virgin Voyages.

Additionally, if you're traveling with a group that books two or more cabins, you can link your bookings as part of Now We're Voyaging Together . Each cabin gets a free bottle of bubbly.

There aren't typical specialty restaurants on board, and there are many late-night eats.

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On many cruises, specialty dining will cost you extra . But, on Virgin Voyages ships, all of the 20-plus restaurants can be visited at no extra cost.

Unlike on most cruises, there are no assigned seats, and you don't have to share a table with strangers every night.

Dining times are also pretty flexible, and some eateries are open late.

Diner & Dash serves diner-style breakfasts all day, and Virgin Voyage ships have ShipEats, a 24-hour room service.

Fitness classes are fun and free.

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There are more than 10 group fitness classes offered daily, and you can take as many as you wish at no extra cost.

There are classic classes like spin and yoga, but you'll also find unique ones with bungee cords and retro-inspired aerobics.

That said, many classes fill up within hours on embarkation day. You can't book classes before boarding, so try to reserve your favorites the minute you set foot on the ship.

Scarlet Night is a big deal.

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There aren't typical formal nights on Virgin Voyages cruises, but you'll definitely want to prepare for Scarlet Night.

Each cruise celebrates it from bow to stern with festive decorations and one-night-only activities like photo booths and a pool party.

Nearly everyone on board wears red for this event, so be sure to pack some if you cruise with Virgin Voyages.

The unique entertainment is unlike anything you've seen at sea … or on land.

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The nightly shows are not typical song-and-dance affairs you see on other ships. Here, you'll find everything from naughty game shows to drag performances.

Don't sleep on shows with perplexing names like "The Miss Behave Show" and "Untitled DanceShowPartyThing."

Instead of trying to understand what the performances are ahead of time, just suspend disbelief, release your inhibitions, and enjoy.

Also, be on the lookout for roving performers, including magicians and sketch artists, who appear in public venues.

Some of them even extend invites to secret gatherings. I was once invited to a 30-minute magic show in the crew bar.

Even cooler? Many Virgin Voyages ships also have tattoo parlors, karaoke lounges, and record shops.

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