By Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
1:09 PM PST, February 12, 2013
Disney Cruise Line announced its 2014 itineraries and the highlights include a return to Europe and Alaska and two new ports for departure -- Venice, Italy and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Disney Magic will head back to Europe from May to August and sail for the first time on select trips out of Venice. On those trips, the ship will port overnight allowing passengers to enjoy the historic city. The European itineraries also offer some new ports of call for the line including Catania, Sicily and the Greek ports of Corfu, Katakolon, Rhodes, Santorini and Heraklion (Crete).
The Magic will also sail out of its traditional home port of Barcelona for a variety of itineraries for four, five, seven, nine and 12-night cruises.
Also new for Disney Cruise Line will be four southern Caribbean cruises out of the port of San Juan. The Magic will sail in September and October on seven-night cruises with stops in five Caribbean ports of call.
"We are delighted to be home porting in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the first time in 2014," said cruise director Darren McBurney, who was on hand for the line's announcement Tuesday morning on the Caribbean island. "Our new southern Caribbean itineraries combine the unparalleled experience of a Disney cruise vacation with the tropical fun of St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and Grenada -- a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line."
As previously announced, all four Disney ships will home port in Florida in early 2014. The Magic will come to Port Canaveral near Orlando to join the Dream to offer three- and four-night Bahamas cruises while the Fantasy will continue alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises. In Miami, the Wonder will offer four-night Bahamas and five-night western Caribbean cruises. All four will make stops at Disney's private island Castaway Cay.
The Wonder will once again make its way in the summer to offer Alaskan cruises out of Vancouver. It has not yet been announced where the Wonder will make its home port in fall 2014. The Magic will return to Miami for fall sailings of four- and five-night western Caribbean cruies in addition to the Puerto Rico trips.
Announced plans do not include any trips to the Mexican Riviera or Hawaii, both of which were offered in 2012. The Wonder will have two Panama Canal crossings as it makes its way to and from Alaska.
The Dream and Fantasy will remain at Port Canaveral year-round offering a variety of Caribbean and Bahamas options.