Monday, November 1, 2010

Disney Cruise Lines Overview (Wikipedia)

Disney Cruise Line was created in 1995 when the company commissioned its two ships at Fincantieri in Italy, ending an arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for the maritime segment of its vacation packages.[3] Disney had contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruise vacations in the 1980s, also sailing from Port Canaveral. The ships were similarly marketed as family vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters.[4]
The Disney Magic began operation July 30, 1998.[5] The Disney Wonder began operation August 15, 1999. The ships each contain 900 staterooms[6] and are not identical in their design, with a lot of variations in interior design, restaurants and entertainment venues. Both contain areas designed exclusively for various age groups, including children, teenagers, and adults. Current routes are to the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
Disney Cruise Line currently operates two ships, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder. A third ship, the Disney Dream is scheduled to set sail in 2011, and a fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy is scheduled to sail in 2012.[7] Disney also owns Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas designed as an exclusive port of call for Disney's ships.[8]
In 2007, Disney announced the creation of two new cruise ships.[9] The two vessels, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are currently under construction, and were ordered to help to expand the cruise line's fleet. Both are expected to set sail in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[10][11][7]
The ships are the first in the industry to be designed and built from the keel up as family cruise liners, with the goal of accommodating parents and children. Unlike most ships of their type, they do not include casinos. Disney ships also feature trumpets which play the opening seven-note theme When You Wish Upon a Star from Disney's Pinocchio, in addition to the traditional horn.[12]
The Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of destinations including; Europe, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Alaska & Pacific Coast, Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, and Transatlantic destinations.[13]

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