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    Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    Disney Cruise Line Press Release

    CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2007) – Disney Cruise Line announced today that the Disney Magic cruise ship will return to the West Coast for the summer of 2008 to once again offer its highly popular seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings.

    Disney Cruise Line developed this special itinerary in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback about its original 2005 West Coast sailings and requests from guests who want to see the ship once again departing from the Port of Los Angeles.

    “Through Disney Cruise Line, we are able to offer people a different way to vacation with Disney outside of our theme parks, and we can take our ships to various parts of the world, providing new audiences with immersive Disney experiences,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Beginning May 25, 2008, the Disney Magic is scheduled to sail 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations from the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “The Disney Magic experience is unique, and it is only fitting that it return to the port of such a unique city, Los Angeles. The West Coast experience that Disney will offer exclusively out of the Port of Los Angeles will generate much business and tourism revenue that will bolster our local economy.”

    The itinerary for the Mexican Riviera sailings is as follows:

    2008 West Coast Itinerary
    Departing May 25; June 1; June 8; June 15; June 22; June 29; July 6; July 13; July 20; July 27; Aug. 3; Aug. 10.

    Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . Port of Los Angeles
    Monday . . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
    Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . Cabo San Lucas
    Wednesday . . . . . . . . . Mazatlán
    Thursday . . . . . . . . . . Puerto Vallarta
    Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
    Saturday . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
    Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . Port of Los Angeles

    Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin said, “When we launched our first Disney Cruise Line Mexican Riviera sailings in 2005, the guest reaction to the itinerary was tremendous. We have a significant Disney Cruise Line fan base on the West Coast, and we look forward to taking the Disney Magic back to the Port of Los Angeles in 2008.”

    Significant enhancements have been made to the Disney Magic since its original West Coast sailings in 2005. Today, guests can enjoy poolside movies on a 24-by-14 foot jumbo LED screen, an expanded spa and fitness center exclusively for adults and a new youth activities space designed for children ages 10-14.

    Guests booking a Mexican Riviera cruise can combine the enchantment of a Disney Cruise Line vacation with the fun and excitement of Disneyland Resort by booking a two-night pre- or post-stay at one of Disney’s three Anaheim resort hotels.

    In addition to the 12 Mexican Riviera cruises, Disney Cruise Line will offer two 15-night repositioning cruises through the Panama Canal. The Disney Magic will depart Port Canaveral and head west on May 10, 2008, with the return cruise to Florida scheduled for Aug. 17, 2008.

    2008 Panama Canal Cruises

    Departing May 10, 2008

    Saturday. . . . Port Canaveral
    Sunday. . . . . .Castaway Cay
    Monday . . . . .At Sea
    Tuesday. . . .. . .At Sea
    Wednesday . . .Aruba
    Thursday. . . .At Sea
    Friday. . . . .. . Panama Canal
    Saturday. . ..At Sea
    Sunday . . .. .At Sea
    Monday. . . . Acapulco
    Tuesday . . . At Sea
    Wednesday . . . Puerto Vallarta
    Thursday. . .. .Cabo San Lucas
    Friday . . . .At Sea
    Saturday . . .At Sea
    Sunday . . .. Port of Los Angeles




    Departing August 17, 2008

    Sunday . . . . .. . Port of Los Angeles
    Monday . . . .. . At Sea
    Tuesday. . . .. . .Cabo San Lucas
    Wednesday . . .Puerto Vallarta
    Thursday. . .. . At Sea
    Friday. . . . .. . Acapulco
    Saturday. . .. .At Sea
    Sunday . . . .. .At Sea
    Monday. . . . Panama Canal
    Tuesday . . . Cartagena
    Wednesday . . . At Sea
    Thursday. . .. .Aruba
    Friday . . . . .At Sea
    Saturday . . .At Sea
    Sunday. . . . Castaway Cay
    Monday. . .. . Port Canaveral




    Rates for the Mexican Riviera cruises start at $1,599 per person, and the Panama Canal repositioning cruises start at $1,699 per person. Both special itineraries will be available to book starting Jan. 31, 2007.

    A leader in the family cruise segment, Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of itineraries including three-, four- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Caribbean cruise vacations that include a stay at Walt Disney World Resort are also available. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500.
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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    Not bad. I've never been a cruise, and have been wanting to go on one - seems like the timing is perfect for a Disney Cruise.


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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    This will officially go on sale Jan 31 and it will probably sell out quickly. We were thinking about doing MC Invasion III (2008) on the ship. Disney Cruise Line will not be accepting group reservations on the Mexico or Panama Canal sailings, so we would have to have a set date for everyone to buy into. Deposit would be $500.00 per person and would be refundable up to 90 days before sailing. If we can get a consensus date and enough interest from MC'ers we will be offering discounts or shipboards credits to those who join us for that sailing. We should have a date and details by the b-day meet on Jan 28 and before this officially goes on sale. Watch for it here on MiceChat.
    Last edited by Mr. Lightyear999; 01-20-2007 at 08:29 PM.


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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lightyear999 View Post
    This will officially go on sale Jan 31 and it will probably sell out quickly. We were thinking about doing MC Invasion III (2008) on the ship. Disney Cruise Line will not be accepting group reservations on the Mexico or Panama Canal sailings, so we would have to have a set date for everyone to buy into. Deposit would be $250.00 per person and would be refundable up to 75 days before sailing. If we can get a consensus date and enough interest from MC'ers we will be offering discounts or shipboards credits to those who join us for that sailing. We should have a date and details by the b-day meet on Jan 28 and before this officially goes on sale. Watch for it here on MiceChat.
    That's a great idea! I'll keep a lookout for the date.


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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    You have all heard the news the Disney Magic is coming back to LA for sailings to Mexico May 25 to Aug 17, 2008 and they will be doing two repositioning cruises through the Panama Canal.
    Craig's Travel, the travel partner of MiceChat is making a special offer to all of you on these cruises.


    MiceChat Invasion 3 at Sea


    May 10,2008 - Panama Canal Westbound - Join Disneyphile, Mystery Guest, and other MC'ers for a 15 day invasion at sea. This is the adult invasion.


    Aug 17, 2008 - Join the Wolfpack as we sail Eastbound through the Panama Canal for a 15 day invasion at sea. This is the kid friendly invasion.


    Here is the offer. Book either of these two cruises or any one of the 7 day Mexico sailings for 2008 with Craig's Travel and you will receive a shipboard credit as follows:


    Inside Stateroom - $100.00
    Outside Stateroom - $150.00
    Verandah Stateroom - $200.00


    Last edited by Mr. Lightyear999; 01-20-2007 at 07:24 PM.


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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post


    Rates for the Mexican Riviera cruises start at $1,599 per person, and the Panama Canal repositioning cruises start at $1,699 per person. Both special itineraries will be available to book starting Jan. 31, 2007.
    I have no doubt that the disney cruise will sell out as most cruises on the west coast do, but Disney cruises are some of the most costly out there I was thinking about the same cruise in sept on RCI and the prices start at $570.00 per person. I have read nothing but good about Disney Cruises, but that $2000.00 total for 2 people difference is a bit to much fo my budget.

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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    The rates are high for the Disney Cruise as:

    1) Little competition at this time of year - Carinval Pride is the only other ship during the summer

    2) Low per diem - Passengers on 2005 did not spend enough on the ship to please Disney execs.

    3) It is Disney - strong brand recognition and very loyal following.

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    The rates are much better on the fall cruises from the other cruise lines after they have finished the Alaska season and before they sail to the Caribbean. More ships, more competition. There are some great ships that do this run in the fall and early winter and as TahoeBob pointed out some great pricing.

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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    This is terrible news for me. I've been trying to book a summer cruise in the eastern caribbean for two years.
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    Re: Back By Popular Demand! Disney Cruise Line Returns to West Coast for 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by steamboatpete View Post
    This is terrible news for me. I've been trying to book a summer cruise in the eastern caribbean for two years.
    You will probably have to wait awhile for this. The Caribbean cruises in the summer did not sell well, so they have been repositioning the ship at that time of year. They will probably continue this until they arrange for a 3rd ship.

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