Disney Cruise Line in 2011 will start Alaska sailings aboard the 2,400 passenger Disney Wonder, which will operate out of Vancouver, B.C. The ship will offer seven night roundtrip itineraries that call in the Alaskan port towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway and visit the beautifully scenic Tracy Arm. With this new itinerary, families will be able to enjoy all that Alaska has to offer them.
The first of 18 cruises the Disney Cruise Line plans for 2011 will from Vancouver on May 3, 2011 with the last cruise of the season scheduled for Aug. 30, 2011.
Disney’s move into Alaska comes as several other cruise lines pull ships from the region due to what they have called a difficult environment to work in. Carnival C ruise Line owned Princess and Holland America, as well as Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line have all announced cutbacks in their capacity for 2010.
In anticipation of the new Alaska sailings, Disney says it will add a new venue called Outlook Café atop the Disney Wonder during a dry dock this month. Located on deck 10, the 2,500 square foot indoor lounge will offer a place for passengers to watch for wildlife, such as scouting for whales as the ship sails along Alaska’s scenic Inside Passage. The venue will have floor to ceiling, curved glass windows.
The Alaska cruise announcement is for the 2011 cruise season only. Disney has said nothing has been determined for the cruise line’s schedule beyond that year.