Disney Cruise Line Bound for Alaska in 2011

Brace yourself Alaska, Mickey is on the way. Disney Cruise Line, which up to now has never ventured to The Last Frontier, will send Disney Wonder to the region in summer 2011, offering seven-night sailings. The ship will depart from Vancouver and call in such ports as Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Before and after the 2011 summer season in Alaska, Disney Wonder will sail seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Read our review of the ship, here.

Meanwhile, in response to growing demand, Disney Magic will once again return to the Mediterranean in 2011 with 10- and 11-night cruises sailing out of Barcelona. In addition to calls in Italy, France and Spain, the ship will visit Tunis in northern Africa and Malta.

Disney Cruise Line also will offer a number of repositioning cruises and special sailings in 2011, including a 15-night Panama Canal crossing, two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a five- and six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Los Angeles, with first-ever stops in San Francisco and Victoria, B.C., and 10- and 11-night holiday sailings to the Mexican Riviera and the eastern Caribbean.

Travel agents will be able to book their clients on Disney Wonder and Disney Magic itineraries for the 2011 season beginning Sept. 28, 2009.

The first Disney cruise to Alaska will depart May 3, with the last cruise of the season scheduled for August 30. The cruise makes four calls from Vancouver: Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Rates start at $939 per person. In preparation for the season, Disney Wonder will be outfitted with a venue called Outlook Café during an October drydock. The space will don floor-to-ceiling windows, ideal for viewing the Alaskan terrain.

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