Disney Cruise Line is getting ready to sail “Down Under” in a memorable way, introducing new routes in and around Australia and New Zealand, as well as its first transpacific routes through French Polynesia and across the Equator, and the company’s new southernmost port of call.
It should be noted that while these sailings have been added to Disney Cruise Line’s website, no bookings have been opened just yet.
Disney Cruise Line’s Transpacific Route to Australia
Championed by its second-oldest ship, the Disney Wonder, Disney Cruise Line will embark on a one-of-a-kind repositioning cruise from its homeport in Honolulu, Hawai’i, to its new home in Sydney Harbor.
Departing on October 13, 2023, the Disney Wonder will take a 13-night voyage that will feature port of calls in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Lautoka, Fiji; Noumea, New Caledonia (French Polynesia), as well as ten (10) days at sea. This will be the first time a Disney Cruise will sail through the South Pacific and across the Equator.
After completing its Australian tour, the Disney Wonder will leave Sydney back the way it came. Departing on February 16, 2024, the 15-night cruise will feature the same three stops as its outward voyage and include a stop at Kahului, Maui, before returning to Honolulu.
Disney Cruise Line’s Australia and New Zealand Sailings
The Disney Cruise Line website confirms that its first tour of Australia and New Zealand will feature short, almost preview-style cruises designed to give cruise fans of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Aukland a taste of “Disney Magic at Sea.” In fact, every sailing is designated a “Disney Magic at Sea Cruise.”
Starting in Sydney, the Disney Wonder will hop around the four port cities, offering three different types of cruises.
First, there will be 2-night, 3-night, and 4-night experiences that take Guests out to sea and allow them to experience one, two, or three days at sea aboard a Disney Cruise Ship before returning to their port of origin. No other ports of call will be visited.
Then, there will be 2-night, 3-night, and 4-night one-way cruises that will take passengers to and from Sydney to Melbourne, as well as Aukland to Brisbane and Brisbane to Sydney.
The third group will be round-trip and one-way 3-night, 4-night, 5-night cruises, and even a 6-night cruise, which add an additional port of call to the itineraries. Those ports of call will include Hobart, the Capital of Tasmania, and Disney Cruise Line’s southernmost port of call, as well as Eden, New South Wales, Australia, and Noumea, New Caledonia.
Further finalization of the offerings, including the addition of course maps, will be added to Disney Cruise Line’s website in the days to come. Bookings for Disney Cruise Line’s new transpacific routes will go on sale at the beginning of October.
First reported by Disney Fanatic earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line’s expansion to Australia was announced by Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, Josh D’Amaro, at the 2022 D23 Expo.
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