Select Disney Cruise Line Itineraries to Depart Out of Fort Lauderdale Beginning in 2023

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Disney Cruise Line currently operates its own terminal in Port Canaveral, FL, makingĀ  cruise departures from this port an easy drive for Guests vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Cruise Line ships also depart from Miami, as well as New York, New Orleans, locations along the West Coast, and more, and coming in 2023, Disney Cruise Line Guests will have another Florida port to choose from.

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Disney recently made an agreement with Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL for a 15-year agreement beginning in 2023. Under the agreement, Disney Cruise Line will be able to use the port as a homeport for a second ship. Currently Disney plans to use the port for one of the new Disney Cruise Line vessels beginning in 2025, however the port will be available to Disney beginning in fall of 2023.

Castaway Cay

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The news of Disney Cruise Line expanding its port structure to Fort Lauderdale follows the line’s expansion of its fleet, along with all new areas for kids, tweens and teens, adults and the whole family aboard the Disney Wish which will begin cruising in 2022. Disney Cruise Line has two additional ships in the work as well (that as of yet do not have names). The additional two ships are anticipated to begin sailing in 2024 and 2025 respectively.

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Disney Cruise Line also operates its own private island just for cruise Guests in the Bahamas, called Castaway Cay, and a second private island, also in the Bahamas has been purchased by the company. The new island, Lighthouse Point, does not yet have an opening date.

If you are planning on taking a Disney Cruise in the near future, be sure to review vaccination and testing requirements ahead of your cruise (as well as refund policies if you need to cancel due to COVID-19.) Disney recently shared itineraries through 2023, and there are some great cruises coming up! Visit to learn more and to book your next cruise.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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