About the Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Cruise Line is a cruise line company owned by Walt Disney Company, specifically the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division. The headquarters are located in Celebration, Florida which is just near the Walt Disney World Resort. The cruise line started back in 1995 and the first ship called Disney Magic was constructed and entered service 1998. The following year, the Disney Wonder was built and is currently the two operational ships as of September 2010.
About the Fleet
Although the gross tonnage and number of staterooms are similar, both ships have different interior layouts. However, the themes remain the same as each ship has its own special areas for children, teenagers, and grownups. Both ships are ported at Port Canaveral in Florida and can reach various popular destinations including The Bahamas, Caribbean, and many other places around the world. The activities involved in the ship depend on the destination and package.
Disney has some ambitious plans along the pipeline including the construction of another ship called the Disney Dream. This ship will be two decks taller than the older active ships and will have a total of 1,250 staterooms which is 350 more than the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. The Disney Dream is scheduled to have its first sail on January 26, 2011. The Disney Wonder will also be relocated to the Port of Los Angeles. The Disney Fantasy which is another ship that is identical to the Disney Dream in size will enter service in 2012.
Travel and Reservation Tips
The Disney Cruise Line website is the one place to go in quickly planning a Disney-powered trip. The homepage provides all the data you need to supply so you can filter the list until you see some packages where you can choose the best one for your budget. Before planning, explore the website to see how the Disney Cruise Line differs than other cruise lines and how the Disney magic is applied through the entire trip. This is a good time to get the kids involved too so they know what is in store for them.
It is also important to get involved with other sites and blogs that keep an eye out for the Disney Cruise Line's activities. Through these sites, you may find some special deals and packages that could net you savings if the timing is right. You may also find some people talking about their experiences with one of the ships. If you really like to travel just to hop onboard one of the ships and do not mind your destination, you can also consider applying for Disney Cruise jobs. Whether it is on ship or off ship, there are plenty of choices available each with their own benefits.