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1/14/2012 3:09 PM
Tasha
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The Port of Miami appears poised to land the Disney Wonder, which would bring a new element of competition to South Florida.

Disney's Florida ships have historically been based at Port Canaveral, which is relatively close to Walt Disney World in Central Florida, but the Wonder has dropped four sailings from Los Angeles to Mexico later this year.

Disney Cruise Line has scheduled a Jan. 18 press conference where an official announcement is expected. Moving the Wonder to Miami would allow Disney to tap into international travelers using Miami International Airport and avoid having a glut of ships at Port Canaveral, said Stewart Chiron, who is known as "Cruise Guy" from his numerous media appearances.

"I think it's going to be a spectacular opportunity for South Florida to get such a highly desired cruise line," he said. Chiron said several ports in the Caribbean have already been approached about booking an unnamed Disney ship, starting in December.

Cruises from Southern California to the Mexican Riviera have suffered amid publicity about drug cartel violence in Mexico. There's may be little room for the Wonder at Port Canaveral because the Disney Fantasy will debut there March 31, joining sister ship Disney Dream. Disney Magic, the fourth ship in Disney's fleet, splits time between New York City and Galveston, Texas.

Chiron indicated that the big question is what the Wonder will do after it winters in South Florida. It might return for its third consecutive season in Alaska or head to Europe, where Disney has offered cruises before. The Wonder is a classically styled cruise liner with a gross tonnage of 83,000 that can accommodate 2,700 passengers. The Dream class is 130,000 tons and can handle 4,000 passengers. Chiron said he saw the Wonder just before its inaugural Alaska sailing last May, and the ship had a lot of upgrades and improvements. It offers the adults-only Palo restaurant, which features Italian cuisine, but does not have the exclusive adults-only Remy French restaurant found on the Dream-class ships.

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1/14/2012 6:13 PM
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Looking forward to hearing what their plans for next year are... we very much want to do a Disney European Cruise some year so I hope that becomes a regular thing. I wouldn't think they would want to have it permanently based out of Miami as they would lose out on all the people that combine WDW and Cruise trips.

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1/24/2012 9:41 AM
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The Disney Parks Blog today confirmed the new itineraries for 2013. There are some cool new European ones!
Check it out here:

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/01/disney-cruise-line-unveils-new-itineraries-and-ports-for-2013/

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