Today September 11, 2022, at the D23 Expo Disney announced that the Disney Wonder is headed to Australia. The Wonder will do a repositioning cruise from the west coast of North America to Australia in October 2023 making stops in Fiji and Samoa, arriving in Sydney on October 27, 2023. The Disney Wonder will return to North America in February 2024.
You can find the transpacific itineraries and pricing here. The dates and base pricing for the Australia and New Zealand cruises can be found here. I was checking for one-way flights from Halifax NS to Sydney and vis versa and I don’t know if I am up for the 24+ of flying lol.
Disney Cruise Line is a new exhibitor at the Cruise360 Australasia Trade Show.
July 19, 2022 – A proud fleet of new cruise line exhibitors has joined this year’s Cruise360 Australasia Trade Show, joining well-known brands and destinations from around the world at the cruise industry’s biggest event of 2022.https://www.cruising.org.au/ccms.r?Pageid=6022&tenid=CLIA&DispMode=goto|10447
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has confirmed a full house of 44 major exhibitors at this year’s Trade Show, taking place in Sydney on August 25 as part of the 2022 Cruise360 Australasia conference.
First-time exhibitors at Cruise360 this year include MSC’s new luxury brand Explora Journeys, Disney Cruise Line, Heritage Expeditions, Quark Expeditions and Hapag Lloyd Cruises.”
Part of the fall 2023 Itinerary has been released. The Disney Wonder is missing from the schedule released today. The Disney Magic is moving to the West Coast of the United States for part of the season, further suggesting the Wonder may be moving to Australia for the season.
The last year has brought a lot of changes to Disney Cruise Lines. The Disney Wish has begun sailing with passengers. The Disney Dream has moved from its home port of Port Canaveral to Miami, and in 2023 it will be sailing Europe for the first time. The Disney Magic will be sailing from New York, Gavelston, New Orleans, and Miami. The Disney Wonder appears to have permanently moved to the west coast. It will be sailing out of San Diego and Vancouver. Two more ships have been ordered, one to arrive in 2024 and the other in 2025.
Recently there have been a lot of rumours that Disney Cruise Line will be sending one of its ships “Down Under” to Australia. Disney Fanatic reported, “Magical Cruise Company, Limited, registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on March 28, 2022.” “Magical Cruise Company, Ltd. is the company under which Disney Cruise Line operates. Headquartered in the U.K.”
It is rumoured that sailings from Australia are the reason the Disney Wonder has moved to the West Coast. It will spend the summer sailing to Alaska with a few west coast cruises or sailings to Hawaii before sailing a transpacific itinerary to Australia for the winter months. Many of the Disney Wonder’s West Coast cruises sailing this fall (2022) are being offered at a discounted rate.
Adding fuel to the fire is the listing for an Unnamed Vessel from an Unnamed Line appearing on the port of Sydney’s schedule. There is no information about the size of the ship or the number of passengers on the unnamed ship. But in the past, when Disney is moving a ship to a new port, it appears as unnamed or unknown until they release the new schedule.
|Unnamed Vessel||27-OCT-2023 04:30 (FRI)||27-OCT-2023 18:30 (FRI)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||27-OCT-2023 19:00 (FRI)||28-OCT-2023 16:00 (SAT)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||1-NOV-2023 06:00 (WED)||1-NOV-2023 16:00 (WED)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||17-NOV-2023 09:00 (FRI)||17-NOV-2023 15:00 (FRI)||EDEN CRUISE WHARF||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||13-DEC-2023 06:00 (WED)||13-DEC-2023 16:00 (WED)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||17-DEC-2023 06:00 (SUN)||17-DEC-2023 16:00 (SUN)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||24-DEC-2023 06:00 (SUN)||24-DEC-2023 16:00 (SUN)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||28-DEC-2023 06:00 (THU)||28-DEC-2023 16:00 (THU)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||3-JAN-2024 06:00 (WED)||3-JAN-2024 16:00 (WED)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||5-JAN-2024 06:00 (FRI)||5-JAN-2024 16:00 (FRI)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||7-JAN-2024 09:00 (SUN)||7-JAN-2024 15:00 (SUN)||EDEN CRUISE WHARF||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||8-JAN-2024 06:00 (MON)||8-JAN-2024 16:00 (MON)||OVERSEAS PASSENGER TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||12-JAN-2024 06:00 (FRI)||12-JAN-2024 16:00 (FRI)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||15-JAN-2024 06:00 (MON)||15-JAN-2024 16:00 (MON)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||21-JAN-2024 06:00 (SUN)||21-JAN-2024 16:00 (SUN)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||23-JAN-2024 06:00 (TUE)||23-JAN-2024 16:00 (TUE)||WHITE BAY CRUISE TERMINAL||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
|Unnamed Vessel||3-FEB-2024 12:00 (SAT)||3-FEB-2024 18:00 (SAT)||EDEN CRUISE WHARF||WSS||UNNAMED LINE|
”We will need to expand beyond our current itineraries and markets…. Australia and New Zealand are big cruise markets with a strong affinity for Disney, so naturally that’s going to be a big focus for us going forward.”Jeff Van Laneveld Disney Cruise Line’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales International told Cruise Weekly:
The above schedule seems to fit with the current Disney Wonder schedule. Disney added an additional 8-night Alaskan cruise to its schedule a week ago. That cruise ends on September 19, and the unnamed vessel arrives in Sydney on October 27, 2023.
This leaves a 38-day break between the last Alaskan cruise and the unnamed vessel appearing on the Sydney schedule. It would be more than enough time for a transpacific cruise. Other cruise lines transpacific cruises take 15-19 nights to reposition their ships. Returning to the West Coast of the USA at the end of February would allow DCL to offer Spring Break cruises before sailing to Alaska for 2024.
Hopefully, we will not have to speculate for too much longer. DCL should be releasing their Fall 2023 schedule soon, probably after the excitement of the Disney Wish’s Maiden Voyage has calmed down. Until then, we can have fun dreaming about new itineraries 🙂
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