Disney Wonder to switch ports from Los Angeles to Miami?

Last we heard, Disney Cruise Line was canceling December 2012 cruises on the Disney Wonder from Los Angeles to Mexico and it appeared a re-positioning cruise through the Panama Canal was a possibility. Now, evidence points to an eventual new home port of Miami for the Wonder beginning in December 2012.

This article claims that Caribbean ports have been asked about booking in a new Disney ship and that the port of Miami has been contacted about finding a berth for the Wonder. They could just be exploring their options, but a cruise out of Miami would allow DCL to reach a different audience than they get out of Orlando/Port Canaveral.

If true, this would be a new direction for Disney Cruise Line. Or it could be they’re still experimenting a bit with how four ships, with a possible fifth being ordered, will work for the mouse. They’re trying all the traditional cruise destinations, but I feel that DCL is not a traditional cruise line. What would you like to see DCL do next?

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15 Responses to Disney Wonder to switch ports from Los Angeles to Miami?

  1. Paul Bradford says:

    How about a Miami to Puerto Rico cruise? That would be pretty epic.

    • Chrissy says:

      There are 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruises that use a different itinerary (an itinerary “B” is what it’s called on disneycruiseline.com) that make a stop at Puerto Rico. I don’t see why DCL would need a full week long cruise for one destination.

  2. Shae says:

    Hawaii please, thank you!

  3. Vikki says:

    I would have liked to see them try harder in Los Angeles. The market has very few ships. A weeklong Disney cruise out of LA didn’t really interest me, but I could see more people wanting a 3 or 4 day Disney cruise with a land/sea package for Disneyland. I think that would have been a big West-Coast draw.

    • Lisa says:

      Now that would be worth flying from the East Coast to LA. Maybe even tack on a few days at other places.

  4. YA! What Vikki said!!

  5. Sarai says:

    Personally and speaking selfishly, it would be AMAZING for ANY Disney ship to sail out of Miami. I have family there and it would be a lot more convenient for me to sail out of Miami than drive up to Port Canaveral. I wonder what kind of “different audience” the writer is referring to, though? Do they mean perhaps more serious or veteran cruisers rather than the typical theme-park centered family in Port Canaveral? Just curious.

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  7. Heidi says:

    I’m sad that they aren’t staying in LA. We are on the west coast and It’s so much more cost effective and doable for us if it were in LA :(

  8. Chrissy says:

    @ Paul – There are 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruises that use a different itinerary (an itinerary “B” is what it’s called on disneycruiseline.com) that make a stop at Puerto Rico. I don’t see why DCL would need a full week long cruise for one destination.

    I personally would like a cruise to Jamaica, Aruba, the Florida Keys, etc. The other Caribbean islands are being taken care of. Do something different for a change.

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  10. luke says:

    how about sydney to los angeles.. that would be win.. with stops at new zealand, fiji, vanautu and hawaii then into la… could do it in 8 or 9 days.. i would do it

  11. Jodiswenson says:

    I agree with trying other carribean destinations such as Turks and Caicos, St.Lucia, St.Kitts, Aruba, Bermuda from Boston ???

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