On several 7-night sailings to Alaska in 2012 aboard the Disney Wonder, guests will be able to add-on an ‘Alaskan Wonders Family Cruise Vacation’ package provided by Adventures by Disney. The ‘Alaskan Wonders’ vacation provides guests with an exquisite selection of unique onboard activities and premium shore experiences designed to immerse families in the history and sights of Alaska. The experience includes all shore excursions and meals, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities as well as private receptions and special activities on board the Disney Wonder.
Notable activities include:
- Gold Panning in Skagway – Known as ‘Gateway to the Klondike,’ the historic port town of Skagway is home to unspoiled natural beauty and wilderness wonders. Whether you’re panning for gold or braving the Yukon Suspension Bridge, feel the excitement of the pioneer spirit!
- Seaplane Tour in Juneau – Venture to Alaska’s capital, home to the Mendenhall Glacier. Marvel at the North American frontier when you sweep over the majestic land in a seaplane. The glacial beauty will take your breath away!
- Ziplining and Totem Pole Carving in Ketchikan – Welcome to Alaska’s first city! Feel the adrenaline as you soar over the rainforest canopy on a zipline. Then watch a Native master demonstrate the art of carving a totem pole.
- Salmon Bake at Taku Glacier Lodge – Your seaplane lands at Taku Glacier Lodge, where you will sit down for a mouth-watering salmon bake. Your drinks are chilled with actual glacier ice!
The ‘Alaskan Wonders Family Cruise Vacation’ is available on the following sailings in 2012: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20. Minimum age for this adventure is 4 years. Suggested age 6+ years. Gratuity for Adventure Guides is not included.
For more information, contact Disney Cruise Line or your preferred Disney Travel Agent.
Disney Cruise Line is embarking on a first-ever season of Alaskan itineraries, sailing 18, seven-night round-trip cruises this summer season from Vancouver to Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. As part of the inaugural voyage, the Disney Wonder marks a unique milestone sailing to the 49th state, and officially adding another itinerary option to Disney’s line-up, giving guests even more destinations to choose from for family cruise vacations.
“Our guests have been asking us to sail to Alaska for some time now, so we are thrilled to finally take them to this amazing region of the world,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “These cruises give our guests the opportunity to see the beauty and wonder of Alaska, while enjoying a fun, family-friendly cruise that only Disney can deliver.”
As part of Disney’s continued focus on expanded cruise itineraries, and with the arrival of new ships Disney Dream (January 2011) and Disney Fantasy (expected in early 2012), the Disney Wonder repositioned to the West Coast of the U.S. this past January to sail Mexican Riviera cruises during the fall, winter and spring, and Alaskan itineraries during the summer.
In Alaska, guests will enjoy a cruise experience that includes breathtaking natural vistas, an abundance of wildlife and the rich history and customs of the native culture
The inaugural call marks a milestone for both Disney Cruise Line and the state of Alaska. As is tradition within the cruise industry, Disney Captain Thord Haugen and shipboard officers will host port officials and community leaders onboard the Disney Wonder during the first call in each port to exchange maritime plaques. Events aboard the Disney Wonder’s first Alaskan itinerary are scheduled for 11:00am local time, for the following ports:
- Friday, May 6 – Skagway
- Saturday, May 7 – Juneau
- Sunday, May 8 – Ketchikan (Ceremony time is 2:00 pm)
Disney Cruise Line has worked closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska. In Juneau, guests will be able to take in the breathtaking views of the famous Mendenhall Glacier from land, sea or air. While in Ketchikan, they can fish for some of the largest salmon in the world and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles. In Skagway, Disney Cruise Line guests will have the opportunity to traverse panoramic landscapes by railway or pan for gold like miners from the famous Klondike gold rush.
The Disney Wonder sailed a six-night repositioning cruise from Los Angeles on April 27, making stops in San Francisco and Victoria, Canada, before arriving in Vancouver on May 3. The ship began its Alaska season departing from Vancouver to sail seven-night Alaskan itineraries to Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan through Sept. 6. After a regularly scheduled two- week dry dock in Victoria, the ship will return to Los Angeles for Mexican Riviera cruises on a five-night repositioning cruise Sept. 20.
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