Disney Comes to New York

Disney is a name known worldwide, and those of you that have experienced a Disney Cruise with your children know that the magic of the parks translates nicely to a cruise.

Over time, the Disney Magic has brought its special brand of cruising to ports around the world; Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia; in the eastern and western Caribbean, Mexico, the Bahamas, St. Maarten to name but a few.

And now, the Disney Magic is coming to New York!  In 2012, the Magic will spend five months (May through September) sailing out of Manhattan Cruise Terminal (either Pier 88 or Pier 90).  This is a happy development for residents of the city, who customarily must fly either to Florida or internationally to board the ship.  (To cruise on the Disney Wonder, residents must make the cross-country trek to California.)

For the duration of the season, the Magic will offer three itineraries.  The first: eight-night cruises south to the Bahamas (May 25, June 2, 22 and 30, July 20 and 28 and August 17 and 25). Second: five-night trips north to New England and Canada (June 10 and 17, July 8 and 15, August 5 and 12 and Sept. 2, 7 and 12). And last, two-night “getaways” (June 15, July 13 and August 10) that are free form, and essentially a “cruise to nowhere.”

As a special treat for families who want a full immersion in the Disney experience, the Bahamian cruises will stop at Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) and Port Canaveral, where guests will spend the day at Walt Disney World.

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