Are you thinking of sailing on a Alaska Disney cruise in 2016? The combination of the breathtaking Alaskan scenery and the family friendly magical Disney cruise line is a winner if you want to cruise the beautiful frozen landscape of this very unique destination.
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The Disney Wonder sails the Alaska Disney cruises. She is one of the original Disney cruise ships and we also think she is one of the best.
The Disney Wonder has her home port in Vancouver from May to mid August 2016. All of the Alaska cruises are for 7 nights from Vancouver. The Disney Wonder has 3 port stops in Alaska; Skagway
Juneau and Ketchikan as well as a day sailing through the spectacular Tracy Arm Fjord.
Here is the Disney Wonder Alaska cruise itinerary for 2016:
Tracy Arm Fjord
The Disney Wonder sails from Vancouver in 2016 on her Alaskan itineraries on 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, and 8/15.
Disney Cruise Alaska 2016 Ports of Call
The Disney Wonder home port for the summer will be Vancouver. Vancouver is a great place to start your Alaskan cruise. The Vancouver cruise port is very large and modern – although in our experience it can be chaotic when you disembark.
Vancouver offers many places to see and things to do. If you have the time then it is a great idea to stay a few days to explore either before or after your Disney cruise.
A very popular spot for locals and tourists is Stanley Park. Over 1,000 acres at the edge of the water front offers hiking,biking, roller blading, a train and even a children’s farm. It is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium – one of the finest sea life centers in North America.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a great excursion from Vancouver – but make sure you have a head for heights! This suspension bridge 230 feet above the river!
Vancouver offers excellent restaurants, shopping and entertainment for those who want to keep their feet a little more firmly on the ground.
There is a day at Sea to relax and enjoy the entertainment on the boat, or simply to sit back and watch the view. On days at sea Disney provides plenty of entertainment throughout the day or of course you can opt to just do your own thing.
On the third day of you will cruise through Tracy Arm. This is a highlight of the trip for many guests.
You will have plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular scenery of this fjord which is just 45 miles south of Juneau. It is difficult to describe the beauty of Tracy Arm. The stunning glaciers are breathtakingly beautiful and there is a sense of quiet and peace which you so rarely find. The ship moves very slowly around the fjord and the Captain will do his best to get as close to the glaciers as possible.
The Disney Wonder’s first Alaskan port of call is Skagway. Famous for the Klondike Goldrush in the 1880s this tiny town has a lot of charm and it is a pleasant walk from the dock to browse around the shops.
Photo by diannepike
Right next to the dock is the station for the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. One of the great train journeys of the world this historic railroad is an absolute must see in Skagway. This 3 1/2 hour journey takes you high up through unique scenery to the White Pass summit. Definitely book ahead as this is a very popular excursion.
The next port of call for the Disney Wonder is Juneau the state capital of Alaska. Juneau is truly land locked. The only way to arrive is by boat or plane.
There is plenty to see and many people head for the Mendenhall Glacier a few miles out of the port. This Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska and seen as one of the most spectacular.Photo by iluvcocacola
The Disney Wonder docks right at the center of the small town of Juneau and you can walk around and browse the shops and visit the restaurants. The Mount Roberts Tramway is also a very easy walk from the ship’s dock. There is an amazing view, if you are lucky enough to get a clear day, from the 2,000 foot high viewing platform at the top.
The Glacier Botanic Gardens are also worth a visit. Guests are driven around this tropical rainforest in golf carts. It really isn’t what you expect to see in Alaska. This excursion can usually be combined with a visit to see the Mendenhall Glacier.
The final port of call on Disney’s Alaska cruise is Ketchikan.
The charming port of Ketchikan is famous for having the largest collection of 19th century totem poles in the world. You dock right in the center of the town so it is easy just to take a stroll around to look at the stores.
Take a walk down Creek Street and learn more of the colorful past of Ketchikan. Or for the more adventurous take a float plane or boat to the spectacular Misty Fjords National Monument.
Why Choose Disney For Your Alaskan Cruise?
Of course if you have children and are Disney fans then there really is no better choice. The Disney service, entertainment and the kids clubs make it a great option for families wanting to see Alaska the relaxing way.
Who shouldn’t choose a Disney cruise to Alaska? Those people who really cannot contemplate ever seeing a Disney character or Disney related themes. The ships really are different to the theme parks. They are not Disney parks at sea. The themes are subtle and you could avoid ever coming face to face with Mickey if you don’t want to.
Yes we do know that there are other cruise lines out there. We just think that Disney is the best!
Most guests say that once they have sailed on Disney they don’t want to sail with any other cruise line.
Disney cruise lines is known for it’s well designed, large staterooms. They are up to 25% larger than most of the other popular cruise lines. Disney cruises also offers staterooms for 5 guests – this suits larger families as this option is often not available on other cruise lines.
We know that people have a hard time believing this – but Disney cruise line really is not just for kids and families. There are plenty of adult spaces where children are not allowed – so you really can escape the younger ones if you want to.
You will experience exceptional service throughout the Disney ships and we think that the Disney Wonder is the best of the Disney ships for service. Everyone from the stateroom stewards, the restaurant servers, the entertainment staff, to the ship’s officers will make you feel very welcome on a Disney cruise. The Disney Wonder is one of the smaller ships so you tend to get to know the crew – and yes many of them do recognize you when you go back and sail again.
Disney Alaskan sailings are very popular. If you know you want to go then book as early as you can. It is very rare that there are last minute deals for Disney Alaska – if these do every happen they tend to be for the sailings in May and early June.
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.