Tuesday 25 July 2017

Disney Cruise Line to set sail for Cork and Dublin next year

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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Disney Cruise Line will be enchanting guests with calls to Dublin and Cork during its 2018 summer season.

The announcements come along with a wave of new ports and itineraries in Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean for Disney next year.

The 300m Disney Magic paid its maiden visit to Dublin Port in 2016, but 2018 will be the first time the company has dropped anchor in Cork.

The visit comes as part of a seven night 'British Isles' itinerary departing the UK September 2, with visits to Dublin, Cork, Greenock (Scotland) and Liverpool.

"Cork is home to a vibrant culinary scene and a plethora of pubs, shops and cafes," the cruise line gushes in its itinerary announcement.

"It invites visitors to connect with Ireland’s ancient past, with historic sites like Blarney Castle, where visitors can kiss the famed Blarney Stone."

AquaDunk, a three-story body slide on Disney Magic. Photo: Jimmy DeFlippo
AquaDunk, a three-story body slide on Disney Magic. Photo: Jimmy DeFlippo
The Disney Magic crew wouldn’t be complete without Captain Mickey, who greet guests onboard the ship. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
Disney Magic on her maiden voyage to Irish shores in 2016. The ship’s 3,650 passengers, cast and crew were greeted by an entertainment spectacle on the quayside in Dublin Port.
Staterooms on the Disney Magic. Photo: Matt Stroshane
“Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic. Photo: Disney Cruise Line / Ryan Wendler

Cruise price details hadn't been announced at the time of publication, but seven-night European cruises for 2017 are currently available from €2,764pp, based on two sharing an inside cabin, on disneycruise.disney.go.com.

Disney Magic (pictured top) carries around 3,650 passengers, crew and 'cast' on a ship offering Broadway-calibre shows, first-run movies and character experiences as well as multiple pools, restaurant and entertainment options.

AquaDunk (above), one of its standout features, is a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch when the floor opens like a trap door. The drop sends guests on a ride that extends 20 feet over the ship's side.

When ships of this size call to Irish ports, the spectacle can be thrilling for passengers and passers-by alike. Last summer, Disney Magic was greeted by a ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired show featuring music, drummers and dancers.

Disney Magic has one Irish stop in 2017, in Dublin on July 13.

The 11-deck ship is also set to launch bookend cruises between Barcelona and Rome for the first time in 2018, with several stops in between, and will pay a maiden visit to Genoa, Italy (a gateway for cruisers to visit Milan).

Other ships, Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, will sail in Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas during summer 2018.

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