Disney to Med and Northern Europe in 2010

Disney Cruise Line will sail the Disney Magic in Europe for an extended five-month summer season in 2010.

The Magic will be sailing four, 10-night and four, 11-night cruises from Barcelona in April, May, August and September, and four, 12-night cruises in Northern Europe in June and July. Sailing from Dover, the Magic will call at the Nordic capitals as well as St. Petersburg, Tallin and Warnemunde.

New Mediterranean destinations include Corsica, Malta and Tunisia.

Meanwhile, the Disney Wonder will be sailing from Port Canaveral and five-, five-and four-day cruise rotations during the summer.

Speaking at a press conference in New York today, Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin said plans were underway to create unique shore excursions in Northern Europe, including a ball at a castle for little princess and princesses (children), but also unique adult-only tours, which Disney calls “port adventures.”

The culture and history of Northern Europe fits with the story telling of Disney, McAlpin said.

Jim Urry, vice president of entertainment and shore excursions, and Mickey Mouse participated via video feed from St. Petersburg.

The Magic will overnight in St. Petersburg, offering passengers two full days ashore, McAlpin said.

Other tour options in Germany (Warnemunde) may include a visit to Meyer Werft to see the construction of Disney’s new ships, he said.

While Disney’s new ships, which will enter service in 2011 and 2012 are committed to Port Canaveral for at least three years (as part of a 10-year agreement), the Magic and the Wonder will be free to explore new areas, according to McAlpin. He said that a recent application for a Glacier Bay permit was part of the company’s effort to “think ahead.”

“We got lots of new territory to cover,” McAlpin said, “including Alaska and the Northeast.”

In 2009, however, both Disney ships will sail Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral for the full year.

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