“Honey, it’s better where it’s wetter”, Disney’s animated hit The little Mermaid tell us; however, the Mouse House also thinks life is pretty good above water. For nearly a quarter of a century, the huge entertainment company has been taking fans of its ever-growing line of pop culture merchandise on themed vacations, all thanks to its Disney Cruise Line. Unfortunately, leaving Australia and Aotearoa was not an option until now.
In October 2023, Disney Cruise Line will be heading Down Under for the very first time, operating Disney-themed vacation cruises from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. And yes, given that Disney has many huge franchises, that means those sea crossings are Marvel, Pixar, and star wars-on the theme too.
The Mouse House’s first Australian and New Zealand “Magic at Sea” cruises will depart October 28, 2023, with the season running through February 2024. You’ll watch live musical performances, see Disney characters everywhere you look and eat in spaces decorated like Disney movies.
These musicals include a Frozen To display; another production dedicated to the company’s old school favorites like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Aladdin; and one golden mickey performance, which is obviously all about Mickey Mouse. Or, there’s a Mickey party to DJ beats, nightly fireworks, and a pirate party on the ship’s deck.
Although not all shows and parties are available on all cruises – especially the two-night option – entertainment also includes Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Moana, Tiana, Cinderella, Woody, Jessie and more. others walking around the ship. And, Chewbacca, Rey, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Thor too, if you like hanging out with people in costumes.
The dining layout rotates, so each day of the cruise takes you to a different location with a different theme. One day you’ll head to Animator’s Palate, which aims to bring Disney characters to life, including encouraging guests to draw their own characters, and the next you’ll be snacking at a restaurant inspired by The princess and the Frogand serving dishes inspired by New Orleans.
Or, there’s also Triton’s, which has an undersea theme given it’s named after Ariel’s father, and serves four-course French and American suppers.
For people traveling with young Disney enthusiasts, there’s also a range of kids-only activities – but adults without little ones in tow are definitely catered for, with a dedicated pool for travelers aged 18 and over, an adults-only cafe, the Crown & Fin pub, Signals cocktail bar, Palo Italian restaurant, day spa and salon.
Dates for Disney Cruise Line’s first voyages from Australia and New Zealand vary by departure city, as do prices, but you can expect to enter this all-new ocean world starting at $720 per person. for two nights in a double occupancy room from Sydney. , $546 from Melbourne and $755 from Brisbane, and $760 per person for three nights in a double occupancy room from Auckland.
And, when it comes to rooms, you can choose from ten different types — some with private verandas and others with ocean views through portholes.
Disney Cruise Line’s “Magic at Sea” cruises will depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland between October 2023 and February 2024, with bookings open from 8:00 a.m. AEST / 11:00 a.m. NZDT on Thursday, September 29, 2022. For more information , go to the cruise line’s website.
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