PortMiami is looking forward to welcoming Disney Cruise Line as the latest addition to its cruise fleet. This is the first time a Disney ship will operate from a South Florida port.
The Disney Wonder will begin sailing in December 2012 from PortMiami with four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.
"We are very excited to have the Disney brand at our Port," said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "Disney Cruise Line offers families the opportunity to explore all of the activities and entertainment associated with Disney, while also experiencing the fun of a cruise vacation."
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson said he is looking forward to a banner year for cruise vacationers. In addition to the Disney announcement, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is moving its operations from Port Everglades to PortMiami in 2012. Also, MSC Cruises, the fourth largest cruise operator in the world, announced earlier this month that it is making PortMiami its exclusive homeport for its Caribbean sailing beginning in 2013.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who chairs the committee that oversees the Port, joined County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez in also welcoming the international company to the County.
"The Disney brand is known around the world for magical vacations," Sosa said. "We are looking forward to welcoming the entire Disney family to our community."
Following an inaugural cruise from PortMiami on December 23, 2012, Disney officials announced the following schedule:
Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 5, 19, Feb, 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Ports: Miami, Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2
PortMiami is the world’s busiest cruise port handling more than four million passengers last year, the fourth year in a row in which the Port topped the four million mark for cruise traffic.