Miami prepares for December arrival of Disney Wonder
Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to PortMiami with a large banner proclaiming "See You Real Soon." When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on Dec. 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida. (Kent Phillips, Disney Cruise Line / November 28, 2012)
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The Disney Wonder is repositioning from the West Coast after spending a couple of years offering Mexican Riviera cruises out of Los Angeles. To celebrate the impending arrival, Mickey donned his Captain's garb and motored around the port in an iconic South Florida speed boat while on hand for the line's unfurling of a large "See You Real Soon" banner.
The Wonder will still migrate back to the West Coast for Alaska cruises in 2013, but will winter in South Florida, making it the first time Disney has sailed out of South Florida and the first time it has operated at two of Florida's ports at the same time.
The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to offer cruises out of Port Canaveral while the Disney Magic began sailing Caribbean itineraries out of Galveston, Texas this past September.
The Wonder will arrive to Miami on Sunday, Dec. 23 and sail out on its only eastern Caribbean itinerary that day, a 7-night trip with stops in Saint Maarten, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie and Disney's private Bahamas island, Castaway Cay followed by a 6-night western Caribbean trip on Dec. 30. It then switches gears and begins mostly 4-day itineraries with stops inn Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay and 5-day western Caribbean itineraries with stops in Cozumel and the Cayman Islands.
The Wonder will return to Alaska in May, but then trade places with the Disney Magic in winter 2013 with the Magic sailing out of Miami and Wonder out of Galveston.
The 2400-passenger Wonder was built in 1999 and refurbished in 2006.