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Disney cruise line returns to all Mexican ports

The Disney Cruise Line has said they will be expanding their San Diego season by offering a variety of cruises to Mexico ports in 2019.

The company says that from March to May of 2019, they will again be offering Mexico cruises that will dock in popular ports such as Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto […]


San Diego expecting larger cruise season

From Cruise Industry News

The Port of San Diego is preparing to welcome 83 cruise calls during the 2017-2018 cruise season, the port announced, with a wide variety of itineraries visiting this inspiring destination. This season Holland America Line remains a strong presence on San Diego Bay along with continued growth from Disney Cruise Line.



San Diego sees increase in cruise passengers, forecasts growth

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego’s slow but steady success in growing the cruise industry business began declining seven years ago following a boom in the mid- to late 2000s.

Thanks to continued strong interest from Disney Cruise Line and the port’s most frequent visitor, Holland America, San Diego is starting to see […]


First cruise ship transits expanded Panama Canal

From Marine Log:

The Disney Wonder transited the Panama Canal April 29, becoming the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks, marking a milestone for the cruise industry.

Originally delivered from the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in 1999, the ship underwent a major refurbishment at Navantia in Spain last year that […]


Port of San Diego: Start of 2015-2016 cruise season

The Port of San Diego’s homeported lines are Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises. On average, each homeported cruise has an economic impact of $2 million to the region.

The Port of San Diego’s cruise season kicks off on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 with the arrival of Celebrity […]


Cruise business a success for Port of Seattle

Despite the Great Recession, millions have disposable income. It helps that plenty of retired Americans are able to spend money for the luxury of cruises.

For Seattle, that means going to Alaska, a route that is growing again after the state reduced a passenger head tax that had dampened cruise-ship visits.

Even with the Alaska […]


Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural 15-night Los Angeles-to-Hawaii voyage under way

The Disney Wonder — a 964-foot ship that holds 2,700 guest passengers — is skimming Hawaii waters for the first time.

Disney Wonder’s arrival in Hawaii marks the first time that the cruise line has sailed to the Islands. Disney Cruise Line is offering a second cruise — a 14-night Hawaiian voyage — that […]


Disney cruise ship to make Seattle its homeport this year, Vancouver next

Disney is the newest of seven major lines that will call in Seattle after the Alaska cruise season kicks off May 6, but already has made the decision not to come back in 2013. Instead, Disney will return to Vancouver, B.C., where it began its foray into the Alaska market in 2011.

The line plans […]


Disney drops 4 Mexican cruises

Disney Cruise Line has scrapped its last four Mexican Riviera cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles for next December, but the carrier remained mum Tuesday about what’s coming next for the Disney Wonder.

Port officials said that they hope to find out by the end of the month whether the move signals […]


Seattle 2011 cruise season counts 196 ship calls, 885,000 passengers

The great majority of cruises starting and ending in Seattle cruise to Alaska.

The Port of Seattle’s 2011 cruise season numbers are in, and the port is reporting numbers more robust than expected.

The port expects even more ship calls next season as the Disney Wonder cruise ship moves to Seattle from Vancouver where […]


First cruise ship of season arrives in Seattle

KPLU's photo of the Crystal Symphony in Seattle

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning’s arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

It’s the first of 195 port calls this summer at two terminals on the Seattle waterfront.

Other lines offering Alaska cruises through Seattle are Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal […]


Disney chooses Seattle, snubs Vancouver, for Alaska cruises

Donald returns to Seattle

Seattle is about to discover the giant mass of humanity that loves Mickey Mouse and megaships after Disney Cruise Lines announced that Seattle – and not Vancouver – will be its home port for Alaska cruises.

The Wednesday announcement came two years after Disney snubbed the Emerald City and chose […]


Port of L.A. plugs in 3 different cruise lines to shoreside power

A Princess cruise ship using shore power

The Port of Los Angeles became the first in the country to plug in three different cruise lines to shoreside electrical power, reducing pollution in the area, it was announced Thursday.

The Alternative Maritime Power system developed for the World Cruise Center is capable of delivering […]


Cruise Line to begin its Port of L.A. stay

Disney Cruise Line will call the Port of Los Angeles home for the next two years when the Disney Wonder ship arrives on Friday, offering seven-night summer cruises to the Mexican Riviera.

The deal is expected to generate about 2,600 new jobs and $35 million annually for the local economy.

From the Daily Breeze



Port of Seattle has best cruise year, Port of Vancouver BC not worried

Cruise ship in Seattle

More cruise ship passengers than ever before came through the Port of Seattle this year and the Port of Vancouver says it isn’t threatened.

Over 900,000 passengers came through Seattle this year, while fewer than 600,000 came through Vancouver. But a Port of Metro Vancouver spokesperson expects high numbers next […]