CELEBRATION, Fla. (May 25, 2008) â€“ The Disney Magic cruise ship returned to the Port of Los Angeles this morning, making it easier than ever for guests residing in Southern California to experience Disney Cruise Lineâ€™s highly popular seven-night cruises to the Mexican Riviera. The ship is on the West Coast for a limited engagement, sailing just 12 cruises this summer, but staterooms are available for select voyages throughout the season. The ship is scheduled to sail back to Port Canaveral, Fla. on Aug. 17. Disney Cruise Line developed the special itinerary in response to overwhelmingly positive feedback about its original West Coast sailings in 2005 and requests from guests who wanted to see the ship once again depart from the Port of Los Angeles. â€œWhen we launched our first Disney Cruise Line Mexican Riviera sailings in 2005, the guest reaction to the itinerary was tremendous. We have a significant Disney Cruise Line fan base on the West Coast and we look forward to another summer season sailing from the Port of Los Angeles,â€ said Disney Cruise Line President Tom McAlpin. Beginning today, the Disney Magic is scheduled to sail 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations from the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera ports of Cabo San Lucas, MazatlÃ¡n and Puerto Vallarta. The itinerary for the Mexican Riviera sailings is as follows: 2008 West Coast Itinerary Departing May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10.
* Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . Port of Los Angeles
* Monday . . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
* Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . Cabo San Lucas
* Wednesday . . . . . . . . . MazatlÃ¡n
* Thursday . . . . . . . . . . Puerto Vallarta
* Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
* Saturday . . . . . . . . . . At Sea
* Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . Port of Los Angeles
Guests will delight in the unspoiled beauty of the Mexican Riviera. Cabo San Lucas will treat guests to a tropical paradise of white sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waters and breathtaking mountain vistas. MazatlÃ¡n offers guests a glimpse into Mexicoâ€™s rich history and culture, while Puerto Vallarta, with more than 100 miles of scenic coastline, will allow guests to absorb the natural beauty of Mexico. Disney Cruise Line developed some magical experiences for the shipâ€™s return to the West Coast including brand new shore excursions exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, enhanced entertainment offerings and themed youth activities. Here is a glimpse at whatâ€™s in store:
Original Shore Excursions
Available exclusively to guests sailing on Disney Cruise Line, the West Coast Signature Adventure Collection offers a luxurious repertoire of fun-filled shore excursions. These adventures offer an intimate way to explore the sights of the Mexican Riviera. Some of the highlights include:
Waterfall and Hot Springs Tour in Cabo San Lucas Guests embark in a private vehicle to the East Cape Region in Cabo San Lucas. Once there, they take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall where they can take a dip in the cool waters and marvel at the sandy shores gleaming with gold pyrite. Guests continue to hot mineral springs and melt their cares away with a spa treatment created by Mother Nature. The Villa at Caletas in Puerto VallartaGuests board a private speedboat that whisks them to a secluded oasis only accessible by sea where they have exclusive use of a small villa. Hosts are available to assist in creating a relaxing and enjoyable stay as guests enjoy the snorkeling and kayak activities, take a relaxing snooze in a hammock or laze in a private Jacuzzi.
Even the world famous Disney Characters are getting in the spirit of the Mexican Riviera with lively entertainment enhancements, including:
Minnieâ€™s Fiesta Grande Minnie is getting ready to say â€œtodos a bailarâ€ with a brand new sail-away celebration as the Disney Magic departs the port of MazatlÃ¡n. Guests join Minnie and her pals for Minnieâ€™s Fiesta Grande, a fun filled party celebrating the magic, music and culture of Mexico.
Children get a taste of Mexican traditions through fun-filled activities aboard the Disney Magic. Here is a glimpse at some of the activities:
Churro For Sure-Oh Children learn about one of the most famous Mexican desserts â€“ the churro! They can experiment with different toppings and enjoy their own creations! PiÃ±ata Party Children discover the history of this traditional Mexican pastime creating brightly-colored paper piÃ±atas and stuffing them with an assortment of goodies. A special surprise awaits as children get to break their piÃ±atas at the end of the program.
Significant enhancements have been made to the Disney Magic since its original West Coast sailings in 2005. Today, guests can enjoy poolside movies on a 24-by-14-foot jumbo LED screen, an expanded spa and fitness center exclusively for adults and a new youth activities space designed for children ages 10-14. Rates for the special West Coast cruises start at $1,449 per person. Guests can book a seven-night cruise to the Mexican Riviera, or a magical three-, four- or seven-night cruise vacation to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla., by calling 888/DCL-2500, visiting disneycruise.com or contacting their travel agent.