One of the Disney’s Port Canaveral Christmas Decorations. Like other holidays, Disney does the Christmas season very well. Their decorations on board the ship, are wonderful, the decorations on shore are also magical.
The Queen of Bermuda ship circa 1950
Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public on March 25 for Platinum Castaway Club members (10+ sailings) and Gold Castaway Club (5-9) and March 26 for Silver Castaway Club members and everyone else.
More Summer 2016 Itineraries
During the summer of 2016, the Disney Magic will return to favorite destinations in northern Europe, the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean with a variety of seven-night and longer sailings.
Disney today announced Summer 2016 itineraries.
Disney is heading to Scotland, Ireland, and France:
Disney Cruise Line is sailing its first British Isles itinerary, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line also will return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries.
The Abaco, Bahamas lighthouse, approximately 1950 during a cruise of the Bahamas. The water looks as clear today, but is generally much more crowded in the area!
Today Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. In the 1940s and 1950s however, it was a much sleepier area since this was pre-cruise
Visible in the upper left corner is the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport which for the time was a good sized airport, but which is nothing compared to today.
Compare the photo below to what Port Everglades currently looks like!
For throwback Thursday, here is the Royal Viking Sky April 29, 1976 in Aruba on its way to the Panama Canal to meet its sister ship coming east bound – sister ships meeting for the first time in the Panama Canal going opposite directions. More from this to follow, but Royal Viking Line merged with Cunard in the mid 1990s.
Royal Caribbean gave new information today on their 3rd Oasis Class ship due next year:
Royal Caribbean International’s new generation Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, is set to launch in April 2016. The third in the Oasis class of ships – currently the largest cruise ships in the world – will continue the award-winning cruise line’s philosophy of innovation and imagination to offer a unique vacation adventure for guests.
With Quantum-class ships Anthem of the Seas (launching in April 2015 in Southampton, U.K.) and Ovation of the Seas (debuting in April 2016), Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third new ship to launch throughout the next 18 months. Itineraries for Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas will be announced this coming March.
Stingray encounters can be a nice excursion on a cruise. Encounters can involve feeding the stingrays, snorkeling with the stingrays or wading with them. The photo below is from Disney’s stingray encounter at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.