It’s fine dining, fun for family on Disney ship



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The Disney Magic will be calling this summer at ports in Spain, Italy and France.


If you’re thinking of taking the family to Europe this summer, but would like to avoid the planning headaches that such trips can involve, then consider cruising to Spain, Italy and France with Disney.

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is adding European flair to its itinerary offerings, repositioning the Disney Magic cruise ship for the summer of 2007 to the Port of Barcelona in Spain and offering alternating 10-night and 11-night Mediterranean cruise vacations to Europe.

“Our guests have told us they would love to take a European vacation, but all of the planning and logistics can be daunting. These special sailings will offer a hassle-free way to experience the beauty and culture of Europe combined with the fun of a Disney cruise,” Disney Cruise Line president Tom McAlpin said.

With eight European ports of call, which provide gateways to familiar cities such as Florence, Rome, Pisa and Cannes, these new Mediterranean itineraries present the family vacation of a lifetime.

The four 11-night itineraries depart on Saturdays: May 26, June 16, July 7 and July 28; while the four 10-night itineraries depart on Wednesdays: June 6, June 27, July 18 and Aug. 8. Both itineraries will depart from Barcelona for the summer.

In addition to the Mediterranean cruises, two 14-night trans-Atlantic sailings bookend the 10- and 11-night adventures with the eastbound itinerary departing from Port Canaveral, Fla., May 12, and the westbound starting from the Port of Barcelona, Aug. 18.

Starting rates for the Mediterranean 10- and 11-night itineraries range from $2,399 US to $3,499 US and are based on double occupancy. Guests interested in booking a Mediterranean cruise to Europe with Disney Cruise Line should call

1-888-DCL-2500, visit or contact their travel agent.

Disney Magic

The ship features nearly an entire deck that is dedicated just to kids, with a nursery, and fun in supervised activities designed especially for different age groups. Meanwhile, parents can visit a special pool, the spa, a nighttime entertainment district and a romantic dining experience.

The Walt Disney Theatre provides a magnificent showplace of state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. Guests also get to enjoy three different themed restaurants through the voyage. Guests travel from the casual elegance of Lumiere’s to the colourful, island-inspired Parrot Cay and Animator’s Palate, where Disney animation springs to life throughout their meal. Along the way, they enjoy the familiarity of having the same wait staff with them at each restaurant they visit. Adults may also opt to dine at Palo, an exquisite restaurant featuring sweeping views and northern Italian cuisine.

The 877 family-friendly staterooms aboard each Disney ship were designed to offer maximum comfort. Most feature a bath-and-a-half with two separate areas; one offering a shower and sink, the other a sink and toilet.