Want to cruise with Mickey? Dream on.
The Magic Kingdom is having a great season on the high seas, with Disney Cruise Line posting excellent occupancy rates. The Orlando Sentinel has said that the new Disney Dream has been very popular with consumers showing an average occupancy of around 150%.
Occupancy is worked out on lower berths, so once children are added to a cabin, which Disney is a family cruise line, drastically increasing occupancy rates. While this is a good figure in itself it is also much higher than Carnival & Royal Caribbean achieve.
Cruise Radio (www.cruiseradio.net) recently pointed out that the Disney Dream is managing to charge very good rates, suggesting that you book early as the ship is quickly booking up. The current average nightly rate is $233, and the average balcony cabin is selling for 25% more than onboard Freedom of the Seas and 66% more than Carnival Dream, Surely Disney must be amazed with these results.
Before these vessels were launched the inside cabins, which have no windows or view, where boasted about by the magic portholes, which show a view of the sea outside with various Disney characters popping up every so often. This has allowed these cabins to achieve a rate 60% higher than those on Freedom of the Seas and 78% higher than those on Carnival Dream.
Disney Dream is the largest cruise ship ever built in Germany, built at Meyer Werft, as the first half of an order of two ships, the Dream & Fantasy are 40% larger than Disney’s two current ships Disney Wonder & Disney Magic. The line was launched in 1998 following the end of an agreement for Premier Cruise Lines to be Disney’s official cruise line.
The Disney Dream features an array of interesting features, with the AquaDuck, a water slide going around the top deck and it looks great.
While this ship seems set to become a great financial success for the line, we can only hope that this will lead to more Disney ships, with the fleet growing further when Disney Fantasy enters service next year. We think the Disney ships look great, with there two funnels and modern twist on a traditional design they are instantly recognisable. We do however need them operating out of Nice or Barcelona so we can spend four days in Paris followed by a week cruising the Med, every week. 😀
It has also been reported that the Dream has re-invigorated demand for the older Disney Dream & Wonder, With Disney Wonder having been moved to the West Coast of America.
While Disney is a family cruise line it also has a significant amount of adult only areas, allowing you to escape the kids for a while. While we havent yet been on a Disney Cruise we do think it is a must do, if Disney does cruising as well as it does theme parks is set to be a great time.
Check out http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ or check out the http://www.disneycruiseblog.net/ for news on the Disney Cruise Ships.
Check out www.cruiseradio.net if you get a chance, Keeps you upto date on the cruise news.