ABOVE: Disney Magic will offer four-, seven-, and 12-night Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona in the summer of 2013. INSET BELOW: Mickey Mouse makes a preview appearance in Athens.
Thanks to a fleet expansion, Disney Cruise Line--a company noted for its "family-friendly" cruises--will soon have enough capacity to allow a summer season in the Mediterranean. Starting in June, 2013, the 877-cabin Disney Magic will offer four, seven-, and 12-night roundtrip itineraries from Barcelona. Cruise options will include:
A "four-night Mediterranean getaway" with a taste of two Mediterranean cities: Nice (from the port of Villefranche) and Palma de Mallorca.
A "seven-night Mediterranean cruise" that includes Nice (Villefranche), Florence (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), and Naples.
A "12-night Mediterranean with Greece" cruise that visits Nice (Villefranche), Florence (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), Athens (Piraeus), Ephesus (Kusadasi), the Greek island of Mykonos, and Malta's capital of Valletta.
A "12-night Mediterranean with Venice" itinerary with port calls in Nice (Villefranche), Florence (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Venice (overnight), Dubrovnik, and Valletta.
Like other Disney ships, Disney Magic caters to children with features like the "Mickey's Spash Zone" water-play area, a "Disney's Oceaneer Club" for children from ages 3-4 and 5-10, dedicated "Edge" and "Vibe" clubs for tweens and teens, a "Disney's Oceaneer Lab" with supervised educational activities for 8- to 10-year-olds, and restaurants that range from the "Animator's Palate" and "Parrot Cay" dining rooms to "Pluto's Dog House" and a "Goofy's Galley" snack bar.
Parents aren't ignored, either: Venues that cater to grown-ups include bars and louges for adults, a spa and fitness center, and the "adult exclusive" Palo fine-dining restaurant.
For more information on Disney Magic's 2013 summer season in the Mediterranean, visit the Disney Cruise Line Web site.
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