For those that have sailed with Disney Cruise Line before or have researched an itinerary, most likely Port Canaveral was the port of embarkation. Disney’s terminal there is just what you would expect, including a big Mickey-outlined doorway to walk through onto the ship.
But did you know Disney also leaves from Miami, Florida? In fact, the Disney Dream (my favorite ship at this moment ) has recently moved to the Port of Miami. They started sailing some new itineraries that my family was the first to embark on.
Port of Miami
The Port of Miami proudly welcomed the Disney Dream to her new home port. The embarkation process and terminal were fabulous. We were on the ship within 20 minutes of pulling up to the curbside.
We flew in the night before (strongly recommended) and stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. What a beautiful sight to wake up and look out our window to see the Disney Dream patiently waiting for us to board. A quick 7-minute ride ($12 Uber) to the port. Our credentials were checked by a DCL cast member and we were on our way onto the ship.
The Disney Dream now sails 4 and 5-night itineraries with stops in Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman Islands, and of course, Castaway Cay.
My family was on the first Disney Dream sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, and what a welcome we received. The port employees and the hosts of our excursion were beyond thankful and grateful that we chose to disembark in their beautiful city.
We booked the Fury Catamaran Sail Snorkel and Beach Party (CZ12). My family absolutely loved this excursion. The boat ride over to the snorkel lagoon was breathtaking and the coral reef and marine life were nothing short of spectacular. Afterward, we reboarded the catamaran and sailed to a private beach with lots to do including kayaking, paddle boarding, aqua park and just relaxing on our lounge chairs.
Castaway Cay- Disney’s Private Island
There’s nothing quite like a stop in Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island paradise. This pristine island oasis is everything you would imagine Disney to be in the Bahamas. From its cleanliness to its landscaping and everything in between. It’s our favorite day of all of our Disney cruises. You can soar through the sky while parasailing, pedal through scenic routes on a bike ride, and complete a 5K run, earning a medal (see below) all by lunchtime!
If you’re thinking about a Disney Cruise Line vacation, I would not hesitate to book one of the Dream’s itineraries out of the Port of Miami. I couldn’t have asked for a better 5-night getaway with my family.