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Disney plots new places: Icy Strait, Hubbard Glacier, UK's Portland, Amsterdam

Disney will visit Alaska's Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier for the first time in 2017. Pictured here, Disney Wonder sails through Tracy Arm Fjord. (Photo: Kent Phillips)
Disney Cruise Line will call at new destinations in Alaska and Europe during summer 2017, while also returning to Norway, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Bahamas. New in the Caribbean are two longer sailings from Port Canaveral to the southern islands. And some Bahamas cruises will make double stops at Castaway Cay.

In Alaska, Disney Wonder for the first time will visit Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier as part of a new nine-night itinerary from Vancouver, BC. Sailing on July 24, the ship will also visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord. Hubbard Glacier, more than six miles wide where it meets the sea, is the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America.

A new seven-night sailing from Vancouver, departing July 17, includes Icy Strait Point, in addition to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. On Aug. 2, Disney Wonder will sail its first five-night Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.

In Europe, Disney Magic for the first time will visit Amsterdam, as part of its 15-night trans-Atlantic crossing from Port Canaveral to Copenhagen. The ship sails May 13, and the itinerary also includes Portland, which Disney is promoting for its proximity to Stonehenge.

A visit to Amsterdam also will be part of a 10-night northern Europe cruise that departs June 18 from Copenhagen to Dover. Other ports on this sailing include Warnemünde (for Berlin), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn.

The grand tour of Europe continues throughout the summer with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Stateside, Disney Fantasy for the first time will sail from Port Canaveral on longer itineraries, 10- and 11-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean.

On June 17, a new 11-night cruise will visit Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay. On June 28, a new 10-night itinerary will call at Aruba, Curaçao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

More time at Castaway Cay—two stops—will be offered by Disney Dream on select sailings from Port Canaveral. Special five-night sailings on June 2, 11, 16, 25 and 30 and July 9 visit Castaway Cay twice and include a stop at Nassau. Special four-night sailings on June 7 and 21 and July 5 also visit Castaway Cay twice, along with Nassau.