Disney Cruise Line to (finally) sail in Australia and New Zealand for a limited season in late 2023

Families and Disney fans have a reason to celebrate today, because after two and a half decades of operation, the Disney Cruise Line is finally set to arrive in Australia and New Zealand in late 2023. The only bad news? It’s for a limited time only.

In operation since 1998, the Disney Cruise Line has been sailing out of locations in North America and Europe, with the company offering Disney themed Cruise experiences across five ships. One of these, the Disney Wonder, which originally launched in 1999 for excursions to the Bahamas, and features a Art Nouveau interior design, will sail from October 2023 to February 2024.

The Disney Wonder will offer a range of two to six night “Disney Magic at Sea” sailings, bringing together Disney magic (and yes, this includes Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel), with Broadway-quality entertainment, immersive dining experiences and the characters themselves sharing the journey with you.

Highlights on board include getting to meet Captains Mickey and Minnie Mouse, meeting Princess Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) at Tiana’s Place, while you enjoy New Orleans cuisine, getting to explore a multi-level recreation of Andy’s Room from Toy Story, and the Marvel Super Hero Academy – among many other themed experiences.

And it’s not all just for kids and the young at heart. For the grown ups, you’ll find the adults-only Quiet Cove pool, sophisticated dining at Palo and the rejuvenating Senses Spa & Salon.

There will be four home ports – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland – with the first sailing set to depart 28th October 2023 out of Sydney.

Bookings open to the general public from Thursday, 29th September 2022 at 8am AEST / 11am NZDT.

For more information on the all new “Disney Magic At Sea” Australia and New Zealand itineraries and to find out how to book, visit DisneyCruiseLine.com/AUNZ.

All sailings will include health and safety measures considering up-to-date guidance from public health authorities in Australia and New Zealand and medical experts. Disney Cruise Line’s current health and safety protocols are outlined on disneycruise.com.

Header Photo: Captain Mickey Mouse, by Matt Stroshane. Provided by Disney Cruise Lines.

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.