Marella Discovery to Sail From Port Canaveral in 2021

Marella Discovery

For the first time ever, Marella Cruises will base a ship in the United States as the Marella Discovery will sail from Port Canaveral in 2021.

The TUI-owned brand targeted at the British market will sail the Marella Discovery from the port beginning in Summer 2021, offering four new itineraries with 11 port-of-call visits.

“We’re excited that Marella Cruises has selected Port Canaveral as the homeport for its first-ever cruises from the United States,” Port CEO Captain John Murray said. “Today’s announcement is another endorsement that our ongoing investments in state-of-the-art terminals and commitment to excellence in cruise operations continue to earn the confidence of some of the world’s most successful cruise brands.”

Cruise bookings go on sale Thursday, Nov. 7, for 26 seasonal voyages from May 2, 2021, through Oct. 24, 2021.

The ship will sail from Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 5.

“We’re really excited to be setting sail from the USA,” said Chris Hackney, Managing Director at Marella Cruises. “Expanding our program provides an opportunity for cruisers to sample the American Dream, and we’ve ensured there really is something for everyone, whether that’s a visit to Walt Disney World in Florida, an evening in New York, authentic jazz music in New Orleans or a rollercoaster in Busch Gardens. Offering our customers more choice and flexibility is at the heart of what we do.”

Customers sailing on Marella’s American Dream and Big Apple Adventure itineraries will enjoy an overnight stop in New York City. The Discovery will also visit Miami and Turks and Caicos on its Sunshine States and Sands itinerary. And customers can select seven- or 14-night options with an overnight stay in Tampa on the ship’s Floridian Favorites itinerary. Guests choosing one of the four itineraries also have the flexibility to extend their cruise ashore with available cruise-and-stay packages available in Orlando.

The Marella Discovery will make port-of-call visits to the Ports of Charleston, S.C., New York City, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas, Norfolk, Va., Key West, Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and New Orleans.

Disney parks slip, but remain atop global theme park attendance report

Image result for crowds at magic kingdom
Queues waiting to get inside the Magic Kingdom.
The 2016 TEA/AECOM Theme Index global attendance report is out, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom remains the world’s most popular theme park. But Disney’s theme parks mostly saw their attendance slip in 2016, as rival Universal continued to see gains at most of its parks.

The top 25 most-attended theme parks worldwide in 2016:

  1. Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, 20,395,000, -0.5%
  2. Disneyland, 17,943,000, -1.8%
  3. Tokyo Disneyland, 16,540,000, -0.4%
  4. Universal Studios Japan, 14,500,000, 4.3%
  5. Tokyo DisneySea, 13,460,000, -1.0%
  6. Epcot, 11,712,000, -0.7%
  7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 10,844,000, -0.7%
  8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 10,776,000, -0.5%
  9. Universal Studios Florida, 9,998,000, 4.3%
  10. Islands of Adventure, 9,362,000, 6.5%
  11. Disney California Adventure, 9,295,000, -0.9%
  12. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, 8,474,000, 13.2%
  13. Disneyland Paris, 8,400,000, -14.2%
  14. Lotte World, 8,150,000, 11.5%
  15. Universal Studios Hollywood, 8,086,000, 13.9%
  16. Everland, 7,200,000, -3.0%
  17. Hong Kong Disneyland, 6,100,000, -10.3%
  18. Ocean Park, 5,996,000, -18.8%
  19. Nagashima Spa Land, 5,850,000, -0.3%
  20. Europa Park, 5,600,000, 1.8%
  21. Shanghai Disneyland, New 5,600,000 (Opened in June)
  22. Walt Disney Studios Paris, 4,970,000, -1.6%
  23. Efteling, 4,764,000, 1.8%
  24. Tivoli Gardens, 4,640,000, -2.0%
  25. SeaWorld Orlando, 4,402,000, -7.9%

Also topping the four million mark worldwide were Busch Gardens Tampa (down 2.0%), Universal Studios Singapore (down 2.4%) and Knott’s Berry Farm (up 3.8%). Singapore was the only Universal theme park to see an attendance dip last year. Overall attendance globally among the top 25 theme parks was down 1.1 percent, but attendance was up 1.2 percent among the top 20 parks in the United States, according to the report.

The big winner in attendance growth last year was Universal Studios Hollywood, boosted by the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in April. Shanghai Disneyland also helped turn the year positive for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts by attracting more than five million visitors in half a year of operation. All other Disney theme parks posted attendance declines last year.

The biggest losers were Hong Kong Disneyland and neighboring Ocean Park, which likely saw a loss of visitors to the new Shanghai Disneyland park, amplified by an ongoing tourism slump in Hong Kong. Disneyland Paris continued to disappoint in 2016, too, with its attendance dropping 14 percent. It’s likely that many potential DLP guests put off their visit until this year, when the park is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the completion of many attraction renovations.

In the United States, Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks saw increases, while SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks continued their slide. Busch Gardens Williamsburg fell from the U.S top 20, replaced by Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago.

Disney doing Bermuda cruises next year

Image result for disney cruise in bermuda

Disney Cruise Line fans will have two new ports to try in 2018, when the line has itineraries scheduled to call in Bermuda and Quebec City.

The Disney Magic will sail from New York in the fall of 2018 on five-day sailings that include two full days in Bermuda and six-day sailings that include three days in Bermuda.

Seven-day itineraries will depart both New York and Quebec City, with visits scheduled at Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

From New York, the Disney Magic will also make seven-day round trips to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, and Port Canaveral, where a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket plus complimentary round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks is included.