Family Cruising: Disney announces sailings from Vancouver in 2013

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Planning ahead for next year’s family vacation?  Disney Cruise Lines has announced that Vancouver will be an official port of call for its Alaska cruises during the 2013 season.

The 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder will depart from Vancouver on May 27, 2013 – the first of 16 scheduled sailings over the course of the summer.  The seven-night cruise takes passengers from Vancouver, northward along the spectacular British Columbia coastline and into Alaska.

Highlights include wildlife from bald eagles to sea otters and whales.  There’s unrivaled natural scenery, including gushing waterfalls, wild fjords and the dramatic Sawyer Glaciers.  History buffs can relive the Klondike Gold Rush, ride on the old Yukon railway and experience historic boom-town saloons.  For culture lovers, there’s even an excursion to the largest collection of 19th-century totem poles in the world.

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Of course, for many travelers, the best part of the cruise is the ship itself.  The Disney Wonder was specially built with families in mind, with three enormous pool areas and sports facilities for basketball, soccer and more.  Its 11 decks house nightclubs and lounges, youth clubs with supervised kids’ programs and elegant staterooms.  Last but not least, there’s the always popular bronze statue of Ariel from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid, which greets guests in the lobby.

For more information on Disney’s seven-night Alaskan cruises departing from Vancouver, consult the Disney Cruise website.

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