Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder | Photo: Disney Cruise Line

From the top of its mouse-ears-adorned funnel to its red-dipped ship base, the Disney Wonder cruise ship drips with Disney magic inside and out, while maintaining its reputation as a high-class luxury vessel.

First launched in Venice, Italy in 1999 (where the ship was built), the second oldest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is known for its perfect balance of classic sleek and modern chic interior, boasting Italian-inspired decor that reflects the history of the venetian vessel in a classy yet stylish way.

After cruising regularly between Port Canaveral, Florida and The Bahamas for several years, the classic ship added Vancouver to its roster of departure cities in 2011, and became the only Disney cruise ship to call Vancouver home. The ship can be seen tucked up against Canada Place during the Spring and Summer months, offering regular sailings between Vancouver and Alaska from its downtown port.

For those of you who have only dreamed of boarding the dashing Disney vessel, here’s a peek inside the 11-deck ship.

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Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Family Cruising: Disney announces sailings from Vancouver in 2013

Photo credit: go2bob | Flickr

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.

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Family Cruising: Disney announces sailings from Vancouver in 2013

Lunch Cruising on Indian Arm, Vancouver’s Glacial Fjord

Indian Arm from Bedwell Bay, BC

Among Vancouver’s greatest charms is its proximity to real wilderness.  Within minutes of leaving downtown, you can be trekking through undeveloped West Coast rainforest, exploring the snow-capped flanks of 5,000-foot Coast Mountain peaks or – one of the most interesting options – cruising up one of North America’s most southerly fjords, Vancouver’s stunning Indian Arm.

Carved by glaciers during the last ice age, Indian Arm extends some 12 miles from the Pacific’s Burrard Inlet, slicing through heavily forested mountain slopes that descend steeply down to the water.  Avid adventurers can opt to explore Indian Arm by canoe or kayak, but for casual daytrippers one of the most pleasant options is an afternoon lunch cruise.

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Lunch Cruising on Indian Arm, Vancouver’s Glacial Fjord

Cruising Indian Arm: Vancouver’s Backyard Wilderness

A lot of things make Vancouver special:  great beaches, Stanley Park and its incredible seawall, plentiful White Spots, etc.   But for me what truly sets the city apart is its backyard – the ocean and jagged mountains  that literally ring the downtown core.  And among the most spectacular of Vancouver’s natural wonders is Indian Arm, a secluded ocean inlet only minutes outside the city.

Carved during the last ice age by glaciers, Indian Arm is a 20-kilometer-long fjord that extends from the Burrard Inlet deep into the heart of the Coast Mountains.  Apart from the small community of Deep Cove, there are no towns along its length.  A few hardy (and wealthy) homesteaders have built weekend lodges on the banks, but the lack of paved roads and Indian Arm’s protected status have kept development at bay.

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Cruising Indian Arm: Vancouver’s Backyard Wilderness

Boat + Food + Views = Best Sightseeing Ever?

How do you like to sightsee? Maybe you like the buses, or the trolleys, or pounding the pavement on foot, but if you’re looking for a different way to explore, why not try by water?  The way the views of downtown Vancouver combine with the forest, beach, and water and the glass skyscrapers, is a unique experience, and not one to be missed.

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Boat + Food + Views = Best Sightseeing Ever?