The first Disney cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii will set sail on April 29, 2012. The 964-foot ship, the Disney Wonder, will accommodate a maximum capacity of 2,700 guests and sail from Los Angeles to Hilo, Kahului, Honolulu, Nawiliwili, then cruise through Ensenada, Mexico and back to California.

Disney made the announcement about the 15-day Hawaii cruise April 2011, in conjunction with the promotion of the August 2011 opening of its Aulani resort at Ko Olina. “Given our plans to open Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, this summer, the timing couldn’t be better for our guests to enjoy a cruise through the awe-inspiring islands of Hawaii,” Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, said in a statement.

Guest of the Disney Hawaii cruse will have shore based activities to choose from including access to the famous beaches of Waikiki;, see views from atop Haleakala, on Maui; experience Kauai’s waterfalls and gardens; and explore the volcano on the Big Island. Additional activities are still in the development stages, said spokeswoman Christie Erwin Donnan. 

Members of Disney’s loyalty programs were allowed to book their reservations in advance of the general public.  Unrestricted reservations are now accessible to everyone and you can book a stateroom aboard the Disney Wonder at prices starting at $1,800 per person, based on double occupancy.  

The 15-night Disney Wonder Cruise runs from April 29 to May 14, 2012, and will proceed along the following schedule:

April 29, 2012: Los Angeles
May 4, 2012: Hilo
May 5, 2012: Kahului
May 6, 2012: Honolulu
May 7, 2012: Nawiliwili, Kauai
May 13, 2012: Ensenada, Mexico
May 14, 2012: Los Angeles

The Ship

The Disney Wonder is a ship with an elaborate design and state-of-the-art innovation and was made specifically with families in mind, combining a lustrous style with a great deal of fun.

The Disney Wonder has 11 decks, a total length of 964 feet, a maximum width of 106 feet and a gross tonnage of 83,000. It has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 2,700 passengers, along with 950 Cast and Crew Members to cater to the needs of Guests.

The staterooms on board the Disney Wonder will feature modern comforts, with spacious and elegant nautical decor. Most will have split bathrooms, a feature perfect for families, and a cruise line industry first.

The Amenities

The youth Clubs aboard the Disney Wonder are geared to meet the playtime needs of the young cruise guests. Children's activity centers, clubs and special supervised programs can be found all around the ship.

The dining options aboard the Disney Wonder will range from intimate gourmet to casual quick-service. You will be able to enjoy an intimate dinner-for-two just as easily as having a meal by the pool with the whole family.

The Disney Wonder will offer the famous Disney world class entertainment in a number of exciting venues, all designed to provide every family member with memorable experiences.

Looking to take a dip in the pool? The ship has nine on deck pools, with three crystal pools, one for kids, families, and one for adults.

For those interested in the nightlife while onboard, the Wonder will have Nightclubs & Lounges offering music, dancing and socializing.

When you book your cruise, ask about the Babies Travel Lite program which lets you pre-order your favorite baby items and delivers them to your Disney Cruise Line stateroom.

Whether you are one, or one hundred and one, there will be something for everyone aboard the Disney Wonder.

The Cruise


Hilo is the second-largest census-designated place in the State of Hawaii, and the largest settlement on the island of Hawaii.

The town overlooks Hilo Bay, and is near two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa, considered active, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano upon which some of the best ground-based astronomical observatories are placed.

Hilo is home to the University of Hawaii at Hilo and lmiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. The Merrie Monarch Festival, a week-long celebration of ancient and modern hula, takes place annually after Easter. Hilo is also home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts. It is served by Hilo International Airport.


Kahului is in Maui County, on the island of Maui, and is the third-largest census-designated place of the State of Hawaii. The largest community on the island is on the north shore of central Maui. Kahului hosts Maui's main airport, Kahului Airport, deep-draft harbor, light industrial areas, and commercial shopping centers.

Kahului is the retail center for Maui residents and there are several malls and major stores. It also features the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanaha Beach County Park, and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Kahului is served by Kahului Airport.


Honolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. Although the name 'Honolulu' refers to the urban area on the southeastern shore of the island of Oahu, the city and county government are consolidated as the City and County of Honolulu, which covers the entire island.

Honolulu is the most populous state capital relative to state population. In the Hawaiian language, Honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter". Honolulu has been the capital of the Hawaiian islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor near the city on December 7, 1941.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles, it is the fourth largest of the main islands in Hawaii. Kauai is known as the ‘Garden Isle,’ and experiences a fair amount of rainfall receiving almost 50 inches in an average year. This island is the site of Waimea Canyon State Park and Kalapaki beach.

Nawiliwili is really the name of the harbor rather than the name of a town. The port lies outside of Lihue, the main town on Kauai. Stately cruise ships use the Nawiliwili harbor as their port-of-call. It is located at the mouth of the Hule'ia Stream which creates a natural channel for the large ships. This harbor and nearby Niumalu Beach Park were pictured in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada is the third-largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California. It is located about 70 miles south of Tijuana and 90 miles south of San Diego. The Port of Ensenada is an important commercial, fishing, and cruise ship port. Ensenada sits in the heart of a wine country that is widely regarded as the best in Mexico and because of its location on the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean latitude, the weather tends to be mild year-round.

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