Disney Cruise Line offers Miami excursions on debarkation days
Despite living in Orlando for almost two decades, I haven't really spent any time in Miami. Sure, I've driven through the area on my way to the Florida Keys, but I haven't taken the time to explore the city. That's about to change for me this spring when my family plans to visit some of the historic sites and even one of the newest attractions, the American Girl doll store, in Miami.
Still, Miami is a bustling metropolitan area that might leave some tourists confused about what to see and worried about finding their way in a large city. Disney Cruise Line has a solution for that for its cruise passengers, and it's an idea that I think will have widespread appeal for first-time visitors to the city.
This year, both the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic will be based at Miami's port; the Wonder is already there and the Magic joins her sister ship at the end of the summer. On debarkation day, Disney Cruise Line is offering port adventures, otherwise known as excursions, in Miami. The beauty of these offerings is that when you exit the ship, your luggage will go with you on the port adventure and then you will be delivered to the airport. Wouldn't you rather have one last adventure instead of killing time at the airport? I know I would.
Among the excursions offered is a three-hour trip through the Everglades, the dense wetlands of South Florida that are teaming with wildlife and tropical vegetation. Guests who choose this adventure will board an air-conditioned motor coach and travel approximately 45 minutes to the national park. Once there, they will have a 30-minute airboat ride on the "River of Grass" and return to base to see a reptile show featuring alligators. Free time afterward allows passengers to explore the Jungle Trail, alligator farm and crocodile exhibits before heading to the airport.
Not a nature person? Then perhaps one of the Miami city tours is for you. On the Disney Parks blog, Port Adventures Manager Arnaldo Zanonato recommends the "Best of Miami by Land & Sea": "This city highlights tour takes guests on a scenic drive and boat ride past iconic Miami locations. You'll drive through Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Beach and other well-known areas and cruise on the famous Miami waters past celebrity mansions, historical buildings and the striking city skyline."
Miami excursions for debarkation day cannot be reserved in advance online; instead, they must be booked onboard the ship. Passengers who want to take advantage of these trips must have flights departing in the afternoon. The exact time varies based on the tour time.
To see real-time updates from his first Miami cruise this weekend, Disney Parks Blogger Jonathan Frontado is tweeting @DisneyCruise with #DCLMiami.