Experience Mediterranean Culture and Cuisine with Disney Cruise Line Port AdventuresPublished: March 24, 2017 / Last Updated: March 23, 2017 / By: Arvid Bux
Disney Cruise Line invites families to explore the culturally rich and exotic locales of the Mediterranean with one-of-a-kind Port Adventures during its 2017 European sailings.
Beginning July 2017, the Disney Magic returns to the Mediterranean, treating guests to the best of Europe with favorite ports of call. Guests will explore richly diverse destinations that showcase iconic locations, enchanting cultures, tantalizing cuisine and unrivaled experiences.
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are designed to entertain and inspire both children and adults—in true Disney fashion—many with added touches such as more scheduled breaks, complimentary snacks and fun port activity sheets for kids.
Journey Through Rome with a Disney Exclusive Puppet Show for Kids
Travel into the heart of the historic city of Rome where families experience the art of traditional Italian puppetry with a private puppet show performed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Located in an intimate, lovingly restored theater in the scenic Borghese Gardens, a delightful performance brings laughter and song as children enjoy the unique storytelling style of traditional Italian puppet shows. The experience invites young guests to meet the talented puppeteers that bring the hand-crafted characters to life. The city’s rich history and elaborate architecture also transports guests to the time of ancient Rome with a visit to the iconic Colosseum and the sacred Vatican City, surrounded by a mighty medieval wall. Guests can enjoy an afternoon stroll through the old cobblestone streets, practice their Italian with the locals and explore the Old City’s boutiques, restaurants and shops.
Children Experience the Art of Pizza Making in Sorrento
Disney Cruise Line offers an exclusive opportunity for children to become master chefs during an authentic Italian pizza making experience in Sorrento, Italy. From prepping the dough to savoring their final culinary masterpiece, children are immersed in true Italian culture during this one-of-a-kind experience. The journey continues to the nearby villages of Amalfi, Maiori or Vietri sul Mare – painting the perfect backdrop for impressive family photos. With cliffside towns and colorful architecture, the areas serve as relaxing locales for guests to experience the breathtaking views of the coast before returning to their Disney cruise ship.
Create Authentic Italian Cuisine at a Tuscan Estate
A delicious adult-exclusive adventure awaits fans of fine food in Tuscany, Italy, from the port of Livorno. The charming Castello del Trebbio estate, perched in the picturesque Tuscan countryside, serves as an authentic locale to learn traditional culinary techniques and prepare an authentic Italian dish. From kneading the pasta dough to creating a delicious tomato sauce from fresh Tuscan ingredients and house-made olive oil, adults will enjoy this unique Italian cooking experience. After savoring a tasty traditional pasta dish, paired with locally made wine, guests can explore rooms of the ancient castle and learn the story behind its rich history and meticulous renovation. The opportunity to cook, eat and relax – in true Italian style – makes this a savory experience for epicureans and oenophiles.
Admire the Views of Sicily with a Glass of Wine
On Italy’s largest island – known for its rich culture and scenic, mountainous landscapes – adult guests can experience the art of winemaking at the Alessandro di Camporeale winery in Sicily. Overlooking the panoramic rolling hills, guests are immersed in Sicilian wine culture while they discover the art and science behind wine making and indulge in some of Sicily’s most well-known wines and local cheeses.
Taste Your Way Through the Old City of Rome
Discover some of the Eternal City’s most authentic Italian delicacies during an all-day gastronomic adventure in Rome. From traditional specialties, such as pizza, pastas and seafood, to a taste of local Italian fare at the nearby authentic food market, Disney Cruise Line guests indulge in delicious cuisine while exploring some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum.
Discover the Scenic Paradise Views of Capri
Just off the coast of Sorrento is the island paradise of Capri. With its sea blue waters and stunning views, Capri’s winding cobblestoned streets make the perfect way for guests to stroll and explore the island’s boutiques. While shopping for unique souvenirs, guests may sample the traditional limoncello digestif liqueur, made from lemons grown on the island. After enjoying an authentic Italian meal in Capri Town, guests journey up the mountain to the picturesque Anacapri and experience breathtaking views of the coastline.
The Disney Magic will sail to the Mediterranean on July 28 for a 10-night cruise from Barcelona, Spain, followed by five 7-night sailings on Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2 and 9, and a 5-night cruise on Aug. 7.