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Disney Cruise Line in a Jiffy: What is a Home Port?

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In the world of cruising, a “home port” (also called a hub port or turnaround port) is essentially a base port, where a ship boards most of its passengers and supplies. A home port is where a ship begins and ends the bulk of its sailings. This is different from a ship’s port of registry, which is often a legal designation rather than a practical one.

Disney Cruise Line has two year-round home ports: Port Canaveral and Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), both in Florida. Currently the Magic, Fantasy, Wish, and Treasure all use Port Canaveral as their home port for at least part of the year. The Magic and Dream use Port Everglades as a home port.

Disney uses Vancouver, Canada, as a home port for the Wonder in during the summer months. Lesser used home ports for the Wonder include Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and San Diego California.

DCL uses Vancouver as a home port for the Wonder during the summer

European DCL home ports currently include Barcelona, Spain; Civitavecchia, Italy; and Southampton, England. And additional US home ports currently include Galveston, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The average DCL guest might not care about home port status beyond the convenience or inconvenience of a particular port to your location. For example, in the past DCL has home ported in New York City, less than an hour from my home, during the autumn. This was advantageous for me because I didn’t need to pay for a flight at the beginning and end of my sailing. Additionally, a cruise line’s services may be enhanced at a permanent home port location. For example, DCL’s Port Canaveral is more spacious and comfortable than some of their part-time home port facilities. But that only mildly impacts your comfort for an hour or so while waiting to board the ship.

“Disney Cruise Line in a Jiffy” is an offshoot of our “Disney in a Minute” series. Both are bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Have a question about a DCL term that is unfamiliar to you? Suggest it here for an upcoming segment.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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