|Disney Wonder from aboard Helijet. Photo by Sue Frause|
Seattle's loss is Vancouver's gain. With Disney Cruise Line releasing its 2013 itineraries, Vancouver will once again be the home port for the Disney Wonder. Disney debuted its Alaska cruises in Vancouver in 2011, carrying approximately 90,000 passengers and contributing $40 million to the city's coffers. But Disney switched to Seattle as the departure hub for 2012.
Good news for British Columbia, as Mickey & Company are returning north next year. The switch is due to Vancouver's closer proximity to Alaska and positive feedback from travelers. According to Port Metro Vancouver, each cruise call to the city contributes $2 million in economic activity. And even though Disney won't be present in 2012, the port anticipates an overall increase in cruise passengers in Vancouver this year.