DISNEY MAGIC TO SET SAIL FROM THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES IN 2008


 DISNEY MAGIC TO SET SAIL FROM THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES IN 2008

Homeporting Agreement Will Mark the Disney Magic’s Second
Mexican Riviera Service Offering Originating from Los Angeles

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — January 19, 2007 —The Port of Los Angeles will once again become the point of departure for Disney Cruise Line’s signature vacation experience when the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic cruise ship returns for a 13-week, 12 cruise, service offering in 2008.  Seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises aboard the Disney Magic will take place May 25 through August 10, 2008 from the Port’s World Cruise Center in San Pedro. The Disney Magic was last homeported at the Port of Los Angeles in Summer 2005.

“The Disney Magic experience is unique and it is only fitting that it return to the port of such a unique city, Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  “The West Coast experience that Disney will offer exclusively out of the Port of Los Angeles will generate much business and tourism revenue that will bolster our local economy.”

The 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations from the Port of Los Angeles will include ports of calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.  In addition, two 15-night repositioning cruises will be offered as the ship sails to the Port of Los Angeles from Port Canaveral, Fla.  The Disney Magic received major enhancements in dry dock in 2006, including: addition of a 24-by-14 foot jumbo LED screen for poolside movies; an expanded spa and fitness center; and a new space designed for children ages 10-14.

The Port of Los Angeles is a major West Coast cruise port and point of departure for Mexican Riviera voyages.  The Port of Los Angeles saw more than 1.1 million passengers last year.  Businesses of all types benefit from the cruise industry in Los Angeles, including taxi and bus companies, hotels and resorts, provisioning companies, florists, restaurants and local attractions.  Each cruise ship call generates approximately $300,000 for the local economy.

"We are thrilled to welcome Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Magic back to Los Angeles," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. "With Disneyland only a short drive away this is a natural fit for us, we are happy to welcome the Disney Magic back to her west coast home."

The 2005 arrival of the Disney Magic cruise ship at the Port of Los Angeles marked the first time the vessel had been homeported away from its Florida base of Port Canaveral, and the pace of bookings for those cruises exceeded expectations.  Disney anticipates bookings for the 2008 Mexican Riviera cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to go on sale on January 31, 2007.

Click here for a photo of the Disney Magic from her 2005 visit to the Port of Los Angeles.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port.  As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.  At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach.  For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006.  The Port of Los Angeles — A cleaner port.  A brighter future.