The Disney Wonder is scheduled to arrive in San Diego on Friday to kick off the local 2014-15 cruising season, which port officials hope will signal a turnaround for the industry on the West Coast.
“The Port of San Diego is proud to welcome the Disney Wonder and its guests to our world-class waterfront,” said Bob Nelson, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Disney’s stellar reputation for quality and service combined with its onboard entertainment and attractions make it a popular choice for cruise vacationers. We invite Disney Cruise Line’s guests to experience our San Diego-style hospitality.”
So far, 76 port calls by cruise ships are scheduled in San Diego through May, though the final tally could change, port officials said.
Of those, 43 ships will begin or end a cruise. The port says those stops generate $2 million for the San Diego’s economy.
The recession and fear of violence in Mexico prompted some cruise lines to pull out of San Diego several years ago, but port officials say they’re coming back now.