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The 2,400-passenger Disney Wonder will be calling Seattle home until next year when it will return to Vancouver, BC, where Disney Cruise Line began its foray into the Alaska market last year. It was thought that Americans would find travel to Seattle cheaper and more convenient than Vancouver but many families were discouraged by high local prices.

Disney Cruise Line offers family-oriented shows aboard its ships. Disney’s newer ships are being kept on the east coast of the US, but west coast sailing should be more popular and cheaper for Australians and New Zealanders. However, it should be noted that the high cost of onshore excursions has not gone over well as it’s very hard to say NO to children.

An example of these options: the chance to pan for gold with Donald Duck and friends in Skagway ($49-$89), or soar over the Juneau Ice Field in a helicopter, land on a glacier and help prepare a team of sled dogs for mushing ($499-$699). Parents had better bring fat wallets. I wonder if Scrooge McDuck would pay for these options?