REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Life Style Sports Launch Limited Edition Connacht Green Lantern Jersey 24/11/2015Life Style Sports, official sponsor to Connacht Rugby, today launched a limited edition Connacht Green Lantern jersey that will be worn on Nov 28th against Munster. On hand to help launch the super hero inspired jersey were ConnachtÕs own heroes John Muldoon, Bundee Aki and Eoghan Masterson. The Green Lantern jersey is available in adult and kids sizes exclusively from Life Style Sports, in store and online at www.LifeStyleSports.iePictured (L-R) Bundee Aki, John Muldoon and Eoghan MastersonMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan The players of Connacht Rugby finally got their hands on the new and limited edition Green Lantern inspired rugby jersey, available exclusively from Life Style Sports, official sponsor of Connacht Rugby. Fans will be able to witness the Connacht rugby team channel their inner super heroes this weekend when they take to the pitch at Thomond Park to face Munster in their PRO12 fixture wearing the jersey for the very first time. Connacht captain John Muldoon added:“We were all really impressed when we saw the Green Lantern jersey from BLK. It’s something for our supporters to have some fun with it and I know there will be a lot of young fans out there who will be looking to get it on their Christmas list. As players, we’re pretty excited about wearing it at the weekend too.”The Connacht Green Lantern jersey is available exclusively to Life Style Sports, in store and online at www.LifeStyleSports.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Since going on pre-sale on November 18th, the super hero jersey has become the best-selling rugby jersey for pre-orders from Life Style Sports.The jersey is the result of a partnership between BLK, official kit supplier to Connacht Rugby, and DC Comics and is the fourth comic book hero inspired jersey from the manufacturer who recently launched Batman, Superman and Flash inspired jerseys for Ospreys, Melbourne Rebels and Queensland Reds.The jersey captures all the fine details from the new character comic suit. The armoured design was specially designed to replicate the contoured panels and tailored cut of the BLK pro jersey to give the players an all empowering jersey to wear into battle.With Christmas just around the corner, this limited edition Green Lantern Connacht jersey is the perfect gift for young Connacht fans wanting to become superheroes just like their Connacht idols.Commenting at the official launch of the jersey, Debbie Byrne, Marketing Director at Life Style Sports said:“We are very excited for the Connacht team to take to the pitch this weekend wearing the Green Lantern jersey for the very first time. These guys were always super heroes in our eyes and now they will really look the part in their Green Lantern themed jerseys.”Bruce Wood, Brand Manager at BLK Ireland said:“We’re extremely excited to see the Green Lantern come to life for Connacht Rugby. The symbol of the Green Lantern light represents the power and energy that comes from the will of the people which is fitting for the 5 proud counties of Connacht”
Kerry Dyck, who lost a battle with cancer earlier this year, would have been very proud of his son after Jaden was named the recipient of the inaugural Hume Innkeepers Kerry Dyck Memorial Scholarship Tuesday at the Lakeside Pitch.“It’s a $500 scholarship given to a youth player playing in the men’s league based on soccer ability, overall involvement in the sport in Nelson as judged by all members of our team (Hume Innkeepers),” said Kevin Lewis of the Innkeepers. “We presented it to Jaden because of his soccer ability, leadership qualities and that he refs and coaches in Nelson Youth Soccer,” Lewis added.The money will be used for Dyck as he continues his post-secondary education.The Hume Innkeepers play in the Mallard’s Men’s Open Adult League with Oso Negro, Old Dogs and Dyck’s team, Nelson Youth Soccer Selects.Kerry Dyck, a graduate of L.V. Rogers High School, was a key cog in Nelson Youth Soccer for many years, coaching and serving on the executive. He was also coach and manager of the Hume Innkeepers for many years, helping the squad capture the 2017 Mallard’s Men’s Open League last fall.Kerry Dyck was also honoured last month by BC Soccer, claiming the Awards of Merit.Kerry Dyck was nominated by the BC Soccer Membership as well as the Board of Directors for recognition of contributions to soccer, during a period of ten or more years, as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club/league or district Level. The announcement was made during the spring by BC Soccer Association.
Mater Dei High School’s girls track and field team showcased their overall balance at the season opening Rebel Relays. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Above: Mater Dei High School’s Marie Walsh competes in a relay race during the annual Husky Relays held at Matawan Regional High School in Aberdeen on April 11. Below: Middletown High School North’s Brandon Depalo clears a hurdle during the relays. The Seraphs edged Matawan for the Division I title at the meet hosted by Howell High School on April 4. Mater Dei scored in 12 of the 15 events, which gave the Seraphs just enough to earn the first-place trophy. Mater Dei won four relays on the track, the distance medley relay, the sprint medley, the shuttle hurdles and the 3×400-meter intermediate hurdles. It was Marie Walsh, Aliya Simor, Shanna Kirgan and Jen Poss teaming up to win the DMR in 13:52. The sprint medley consisted of Walsh, Tessa La Marche, Danielle Ostanzo and Shanna Kirgan. They posted a wining time of 4:42.9. In the shuttle hurdles, Kelly Rossidis, Nicole Murphy, Brianna Kiernan and Ciara Chaly clocked 1:19. The same quartet won the intermediate hurdles relay in 3:53.0. Matawan was second in both these events, and Mater Dei wins here play a large role in the team’s championship. The Seraphs outscored the Huskies, 45- 40, on the track. The two teams were even in the field with 40 points each. The victory in the Rebel Relays set the stage for what coach Kevin Attridge expects to be a good season for his squad. “We have some outstanding returning individuals who had great winter seasons and a mix of talented returnees from track and field,” said Attridge. Newcomers, some young, some upperclassmen, have added to the team’s depth, and that came in handy in Howell. Walsh (800-1,600), Liz Shaw (400- 800-1,600), Chaly high jump/hurdles, Rossidis (hurdles), Murphy (hurdles), Shanna Kirgan (400-800), Caitlin Gatto (high jump/100), Kerry Donnelly (800- 1,600), Amanda Mennen (field events), Julia Koch (800-1,600), Kiernan (hurdles) and Simnor (1,600-3,200) are the returning letter winners who are the core of the ’09 Seraphs. At Saturday’s Husky Relays at Matawan High School, Gatto and Chalz won the high jump relay with their jumps totaling 9-5. The Seraphs were third in Division I with 44 points. Upcoming events include the 34th Holmdel Relay Carnival at Holmdel High School on Friday (4:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 a.m.) and the Lion Invitational at Middletown North High School on April 25. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
State fire officials summoned approximately 500 firefighters and two water-dumping helicopters. Kern County firefighters already exhausted from battling a 700-acre blaze near Keene over the weekend were given a rest day Monday. A DC-10 used to dump flame retardants originally assigned to the even bigger Lake Tahoe fire was diverted to the Rosamond fire when it became apparent it couldn’t fly over the smoky Sierra. Firefighters on Monday focused their efforts on a saddle on the north end of Oak Creek Canyon, Royos said. Containing the fire in Oak Creek Canyon is crucial to preventing the blaze from spreading to densely populated areas. Blackburn Canyon has 130 homes and is about six miles northwest of Oak Canyon Creek, and the city of Tehachapi is about nine miles farther in the same direction. “Then it gets into some wild wilderness with no roads and some heavy fuel types,” Royos said. ROSAMOND – A massive blaze that began Sunday morning scorched more than 6,000 acres of pristine wilderness on the southeast face of the Tehachapi Mountains and showed no signs of slowing down by Monday afternoon, authorities said. Fueled by high winds, low humidity and unusually dry vegetation, the fire raced atop the mountain range Sunday night, spreading dense smoke across the Antelope Valley skies. The blaze made a downhill run into remote Oak Creek Canyon, where the evacuation of 30 people was ordered earlier in the day, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Martin Johnson said. Firefighters had zero containment of the blaze by 10 a.m. Monday, and prospects for getting the upper hand seemed grim by midday, battalion Chief Frank Royos said. “We’re just hoping to get through the day,” Royos said. “That’ll tell a lot.” The blaze gained momentum with 30 mph winds at its back as it climbed over ridge tops. Humidity has been in single digits since the blaze began, and fuel moisture content in the hillsides is well below the 65 percent critical level benchmark, Royos said. Firefighters are bracing for sweltering daytime heat as a high pressure system is expected to hit the Southland by today. Their worst fear is Santa Ana winds that could push the blaze toward Blackburn Canyon and then Tehachapi. Rugged terrain amid elevations above 6,000 feet presents unique challenges for firefighters. “Where the wind blows, that’s usually where the fire goes, but when you have canyons and valleys and convergences of air masses and updrafts and downdrafts and all these things, you can get fire whirls, you can get a hooking action,” Johnson said. “Air can move in different directions depending on what’s going on on the ground.” The bad news for firefighters is that the conditions are in place for a devastating fire season, Royos said, noting that a cold snap in January killed a lot of plant life, exacerbating drought conditions. “I think we’ve been lucky so far, but it’s only June,” Royos said. “This could be a very long year.” email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Giorgio Rocca of Italy remained unbeaten in the slalom this season, capturing a World Cup race in Adelboden, Switzerland, on Sunday in which Ted Ligety of the United States finished a career-best second despite a costly mistake on a treacherous and icy slope. Slalom world champion Benjamin Raich of Austria, winner of the previous day’s giant slalom, was third. Overall champion Bode Miller veered off course in the first run. Randall rally: Alaskan Kikkan Randall rallied from 10 seconds down in the final kilometer to tie Vermont’s Liz Stephen for first place in the women’s 5-kilometer race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Utah. In the men’s race, defending champion James Southam of Anchorage made it two straight titles. Canadian sweep: Kyle Nissen led Canada to a sweep of the top four spots at a World Cup aerials event in Ste-Adele, Quebec, while Swiss skiers Evelyne Leu and Manuela Mueller finished 1-2 among the women. Sprint away: Bjorn Lind and Lina Andersson of Sweden won sprint events in a World Cup cross country ski meet at Otepaa, Estonia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Schild won a crash-filled race in 1 minute, 48.34 seconds for her seventh career victory and a share of the slalom standings lead with Janica Kostelic of Croatia. Ten skiers crashed or slid out on the second run alone, a day after the soft snow was ruled too dangerous for a giant slalom. Nardiello pleas: Suspended U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello’s plea for immediate reinstatement will go before a New York judge today in Elizabethtown, less than a week before his team competes at a key World Cup race in Germany. Essex County Supreme Court Judge James Dawson could order the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to allow Nardiello the chance to rejoin his team, or say the sport’s governing body was justified in placing him on paid administrative leave. The USBSF suspended Nardiello on Dec. 31, shortly after two claims of sexual harassment – one from an athlete, the other from the mother of 2002 Olympic gold medalist Tristan Gale – were filed against him. Nardiello has denied the accusations. Rocca, winner of all four slaloms, completed the two runs on the Chuenisbaergli course in 1 minute, 39.14 seconds, with Ligety 0.60 seconds behind. Schild wins crash-filled event: Austria’s Marlies Schild won her third straight World Cup slalom, with Kristina Koznick fourth and Lindsey Kildow ninth in Maribor, Slovenia.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2On Friday, U.S.-benchmark crude-oil futures were above $74 a barrel as traders nervously eyed an expected Israeli ground invasion of southern Lebanon. The market fears that the fighting could draw Iran, a key oil producer and supporter of Hezbollah, into the conflict. BP PLC will be the first major oil company to report second-quarter results. The London-based company is expected to reveal Tuesday the weakest year-on-year performance among its peers, weighed down by the loss of output from a massive offshore platform damaged by last summer’s hurricanes, and lost production and repair costs associated with a deadly explosion last year at a Texas refinery. Even so, BP could post net income of $6.3 billion, or 11 percent more than a year earlier, analysts say – showing just how effective soaring oil and gasoline prices can be at masking operational difficulties. Energy consumers deserve credit too; the industry benefited from a global fuel appetite that just wouldn’t quit. The International Energy Agency estimates that world oil demand averaged 82.4 million barrels per day in the second quarter, or 1.5 percent above the prior year, generating more than $500 billion for petroleum producers. That’s roughly equivalent to the annual gross domestic product of South Africa. Of course, the cash register rings more than once for integrated oil companies, and refining crude oil into gasoline, diesel and heating oil turned out to be a blockbuster business segment for them this spring. Five of the world’s largest energy companies are expected to report combined second-quarter profits next week of more than $30 billion, a bounty fueled by worldwide economic growth and political instability that helped keep oil above $70 a barrel. The oil industry is braced for a backlash in Washington, where elected officials are concerned about constituents in many parts of the country paying more than $3 a gallon at the pump. But some analysts say companies could face less criticism than usual given the attention focused on Middle East violence. Whatever the political fallout, the industry has done right by Wall Street’s standards. The five oil behemoths releasing quarterly results next week – BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC – earned an estimated $33.6 billion, or 32 percent more than a year earlier, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. World oil prices that rose 33 percent, on average, helped drive the earnings growth. The average profit margin from refining was $19.10 per barrel of crude, or 60 percent higher than a year ago, according to J.P. Morgan. Independent refiners such as Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., which report their second quarter results in early August, were the greatest beneficiaries of this trend. One slight drag on the integrated oil industry’s performance was a year-on-year decline in average U.S. natural gas prices, which have continued to slump into the third quarter because of record U.S. inventories following a mild winter. Going forward, the oil majors’ profit growth could face stronger headwinds, said John Parry, senior equity analyst at John S. Herold. Looking beyond summer – and the threat of hurricanes – Parry sees oil prices flattening out and then tailing off toward the end of 2006, especially if economic growth continues to slow, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned twice this week. J.P. Morgan is forecasting average oil prices of $54 a barrel in 2007, and the IEA says the world’s supply cushion will grow considerably next year as more production from Africa, the Caspian Sea and the recovering Gulf of Mexico comes on stream. At the moment, a price collapse appears unlikely, with energy traders uneasy about the current supply-demand balance and nervous about geopolitical threats. The recent fighting between Israel and militants in Lebanon, and the knee-jerk response on oil markets, highlights how prices can spiral out of control without a drop of oil taken off the market. Analysts say these events could actually give the industry some temporary political cover. “The villains today are not likely to be seen as the oil companies,” Fimat USA energy analyst Antoine Halff said. “More fingers are being pointed at Iran and Syria than Exxon and Chevron.” In the April-June quarter, the geopolitical uncertainty gripping the oil market centered on the West’s efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the war in Iraq and instability in Nigeria, which reduced the country’s petroleum output by roughly 500,000 barrels per day. But potential and actual supply threats weren’t the only forces driving prices higher, analysts said. Global oil demand kept rising, fueled by economic growth in China, the U.S. and – thanks to the high prices – the Middle East. “It’s market fundamentals,” said John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, a Washington-based lobbying organization.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLTON, Calif. (AP) – A fifth U.S. Forest Service firefighter died Tuesday of burns suffered when an engine crew was overrun by the arson-set Esperanza wildfire in Southern California last week, authorities said late Tuesday. Firefighter Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley died at 5:08 p.m. at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, said Jeanne Wade Evans, the San Bernardino National Forest supervisor, at a press conference outside the hospital. A group of Forest Service firefighters with tears in their eyes stood behind Evans. “I felt the faith and hope for Pablo’s recovery and actually felt a miracle might be possible,” she said. “Today more sadness is added to our almost unbearable grief.” Cerda was burned over 90 percent of his body Thursday as he and the crew of Engine 57 tried to protect a home from wind-driven flames in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County, 90 miles east of Los Angeles. Three other crew members died at the scene and Cerda’s captain died soon after at a hospital. Cerda underwent extensive removal of damaged skin in an operation Friday but was always given a poor prognosis. Dr. Dev Gnanadev said Cerda’s family was given the option of returning him to the operating room but “they decided to let Pablo go.” He was taken off life support. The fifth death made it the greatest loss of firefighters in a single incident while battling a wildfire since 14 were killed in July 1994 during a blaze known as the South Canyon or Storm King Mountain Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colo., according to the National Interagency Fire Center statistics. Cerda was in just his second year of fighting fires for the Forest Service. He had planned to begin studying to become a paramedic. The other victims were the engine captain, Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, of Idyllwild; Jason McKay, 27, of Apple Valley; Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont; and Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, of San Jacinto. “All of us from the forest and all those from the fire service deeply mourn the loss of these brave men. In my mind there’s no greater calling than to help those in need,” Evans said. All the firefighters were outside their engine when they were overrun and none had used their personal fire shelters. The engine was destroyed. According to a preliminary report on the entrapment released Tuesday, “an onset of Santa Ana winds with a notable increase in velocity contributed to extreme fire behavior, including a rapid rate of fire spread and fire size growth.” Investigators, meanwhile, were sifting through hundreds of tips and interviewing previously convicted arsonists who live in the Cabazon area where the blaze began, authorities said. About 65 investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had questioned “several” people of interest and planned to talk to several more in the coming days, said Susan Raichel, an ATF spokeswoman. Detectives were also talking to convicted arsonists who live in the area, said James Crowell, an ATF special-agent-in-charge who is heading the Cabazon probe. In California, convicted arsonists must register with state officials and provide their address, Raichel said. No arrests have been made, officials said. “We’re tracking down every lead and interviewing everyone we can and we’re doing the best we can to resolve this,” Crowell said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “There’s no time frame we’re working on. There’s no way for me to gauge whether we’re closer to apprehending someone or not.” On Monday, investigators picked up two men from a residence about a quarter-mile from the fire’s point of origin and briefly questioned them. They were then released, authorities said. The blaze started early Thursday and scorched 40,200 acres, or more than 60 square miles, of forest and brush before being fully contained Monday. It destroyed 34 homes and 20 outbuildings. A portion of Highway 243 in the fire area remained under indefinite closure for repair of the two-lane road. Firefighting costs reached $9.9 million, the California Department of Forestry said. Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle also said investigators would be interviewing a number of people in the case. The reward for information leading to an arrest topped $500,000. “We’re trying to work through the leads that we have, and going through the process,” Doyle said in a telephone interview. Authorities said the fire was deliberately set at the base of a slope in Cabazon, west of Palm Springs, as fierce Santa Ana winds hit Southern California. Residents said they saw two young men leaving the area where the fire began. At the crime scene, investigators had planted blue, red and yellow flags attached to wire stakes in the ground to mark the location of possible evidence. Part of the hillside was marked by a grid made of pegs and string. A public memorial service for the dead firefighters was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore. Individual firefighter funerals will be private, officials said. Associated Press Writers Allison Hoffman in Cabazon, Gillian Flaccus in Tustin, and Jeremiah Marquez in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
5 Manchester City have enjoyed one of the greatest ever starts to a Premier League season.Pep Guardiola’s side have won the joint-highest total of points (31) after 11 matches played since 1992-93, have a goal difference of +31 that can be bettered by only two teams in the history of the Football League (Preston, +33 in 1888-89 and Sunderland, +32 in 1892-93), and have scored 52 goals in all competitions – a record for a Premier League club after 17 matches.But how does their start match up to some of the other great starts by Premier League-winning teams?Click the right arrow, above, to see Man City’s start in 2017-18 compared to fantastic starts made by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United… and Manchester City themselves… 5 Arsenal 2003-04 – Arsenals incredible feat of going the entire Premier League season undefeated remains unmatched, but many are starting to suggest Man City will be able to repeat the achievement this term. Despite the Gunners excelling throughout the entire campaign, they actually started relatively slowly in comparison with City this season. They won eight of their first 11 matches, drawing the other three, and were only one point clear of second placed Chelsea and two points clear of third placed Manchester United at that stage.
Clean sheets: 3
Goals scored: 23
Goals conceded: 9
Points per game: 2.45
Win rate: 73% 5 5 Manchester City 2011-12 – Though people continue to rave about Man Citys start to the season, they have actually only matched their points total from the 2011-12 campaign. City won the Premier League that year courtesy of THAT Sergio Aguero goal and started the season without a defeat until their 15th fixture. After 11 matches they had won 10 and drawn one being held 2-2 at Fulham and had actually scored more goals (39) than City have this season (38). However, Roberto Mancinis side had conceded more goals and kept fewer clean sheets than Pep Guardiolas, which is why supporters feel as if this seasons outfit are superior to the 2011-12 title winners.
Clean sheets: 4
Goals scored: 39
Goals conceded: 10
Points per game: 2.82
Win rate: 91% Manchester City 2017-18 – Pep Guardiolas side are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, having won 10 and drawn one of their 11 matches. They are, by far, the leading goalscorers (38) and only one team have conceded fewer than their seven goals. Incredibly, Citys goal total is higher than that of Southampton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Swansea and Crystal Palace combined (38 to 35), while their goal difference (+31) is equal to the goal difference of second place Man United and third place Spurs combined (Man United +18, Spurs +13).
Clean sheets: 6
Goals scored: 38
Goals conceded: 7
Points per game: 2.82
Win rate: 91% Manchester United 2006-07 – Manchester United are notoriously slow starters when it comes to league football, and they have never come close to matching Man Citys brilliant current run of form. In recent years, the Red Devils best start came in their title-winning campaign of 2006-07, when they had amassed 28 points from their first 11 matches. Defeat at home to Arsenal followed by a draw at Reading were the only time United dropped points until their 14th fixture. Despite garnering fewer points than Pep Guardiolas Man City, the 06-07 Man United side were actually superior to them as a defensive team, keeping more clean sheets (7 to 6) and conceding fewer goals (5 to 7).
Clean sheets: 7
Goals scored: 26
Goals conceded: 5
Points per game: 2.55
Win rate: 82% Chelsea 2005-06 – Man Citys start this season is equal to Chelseas start in 2005-06, when Jose Mourinhos Blues were six points clear of second placed Wigan after 11 matches. Chelsea had only dropped points once being held to a 1-1 draw at Everton and they started the season with an incredible six consecutive clean sheets. Though they had the same number of points after 11 matches as Man City do this term, Chelsea had scored 10 fewer goals than Pep Guardiolas side, but had also conceded one fewer.
Clean sheets: 6
Goals scored: 28
Goals conceded: 6
Points per game: 2.82
Win rate: 91% 5
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Share This!We asked for your favorite Disney Cruise Line itinerary and the people have spoken. DCL has many cruise destinations. Some don’t happen every year, but of the ones you can count on seeing, here are your choices for Best Disney Cruise Line destination:Bahamas/Caribbean – 321✅Alaska – 134TIE Northern Europe – 67TIE Mediterranean – 67Let’s start from the top:This is what many people think of when cruising. Photo – Savannah SandersBahamas/CaribbeanThese are probably what most North Americans think of when they think about a cruise. Sun and fun, islands, beaches – what’s not to love? Disney agrees with you too. Disney Cruise Line sails the Caribbean and the Bahamas year round, and on all four ships. Your choices range from 3-night getaways to 11-night adventures. And most include a stop at Castaway Cay. Because Caribbean cruises are a bit of a commodity, they tend to be somewhat competitively priced (for Disney). On the down side, these cruises can get old for the repeat cruiser.Disney Cruise Line Caribbean and Bahamas cruises are very accessible for anyone from the Midwest, East coast, or Southeast. You can sail out of Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, and New York City for these cruises.Alaska was your second most popular DCL destination. Photo – DisneyAlaskaPossibly the best way to visit Alaska is by ship. And if you’re sailing with Disney, that ship is the Wonder. For many cruisers, Alaska is the cruise they try next after the Caribbean. With breathtaking scenery and opportunities for excursions you won’t find other destinations (dog sledding, anyone), we can’t say enough good things about Alaska cruises. The Wonder cruises Alaska in the spring and summer months.Disney cruises to Alaska leave from Vancouver and range from 5 nights (not long enough in my opinion) to 9 nights. One thing Len and I loved about our Alaska cruise was that the music was appropriate to the scenery (think Wilderness Lodge background music).There are some cons to choosing Disney for your Alaska cruise. For one thing, DCL is significantly more expensive for this destination than other excellent cruise lines. And some cruisers may not feel Alaska is a as “Disney” as the Caribbean cruises. There’s definitely some hand-waving involved in the Freezing the Night Away Frozen theme nights (because while that works fine for the Northern European cruises, I’m fairly sure the people of Arendelle were not Inuit).Do you dream of seeing Rome’s Trevi Fountain during your Disney Cruise? Photo – DisneyEurope – Northern and SouthernPulling up the rear is Disney’s European sailings. Don’t get me wrong, the people lucky enough to have done them have nothing but good things to say about them. But the first thing I think with DCL’s European cruises is “wow, that’s expensive,” especially the Northern European ones. Add to that the cost for North Americans to get to their cruise, and you’re looking at a significant investment.The Magic spends its springs and summers in Europe and sails from Barcelona and Rome for the Mediterranean itineraries, and Dover and Copenhagen for the British Isles and Northern Europe. You can cruise on 5- to 11-night sailings with Disney Cruise Line in Europe.Do you have a favorite Disney cruise? Did we leave off YOUR favorite, like trans-Atlantic, California Coast, Panama Canal, or New England and Canada cruises? Talk about it in the comments. And stay tuned to the blog for this week’s poll.