For at least a year or two, I’ve been hearing rumors of two new ships to be added to the current fleet at Disney Cruise Line. Well, it’s now confirmed and I’m excited!
Disney has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023. Disney seems to like to create in pairs. The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder were the first two ships completed in 1998 and 1999, respectively. The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, much larger ships, launched in 2011 and 2012.
“We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests each and every day, and the expansion of our Disney fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.
Specific design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in the development stage, but knowing the Walt Disney Imagineering team, the new ships will be spectacular! Disney has announced that the newest ships will be slightly larger than the current largest ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. The Dream and Fantasy are both 130,000 tons with 1250 staterooms. They anticipate each new ship will be 1000 feet long, 200 feet high, 135,000 tons and include approximately 1250 guest staterooms. The number of staterooms is similar to the current larger ships. Could this mean more public space?
Will the new ships have the AquaDuck currently featured on the Dream and Fantasy? Will they have an AquaDunk like the Magic? Or will there be something completely new and innovative? Will there be interactive portholes for interior staterooms? What will the kids’ areas be like for the new ships? Will there be new broadway-style shows? Disney has always been a leader in creativity and innovation and I’m guessing that Imagineers are hard at work!
What are your thoughts? Will there be new itineraries? What do you think the new ships will be like? Anyone have any guesses about what the new ships’ names will be?
So many questions, so much excitement! Stay tuned! As we hear news, we will share it with you.
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