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Updated November 2020
New Disney Cruise Ships
NEWS: Three MORE Disney Cruise Ships Coming?
Rumors are swirling that Disney Cruise Line will be adding three MORE new vessels.
These new ships will be in addition to the four ships already in operation and the three currently being built by Meyer Werft (see info below).
The Maritime Executive reports:
The three new ships will be powered by LNG and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Expected delivery dates for the new vessels have not yet been made public.
New DCL Ships Coming in 2021, 2022 & 2023
Three New Disney Cruise Ships
Coming 2021, 2022, and 2023
What Do We Know About the New Disney Cruise Ships?
How many new Disney Cruise Ships will there be?
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line announced they would be building two more ships. Then, in 2017, they added a new release to that announcement, with a third ship to be built at the same time.
We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests 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.Robert Iger, Disney CEO, March 2016
When will the new Disney Cruise ships be completed?
The current schedule calls for the completion of one ship every year for the years of 2021, 2022, and 2023.
The first of the three ships to be completed will be the Disney Wish and it will be finished at the end of 2021, with an anticipated first voyage in January 2020.
What will the new ships look like?
Here is an early artist rendering (released March 2018) of the new Disney Cruise ships.
While we don't yet have any specifics, the interior of each ship is expected to maintain the feel of "the golden age of ocean cruising". The existing ships in the fleet are decorated in Art Deco or Art Noveau styles.
Where will the new Disney ships sail?
No information has been released about possible new Disney itineraries, but growing the fleet allows Disney Cruise Line to more readily expand and reach other parts of the globe.
Most common speculations involve Asia, as cruising in Asia has grown in popularity.
Additionally, Australia, Hawaii, and greater European expansion are all likely possibilities.
What will be the new Disney cruise ship names?
We don't yet know the names of all three of the new ships, however we know the first ship (to be ready in fall 2021) will be called Disney Wish.
When the existing ships were released in pairs, each vessel's name was synonymous with that of her sister ship. (Examples: Wonder & Magic, Dream & Fantasy.)
There are rumors that DCL will use a similar naming technique and have each ship receive a name that is similar to each of the others released in same time frame.
It's fun to speculate at possible names for the new Disney ships, and when the ships were first announced, we stated that we liked Enchantment, Wish, and Imagination as possible new names.
Brag time - we got the first one right with Disney Wish but as for the other two, your guess is as good as ours!
What is Disney's code name for the new ships?
Public documents from Port Canaveral are referring to the new Disney ships as "Triton". It is unknown if this is the future name of one of the ships or simply a code name created to distinguish these new build-outs from existing vessels. (Source)
How big are the new Disney ships?
These three ships are planned to be just slightly larger than the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.
- Expected Staterooms: 1,250
- Tonnage: 140,000
(The Dream/Fantasy both weigh 130,000 tons and have 1,250 staterooms.)
Where will the new ships be located?
Port Canaveral, Florida will be the home port of two of the new DCL ships.
We don't yet know anything more about the third ship and its main port.
New Disney Cruise Ship Rumors
New Disney Private Island?
With the announcement of three new ships, DCL will be increasing its fleet from four to seven total ships on the seas.
This will put extra stress and demand on the crowning experience of Disney's Caribbean itineraries: Castaway Cay.
As such, Disney has been rumored to be scouring the Bahamas in search of "new Castaway Cay" to purchase. This would add a new Disney private island as a destination where its expanded fleet can take its passengers for a magical beach diversion.
Disney Cruise Line has officially put forth a proposal to develop the area of Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera in the Bahamas Initially, there was a group that actively campaigned against the development of Lighthouse Point.
DCL's proposal to develop 746-acres to build a cruise port was tentatively approved in October 2018. (Source: LA Times)
Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line, said Disney looks "forward to working with government and the people of the Bahamas to create new economic opportunities while preserving the natural beauty of Lighthouse Point."
New Disney Port in Bahamas?
Instead of constructing a new private island, Disney Cruise Line appears to have decided to purchase expansive property on an existing Bahamian island, Lighthouse Point on Eleuthera, to build a new "escape experience" similar to Castaway Cay.
Advantages to building directly on a populated Bahamas island over a private island include:
- Staff with local residents that live nearby. Currently, DCL must ferry local crews to Castaway Cay.
- Construction could use local crews and equipment, saving time and expense of transportation to the island.
- With a larger airport with regular flight traffic, Disney could more easily build immersive experiences and offer more excursion possibilities.
Castaway Cay is largely undeveloped (only about 10% of the island is developed), but its remote nature, while admittedly its largest draw, must be a barrier to ongoing development and addition of new amenities.