The Disney Cruise line has been running with four cruise ships since 2012, but even before the Dream and Fantasy were broken in, fans were asking when more cruise ships would be coming on line. It still won’t be for a few years, but we have our answer now – 2021 and 2023.
Disney Cruise Line just announced the expansion of its fleet with two new ships, each over 1000 feet in length and 200 feet high. From the concept art they will look very similar to the Dream class ships, but will actually be slightly larger at 135,000 gross tons. Each will include around 1,250 state rooms.
Construction will again happen at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. I love that because they have a web-camera that lets you visit the construction virtually.
“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.
“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
This is very exciting news, for obvious reasons. While Disney Cruise line has made brief forays into the Mediterranean and the west coast of the US, a new pair of ships will allow for a much wider variety of destinations year round. Want to cruise the Pacific islands? How about a few cruises longer than the 7 day cruise that is current max length of non-repositioning cruises. And definitely more themed cruises and marvelous stage productions! There are a new world of magical options coming to DCL.
There had been some rumors that Disney Cruise Line was planning a river cruise sized ship, but I’m glad to see that they went with the larger more flexible ships. I can’t wait to see what magic they come up with to put inside too.
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