The most magical cruise on the high seas will continue to sail from central Florida for the foreseeable future as the Canaveral Port Authority and Disney Cruise Line just reached a 20-year agreement to expand operations and make Port Canaveral home for two of Disney Cruise Line’s three new ships.
This is a modification of an existing contract and comes with two additional five-year renewal options. Initially, Disney guarantees 150 sailings, but increases to 180 sailings in 2023 and up to 216 sailings in 2024 through the remainder of the 20-year term. Disney Cruise Line fans are going to have a lot of options once the new ships arrive on the scene.
“Port Canaveral was the inaugural homeport for our first ship and has served as a gateway for magical cruise vacations ever since,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “We value our longstanding relationship with Port Canaveral and look forward to expanding our presence there as we introduce new ships and new family cruise experiences.”
“For decades we have worked with Disney Cruise Line building a partnership based on our mutual commitment to excellence. We are tremendously proud of our joint success and looking ahead at growing an even more exciting future with Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral as the homeport for its newest class of vessels,” said Canaveral Port Authority Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray.
The terms of the new agreement continue Disney’s exclusive operation from Cruise Terminal 8, in addition to providing preferential use of the Port’s Cruise Terminal 10 for a third homeport vessel. The planned waterside and landside improvements to Cruise Terminal 8 and Cruise Terminal 10 will accommodate the growth of Disney’s fleet of cruise ships. The new ships are expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with two of them homeporting in Port Canaveral for at least their first five years of operation.
Earlier this week, Port Canaveral played host to six cruise ships simultaneous. This is only the third time in the port’s history it has hosted six cruise ships in one day. In the video below you can see the: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sun, Disney Cruise Line’s Dream, Carnival Cruise Line’s Liberty and Elation, Norwegian Dawn, and Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas.
And an aerial view:
Exciting times at Port Canaveral. Have you ever sailed on a Disney Cruise from the port? Did you do a land and sea package?
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