Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, S. Iswaran jointly announced a partnership that will bring magical cruise vacations to Southeast Asia for the first time.
Under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board agreed to homeport a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively in Singapore for at least five years beginning in 2025.
More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries, and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date, but the ship will be the recently acquired Global Dream Project ship that will be renamed and redesigned to fit the Disney fleet.
Disney Cruise Line estimates the passenger capacity of the 208,000-gross-ton ship to be approximately 6,000, with around 2,300 crew members.
It is also expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available.
“This is a very exciting year for The Walt Disney Company — 2023 marks our 100th anniversary,” D’Amaro said. “As part of this, Disney Cruise Line is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion with new ships and new destinations around the world. We are incredibly excited to make Singapore the home port to our seventh-launched ship, which will sail from here year-round starting in 2025.”
The original design for the Global Dream had a top deck filled with a theme park’s worth of attractions, including the longest roller coaster at sea. Disney Cruise Line hasn’t revealed any details about which entertainment and attraction opens will be available when Disney’s makeover is finished, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.
Work on the ship continues under at a Meyer Weft shipyard, the same company that is building DCL’s two other upcoming Triton class ships. The next one is called the Disney Treasure and will feature an Aladdin theme. The Triton class ships, including the Disney Wish, are expected to service North American routes.
Cruising in Southeast Asia
Singapore’s strategic location, world-class air connectivity, and port infrastructure make it a thriving cruise hub in Southeast Asia, a diverse region that is home to over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This announcement will open up the region for the first time to the many Disney Cruise passengers, both new and returning, and has the potential to add millions of local and foreign cruise passengers across the five-year period.
“We look forward to welcoming the magic of Disney Cruise Line to Singapore in 2025,” said Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB). “This is an important milestone for STB and reflects Disney Cruise Line’s strong confidence in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The new Disney cruise ship will be an attraction itself and is expected to boost the tourism sector in Singapore for many years to come.”
Are you looking forward to cruising with Disney in Southeast Asia? What ports would you like to visit? Would you be more likely to book a cruise that included a day at Hong Kong Disneyland? Let us know in the comments.
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