Disney Cruise Line, the line synonymous with the family cruise business has announced it will construct two brand new vessels which will take to the seas in 2021 and 2023.
The as-yet-unnamed vessels will be slightly larger evolutions of the line’s newest 130,000 tonne Disney Dream ship model, with an expected complement of 1,250 staterooms.
Founded in 1998, the cruise line is renowned for innovation in its fleet with Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy first to feature such ideas as virtual portholes in interior staterooms complete with occasional sightings of animated Disney characters swimming by the window and the first ‘AquaDuck’ water coaster at sea.
Such an elongated delivery timeline will ensure the Walt Disney ‘Imagineering Team’ has the opportunity to be unique and distinctively Disney. Further details including design plans, ship names and itineraries will be formalised as the launch date approaches, however it is understood one of the new ships will allow Disney to homeport a vessel in Asia for at least part of the year.
Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company stated at the announcement that “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”.
Disney currently sails itineraries in Europe and North America and has made no secret of its desire to expand abroad with Australia & Asia consistently being investigated as an option by the line. However its presently limited fleet has restricted the line in terms of its international deployment schedule.
This expansion marks a busy period in the wider Disney family, with a new Disney resort opening in Shanghai and the integration of the Star Wars brand to both Disney Cruise Line and Disney’s land based resorts.