Disney Cruise Line announced its new ships during a sail-away party onboard Disney Magic. // © 2016 Disney Cruise Line
Feature image (above): Mickey and Minnie Mouse onboard Disney Magic // © 2016 Disney Cruise Line
Earlier this month, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) announced the addition of two new ships to its award-winning fleet. The unnamed vessels will be assembled at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany and are scheduled for completion in 2021 and 2023. Each will be approximately 135,000 gross tons, making them slightly larger than the brand’s Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships, and will offer about 1,250 staterooms.
While exact design plans and itineraries are still in development, travel agents and guests can expect the same high-quality, signature programming that is delivered on DCL’s present fleet. Innovative additions on the newer Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy shpis, such as virtual portholes in interior staterooms and a water coaster at sea, are surely a hint of the grand plans that the Walt Disney Imagineering team will come up with for the forthcoming vessels.
“We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “The expansion of our fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world.”
Disney expert Cara Goldsbury, chief executive concierge for Corpus Christi, Texas-based Glass Slipper Concierge, says the news is music to her ears. She has been selling Disney cruises since the company’s inception, and finding the right stateroom isn’t always the breeze she’d like it to be.
“Disney Cruise Line has been sailing at capacity for quite some time, making it more and more difficult to find availability for our clients,” Goldsbury said. “Two new ships on the horizon is terribly exciting for both guests and travel advisors specializing in Disney Destinations.”
Goldsbury relays how impressed she was with Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy when they debuted. She and her Glass Slipper Concierge counterparts were especially pleased to see the dedicated locations for concierge staterooms, suites and private concierge lounges and decks, all of which appeal to her luxury clients.
“Given all that Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offer, I can’t wait to see what sensational things are in store for us with the new ships,” Goldsbury said.
Overall, it is an exciting time across the globe for Disney, with new “Star Wars” experiences underway at Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts; the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris fast approaching; and the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort set for June 16.