The Disney Cruise Line fleet will grow by two ships by 2023. The company announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with a German shipyard to build two 2,500-passenger ships, bringing its fleet to six.
Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons, slightly larger than Disney’s last new ships, but with the same number of staterooms. Other details had not been settled yet. Design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the company said.
Currently, two of Disney’s four ships sail to the Bahamas and the Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. The other two ships move around, often to Europe and Alaska in summer with one ship in Miami for the winter Caribbean season. Cruise executives previously said they were particularly interested in the South American market, especially Brazil, and had noted the growth of cruising in Asia and Australia.
Until the announcement, Disney was one of the few cruise lines that did not have any new ships on order. Its last two ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, debuted in 2011 and 2012.
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Until the announcement, Disney was one of the few cruise lines that did not have any new ships on order.
“The Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures,” the company said in its press release.
“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 CEO of the Walt Disney Co.
The ships will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.