The Walt Disney Company has announced it will build 2 new ships for the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.
“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, CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
Each new vessel will be approximately 135,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the newest DCL ships Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms.
Design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, but the line says the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up new ways to entertain kids of all ages.
When Dream and Fantasy debuted in 2011 and 2012, they featured industry firsts including a water coaster at sea and virtual portholes in interior staterooms that provide real-time views of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.
“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.