The Walt Disney Company is nothing if not innovative. Walt Disney himself was always looking for ways to push the boundaries of what was possible, and the company certainly does its best to continue on in his footsteps. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that in the near future, the company is planning to make their cruise line bigger and better than ever. There are a number of things planned for Disney Cruise Line, and we’re excited about each and every one. Here’s what we know about these awesome new additions.
Let’s begin with one of the bigger announcements: Disney Cruise Line is introducing a trio of brand new ships to their fleet! This is wonderful news, as the cruise line is only getting more popular and the current four ships just aren’t going to cut it for much longer. While we don’t know a whole lot about these new ships, we do know that all three will be part of what Disney is referring to as their “Triton Class” of ship. In an awesome step toward greener cruising, all will be powered by liquefied natural gas, which is slightly more eco-friendly than other types of fuel. Additionally, at 140,000 gross tons, the ships will be even bigger than the Fantasy which is the largest Disney ship to date. Despite their size, each ship will house the same 4,000 passengers across 1,250 staterooms and suites.
We do know a little bit more about one ship in particular. The Wish will be the first to debut, with a completion date in 2021—the others are set to be completed in 2022 and 2023, respectively—and an inaugural sail date set for January 2022. Like the four Disney ships before it, this gorgeous new ship will feature an amazing atrium. We don’t know a whole lot of details about it just yet, but the concept art is lovely. It shows an elegant three-level main gathering space with special touches that are inspired by the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Every Disney ship features a unique character at its stern. This really adds to the fun look of the ships and makes each one easily recognizable. For the Wish we will see Rapunzel take on this role, making her the first female to fill the position. We think this is a fabulous nod to all the adventurous girls out there, and we can’t imagine a better character to inspire young girls to get out and explore. Though we don’t yet know where this ship will first sail, we do know reservations will open to the public sometime in late 2020. We expect the ship will fill up very quickly, so be sure to keep an eye out if you’re interested in hopping on one of those first sailings.
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Second Private Island
Finally, we need to talk about the new Disney private island. Castaway Cay is the first Disney private island, and anyone who has ever visited there will tell you it’s fabulous. Knowing this, we fully expect this new island to be an absolute paradise. The island will be designed by Joe Rohde. Mr. Rohde designed much of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, and is traveling the Bahamas to meet the locals and get a solid understanding of the culture. This research will help him develop the look and feel for this newest Disney destination. In addition to keeping the local culture in mind while designing and building the new port of call, Disney will also be keeping the environment in mind. The company has an agreement with the Bahamian government to develop the site in a responsible and sustainable way, and Disney actually only plans to develop around 20% of the property. In order to ensure the most eco-friendly island attraction possible, all plans will be assessed for environmental impact and approved by the Bahamian government before any construction begins. Additionally, the public will be allowed to weigh in on any plans Disney has. Currently, the plan is to break ground on this project in 2020 and open to visitors in 2022 or 2023.