At D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced that Disney Cruise Line will add one more ship in its expansion “to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level.” Joining the other two new ships that were announced just last year, all three ships will be powered by LNG and are expected to be completed by 2023.
Last year, the leader in family cruising announced plans to build two new ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021 and 2023. The seventh ship will be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned. All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development.
Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line aims to provide a family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the wonder of exploring different parts of the world.
“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Chapek said. “By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.”