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Disney Cruise & Resort News - (1/15/22) It has been talked about throughout the pandemic, but as of now the Disney Cruise Line is enforcing a new vaccination policy for all guests on all of their ships. As of now, all guests age 5 and up are now required to be “fully vaccinated” before boarding the vessels. The news should not take anyone who has already booked a trip by surprise, as it was announced back in November, with an enforcement date as of January 13, 2022.
For kids not old enough to be vaccinated yet, a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented and have been “taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date” and must be “a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test” only. The timing of this is probably for the best as there has been a huge ride in the number of positive cases on cruise ships over the past few weeks as the spread of the new Omicron Variant appears to be peaking.
(5/29/21) Disney is now accepting bookings on the brand new Disney Wish, which is set to launch the vessel's first voyage on June 9, 2022 from Port Canaveral.
???? - Lighthouse Point - (2/5/20) The Disney Cruise Line has posted a new website and video to show off their plans for “Lighthouse Point”, another exclusive Bahama island stop (Eleuthera) for the Disney Cruise Line. Lighthouse Point will serve as a complement to Castaway Cay as the Disney Cruise Line fleet expands in the coming years.
WDI’s Joe Rohde can be seen in the video below as the creative force overseeing this project as he explains a bit more about their plans for the site.
(3/14/19) According to this article the Disney Cruise Line has completed the purchase of a second destination in the Bahamas for the growing cruise line. Disney has purchased a piece of property known as “The Lighthouse Point” on the island of Eleuthera, with the Bahamas government entering into a deal for future development of the property. According to Disney, the development of the 700-acre property will be somewhere between $250 and $400 million, with a side deal for Disney to donate the 190-acre southernmost tip of the island back to the government as a national park.
Currently the Disney Cruise Line vessels stop at the private Castaway Cay island location.
New Disney Cruise Line Ships Launching: 2022 - 2023 - (11/28/21) Disney has posted a new construction update from the shipyards showing off the progress of the new Disney Wish over the past several months. This includes the addition of the funnels, the connection of the aft block of the ship to the rest of the body and more. The timeline still has the Disney Wish set to launch into service in June 2022.
In addition Disney has also confirmed that an original stage adaption of “The Little Mermaid” will be performed as one of the headlining new shows exclusive on-board the Disney Wish. Another new show to be presented on the first night of departure will be ‘Disney Seas the Adventure”, a new musical featuring Captain Minnie, Goofy and a collection of other Disney characters.
(7/10/21) Disney has announced a unique dining experience will be offered on the Disney Wish called Avengers: Quantum Encounter. The dining experience is brought to life by the arrival of Ant-Man and The Wasp as they put on a display of how the Pym Particles work along with a Quantum Core device at each table. Select test items may grow or shrink in size during the demonstration and I’m sure there will be a few mishaps along the way. Before the end, an unexpected villain arrived with an army to take the technology, but Captain America and Captain Marvel will arrive to assist Ant-Man and The Wasp to determine the fate… of your dinner.
(4/30/21) Disney Cruise Line has pulled back the curtains to show off some details about the new Disney Wish this week. According to the post the Disney Wish will include some features not only for Disney fans, but also fans of Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.
In an evolution of the AquaDuck waterslide built into the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, the Disney Wish will feature the AquaMouse, which seems to be about the same length as the AquaDuck, but will feature a few “show scenes, lighting and special effects” along the way. For those looking to get wet and play, the Disney Wish will also feature six different pools and a Toy Story themed play area.
It will feature an assortment of dining areas including “Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure” that will offer a themed dining experience, a “Worlds of Marvel” dining area and “1923” with California themes and flavors. Other themed areas include Hero Zone, the Walt Disney Theater, the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas and a Star Wars themed bar called “Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge”. You can make the jump over to the official Disney site to see more, or watch the new video release below.
(4/23/21) Disney Cruise Line has announced they will host a “grand reveal” of the new Disney Wish on April 29th at 11am ET. Stay tuned!
(4/10/21) The Disney Wish, the next ship set to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet in Summer 2022, hit a construction milestone this week that was celebrated with a traditional keel laying ceremony where a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. Disney also announced that Captain Minnie Mouse will be presented on the artwork at the bow of the new vessel, and the artwork for this was minted into the coin created for the Disney Wish.
(12/28/20) The Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that the new Disney Wish vessel will now set sail for guests in Summer 2022. The video teaser below also shows off a look at the Grand Hall where a statue of Cinderella will sit next to the bottom of the grand staircase.
(9/15/20) The Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that the planned launch of the new Disney Wish in Early 2022, which was to be followed by two more ships between then and the end of 2023, is now delayed. According to DCL the Meyer Werft shipyard was impacted by COVID-19 and has caused construction delays. At this time, Disney is working with the shipyard to negotiate new terms and have not yet settled on any new timelines just yet.
(8/27/19) The Disney Cruise Line dropped the name of the first of the three new vessels coming to the fleet at the D23 Expo over the weekend. The first ship to launch will be the Disney Wish, and will feature Rapunzel on the back, suspended by her hair, painting the logo on the ship’s stern. Look for the Disney Wish to set sail with guests in January 2022.
(7/20/17) Back in early 2016 the Disney Cruise Line announced they would be adding two new ships. Well, this deal has now been modified with the added announcement that the Disney Cruise Line will actually be adding THREE new ships now instead of just two. The new ships, which are yet to be named, will launch in 2021, 2022 and 2023. After the final launch, this will bring the total number of ships in the Disney Cruise Line up to 7.
“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,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said.
All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, with each of the ships expected to have their own unique experiences. 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 – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
With a legacy of revolutionary design, Disney Cruise Line’s new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before.
(3/4/16) The Disney Cruise Line announced on Thursday that they have signed an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to produce two more vessels for the growing Disney Cruise Line fleet, launching in 2021 and 2023. The new ships are described as being slightly bigger than the last two additions (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) at 135,000 gross tons, over 1,000 feet long and standing 200 feet tall. At this point no names have been decided yet, but each ship will offer approximately 1,250 guest staterooms. Considering how much technology and new innovations went into the creation of the Disney Dream class vessel compared to the Disney Magic class (original), I can only imagine that by 2021, these newest class vessels will be utterly state of the art and include some new surprises we haven’t even seen yet from the Disney Cruise Line.