Disney Cruise Line is to construct two brand new cruise ships, which will be larger than any other Disney cruise ship.
The two ships, which are yet to be named, will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the shipyard and plan to launch the new vessels 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, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.
The new class of ships will be 135,000 gross tonnes and will accommodate 1,250 staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new innovations that will be uniquely fun and distinctly Disney.
The company has introduced several firsts for the industry since launching in 1998, including AquaDuck – the first 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.
More details about the Disney Cruise Line fleet expansion will be announced at a later date.