This weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek discussed the three new cruise ships Disney Cruise Line has on order. The three cruise ships will be built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, arriving in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
D23 is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company. The name D23 refers to D for Disney and 23 for 1923, the year Walt Disney founded the company.
The 2023 Disney cruise ship build float-out will commemorate 100 years since Walt Disney founded the company. It’s sure to be a spectacular event, so it will be interesting to hear the name for that particular 100 year anniversary Disney cruise ship, when it’s announced some time in the future.
Just like Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy the new cruise ships will each have about 1,250 cabins. But unlike Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, the three new cruise ships will be 135,000 tons. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are 130,000 tons.
For comparison, the older cruise ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are 85,000 tons and have 877 cabins.
Also new with these three cruise ships, unlike earlier Disney cruise ship builds, the three cruise ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
It’s interesting to note, Disney Cruise Line was the first cruise operator to offer Magical Portholes, the high-tech virtual windows in windowless inside cabins. Royal Caribbean expanded on the concept, offering virtual balconies for inside cabins on their new builds Harmony of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.
Meyer Werft shipyard is the same European shipyard noted for building numerous cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream; Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss; Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas as well as Holland America Line’s Westerdam.
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