Thursday, March 3, 2016

Disney says two new cruise ships are now in development

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 2:45 PM

  • Photo via Disney Parks Blog
Disney has announced that it's anchors aweigh on a plan to expand its family cruise business by building two new ships.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the House of Mouse has entered into a partnership with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to start construction on the two cruise liners.

Both ships are expected to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

Ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, but Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line's PR manager, wrote in the blog post that "the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new innovations that will be uniquely fun and distinctly Disney."

Roger A. Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said that this expansion will allow families to create more "magical memories:"

“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."

Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons, which is slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, the newest Disney Cruise Line ships built in 2011 and 2012. 

The new ships are currently planned to include 1,250 guest rooms each.

This is the most recent announcement in the company's expected expansion, which includes the Star Wars theme park experiences, the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, which will begin welcoming guests this summer. 

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