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Disney Cruise Line unveils plans for new ships at D23 Expo

Disney FantasyAt a US expo last weekend, Disney’s chairperson revealed that its cruise line had three new ships on order. Bob Chapek confirmed that an initial order for two new vessels had been increased to three to cater to ever-increasing demand for Disney’s unique cruises.

The trio of Disney Cruise Line ships are being built at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyards. The as yet unnamed trio will enter service at a rate of one a year between 2021 and 2023. Each of the ships will be built to similar specifications and will have 1,250 passenger cabins and 135,000 gross tonnage.

Speaking at the Anaheim D23 Expo, Mr Chapek explained that the three new vessels would provide passengers with full-on, immersive Disney experiences. He added that Disney’s world-class innovations, Disney legends and exciting entertainment options for all the family would create peerless travel experiences for one and all.

Mr Chapek finished off with the codicil that once all three boats were afloat they would almost double the size of the current Disney fleet of four. Disney Fantasy was the latest addition to the fleet when she set sail on her first passenger cruise five years ago.

The year before, Disney Dream increased the original Disney fleet size by 50 per cent. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder were the line’s first ships and launched in the late 1990s.

All four of Disney Cruise Line’s current fleet have been revamped and upgraded in the last few years. The likes of Star Wars themed zones and outlets for sweets and souvenir items have come with the upgrades. Stage show programmes have also been tweaked to include new musicals.

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