As part of a day absolutely packed with exciting announcements, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek had something special in store for Disney Cruise Line fans. At the D23 Expo today, Chapek announced that Disney Cruise Line has a seventh ship in the works.
Disney already had plans to add two new vessels to their fleet, which would be completed in 2021 and 2023. We won’t have to wait any additional time for this newly announced ship, as its expected completion date is in 2022.
Why add a seventh to their roster? Chapek said, “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,”
“By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet,” he added.
The new additions to the fleet will all be the same size, roughly 135,000 gross tons, hosting around 1,250 guest staterooms. The three ships will also be powered by “clean-burning liquefied natural gas”, but size and fuel are where the similarities end. Each vessel will have individual one-of-a-kind experiences that are in development right now.
Disney Cruise Line has been operating since 1998 and has consistently exceeded expectations on all four ships currently in operation. Only time will tell what the future of Disney Cruises Line will look like, as they continue to expand their fleet.