Disney Cruise Line has signed a new long-term agreement with the Port of Galveston which will allow Disney ships to sail from Texas through 2028 and beyond.
The 10-year preferential birthing agreement was signed back in December and includes the option to extend the agreement for two additional five-year periods.
The agreement is retroactive to November 1, 2018 and calls for Disney to increase their number of sailings from 12 to 26 per year, plus increases tariffs from $4.15 to $7.50 per passenger movement. The agreement also includes a $1.1 million minimum, whether or not a Disney ship even visits the port.
Disney Cruise Line will have preferential access to Terminal 2 on both Saturday and Sunday, barring any other agreements in place with other ships.
In a statement, Rodger Reese, CEO/Port Director of the Port of Galveston said:
September 22, 2012 marked the first time ever that a Disney Cruise Line ship set sail from the State of Texas with the maiden voyage of Disney Wonder. The Port has been seasonal homeport to both Disney Wonder and Disney Magic ever since. We are thrilled to be able to continue to give Texas and the southwest region of the United States the opportunity to experience Disney cruise vacations from their own backyard. We are proud to be one of the few selected homeports for Disney Cruise Line.
Jeff Vahle, President of Disney Signature Experiences and Disney Cruise Line, added:
Our guests have loved visiting Galveston and setting sail from this historic port to the western Caribbean, Key West and the Bahamas. As we plan to expand our fleet and introduce new experiences and entertainment aboard our ships, we couldn’t be more excited to extend our commitment with the Port of Galveston.
The Disney Wonder is scheduled to return to Galveston in December 2019 for several sailings to the Caribbean and the Bahamas!
Source: Disney Cruise Line Blog
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