Disney plans to build two new cruise ships

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the high seas for Disney's cruise line.
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the high seas for Disney's cruise line.

Disney Cruise Line announced Thursday that it is building two new ships.

The new vessels are scheduled to be completed in 2021 and 2023. They will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

The new ships will each have about 1,250 staterooms, and will be slightly larger than Disney's newest ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Disney announced their brand new Cruise Line concepts on Thursday.
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Disney announced their brand new Cruise Line concepts on Thursday.

The company has two other ships as well, Disney Magic, and its first ship, Disney Wonder, which launched in 1998.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line's last new ship, to Cape Canaveral, where it ...
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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line's last new ship, to Cape Canaveral, where it sails from.

 

Design plans, ship names and itineraries for the new vessels are still in development. The announcement was made Thursday by Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger in Chicago at the annual meeting of company shareholders.

The new vessels will be Disney's first ships since Disney Fantasy launched in 2012.

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Disney ships are loaded with company branding, including activities, shows, decor and venues all themed on Disney characters and story lines.

But they're also known for innovation, like virtual portholes in windowless staterooms that provide real-time views of the sea using video technology.

That concept has since been copied elsewhere in the cruise industry. And while families are the cruise line's natural fan base, the ships also attract cruisers travelling without children.

In the most recent batch of annual awards from CruiseCritic.com, Disney Cruise Line won 11 first-place awards, including, for Disney Dream, wins in the categories of best overall large ship, best for families, best cabins and best public rooms.

 

 - AP

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