Three New Ships Announced for Disney Cruise Line – Coming 2021 to 2023

Update July 17, 2017

Not one, not two, but three new ships are on the horizon for Disney Cruise Line scheduled to launch 2021, 2022, and 2023.  The announcement came during the Disney Parks Panel at the D23 Expo 2017 on Saturday, July 15.  Like the two previous ships announced in March, 2016, all the new ships will be powered by one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, liquefied natural gas. When all three ships are completed by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have nearly doubled the size of the fleet (from four to seven ships).

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Original post from March 4, 2016 follows below

Yesterday, Disney Cruise Line announced the expansion of its fleet from four to six ships.  The yet to be named vessels are scheduled to make their debut in 2021 and 2023, and will be even larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy which debuted in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  We’re big fans of Disney Cruise Line at Adventures by Daddy, last sailing on their inaugural Norwegian Fjord cruise with Anna, Elsa, Olaf & Kristoff from FROZEN.  Disney Cruise Line comes at a premium price, but our family has found the level of service is second to none aboard the ships.  We can’t wait to see what the Disney Cruise Line’s two new ships have to offer in terms of amenities and itineraries.  Continue reading for more details from Disney’s press release.

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From Disney Cruise Line’s Press Release

The Walt Disney Company announced plans today to build two additional cruise ships, each of them showcasing the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver.

The company has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. The schedule calls for the new ships to be completed in 2021 and 2023.

Disney Cruise Line Celebrates New Ship Announcements

Following The Walt Disney Company announcement to build two additional cruise ships earlier today, Disney Cruise Line celebrated with guests onboard the Disney Magic during a very special Sail Away Party. Photo by Chloe Rice courtesy Disney Cruise Line

“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,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Each new ship will be approximately 135,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms. While design plans, ship names and itineraries are still in development, the Walt Disney Imagineering team is already dreaming up exciting new ways to create the world’s most magical oceangoing adventures.

Since first setting sail in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has provided a quintessential family cruise vacation experience that combines the magic of Disney with the thrill of exploring different parts of the world. Guests step aboard majestic and beautiful ocean liners to enjoy legendary Disney entertainment, exquisite dining, spacious and well-appointed staterooms and magnificent public spaces.

The company also has been an industry leader in innovation and game-changing creativity. With the launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in 2011 and 2012, the company introduced several firsts for the industry, including a water coaster at sea (AquaDuck) and virtual portholes in interior staterooms (Magical Portholes) that provide real-time views of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.

Plans for the expansion of Disney Cruise Line come during a period of momentous growth and innovation for Disney properties around the globe.

“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, from new Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

More details about the Disney Cruise Line fleet expansion and onboard offerings will be announced at a later date.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I’m a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.