May 22, 2019
(3:44 p.m. EDT) – An extended agreement between Disney Cruise Line and Canaveral Port Authority will see the line spend more time at Port Canaveral (most commonly associated with Orlando) in the coming years. The 20-year agreement goes into effect on June 1 and increases the number of guaranteed calls from 150 to 180 in 2023 and 216 in 2024.
As under the previous terms, the updated agreement states that two of Disney’s three new ships, all set to sail between 2021 and 2023, will homeport in Port Canaveral for at least five years. The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to accept the agreement on Wednesday, replacing the existing agreement that was set to expire on December 31, 2027.
“Port Canaveral was the inaugural homeport for our first ship and has served as a gateway for magical cruise vacations ever since,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “We value our longstanding relationship with Port Canaveral and look forward to expanding our presence there as we introduce new ships and new family cruise experiences.”
This new agreement comes four months after Disney Cruise Line’s proposal to renovate Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral, and the terms maintain Disney’s sole use of Terminal 8 while adding preferential use of Terminal 10. Disney also recently entered two other port agreements -- one with PortMiami, to create a terminal that can house larger ships, and one with the Bahamas, to create a second private destination.