(11:30 p.m. EDT) -- Disney has upsized its order from two to three, revealing today that another new ship is set to debut in 2022. The move follows last year’s announcement that the family cruise line would build two ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021 and 2023.
This latest 135,000-ton ship will be built at the same shipyard and launched the year in between the two previously announced vessels. All three are designed to be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and have around 1,250 cabins, carrying upwards of 2,500 passengers, which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, launched back in 2011 and 2012.
The new names, design plans and itineraries are still in development but each ship is expected to have its own unique features.
At today’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, 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,” Chapek said. “By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.”
According to a media statement, the new ships “will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before”.
--By Louise Goldsbury, Senior Editor