(12:25 p.m. EST) — Disney Cruise Lines will add two new cruise ships to its fleet, arriving in 2021 and 2023, the company announced today.
The 135,000-ton ships will be built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, and have 1,250 cabins. That’s slightly larger than the company’s most recent ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Plans, ship names, itineraries and other specifics are still in development.
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago. "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," he said.
The two new vessels will increase the line’s current four-ship fleet by 50 percent. Disney Fantasy, the most recently built ship, came onboard in 2012.
The line is known for family-friendly features such as waterslides, cabins with dual bathrooms, expansive kids clubs and character meet and greets.
Cruise Critic readers greeted the announcement with enthusiastic curiosity. "I’m excited to see what the new ships will look like. (And also whether the extra capacity will put downward pressure on prices)," wrote bcakes.
"Very excited about this and also glad they didn’t go too much bigger. I have no doubt the new ships will be spectacular and it will also enable DCL to expand into more diverse and interesting itineraries," said eroller.