First Look: Disney's Biggest Cruise Ships Ever

(Photo by Disney Cruise Line)

Disney Cruise Line has released a rendering of its upcoming new ships, which are part of a previously announced expansion that will nearly double the cruise line’s fleet to seven ships. The three new ships are set to sail in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Each of the new Disney Cruise Line ships will be approximately 140,000 gross tons and each is currently planned to include about 1,250 guestrooms, Disney said. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger shared the new rendering at The Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholders meeting.

The early rendering showcases the exterior of the new ships. Disney said that the new vessels will aim to “embody the elegance and romance of the golden age of ocean cruising.” A number of new amenities, technologies and entertainment are planned for the as-yet-unnamed vessels, according to the line’s most recent announcement, although no further details are available at this time. The line has previously said, however, that the new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG).

All three ships are being built by Meyer Werft, and when they debut they will be the largest in the cruise line’s fleet. Disney’s first two vessels, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, are also its smallest, weighing in at 83,000 gross tons each. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, which launched in 2011 and 2012, respectively, are only slightly smaller than the new ships, at 130,000 gross tons.

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