Disney's D23 Event Announces New Vessel and Destination

Disney Cruise Line Lighthouse Point // Photo by Disney (Courtesy of Disney)

The name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship was announced at the D23 Expo, along with plans for a second island destination for Disney Cruise Line in The Bahamas.

The Disney Wish is slated for delivery in late 2021 and is expected to depart starting in January 2022. D23 attendees got a first look at a new rendering of the ship’s bright and airy three-story atrium.

Like the other vessels, the Disney Wish will include a Disney character. In this case, it will be Rapunzel, who represents the yearning to see and experience the world.

The cruise line's planned three new ships will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms. They will be powered by liquefied natural gas.

A rendering of the atrium onboard the Disney Wish.

Disney’s Second Bahamas Destination – Lighthouse Point

The D23 Expo also revealed new information and two early conceptual artist renderings for its second island destination in The Bahamas.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde spent time in the Bahamas on a cultural tour, meeting with local artists and cultural experts. They explored arts and cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries.

Disney Cruise Line officially purchased the privately owned Lighthouse Point earlier this year and signed an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas that guides the development of the site.

Disney said it will take the following steps to ensure sustainable development of the destination:  

  • Develop less than 20 percent of the property
  • Employ sustainable building practices, including an open-trestle pier that eliminates the need to dredge a ship channel
  • Establish environmental monitoring programs during construction and operation
  • Donate more than 190 acres of privately owned land to Government.

Disney has provided more than $13 million to marine conservation programs around the globe, including several in The Bahamas, through the Disney Conservation Fund since 2007. In fact, Disney is currently working on a multiyear project to protect and rehabilitate coral reefs in the region. 

Construction at Lighthouse Point will start once an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are reviewed and accepted by the Government of The Bahamas and public consultation has occurred. Construction could begin in 2020 with completion in late 2022 or 2023.

In other Disney Cruise Line news, the company has announced its fall 2020 itineraries. More details can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2020 page of the Disney Cruise website. 

For more information, visit https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/

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