“Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line holiday accessible to more families than ever before,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products in a news release.
The cost was undisclosed, but the release said DCL was able to “secure it at a favourable price.”
The line said it plans to base the ship outside the US. Global Dream’s original target was to sail to Asia, Oceania including Australia and the US West Coast.
Construction will continue at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, which is now run by Meyer Werft, the shipyard company that built DCL’s last three vessels – Disney Wish, Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. It’s also set to complete Wish’s sister ship Disney Treasure in 2024 as well as a third yet-to-be-named ship in what is known as the Trident class of vessels in 2025.
By the end of 2025, the fleet will have grown to eight ships with the first two, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, having debuted in the late 1990s.
Of note, the ship will run on green methanol, which would make it one of the first in the cruise industry to use thefor the vessel. In an effort to stem environmental emissions, cruise lines have been switching from traditional diesel on new ships including the use of liquefied natural gas, which is what powers Disney Wish.
The announcement is a boon for the shipyard as well, which faced an uncertain future after the Genting bankruptcy.
Construction of the Global Dream began in 2018 and original plans called for it to have the longest roller coaster at sea, but what exactly will be on board for Disney Cruise Line has yet to be determined beyond that it will “feature innovative Disney experiences.”
The news is published by EMEA Tribune & SCMP