Today Disney Cruise Line announced its newest ship, Disney Wish, is expected to set sail in the summer of 2022. While most cruise ships are still docked due to concerns about COVID, the new Disney Wish gives cruise fans something to look forward to next summer.
The newest addition to the Disney Cruise fleet is the biggest yet and is currently being built in Germany. It will be filled with all the Disney touches you’ve come to expect, with a bit of fairytale flair that makes passengers feel like they’ve stepped into a castle on the seas. with a Cinderella statue greeting all guests and a wishing star chandelier. The ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel.
“There couldn’t be a better name for our incredible new ship because making wishes come true is part of the Disney DNA and is at the heart of so many of our cherished stories,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
The Wish, which joins the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, will feature 1,254 staterooms, with several large concierge-level suites that have special features, and will be running on liquefied natural gas.
While onboard, families will have lots to do, from several shows at the Walt Disney Theatre, including a Broadway-style production of Aladdin and two new shows that have yet to be revealed. There are two movie theaters onboard, as well as poolside entertainment. The Grand Hall has a stage where characters will perform, Luna will have day and nighttime entertainment and the Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena with game show-style competitions. Nightly fireworks will cap off every evening.
The AquaMouse water ride floats above the deck of the ship and combines classic “Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts and 760 feet of winding tubes and fun. There are multiple pools, including a quiet cove for adults only that features an infinity pool, and a Toy Story-themed toddler-friendly splash area.
Families will dine on a rotational dining schedule at the three main restaurants. Arendelle has a Frozen theme and interactive Elsa experiences, the World of Marvel is an upscale restaurant-meets-technology showcase that takes dinner and a movie to the next level and 1923 has old-school Hollywood flair from the year Walt Disney Studios was founded.
The kids can become Oceaneers (like Imagineers but on the Ocean) at the free kids club for ages 3-12. Kids can enter this unique space by taking a slide down into the play zone and can learn to draw in Rapunzel’s Art Studio, play with Olaf or read in Belle’s Library. For more action, they can visit Marvel Super Hero Academy, the Avengers headquarters will train your recruits on how to become Black Panther, Ant-Man, Wasp and Spider-Man.
The Walt Disney Imagineering Lab will let your future engineers learn to design their own rollercoasters or learn how to draw some of their favorite characters. For the teens and tweens, the Vibe and Edge clubs from previous cruise ships will be reimagined just for this ship.
For babies and toddlers (aged 6 months to 3 years), they can hang in It’s a Small World Nursery, where they can craft, watch movies and meet some favorite Disney Characters.
Looking to relax while the kids are at play? Head to the Quiet Zone pool area or the spa, or head to the Rose to sip a cocktail in the Beauty and the Beast-inspired lounge. Star Wars fans will love the Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar with signature space-themed beverages while watching some familiar locales like Batuu and Tatooine on the screen in the background.
You can also dine at upscale spots like Palo Steakhouse or Enchanté, which features a gourmet menu from Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement.
While COVID-restrictions for this cruise are still to be determined, the staff have been preparing for a safe and responsible return to cruising and specific details will be released as the launch gets closer.
Booking for the new ship will start on May 27, 2021, at disneycruise.com. The initial itinerary, which departs on June 9, 2022, leaves Port Canaveral, Florida and heads to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Key. Count us in!