Disney Cruise Line, whose fleet will double in size, is readying to spread its ships around the world.
The firm announced today that it will certainly send its Disney Wonder cruise ship to Alaska throughout the summer season of 2011, its initial foray into one of the boat trip market’s most preferred and financially rewarding markets. At the same time, the company will sen the Disney Magic ship back to Europe for another summer season of sailings in the Mediterranean Sea.
Disney Cruise Line will be able to offer several remote destinations in 2011 considering that the year marks the launching of the Disney Dream, the very first of 2 brand-new enormous ocean liners the firm is having actually built in Germany. Although Disney has not yet revealed a travel plan for the brand-new ship, which is expected to show up near the beginning of 2011, it will certainly spend the year sailing out of Disney’s long time base at Port Canaveral.
The Dream will certainly be joined at the Brevard County seaport in 2012 by the Disney Fantasy. The brand-new ships will certainly hold nearly 4,000 guests each– compared to 2,700 each for the Magic as well as Wonder— and also will certainly consist of new features such as water slides that expand beyond their decks as well as over open water.
Disney, which revealed plans for the new ships in very early 2007, has been itching to increase its cruise line footprint for years. The company tracks travelling as an important growth engine, providing both a chance to introduce the Disney brand to consumers in brand-new markets as well as to recycle even more getaway destinations for its dedicated customers.
“The charm of the Disney Cruise Line– as well as the development of this fleet– is it truly is a wonderful development opportunity. This investment makes good sense for the company,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and also New Vacation Operations.
The Wonder will certainly invest about four months in Alaska beginning in very early May of 2011, providing seven-night sailings from Vancouver, B.C. To get ready for the new environment, the ship will go through a comprehensive overhaul throughout a dry dock in which crews will add a 2,500-square-foot, encased viewing location on a leading deck.
“When you visit Alaska, you should be prepared,” Holz said. “The weather can be absolutely best– as well as it could additionally be on the chilly side.”.
The Wonder will certainly ispend the remainder of 2011 sailing seven-night trips along the Mexican Riviera out of its new home port in Los Angeles. The Wonder has been based at Port Canaveral however will certainly relocate with the arrival of the Dream.
Aside from its 3 months in the Mediterranean, the Magic will certainly spend the remainder of 2011 cruising familiar seven-night Caribbean travel plans from Port Canaveral. The ship is expected to obtain a brand-new permanent home in 2012, when the Fantasy begins cruising out of the Brevard County port.
Asked about the future of the Magic, Holz stated to look at the ship as “a sort of globe-trotting ship.”.
“Our guests have actually told us all along, ‘We intend to visit new areas. We wish to go to exotic areas,'” Holz said. “And frankly, there are options beyond those that we’re talking about today .”.