Well, Disney Cruise Line fans, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before we can set sail with “The Wish”, Disney’s newest ship which was scheduled to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet in 2022.
As shared by DisneyCruiseLineBlog, Christine McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company shed some more light on Disney Cruise Line stating: “One of the businesses that I just want to mention is probably the last to come back for us, will be the cruise business. That has to do with just the nature of cruising. When we do get back in there will be social distancing, whatever is required at that time. But also the booking period for cruise tends to be longer. So that probably will be the one that will be the last business to resume for us.”
When McCarthy was asked about the new cruise ship orders scheduled for delivery in 2021, 2022, and 2023 she shared: “Well the cruise ships, COVID has had an impact on lots and lots of businesses and lots and lots of supply chains and the shipyard we utilize for our cruise ships Meyer Werft was impacted and we encountered a delay. We’re in negotiations and discussions with the shipyard to finalize dates but as soon as we have those will let, well make an announcement when the fifth ship (Disney Wish), which is the first of the three to be a delivered. But it is delayed from what we originally anticipated.”
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The Wish was one of the biggest announcements made at the D23 Expo in 2019 where The Wish was revealed as the newest ship in the fleet with a schedule to set sail date in January of 2022.
While the ship isn’t supposed to be much bigger than the Dream or Fantasy, it’ll offer all the latest and greatest amenities. The Wish will feature a very special princess on its stern: Rapunzel! It seems only fitting that Rapunzel would be the face of wishing. She’ll hang off the stern by her hair, as she paints on the lettering with Pascal by her side. The interior of the ship is being described as “bright, airy, and elegant, inspired by the beauty of an enchanting fairytale.” If it’s anything like the sketches, this atrium is going to be absolutely stunning.
We hope the production can get back on its feet once again soon enough!