Disney Cruise Line fans find themselves in the home stretch in their long wait for the christening and maiden voyage of Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish. The beautiful state-of-the-art cruise ship will be the fifth in Disney’s fleet and the first in Disney’s newest class of ships, the Triton Class. It’s the largest ship Disney has ever commissioned.
Back in 1912, the largest ship ever built was set afloat in the shallow waters outside a shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. Registered as a British ship, it was actually owned by the American financier J. P. Morgan and operated by White Star Line. Though she’s remembered for her unfortunate demise, the Titanic was the largest, most advanced passenger ship ever built when she was completed on March 31, 1912.
Now, 110 years after the Titanic made her debut, it might be interesting to compare the two fabulous ships–the RMS Titanic and the MS Disney Wish–from their beginnings to the companies who operate(d) them, to their speeds, passenger capacities, amenities and more!
Titanic was the largest ship ever built in 1912 when she made her debut. She boasted 840 staterooms: 416 in First Class, 162 in Second Class, and 262 in Third Class. By comparison, the Disney Wish has 1,254 staterooms, most of which offer an ocean view. In 1912, passengers aboard the Titanic would have had to pay about 870 pounds or $4,350 for a first-class parlor suite. When adjusted for inflation, that would be closer to $100,000 today! Oceanview staterooms aboard the Disney Wish (for a 1- to 3-night cruise) begin at just over $1,700 based on 2-person occupancy.
Titanic had 7 decks and a capacity of about 3,320 people (passengers and crew). The Disney Wish has 15 decks and has space for 4,000 passengers and 1,555 crew. Titanic was 882.75 feet long, had a breadth of 92.5 feet, and had a gross tonnage of 46,329 tons. The Disney Wish is 1,119 feet long, stands 221 feet high, and is 135 feet wide. Her gross tonnage is 144,000 tons.
Titanic had two sister ships. They were the Olympic and Brittanic. The Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, so at first glance, it might seem like she has four sister ships. But because the Disney Wish is the first in Disney’s new Triton class, she technically has no sisters at this time; however, Disney has ordered two more ships from Meyer Werft, the shipbuilder for the Wish, and those ships will be her sisters.
Items like lights onboard Titanic were powered by electricity which was created by four engines, each of which was steam-powered and created 16,000 amps of 100-watt electricity. That electricity was used to power lighting, heating, cranes, onboard elevators, and other items onboard Titanic that relied on electric power. The Disney Wish is LNG-powered. LNG stands for Liquefied Natural Gas, which is a more environmentally-friendly fuel.
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The Titanic was actually a little faster than the Disney Wish. Its service speed was approximately 21 knots, or just over 24 miles per hour. Its top speed was 23 to 24 knots, or between 26 and 28 miles per hour. The Disney Wish will have an average cruising speed of 19.5 knots and a max speed of 23 knots. When Titanic was built, speed was important because it was designed to make trans-Atlantic journeys.
The Disney Wish will have its maiden voyage on July 14, 2022, offering cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The Wish will depart Florida from Port Canaveral.