The ships of the Disney Cruise Line fleet are massive, impressive Disney getaways on the water. But none of them is quite as impressive as the newest member of the fleet, set to make her maiden sailing in July.
Not only are we crazy impressed by the experiences and opportunities the Disney Wish will offer to Guests that they cannot find on any other cruise ship, including the chance to book a nearly 2,000-foot suite inside one of the ship’s iconic red funnels, but we are also floored by the Disney Wish, just by her numbers, her specs and the hidden things about her that could quite possibly make her the most magical ship in the fleet!
She is currently still under construction by the German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, which also built the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy cruise ships. Originally set to host a maiden voyage early this year, the date was pushed to June 2022 because of pandemic-related delays. Disney Cruise Line announced last week that the date has moved again to July, citing delays with the shipbuilder.
Construction began in April 2021, and during the keel-laying ceremony, when the first hull block was put into the building dock, something special happened.
Just for good luck, a brand-new minted coin with Captain Minnie’s likeness on it was placed under the keel. It will travel with the Disney Wish wherever she goes.
The Disney Wish is bigger than her sisters the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, which were delivered in 2010 and 2011, respectively, were the largest ocean liners built in Germany at that time. Both ships weigh 129,690 gross tons, are 339.5 meters (1113.8 feet) long, and are 36.8 meters (120.7 feet) wide.
In comparison, the Disney Wish weighs a hefty 135,000 gross tons, is 341 meters (1118.8 feet) long, and is 41 meters (134.5 feet) wide. She stands a Goliath 221 feet tall, and boasts 15 decks–10 of which have cabins–and 1,254 staterooms, including 53 concierge staterooms and 23 concierge suites, and can accommodate around 4,000 passengers. More than 900 of those cabins connect to one another to make traveling with family easier and more enjoyable.
The newest member of the Disney Cruise Line fleet is fitted with two-story Sleeping Beauty-themed suites and the first-of-its-kind funnel suite–the Wish Tower Suite. It’s located inside one of the ship’s funnels! It can sleep up to 8 Guests on two stories, offers Guests nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, and has 4 1/2 bathrooms!
The only numbers that aren’t completely impressed by are those that accompany a booking about the Disney Wish. A 4-night cruise for a family of four that sets sail December 26, 2022, from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Bahamas and returns December 30, 2022, pricing for an oceanview stateroom begins at $15,860. Pricing for the same cruise in a Concierge one-story Royal Suite with extended Verandah starts at $43,380.
Sailings affected by Disney Cruise Line’s delay of its maiden voyage can be rescheduled, and Disney is offering a rebooking at a 50% discount on any sailing through December 31, 2022.
Wow! Impressive isn’t the word!