What’s on the Horizon for Disney Cruise Line

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One of the coolest parts of Disney is that it is constantly evolving and growing. The same is true for the Cruise Line. Disney Cruise Line’s four ships and one private island do amazingly well. But it is time for something new – many somethings new! Check out what’s on the horizon for Disney Cruise Line:

The Wish

The biggest announcement for Disney Cruise Line at the D23 Expo 2019 was the reveal of The Wish, the newest ship in the fleet. The expansion doesn’t come as too great of a shock, but it was exciting to learn how soon we’ll be able to experience this new vessel. The Disney Wish is scheduled to set sail 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. Unfortunately that’s all we know so far about The Wish. But we’re confident it’s going to be amazing, and 2020 cannot come fast enough!

Art Rendering of the inside of the Disney Wish

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Two More Ships

Along with The Wish announcement at the D23 Expo, Disney also confirmed two more ships in the works. The most we learned about these ships is that all the new ones will be powered by liquified natural gas and hold 1,250 guest staterooms. We can’t wait for more information on these. But in the meantime, we’ll be guessing what the new names will be!

New Island

Welcome to Lighthouse Point! A huge DCL undertaking on the horizon is their brand new tropical destination, Lighthouse Point. This destination will not be its own island, like Castaway Cay. Rather, it is a destination on the island of Eleuthera. We’re very curious to see how that will work from a practical and logistical standpoint, but we’re also confident that Disney will make it incredible no matter what.

Beloved Disney architect and designer Joe Rohde, has done all the research and studying to make sure that this island experience is beautiful and authentic. He promises that Lighthouse Point will highlight the culture of the island and the Bahamas, while still maintaining that Disney magic. The timeline is a bit up in the air, but Disney is hoping to begin construction in 2020, with completion as soon as 2022 or 2023.

Back to New Orleans

DCL lovers were thrilled to hear that the cruise line will return to New Orleans in early 2020! New Orleans is packed with history and character, two things Disney truly values. It only makes sense that they’d go back to this popular port. The Wonder will make these sailings, with 4, 5, 6, 7, and 14 night cruises around the Bahamas.

It makes total sense that the Wonder is the ship of choice for these special sailings. With Tiana’s Place and the recently refurbished Promenade Lounge, now the French Quarter Lounge, the theming fits perfectly. But because these sailings are so awesome, they are selling out quick!

About Molly Elias

Molly Elias has been a dedicated Disney fan since she was 18-months old. She has grown up with and learned from Disney her whole life. As her family's main vacation spot, Disney World is a place of love and laughter and magic for her. Her family also prides themselves on their Disney Cruise Line knowledge and would rather be on the high seas with Mickey than anywhere else in the world. Molly plans to keep Disney in her life forever, while also pursuing a writing career. She recently completed a master's program in creative writing in the hopes that someday she will be able to be a writer for the Happiest Company on Earth. Molly keeps Walt's famous quote at the forefront of her life: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."