Disney reveals the look of its next-generation ships

An extra couple decks forward rise above the bridge, giving a slightly more pronounced 'eyebrow' An extra couple decks forward rise above the bridge, giving a slightly more pronounced 'eyebrow'

Disney Cruise Line's new ships will closely resemble its current fleet, with a sleek, dark hull, white superstructure and red twin funnels.

A rendering revealed by Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger at The Walt Disney Co.’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday shows a couple differences from the most recent ships, sisters Disney Dream (2011) and Disney Fantasy (2012).

An extra couple decks forward rise above the bridge, giving a slightly more pronounced 'eyebrow.' And the decks midships are not flush with the side of the ship; a couple areas bow out a bit.

Overall the look keeps the ocean liner profile of the Disney fleet, with a bit bulkier superstructure typical of other cruise ships today. And the rendering suggests there will be an above-the-pool-deck AquaDuck water coaster like that on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

The new design is now described at approximately 140,000gt, up from the approximately 135,000gt first announced and Dream and Fantasy's 130,000gt, while the 'about 1,250' passenger staterooms announced remains constant.

As previously disclosed, the trio will be powered by LNG.

The company released no other details other than promising 'more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before.'

The ships are due from Meyer Werft in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Posted 09 March 2018

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review