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Galveston nails 10-year deal with Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Wonder initiated the cruise line's sailings from Galveston in September 2012
The Port of Galveston finalized a new agreement with Disney Cruise Line extending preferential berthing agreement rights for an additional 10 years with an option to renew for two additional five year periods, effective Nov. 1, 2018.

Over possible 20 years, Disney could nearly double sailings

The new agreement outlines plans for a shared cruise terminal that will accommodate a ship equal to or larger than the Disney Magic/Disney Wonder class of vessel. Additionally, it is projected that over the first five years of the potential 20-year agreement, Disney will nearly double its sailings.

Three newbuilds on order

Disney has orders on the books for three new cruise ships to arrive in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

'September 22, 2012, marked the first time ever that a Disney Cruise Line ship set sail from the state of Texas with the maiden voyage of Disney Wonder. The port has been seasonal homeport to both Disney Wonder and Disney Magic ever since. We are thrilled to be able to continue to give Texas and the southwest region of the United States the opportunity to experience Disney cruise vacations from their own backyard,' CEO/port director Rodger Rees said.

'Our guests have loved visiting Galveston and setting sail from this historic port to the western Caribbean, Key West and the Bahamas,' said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Signature Experiences and Disney Cruise Line. 'As we plan to expand our fleet and introduce new experiences and entertainment aboard our ships, we couldn’t be more excited to extend our commitment with the Port of Galveston.'

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