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Disney Wish delayed, cruise will be 'last business to come back'

A new delivery date for Disney Wish is still being finalized
The Walt Disney Co. believes cruising will be its last business to come back in the coronavirus pandemic, and newbuild Disney Wish is delayed.

So said Christine McCarthy, senior executive vice president and CFO, The Walt Disney Co., during the BofA Securities' 2020 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference.

Longer booking period

'Probably the last to come back for us will be the cruise business. That has to do with the nature of cruising,' McCarthy said. 'When we do get back in, there will be social distancing, whatever is required at that time. But, also, the booking period for cruise tends to be longer so that probably will be the last business to resume for us.'

Noting that Meyer Werft was impacted by the pandemic, McCarthy said there will be a delay for Disney Wish, The ship was planned for late 2021 delivery and scheduled to begin operating in January 2022.

McCarthy did not specify a new time frame, saying only, 'We're in negotiations and discussion with the shipyard to finalize dates.'

Disney Wish had been due in late 2021

The 144,000gt, 2,500-lower berth Disney Wish is the first of three Disney newbuilds contracted at Meyer Werft, with the second and third planned in 2022 and 2023. This new series is slightly larger than Disney Dream (2011) and Disney Fantasy (2012), and all are LNG-powered.

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