Disney Cruise Line has signed an agreement with Port Canaveral and the Port of Miami for the development of new cruise terminals for its three new cruise ships, expected to be delivered from 2021 onwards.
Two of Disney Cruise Line’s new ships, scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2022, will be homeporting in Port Canaveral, joining Carnival Cruise Line’s new mega ship, due for delivery in 2020.
“If you look at what’s going to impact Port Canaveral in the near term, you’ve got Carnival [that] will have the first ship, immediately followed a year later by Disney, immediately followed a year later by another Disney ship,” Port Canaveral CEO John Murray said during the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting.
“Disney’s got a total of three [new ships on schedule to launch]. We don’t know if we’ll have two or three of those ships, but they’re coming to Port Canaveral,” he added.
Those comments were made before Disney Cruise Line announced that it was also in talks with the Port of Miami to have at least one of its new cruise ships homeporting at a new cruise terminal.
Disney Cruise Line has negotiated with PortMiami, first rights for a dedicated cruise terminal that will accommodate ships with more than 3,500 passengers. All three of Disney Cruise Line’s 140,000-gross ton new ships will be nearly identical and will accommodate around 4,000 passengers.
Before the new terminal in Miami is approved, the port must complete a widening of the ship channel and turning basin on the south side, along with the acquisition of rights to the land currently leased to Seaboard Marine for cargo use.
If plans for the new south side terminal (to the east of Terminal J) fall through, alternative berthing options on the north side of PortMiami could be considered.
“Disney Cruise Line has been a valued cruise partner at PortMiami since November 2012,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in a statement. “With new vessels on order through 2023, we are collaborating with the Disney team on a memorandum of understanding for the potential development of a new cruise terminal project.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Disney on expanding growth opportunities in Miami-Dade County,” he said.
Disney Cruise Line is expected to spend around US $890,000 on docking fees in the Port of Miami in 2019.
Disney Cruise Line has not released details about the features and amenities of the three new cruise ships, or the Caribbean itineraries that they will sail, but press material says the new vessels will “offer more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before.”
“On our new ships, we will bring Disney’s iconic stories and franchises to life in thrilling and surprising ways, building on the creativity we’ve introduced across our existing fleet,” says Jonathan Frontado, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line.
“Just over the past several years we have added innovations such as Marvel and Star Wars themed spaces in our kids’ clubs…dazzling stage shows like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that are unrivaled in their originality and visual presentation…and an entirely new genre of dining experience combining live entertainment, storytelling and interactive moments at our Tiana’s Place and Rapunzel’s Royal Table restaurants,” he added.
Its therefore likely that the new ships will include these popular features, as well as more yet-to-be-announced attractions.