Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral have entered into an agreement to renovate the port’s Cruise Terminal 8 and Terminal 10 by 2021, according to statements made at a recent Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting.
The board has approved plans to enter into contract negotiations with construction companies for the redevelopment of the terminals, while Disney Cruise Line has agreed to the project and the budgets involved, according to a video of the meeting.
Cruise Terminal 8 is Disney Cruise Line’s primary cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, but it also uses Terminal 10 when multiple ships are in port. The proposed redevelopment of the terminals will be for the use of Disney’s current fleet, as well as the ship’s it has on order.
The budget for the project has been set at US $46.5-million, with work expected to be complete by mid-2021, which is when the first of a trio of sister ships is set to be delivered by the Meyer-Werft shipyard.
Port Canaveral had previously announced that Disney Cruise Line would be homeporting at least two of its new 140,000-gross ton ships in the city, but renovation works to the cruise terminals were not discussed at the time.
Disney Cruise Line is also looking at basing its new ships in PortMiami, so to make Canaveral a better proposition, the port operator will be installing a new baggage-screening building, an expanded arrivals hall, a new jetway-style boarding bridge, an expanded concierge area, and expanded second-floor seating.
Terminal 10 will get a little less work, with a new entrance bridge, concierge area, and expanded seating.
Disney Cruise Line has not revealed any information about its three new cruise ships, but preliminary specs recently released by the Canaveral Port Authority label the next new ship “Disney Triton”.
If that is indeed the name of the first of the new ships, it would be a departure from Disney Cruise Line’s traditional naming convention that has each of its ships named after an adjective associated with the Disney brand (Wonder, Magic, Dream and Fantasy).
Disney Fantasy, delivered in 2012 with a gross tonnage of 128,000, is the cruise line’s newest and largest cruise ship – the new trio of ships will be at least 12,000-gross tons larger and will cost around the same amount (US $900-million), suggesting no major new amenities such as RollerCoasters or Race Tracks.
Disney Cruise Line’s terminal renovation proposal comes almost a year after work began on a new, state-of-the-art terminal in Port Canaveral, which the port later revealed would be home to Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship.