close
close
Disney Cruise Lines is getting a new ship. Where and what it includes

Disney is expanding its cruise ship fleet in Japan.

A new cruise ship, set to begin sailing in early 2029, will be based in Japan year-round, Disney officials announced Tuesday. It will be Disney’s second cruise ship based in Asia.

“The addition of a locally based Disney cruise ship will offer fun and relaxation to Japanese Disney fans and guests from around the world during magical voyages filled with incredible entertainment, world-class cuisine and exceptional customer service that distinguishes Disney Cruises,” reads a statement from Disney. “We are so excited to see this new Disney vacation experience come to life!”

What will Disney’s new Japan-based cruise ship include?

This will be a sister ship to Disney’s Wish, which debuts in 2023 and sails from Port Canaveral in Florida. Walt Disney Imagineering is designing the ship to include many of the Wish guests’ favorite places and experiences, but with modifications specifically designed for Japanese guests.

Details of what these might be, or the sailing itinerary, have not yet been revealed.

The new ship, which has yet to be named and is based in Japan, will have around 1,250 cabins. If it is anything like the Disney Wish, it should be able to accommodate around 4,000 passengers.

It will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and operated under agreement with Oriental Land Co., OLC has a 40-year relationship with Disney as it owns and operates Tokyo Disney Resort.

This will be Disney’s second cruise ship based in Asia

Disney Adventure is scheduled to sail from Singapore in 2025.

Disney Adventure will offer three- and four-day cruises. The ship will include some new features.

  • Disney’s Garden of Imagination – Described as the “emotional heart of Disney adventure,” this is an open-air performance venue that draws inspiration from everything from Moana to Mowgli.
  • San Fransokyo Street – This family entertainment area will feature interactive games, activities, shops and cinemas. It is inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”
  • City square – A “fantasy forest” that includes shops, lounges and cafes with nods to Disney princesses.
  • Wonderful Landing – This new experience will offer guests of all ages fun interactions with Marvel characters.
  • Toy Story Place – Passengers will be able to explore an interactive and whimsical play world inspired by the beloved Toy Story franchise.

What is the average cost of a Disney cruise?

The autonomy varies greatly depending on the boat, the time of year and the duration of the navigation.

For example, a veranda stateroom on a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Wish in early November costs $3,645 per person. Four nights aboard the oldest ship in the fleet, the Disney Magic, in a veranda stateroom in early December costs about $2,490 per person.

What does a Disney cruise include?

Almost all meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included.

That includes room service, buffets, poolside dining and rotating dining, which Disney popularized. Each night, guests dine at a different themed restaurant and are escorted to each restaurant by the same wait staff.

Shows, character interactions and plenty of onboard activities are included.

Some specialty drinks, dessert shops and adult-only restaurants are subject to an additional charge. Spa services, excursions and some onboard sports activities also apply.

Disney Cruise Line currently has five ships

Disney first entered the cruise market in 1998 with the Disney Magic. A sister ship, the Disney Wonder, followed shortly after.

These are Disney’s smallest ships with capacity for about 2,700 passengers.

The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy joined the fleet in 2011 and 2012 respectively and have capacity for approximately 4,000 passengers.

Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, is set to set sail in 2022. It can also accommodate about 4,000 guests, but is the largest of the ships, with 14 decks.

A new ship, the Disney Treasure, is scheduled to debut this December.

Spitzer is a trends reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]