If you’ve ever wished it was possible to sail to Fiji, Samoa or New Zealand with Disney Cruise Line, your wish is about to be granted. Disney Cruise Line just made some major announcements about its upcoming sixth ship, new itinerary plans for the existing fleet and what is going on at its planned second island in the Bahamas.
As was just announced by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro at the massive D23 expo event in Anaheim, California, the sixth ship coming to the Disney fleet will be known as Disney Treasure.
Here’s what we’ve learned about that forthcoming ship and other major news from Disney Cruise Line.
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What we know about Disney Treasure
Currently scheduled to join the fleet in 2024, Disney Treasure will join Disney Wish as the second in a trio of ‘Triton Class’ ships coming to Disney Cruise Line.
Based on renderings, Disney Treasure will feature a Grand Hall that leans into a palate of deep blues, turquoise and gold, with a design inspired by gilded palaces from faraway places such as Asia, Africa and, yes, even the fictitious city of ‘Agrabah’ from Disney’s Aladdin.
Fittingly, the statue in the Grand Hall will feature Jasmine, Aladdin and Magic Carpet who are ready to go on an adventure, which is the theme of this next ship.
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Disney sets sail for the South Pacific
With the recent addition of Wish — and eventually Treasure — to the fleet, Disney is ready to set sail for new ports.
For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will sail to new destinations in the South Pacific on the Disney Wonder. The repositioning cruises for Disney Wonder will have stops in ports in Fiji and Samoa. The ship will then serve destinations in New Zealand and Australia beginning in late-October 2023.
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Work resumes on Disney’s second island in the Bahamas
Disney first announced a new private island destination in Eleuthera, Bahamas, known as Lighthouse Point, back in 2019. However, progress on that project was stalled not only presumably by the pandemic, but also reportedly by local and environmental concerns.
However, the project is again underway as D’Amaro shared new renderings of the island that will include some similar amenities to the existing Castaway Cay destination, but in a way that is said to protect and preserve the natural environment and showcase Bahamian culture and styling.
The official website for Lighthouse Point states that the island is currently slated to begin operations in the first half of 2024, though that was assuming an early 2022 construction start date. It’s possible the current timeline will fall a bit later than that, depending on exactly when development resumed.
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Until Wish set sail this year, Disney Cruise Line had not expanded its fleet in 10 years. This meant it was limited in the number of different itineraries it could offer with just its initial four ships. However, the new chapter for the cruise line has arrived with all-new ships, itineraries and destinations, which provides more chances for families to set sail.
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Featured image courtesy of Disney.