Disney Wish, the first of the cruise line’s Triton class, has been delayed

Sep 17, 2020

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Disney is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to releasing information about new attractions, and it’s been no different with details about Disney Cruise Line’s forthcoming fifth ship, Disney Wish.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting its delivery to Disney at the end of 2021 with the inaugural cruises slated for January 2022. But, last week Disney confirmed that the ship’s delivery has been delayed due to the impact the novel coronavirus had at the Meyer Werft shipyard where Wish is being constructed.

Recently, Christine McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO of The Walt Disney Company, appeared at Bank of America’s Virtual Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. She talked about all aspects of the company but said this about the delay of Disney Wish: “…COVID has had an impact on lots and lots of business and lots and lots of supply chains. And the shipyard we utilize for our cruise ships, Meyer Werft, was impacted and we encountered a delay. We’re in negotiations … with the shipyard to finalize dates. But as soon as we have those, we’ll make an announcement when we have the fifth ship, which is the first of the three to be delivered.”

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As you may recall, it’s been eight years since Disney Cruise Line debuted a new ship. Back then, it was the 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy, and the ship — along with fleetmates Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream — continues to make magic on each and every sailing. Well, at least before the coronavirus put nearly the entire cruise industry on ice.

But, the coronavirus crisis will pass, and when ships start sailing again, you can also start counting down to when the Disney Cruise Line will finally have a new slate of ships in the fleet.

Here’s everything we know so far about Disney’s next trio of ships.

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The three new ships are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. All three are part of what the line is calling its Triton class. Liquefied natural gas (a more environmentally friendly fuel) will power these 140,000-gross-ton ships that are slightly larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. But like those predecessors, Triton ships will also accommodate 4,000 passengers in 1,250 staterooms and suites.

Related: The ultimate guide to Disney Cruise Line

The delivery of the first ship has been delayed

Like most shipyards, Meyer Werft experienced work slowdowns as coronavirus became a reality. It has delayed the launch of Disney Wish, the first ship to set sail in the Triton series. Originally scheduled for an end-of-2021 delivery with inaugural sailings in January 2022, the new launch date has yet to be determined.

Scant details about the ship’s design have been released but we know the atrium will be a stunner at three stories and reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Related: Review of sailing with a family on the Disney Dream

The swoon-worthy three-story atrium of Disney Wish. (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)
The three-story atrium of Disney Wish. (Rendering courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.)

Disney Wish gives a nod to girl power

In a nod to smart and powerful women and girls everywhere, Rapunzel will be the first female character to grace the stern of a Disney Cruise Line ship. “Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world,” according to DCL. (Remember, as of 2019, Minnie Mouse has also now joined Mickey with the rank of captain on the ship!)

Related: Is Disney Cruise Line concierge level worth it?

Disney Wish’s stern will feature Rapunzel. (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)
Disney Wish’s stern will feature Rapunzel. (Rendering courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

Lighthouse Point to be a second Bahamas port of call

Also in the works from Disney is a second private-island port of call in the Bahamas. Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera will be a sister private island to Disney’s Castaway Cay. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who designed much of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, toured the Bahamas in summer 2019 to meet with local artists to learn about the culture.

The result of his research trips will inform his design aesthetic for the new Disney port of call. And, his time in the Bahamas led him to Kevin Cooper, an artist from Eleuthera, and Antonius Roberts, an artist from Nassau. Both will play a major role in the artistic evolution of Lighthouse Point.

Related: Guide to cruise private islands

Disney is building a new signature island experience on Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)
Disney is building a new signature island experience on Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. (Rendering courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.)

Disney purchased the privately owned Lighthouse Point early in 2019 and signed an agreement with the Bahamian government that “guides the responsible and sustainable way the site will be developed.” Disney says it plans to develop less than 20% of the property and, through the Disney Conservation Fund, donated $13 million to marine conservation programs around the world — including some in the Bahamas.

An environmental impact assessment will be completed and an environmental management plan submitted to the government of the Bahamas soon. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the plan before construction begins. Disney is looking at breaking ground in 2020 — though we expect some coronavirus-related delays — with the island opening to tourists at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

Related: Guide to sailing with the Disney Cruise Line 

Where will Disney Wish sail?

We just don’t know the answer yet. However, with the impending construction of Lighthouse Point, at least some itineraries will likely center on the Bahamas and other parts of the Caribbean at least during parts of the year.

When will reservations open?

We don’t yet know when reservations will open for Disney Wish, especially given the delay. While it’s almost always best to book a Disney cruise as soon as it goes on sale for the best prices and availability, that’s going to be especially true with the newest ship so we will keep you in the loop as we learn more.

Bottom line

Disney is keeping most of the details about Disney Wish and the entire Triton class of ships under wraps for now. But, we know that we will need to wait a little longer than we initially thought.

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Featured image courtesy of Disney 

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