Disney Cruise Line has announced a new departure port out of Singapore for the upcoming 7th ship in the fleet.
Read the official release below:
“Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board today announced magical cruise vacations to Southeast Asia for the first time, revealed by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, S. Iswaran.
Under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board agreed to collaborate to homeport a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively in Singapore for at least five years beginning in 2025. More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries, and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date.
“This is a very exciting year for The Walt Disney Company — 2023 marks our 100th anniversary,” D’Amaro said. “As part of this, Disney Cruise Line is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion with new ships and new destinations around the world. We are incredibly excited to make Singapore the home port to our seventh-launched ship, which will sail from here year-round starting in 2025.”
The new ship will feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart. Guests of all ages will find dedicated spaces and activities designed just for them, and families will create unforgettable memories with beloved characters such as Captain Mickey Mouse and Captain Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, Marvel Super Heroes and more.”
Disney Cruise Line 7th Ship
The ship will be the recently acquired Global Dream ship (which will be renamed to avoid confusion with the Disney Dream cruise ship and match the rest of the fleet).
Disney Cruise Line confirmed the “acquisition of a partially completed ship that will bring the magic of a Disney Cruise Line vacation to new global destinations” today. It will “feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining, and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart.”
Disney Cruise Line estimates the passenger capacity of the 208,000-gross-ton ship to be approximately 6,000, with around 2,300 crew members. It is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available.
Construction is projected to be completed at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish and is constructing two additional Wish-class ships.
According to the German business news site Capital, Disney reportedly paid only $41 million for the still-unfinished Global Dream ship, which was around 75% finished while construction was underway at MV Werften in Wismar, Germany. The shipyard, owned by the ship’s former owner Genting Hong Kong, had gone into administration following its parent company’s bankruptcy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Dream was originally estimated to cost around $1.8 billion to construct, leaving Disney with significant financial room to improve the ship while still coming in under cost for a new ship. At a $41 million cost, that’s just over two percent of the original ship’s estimated cost.
Disney is expected to spend another $1 billion in converting and finishing the ship according to Capital, although new SEC filings state “total costs are anticipated to be less than our recent fleet additions,” also noting the cost of the ship was “not material.”