Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line, although founded in 1998, was originally created in 1995 when the company commissioned its two ships at Fincantieri in Italy, ending the Walt Disney Company’s arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for the maritime segment of its vacation packages. Disney had contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruise vacations in the 1980s, also sailing from Port Canaveral. The ships were similarly marketed as family vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters.
In 2007, Disney announced the creation of two new cruise ships. Disney Dream set sail in 2011, while Disney Fantasy set sail in March 2012. The ships were built by Meyer Werft shipyard, based in Papenburg, Germany.
Disney Magic began operation July 30, 1998. Disney Wonder began operation August 15, 1999. They are 294 m (965 ft) long and 32.22 m (105.7 ft) wide. The ships each contain 875 staterooms and are not identical in their design, with a lot of variations in interior design, restaurants and entertainment venues. Both contain areas designed exclusively for various age groups, including children, teenagers, and adults. Current routes are Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean and Europe, depending on the ship.
The ships are the first in the industry to be designed and built from the keel up as family cruise liners, with the goal of accommodating parents and children. Unlike most ships of their type, they do not include casinos.
Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy entered service in January 2011 and March 2012, respectively. These new 129,690-ton ships are 339.5 m (1,114 ft) long and 36.8 m (121 ft) wide. They are 2 decks taller than Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and have 1,250 staterooms each.
With the arrival of Disney Dream in 2011, Disney Wonder was relocated to Los Angeles, and with the arrival of Disney Fantasy in 2012, Disney Magic was relocated to New York City in May 2012 for only the Summer season, before relocating to Galveston, Texas.
Disney Cruise Line has negotiated with the Port Canaveral port authority and has extended their contract for 15 more years, through 2022. As part of this contract, the port authority expanded and upgraded the dock in order to accommodate the new ships (both of which will be home-ported there), the terminal will be enlarged to accommodate more passengers and luggage, and a parking garage was built. Both Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have departed from Port Canaveral.
In late 2012, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder began sailing cruises out of Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida, respectively. In Summer 2013, Disney Magic will relocate to Barcelona, Spain and Disney Wonder will relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Fall 2013, Magic and Wonder will return to the United States of America but switch home ports, with the Magic leaving out of Miami and Wonder leaving out of Galveston. In January 2014, Wonder will take over for Magic in Miami and Magic will join Dream and Fantasy in Port Canaveral, placing all four ships in the state of Florida for the first time.
Disney has the contract options with Meyer Werft to build a further two additional “Dream Class” ships, but – as at October 2012 – no announcement has been made about future ship orders.
Disney Cruise sip at sea