Disney Cruise Line‘s new ship, Disney Wish, is set to showcase the worlds and characters of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars at sea. The family-oriented brand will also feature a suite of new adults-only facilities, including the first Star Wars branded lounge.
Scheduled to enter service in 2022, stand-out elements aboard Disney Wish include;
- the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse – an animated shorts on a waterslide ride full of lighting and special effects, through 230 metres of winding tubes, suspended high above the upper decks.
- Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure – Disney’s first Frozen-themed theatrical dining experience, featuring characters such as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.
- Worlds of Marvel – the first Marvel cinematic dining adventure with diners take on an interactive role in the Avengers mission.
“With the Disney Wish, we’re continuing our tradition of delivering the most magical and relaxing vacations at sea, combining legendary service and entertainment with imaginative storytelling and all the care you expect from a Disney vacation,” said Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
“Our newest ship will celebrate everything that families love about sailing with us, from the incredible dining experiences and character interactions, to dazzling shows and the crew’s thoughtful attention to detail,” D’Amaro said.
Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage – a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay – on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open to the general public on 27 May 2021.
An all-new Toy Story-themed district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children.
Adults will indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a “peaceful refuge dedicated to lounging, sipping and soaking,” Disney describes.
“Set away from the bustle of family activities, this secluded adults-only district will feature a luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe.”
1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state’s unique fusion of cultural flavours.
In addition to elaborately themed, upscale restaurants, Disney Wish will offer a variety of dining options ranging from quick bites, casual dining and 24-hour room service to speciality treats, gourmet cafes and premium dining exclusively for adults.
The Grand Hall of Disney Wish will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theatre through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship. Dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around the hall, putting guests front and centre as they play a special role in the magic.
Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.
Among the other highlights onboard will b the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas, intimate screening rooms that will play classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.
Disney’s Oceaneer Club for kids aged 3 to 12 has been reimagined to provide more spaces and stories than ever before. Programming combines deeply engaging, enriching activities with special playtime with Disney friends – and when characters stop by, they stay to play, offering uniquely interactive, memorable character experiences.
Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) are hangouts where tweens and teens will chill and play in their own way, with dedicated programming designed to engage the unique interests of these age groups.
A Trove of Untold Treasures Exclusively for Adults
Adults aboard Disney Wish will escape, relax, dine and play in more ways than ever with exclusive venues and entertainment tailored just for them, featuring elevated interpretations of Disney stories through sophisticated theming that ranges from subtle inspiration to full-scale immersion.
For the first time on a Disney ship, guests will embark on a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship. This immersive experience will be reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar.
Guests will savour gourmet meals and exceptional beverages at Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement and The Rose, an upscale suite of epicurean excellence exclusively for adults, inspired by the elegant icons of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.”
Enchanté will offer the most luxurious dining experience onboard, featuring a gourmet menu crafted by three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement. This romantic and intimate venue will evoke the dazzling spirit of the film’s candelabra maitre d’, Lumiere.
Other adult-exclusive spaces on board Disney Wish will include the Quiet Cove pool district; a variety of gourmet cafes, relaxed bars and upscale lounges; and more.
With an all-new look and feel steeped in enchantment and inspired by dreamy Disney stories, every stateroom on board Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage and upscale amenities.
Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families.
Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bow of the ship. An exclusive lounge with private sun deck will be the perfect place for concierge guests to relax, sip a cocktail and enjoy a premium level of dedicated service throughout the voyage.
Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities. These include a pair of two-story suites, the first of their kind within the Disney fleet, which will feature stunning statement pieces like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.
Disney Wish is the first of three new Disney Cruise Line ships to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany through 2025. All three ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons, will be slightly larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
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