Disney to launch Japan based cruise ship

Extended partnership with OLC will see a Disney Wish sister ship debut in 2029

Disney will introduce a new 1,200 berth ship for Disney Cruise Vacations in Japan under an expanded partnership with Orient Land Co. (OLC). The vessel will have a capacity for about 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew when it launches in early 2029

Announced at Tokyo Disney Resort on Tuesday [9 July 2024], the agreement will see a year-round Disney cruise program introduced to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. OLC, which own and operates Tokyo Disney Resort, will build and operate the Disney-branded business, with the vessel to be registered in Japan.

Disney and OLC have a 40-year relationship. The parties said the addition of a locally based Disney cruise ship will offer “fun and relaxation for Japanese Disney fans during magical voyages filled with the incredible entertainment, world-class dining and exceptional guest service that set Disney cruises apart.”

A render of the Disney Wish Concept ship, slated to launch in Japan in early 2029

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Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Experiences said “We are thrilled to continue the success of this expansion as we collaborate with Oriental Land Co. to introduce another distinctly Disney vacation experience to families and fans in Japan.”

“I am sincerely proud that Disney and Oriental Land will be able to work together to create a world-class cruise business in Japan,” said Yumiko Takano, Representative Director, Chairperson and CEO, Oriental Land. “Oriental Land will use their knowhow from the theme park business to continue pushing boundaries and provide family entertainment cruise experiences filled with inspiration and surprise.”

The ship will be constructed by Meyer Werft, with imaginative designs created by Walt Disney Imagineering. A sister ship to the popular Disney Wish, it will feature many guest-favourite venues and experiences from that ship with select modifications specially designed with Japanese guests in mind. The ship is expected to be approximately 140,000 gross tonnes and powered by liquefied natural gas.

At this stage, it is unclear if the new ship will operate under the Disney Cruise Line unit. Details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date.

The Disney Cruise Line fleet sails to world-class destinations in The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, the South Pacific, and Australia and New Zealand, and year-round cruises from Singapore are planned to begin in 2025.

Last week, LATTE exclusively revealed that Disney Cruise Line has locked in preliminary dates for its fourth season Down Under, in 2026/27. Read more here.

Lead image, from left: Kenji Yoshida, Representative Director, President and COO, Oriental Land Co.; Yumiko Takano, Representative Director, Chairperson and CEO, Oriental Land Co.; Toshio Kagami, Chair of the Board of Directors, Oriental Land Co.; Thomas Mazloum, President, Disney Signature Experiences; and Sharon Siskie, Senior Vice President, Disney Cruise Line are joined by Captain Mickey Mouse and Captain Minnie Mouse.

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