Disney Cruise Line's recently acquired mega-ship will be based in Singapore

Mar 29, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday March 29, 2023 9:08am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that the Disney Cruise Line is heading to Southeast Asia for the first time, under a collaboration to homeport their brand-new ship exclusively in Singapore.

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.

Disney says that Singapore’s strategic location, world-class air connectivity and port infrastructure make it a thriving cruise hub in Southeast Asia, a diverse region that is home to over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The addition of a Disney Cruise Line ship in Singapore has the potential to add millions of local and foreign cruise passengers across the five-year period, including fly-cruise passengers who arrive in Singapore by air. It is also expected to bring about significant spillover benefits for the wider economy. These include greater demand for port and ship-related services, as well as on-ground spending in Singapore for the lifestyle and hospitality sectors.

“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.”

“We look forward to welcoming the magic of Disney Cruise Line to Singapore in 2025,” said Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB). “This is an important milestone for STB and reflects Disney Cruise Line’s strong confidence in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The new Disney cruise ship will be an attraction itself and is expected to boost the tourism sector in Singapore for many years to come.”

The new ship, based in Southeast Asia, will feature innovative Disney experiences and the exterior will be adorned in the iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colors of the fleet, complete with signature red funnels.

The 208,000-gross-ton ship is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available. Disney Cruise Line expects the passenger capacity to be approximately 6,000 with around 2,300 crew members. In comparison, the new Disney Wish can carry 4000 passengers.

Construction will be completed at the former 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. The ship’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy before completing the vessel, enabling Disney Cruise Line to secure it at a favorable price and within the capital expenditure guidance The Walt Disney Company provided on its recent earnings call. The project also secures employment for hundreds of former MV Werften employees and will provide opportunities for numerous maritime industry suppliers in the region.

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DCBaker21 days ago

jmeNov 13, 2023

ABD Tour guided excursions, and tour before or after the cruise I suppose... But mostly I was kidding since their names are so similar

cjkeatingOct 31, 2023

A package including what?

jmeOct 24, 2023

Do you think Adventures by Disney will offer a package that includes the Disney Adventure?

ToTBellHopSep 11, 2023

Why not Wish’s original name? The fireworks show they gave its name to is gone forever. So Enchantment is an option. Imagine has also been floated.

cjkeatingSep 11, 2023

Well that's unfortuante, it must have been on the shortlist if it was chosen for GD2. And Adventure works much better for what has been announced for the Treasure. Care to drop any hints for the final ship?

GimpYancIentSep 10, 2023

This is interesting, per Cruise Industry News: "Disney has announced the acquisition of a partially completed cruise ship as it has come to terms to acquire the unfinished 6,000-guest Global Dream that is sitting at MV Werften. Disney will now work with Meyer Werft to complete the cruise ship in Wismar, Germany. The ship will be renamed and is expected to set sail in 2025 and will be fueled by green methanol. Disney said it was able secure the ship at a favorable price and within the capital expenditure guidance."

peter11435Sep 10, 2023

No. The the treasure was the treasure before Disney even acquired the Global Dream.

cjkeatingSep 10, 2023

I honestly think the Treasure was meant to be called Adventure. But then the Global Dream 2 came along.

CastAStoneSep 09, 2023

Carnival Dream Carnival Fantasy Carnival Magic Wonder of the Seas Adventure of the Seas Fits the pattern better than the other new ships.

KeithVHSep 09, 2023

No, but it is "out there" . . .

Andrew CSep 09, 2023

Will the theme of this one be treasure? That would be hilarious.

DCBakerSep 09, 2023

Disney Adventure is the name of the new ship.

AbsimilliardMar 29, 2023

Interesting choice to base the ship in Singapore. You have enough people in a 4-5 hours flight range to keep the ship booked most of the time and they can afford to. The lack of a casino will appeal to the muslim guests from Malaysia, south Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei that can easily reach Singapore and that's a good selling point. Disney will have to provide halal meals for them in a large quantity though, so they can't just copy and paste what they do on the other ships.