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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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.

SplashZanderMar 29, 2023

Honestly, Disney has been a great bargaining trip to get family to explore beyond their normal comfort zone. While I have no hesitancy to travel really anywhere, Shanghai Disneyland was really the only thing that got us to China. Once there, we explored China thoroughly, so it wasn’t a Disney trip, but a China trip with Disney, but it got us to actually go. Singapore has long been on my bucket list, so I easily see myself exploring South East asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore) and capping it off with a cruise. Curious to see exactly where these itineraries go. Cruises, and Disney by extension, have really lowered the barrier of entry to exploring really amazing places (some of which we have independently returned to). In March 2022 we were booked on a Northern European cruise with 2 full days in Saint Petersburg. We weren’t comfortable visiting Russia independently but a cruise really lowers the barrier of entry by providing safe lodging and transportation. Ultimately that trip never happened, for obvious reasons, but I really think cruises are an under appreciated tool for exploration by many people.

SplashZanderMar 29, 2023

Discussed here. Hong Kong Disneyland is easily reachable on a 7-day itinerary.

hopemaxMar 29, 2023

We found today's news intriguing. Singapore is high on our list of places we want to visit. We are always quoting Jack Sparrow's, "Clearly you've never been to Singapore," line. But we prefer smaller ships to the mega ones and 6000 people is a lot. It will come down to the cost and itineraries. Like everything else Disney, it would probably be significantly cheaper to go with a different cruise line, or an a la carte travel itinerary.

portmickeyMar 29, 2023

They released artwork on the Lobby Character Statue 🤣

Andrew CMar 29, 2023

Well now I do. Lol

portmickeyMar 29, 2023

Did anyone notice the new artwork only has 4 Mickey smokestacks instead of the original 6?

Disstevefan1Mar 29, 2023

As I said in previous posts, I think this was a good move by Disney. I know I will never sail on it but I still think it was a good move. I hope TWDC puts out pics of the ship and I am looking forward to a YouTuber eventually giving us a tour.

ToTBellHopMar 29, 2023

Isn’t Singapore way too far away?

CaptainAmericaMar 29, 2023

Stay tuned.

ToTBellHopMar 29, 2023

A pity they’ll miss out on stops at TDL, HKDL, or SDL.

monothingieMar 29, 2023

No surprise. It was designed for the Asian cruise market and is being deployed into the Asian cruise market.

Andrew CMar 29, 2023

Yes, knew this was coming. We still have the Treasure and unnamed ship coming, which will help...

wdwmagicMar 29, 2023

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