Port Canaveral Will be Home to Two of Disney’s Cruise Line’s New Ships
If you are not familiar, Disney Cruise Line will be rolling out three new ships beginning from 2021 to 2023. While not much is known about the ships at this time including the names, more details are starting to come out.
FloridaToday.com is reporting that under a 20-year operating agreement between Port Canaveral and Disney Cruise Line that two of the three new ships will be headquartered in Port Canaveral. Currently the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream call Port Canaveral home. Once this agreement is approved, Disney will have three ships sailing out of the port. Two of the new ships and either the Disney Dream or the Disney Fantasy.
The deal also will guarantee that a total of 180 Disney Cruise Line cruises will sail out of Port Canaveral by 2023. Then in 2024, that number will increase to 216. Currently Disney Cruise Line guarantees 150 sailings a year. It is estimated that this increase in sailings will bring in about an additional $6 million to Port Canaveral a year.
The Disney Cruise Line ships will sail out of Terminal 8 and Terminal 10. Currently, Terminal 10 is exclusively used by Disney will continue to be. Port Canaveral will invest $46.8 million in upgrades to Cruise Terminal 8. However, Port Canaveral will see that investment back in the form “capital cost recovery charges” at $3.15 per passenger. Once the third ship joins the fleet at the port, two of the ships will sail from Terminal 8 and the other from Terminal 10.
Just like current Disney Cruise Line itineraries, one of the ships will have 7-day cruises out of Port Canaveral departing on Saturdays and alternating between Eastern and Western Caribbean ports of call. A second ship will offer 3 and 4-night Bahamian cruises which depart on Mondays and Friday. It is not known at this time what kind of itinerary the third ship will offer.
If this agreement is approved, it will go into effect as early as June 1, 2019. It will also replace a previous contract between Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral that was set to end on 2027.
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