What to expect from new family cruise ship Disney Wish
By Katie McGonagle | 23 Feb 2022
Disney Wish, the first new ship from the US entertainment brand in 10 years, has been floated out from its dry dock, taking it a step closer to its launch in June
The ship took to the water for the first time on February 11 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The event was celebrated in Disney style with a display of fireworks, music and an appearance by Captain Minnie Mouse.
With capacity for 4,000 passengers and 1,555 crew, it is the first of three ships on order from the shipyard, with two more set for delivery by 2025. Each vessel will be powered by liquefied natural gas and will weigh 144,000 gross tons.
Here are some of the features we’re most excited to see when Disney Wish comes into service on July 14 on a maiden voyage departing from Port Canaveral in Florida.
An enchanted penthouse in the sky
Disney ships are easily recognised by their signature red funnels, but on Disney Wish, they have had an upgrade. One of the funnels will house a two-storey suite measuring nearly 2,000 square feet and offering double-height ocean views in a first for the line.
Captain Minnie at the helm
Artworks dotted around Disney Wish will depict Minnie Mouse as the captain for the first time in a move set to be rolled out across the fleet.
Dining with characters from Frozen
Disney is known for its fun-filled attractions both on shore and at sea, so it’s no surprise to see characters from some of its most popular film franchises aboard Disney Wish. The ship will be filled with storytelling experiences including immersive dining with characters from Frozen and the Marvel universe, plus a Star Wars-themed lounge.
Rapunzel at the stern
The signature sculpture on the stern of Disney Wish features much-loved fairy-tale character Rapunzel, alongside friend and pet chameleon Pascal. The statue was unveiled for the first time at the float-out ceremony and will oversee the ship on its voyages.
Visits to Disney’s private island
Disney Wish will sail three and four-night itineraries from Port Canaveral in Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas, including stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The island is close to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando for guests who want to cram in as much Disney magic to their holiday as possible.
Find out more about Disney Wish on the Disney Cruise Line website.