Disney announced at its D23 Expo over the weekend that its newest cruise ship will be ready to take to the high seas in 2024. By Stefanie Waldek
The vessel will be the sixth overall in the Disney fleet and the second of three “Triton Class” ships. Inspired by Walt Disney’s love for exploration, its interiors will draw from architecture and design motifs from around the world. The Grand Hall, for instance, has a blue-and-gold scheme that recalls gilded architectural styles from across Asia and Northern Africa — it riffs on the fictional city of Agrabah from Disney’s Aladdin.
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“At the heart of every adventure, there’s a treasure, and we can’t wait for you to create memories aboard this spectacular ship,” Disney parks, experiences, and products chairman Josh D’Amaro said at the D23 Expo where a host of announcements were made.
The ship wasn’t the only announcement for Disney Cruise Lines. The company also shared renderings of its second Bahamian destination for its ships: Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera, which was first announced in 2019. Like Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, Lighthouse Point will be a private beach retreat for Disney Cruise Line passengers, offering colourful amenities like a cultural pavilion, a water playground, and dining and shopping.
Disney also announced its first sailings departing from Australia and New Zealand. From October 2023 through February 2024, Disney Wonder will sail out of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in Australia, as well as Auckland, New Zealand, on a series of two- to six-night “Disney Magic at Sea” itineraries. These will be “cruises to nowhere” where the ship is the destination — it won’t make port, but onboard programming will immerse guests in some of their favourite Disney universes, from Marvel to Star Wars.
Disney Wonder will also sail itineraries in the South Pacific — Disney Cruise Lines’ first trips to the destination — during its transpacific crossings. Bookings open on October 6, 2022, and can be made here.
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