New Ship Name & A New Island Destination |
Okay Disney fans. You can finally breathe a sigh of relief – the wait is over. Disney Cruise Line just released the name of their newest and fifth ship during the annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
It’s the Disney Wish!
“There couldn’t be a better name for our incredible new ship because making wishes come true is part of the Disney DNA and is at the heart of so many of our cherished stories,” said Bob Chapek, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman.
Then there was the announcement of the name of the iconic Disney character that will decorate the stern of Disney Wish. It’s Rapunzel! She’ll be looped through her fabled long tresses as she paints the name of the ship on the stern.
An artist rendering was provided to D23 attendees for a first look at the bright and airy three-story atrium, inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.
Disney ships’ stern characters have become a tradition for every Disney cruise ships since the beginning and reflect the theme of each ship.
As other cruise lines will implement in the near future, this new Disney ship will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Disney Wish will be slightly larger than Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The ship will weigh approximately 144,000 gross tons and accommodate 1,250 guest staterooms. Of course, being family-friendly, many of the uniquely appointed staterooms will actually sleep three or more cruisers.
Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and is expected to sail beginning in January 2022.
Disney’s second destination in the Bahamas – Lighthouse Point
Also revealed at the D23 Expo was Disney’s new information and two concept renderings for Lighthouse Point located on the island of Eleuthra.
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“With three new ships joining our fleet, we thought this would be an incredible opportunity to add another unique destination to our ports of call. We looked all over The Bahamas and Caribbean for an ideal location that would enable us to create new experiences, while celebrating the culture of this amazing region,” Chapek said.
Disney Cruise Line completed its purchase of privately owned Lighthouse Point earlier this year and signed an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas that guides the responsible and sustainable way the site will be developed.
Disney has committed to develop less than 20 percent of the property; employ sustainable building practices, including an open-trestle pier that eliminates the need to dredge a ship channel; establish environmental monitoring programs during construction and operation; and donate more than 190 acres of privately owned land to Government, among other commitments.
Through the Disney Conservation Fund, Disney has provided more than $13 million to marine conservation programs around the globe, including several in The Bahamas. Since 2007, Disney has been directly involved in leading a multiyear initiative to protect and rehabilitate coral reefs in The Bahamas and will continue to work with leading conservation organizations and communities to protect special places there.
Construction at Lighthouse Point will begin only after an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are reviewed and accepted by the Government of The Bahamas and public consultation has occurred. Construction could begin in 2020 with completion in late 2022 or 2023.