Walt Disney Expands Cruise Business With the Introduction of New Ship in Tokyo

By Jace Dela Cruz

Jul 10, 2024 03:17 AM EDT

Walt Disney and Japan's Oriental Land Company on Tuesday announced plans to introduce a new Disney cruise ship that will begin operating from Tokyo in 2029. This ship will be the ninth vessel in Disney's cruise fleet. 

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Makes First Public Appearance In Shipyard In Germany
PAPENBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: In this handout image provided by Disney, the new Disney cruise ship, the Disney Dream, made its very first public appearance Oct. 30, 2010
(Photo : Diana Zalucky/Disney via Getty Images)

New Walt Disney Cruise Ship in Japan

Launching the cruise ship in Japan is part of a long-standing partnership between Walt Disney and Oriental Land Company, which also manages Tokyo Disney Resort.

Under the new agreement, the cruise ship will offer year-round Disney-themed voyages. The companies aim to provide Japanese guests with unique entertainment and hospitality experiences.

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Disney Wish Ship

The new Disney ship to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany will be similar to the Disney Wish, the largest vessel in Disney's fleet. It will feature familiar venues and experiences explicitly tailored for Japanese guests.

The ship, which will weigh approximately 140,000 gross tons, will be powered by liquefied natural gas and include around 1,250 staterooms.

The ship's introduction continues Disney Cruise Line's efforts to expand its global reach following the success of its existing destinations, including the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, and more.  

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