Disney Cruise Line unveils concept art for new ships

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Artist rendering of new Disney Cruise Line ship.

When Disney Cruise Line surprised D23 Expo attendees last summer by announcing they’d be building not two but three new ships, nearly doubling its fleet, there wasn’t much more to share. But we’re now getting a peek at what these ships will look like, and some hints for what that means for guests.

The ships are consistent in look with Disney’s current fleet, including the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy, with a black, white, and gold color scheme and the classic red funnels. The new ships, however, have curved verandahs on the midship decks, which could either allow for larger guest staterooms or more space in the ship’s interior. You can also see a waterslide tube runner between the ship’s funnels, though it doesn’t appear to approach the edge like with the AquaDuck on the Dream and Fantasy.

Disney’s new ships will be introduced in 2021, 2022, and 2023. The most recent release says they are planned to include about 1,250 guest staterooms (same as the Dream and Fantasy) and weigh 140,000 gross tons. That’s about 56,000 tons heavier than Disney’s original ships, and 10,000 tons heavier than the Dream or Fantasy. Plainly put: that’s a lot of boat, but still not as big as the largest cruise ship currently in operation, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, which enters service this month at 228,021 gross tons.

Disney is promising that their new ships will offer “more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before.” We can’t wait to see what they have in store, but personally, I’m just as excited to hear what they’ll be named and who will serve as each ship’s godmother. Did you know that Mariah Carey christened the Disney Fantasy?