Disney Cruise Line had three new ships being built for their fleet.
Two of the new ships will be based at Port Canaveral in Florida, under a 20-year agreement that Disney Cruise Line has made with the port. This agreement states that Disney must have three ships based there, up from the two they use currently. They must also increase the number of cruises that sail from the port. Right now that number is 150, but it will increase to 180 a year in 2023 and then to 216 a year in 2024.
The two new ships will join one of the current ships, The Fantasy and The Dream, to equal three ships in total at the port. The new ships being built will be similar to the Fantasy and Dream in size (4,000 passengers) but the new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
Another part of the deal has Disney paying a “capital cost recovery charge” of $3.15 per passenger getting on or off a Disney ship at Port Canaveral. This will help reimburse the port for the almost $46.5 million in terminal upgrades necessary to accommodate the three ships.
“This fee will be in addition to a $7.98 per passenger wharfage charge Disney will pay the port, under terms of the new contract, plus dockage, line-handling and harbormaster fees. The new wharfage rate of $7.98 per passenger will increase by a minimum of 2.5% a year. If the Consumer Price Index in any year exceeds 4%, the wharfage rate will increase by 1 percentage point less than the CPI.”
This new contract will replace and extend the current contract that was to end in 2027 and will begin on June 1, 2019.
Two of the ships will sail from Cruise Terminal 8 while one will sail from Cruise Terminal 10. Scheduling for the three ships seems to have one on a seven-day cruise out of Port Canaveral, departing Saturdays and alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Another ship will have four and three-day cruises out of the port and will depart on Mondays and Fridays for cruises to the Bahamas. The third ship has yet to have an itinerary determined.
With the three new ships Disney will almost double it’s Cruise Line Fleet. Currently they have 2 larger ships, The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, but they also have two smaller ships called the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic.
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Source: Florida Today
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