Disney Wish Review and Specifications
Specifications of Disney Wish
|Year built||2021 new ship|
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
|Operator||Disney Cruise Line|
|Speed||24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph|
|Length (LOA)||341 m / 1119 ft|
|Beam (width)||41 m / 135 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||144000 gt|
|Passengers||2500 - 3500|
|Sister-ships||Disney 2022, Disney 2023|
|Former names||Disney Triton|
Review of Disney Wish
MS Disney Wish cruise ship is The Walt Disney Company's newest liner and the first in a series of all three newbuilds (currently on order or under construction). Wish is scheduled for launch in 2021-Q4, inauguration by Christmas 2021 and starts operations in January 2022. The other vessels from this series (sisterships) are yet unnamed, with scheduled launches and deliveries in 2022 and 2023.
The Wish ship is Walt Disney fleet's 5th vessel of the new Triton-Class. The 3 units are very similar (as size and capacity) to the sisterships Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The 3 new liners will be year-round deployed in the Caribbean and USA-homeported - in Miami (Disney 2023) and Port Canaveral (Disney Wish, Disney 2022).
History - construction and ownership
Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (shipowner). The company was incorporated in 1996 as "Magical Cruise Company Ltd". Walt Disney also owns the Bahamian private island Castaway Cay (exclusive port of call - for Disney ships only), an exclusive Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) and the exclusive Lighthouse Point (privately-developed cruise resort complex on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas). Disney cruises are marketed as "family vacations" and feature unique and exclusive activities, such as costumed Disney Characters, adults-only deck areas, dedicated facilities for teens, kids and infants-toddlers, signature (trademarked) shipboard facilities and activities, themed live entertainment.
In early-March 2016, Walt Disney announced plans to build three new liners (company's largest) and in July 2017 signed a 3-unit shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft Gmbh (Germany). Triton-Class vessel's interior design, facilities and cruise itineraries are still a well-protected secret. What is known so far is that they will be LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas), gross tonnage 144,000 GT tons (larger than the originally announced 135,000 GT) and passenger capacity 2500 (1250 staterooms). This design is only slightly larger than the previous Disney Dream-Class.
The 3500-passenger ship Disney Wish is no exception with its primary market being families with small children (especially with kids younger than 8) - the major revenue provider for The Walt Disney Company. The vessel features some of the most innovative technologies and "best fun" ideas at sea, including:
- pieces of “Enchanted Art” adorning the walls of hallways – paintings and pictures that are actually framed LCD screens with a technology to recognize guests present and proceeding with one of several animations;
- wave phones in every stateroom (used to call or text other guests) and effectively replacing the old onboard beeper system (now the counselors’ messages come directly to the parents’ phones);
- the Magical Portholes on the walls of all Inside cabins (LED screens showing real-time outside views).
Company's clientele consists almost entirely of North American travelers (USA and Canada). Disney's new approach to teens and young couples features age-related activities and limited access to shipboard venues, adding a really strong appeal for multi-generational cruisers.
Ship's dress code is similar to Disney's luxury resorts - daily casual and evening resort casual - men with jackets (no ties) and pants, women - with summer dresses (optional gowns). All Disney Triton-Class ship cruise itineraries include one "pirate night" and one semi-formal night. On 3-day cruises, one night is casual, 4-days are with 2 casual evenings, on 5-days and longer - 3 nights are casual.
Shipboard gratuities total USD 12 per person per day. Tips are generally given to waiting staff (including assistant waiters) and cabin attendants/stewards. Additionally, a 15% gratuity on all beverages is automatically charged to passenger's shipboard account.
Cruise itinerary program
Starting in 2021, Disney Wish itinerary program is based on roundtrips to Eastern and Western Caribbean departing from homeport Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida. A signature port destination included in all roundtrip itineraries is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas - Castaway Cay.
MS Disney Wish will have around 1250 staterooms, most of which are midship-located Balcony cabins. All cabins and suites are well planned and equipped with industry's latest amenities. Like on all Disney ships, Passenger staterooms by sizes are ranked among industry’s largest standard cabins, designed to easily accommodate four people. Cabins are with ample storage space, lounge/living area and split bathrooms (1 room with shower-bathtub-sink-WC, and separate toilet-sink). Beds on are raised to allow underbed storage for 2 medium-sized suitcases. Each cabin has as standard amenities 2 mirrored vanities with chairs, 22-inch smart TV (satellite reception, infotainment system), iPod docking station, 2 rechargeable “Wave Phones” (for shipwide use).
Disney's innovative Inside Cabin features (industry’s first) "Magical Portholes" - large, round-shaped LCD screens (positioned above the beds) projecting real-time outside views which are provided by ship's cameras. Veranda Cabin's balcony is fitted with 2 deckchairs and a low table.
Concierge Suites and Concierge Family Cabins offer direct access to ship’s concierge-served facilities (1 small lounge, private sundeck area with chairs, free food and drinks). Most 1-Bedroom Suites are with connecting doors, Queen bed (convertible to twins), sitting/lounge area with double sofabed, 1 pull-down bed (in the living room), walk-in closet, 2 bathrooms (one with a whirlpool hot-tub).
Disney Wish ship's largest stateroom is the Royal Suite, featuring a separate living room, wet bar, kitchenette (small cooking/dining area), media library, outdoor/balcony Jacuzzi.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The Wish ship has 3 themed MDRs (main restaurants) called “Animator’s Palate”, “Enchanted Garden”, and “Royal Palace”. There are 2 adults-only specialty restaurants – “Remy” (named after the “Ratatouille” movie star, French cuisine) and “Palo” (Italian cuisine) as alternative dining options. The line’s Rotational Dining system allows you to rotate to each of the three main restaurants each night while your servers follow you. The Animator’s Palate has screens showing animated Disney characters and themes from “Finding Nemo” movie. The Enchanted Garden is a Versailles-inspired room, featuring lighting effects, transforming the day into night. The Royal Palace is princesses-themed with numerous portraits of “Cinderella” and the “Sleeping Beauty” movie characters (even the bread baskets are shaped like the Cinderella’s coach). The food quality is very good, the service staff is amicable and timely.
The Remy specialty restaurant is a classy place to be on any special occasion, offering a marvelous French menu and charging serious prices – a service fee of $75 PP (reservations are required, along with the formal dress code), drinks and wine are additional. The Palo restaurant is an Italian (Mediterranean) eatery with $20 cover PP (serves dinner and on selected days – Champagne brunch). Superb fish and seafood entrees, a cold buffet (meats, cheese, shrimp, salads and desserts) and several hot made-to-order items. The “Cabanas” casual dining complex on Deck 11 has several food and drink stations for hot and cold buffet items (including made-to-order omelets and sandwiches). The “Flo’s Cafe” offers burgers, chicken fingers, wraps, pizza, salads.
Follows the complete list of MS Disney Wish restaurants and food bars.
- Enchanted Garden Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, inspired by the gardens of Versailles; serves as a buffet for breakfast and lunch, full service for dinner 5:45-8:15 p.m.)
- Royal Palace Restaurant (696-seat forward Dining Room, offers complimentary French cuisine; specialty coffees and drinks are extra)
- Animator’s Palate Restaurant (696- seat aft Dining Room, animator’s studio design, features favorite Disney-character dinner shows; serves complimentary drinks; Rotational Dining with two fixed Dinner seatings – at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.)
- Flo’s Cafe (quick service restaurant with 3 food stations: “Fillmore’s Favorites” (lite lunch, complimentary), “Tow Mater’s Grill” (burgers bar, complimentary) and “Luigi”s Pizza”)
- Cabanas (self-service complimentary restaurant with American cuisine, pasta, sushi)
- Remy (reservations-only, adults-only French specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner; aft location, bookings via the internet or onboard)
- Palo (144-seat Italian specialty restaurant; adults-only, reservation-only; aft location; bookings via the internet or on board).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Ship's kids clubs are the main reason for Disney’s high loyalty passengers ratio. Besides all the Disney characters, innovative technologies and fun attractions, Disney children counselors are a pretty big reason many families to repeat their bookings with the company. Always smiling and friendly, they are hugely experienced, all college educated, attentive and downright. The Oceaneer’s “Club” and “Lab” facilities (ages 3-10) are connected, thus doubling the fun space. The “Oceaneer’s Club” features the “Andy’s Room” (with oversized Disney characters for kids to climb on) and the “Laugh Floor” (with its “laugh-o-meter” and Mike and Sully of “Monsters Inc”). The “Oceaneer’s Lab” is maritime themed, featuring an Animator’s Studio and a small Sound Studio. The new Disney approach allows all kids ages 3-10 to access the same clubs with separate rooms and age-related activities.
Cruise liner's children club is called “Edge” (ages 11-13) properly secluded on Deck 13 in the funnel. Best attractions here are the 18 ft (5,5 m) high LCD wall, the video karaoke, and numerous interconnected PCs. The teen-only “Vibe” club (ages 14-17) is of 9,000 sq. foot (836 m2), with a fountain bar and its own sun deck and pools.
Public spaces are decorated in deep blue and red, with numerous “Mickeys” just about everywhere (cabin, artwork, dinnerware, railings). One of the ship’s most memorable places is the 3-deck high Atrium lobby with its golden hue, the wide royalty-style winding staircase, and the Donald Duck bronze statue. The Triton Atrium is a hub area connecting restaurants, theaters, and shops. You may check emails in the Internet cafe, but there’s also a Wi-Fi coverage throughout the ship. Like all Disney liners, Wish has no casino.
- Onboard fun activities
All Disney stage shows feature intricate sets and Disney themed captivating performances, and the big place for grand entertainment is the Disney Theater with goldies like the “Golden Mickeys” and “Villains Tonight”, new amazing stage productions, like the “Disney’s Believe” (directed by Gordon Greenberg) and all the best Disney movies in 3D. The themed Disney characters onboard have always been the greatest sensation of all, and there are countless opportunities to meet and greet Mickey and company around the ship – in contrast to Disneyland, here they all are accessible and will always stop for a hug and a photo with you. Another big success is the “Pirates in the Caribbean” kids party divided into two programs – the sing-along called “Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean” followed by the “Club Pirate” (with many special effects) and great Disney fireworks between the shows.
- SPA and FITNESS, pools, waterslide, technology
The “Senses” Spa&Salon offers all the usual treatments (haircuts, manicures) and more exotic choices (hot-stone massages, mud baths). The “Chill” is a teen-only Spa within the facility. The Fitness Center along with the usual equipment offers at additional fee Yoga and Pilates classes. The Sports Deck has a small sports court, a mini-golf course, Ping-Pong tables, a walking/jogging track.
The pool deck has a large area for family fun water activities, featuring 2 hot tubs and 2 kids pools – “Donald’s” (5 ft deep) and “Mickey’s” (with a spiral slide). A big attraction here is the big LED screen mounted on the funnel. There’s a toddler splash area (Nemo themed) located in the center on Deck 11 with huge glass panes for parents to monitor their kids.
The AquaDuck waterslide (world's ever-first water-coaster at sea) is located atop the ship and features a 765 ft (233 m) long 4-decks high transparent tube. The spinning tube reaches the incredible 150 ft (46 m) above sea level (there’s a 42-inch / 107 cm height requirement). “Nemo’s Reef” is a small kids waterpark. The adults only “Quiet Cove” pool area is a great place to hide from all the little angels and devils around the ship.
Follows the complete list of MS Disney Wish lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Walt Disney Triton Theatre (1340-seat, offers live shows, aerial acrobatics performances, grand-style productions, 3D movies; with two evening shows – at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)
- Triton Atrium (3-deck high central ship area, featuring marble-carpet flooring, grand staircase, and panoramic glass elevators)
- Mickey’s Mainsail (Disney brand logo shop for postcards, souvenirs, DVDs, toys, clothes, games)
- Sea Treasures (duty-free crystal, brand jewelry, watches, precious stones, Disney merchandise, underwear, sport, and swimming apparel)
- Whitecaps (duty-free brand jewelry, perfumes, liquor, and tobaccos)
- Bon Voyage Bar (adults-only, serving wine, beer, and cocktails)
- Buena Vista Theatre (399-seat 4D cinema, features 3D movies, Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby 3D movie technology)
- Preludes Bar (quick wait-service snacks & beverages bar)
- Shutters PhotoShop (photo packages, accessories, photographic services)
- Vista Cafe (atrium bar for specialty coffees and teas, dinner cocktails, complimentary snacks, and pastries; Wi-Fi spot)
- D Lounge Bar & Nightclub; The Tube Disco & Nightclub; Vista Gallery
- Europa District (adults only area including Ooh La La Bar; La Piazza Bar; The Tube disco; O’Gills Pub; Skyline Bar)
- Vibe Disco & Club Lounge (teens only)
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (youth club “princesses and pirates” for kids 3-12 yo)
- It’s A Small World Nursery (for 3 months to 3 yo infants and toddlers; reservations required)
- Oceaneer Club (kids 3-12 yo; with four play areas with themes from Disney films); Oceaneer Lab (play area for kids 3-12 yo)
- Senses Spa & Fitness Complex (with 17 treatment rooms; 1 Whirlpool; “Rainforest Room”; “Relax Room”; Fitness Centre /health and wellbeing seminars; Beauty Salon)
- Luxurious Spa Villas (two private suites with own hot tub, private verandah, Roman bed with canopy, open-air shower)
- Quiet Cove Pool (adults-only swimming pool, served by Cove Bar; with 2 Whirlpools)
- Chill Spa (teens only spa with separate relaxation area and treatment rooms)
- Cove Cafe (adult-only, with big TV screen; Wi-Fi spot)
- Outdoor LED movie screen (24x14 ft)
- Eye Scream Treats Bar (complimentary ice cream, poolside)
- Frozone Treats (iced fruit smoothies bar, poolside)
- Whozits & Whatzits (pool shop for AquaDuck related stuff)
- Donald’s Pool; Mickey’s Pool; Wading Pool (adults only); Satellite Falls (circular pool; adults only)
- Nemo’s Reef (waterplay kids zone; features characters meetings and greetings)
- Arr-cade (kids/teens video games arcade)
- Waves Bar (family poolside bar)
- Meridian Lounge & Bar (adults-only venue for dinner cocktails); Concierge Lounge
- Currents Bar (outdoor bar for cold drinks, refreshments, cocktails)
- Edge Lounge (11-14 yo teens-only club area, with a giant video wall, interactive games, Internet)
- Goofy’s Sports Deck (Walking Track, Jogging Track, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Virtual sport games simulators, combined sports court, Ping Pong/Foosball tables)
- Radio Studio (live radio programs for Disney Wish itinerary-related news and onboard events)
- Outlook Bar (retreat area with a piano and full bar; hosts weddings receptions).
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On July 15, 2017, Disney Cruise Line officially announced company's plans to build 3 new vessels. They all will be German-built (by Meyer Werft at Papenburg Shipyard). The so exciting for all Mickey Mouse fans announcement was made by Bob Chapek (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company's Chairman).
On January 22, 2019, Port Canaveral officials gathered to discuss the new liners' docking at Disney's exclusive Cruise Terminal 8. The facility was improved and upgraded in order to accommodate/berth the 3 new ships simultaneously. With scheduled deliveries in 2021 (Wish), 2022 (TBN) and 2023 (TBN), the newbuilds are designed with at least 1250 staterooms each. To handle them, Orlando Port Canaveral's Disney Cruise Terminal 8 was upgraded to passenger capacity 7500 tourists at a time.
The new series of Disney vessels have LOA length 341 m (1119 ft), making them company's/fleet's longest. By GT tonnage (~140,000 tons each) and passenger capacity (2500 / max 3500), Disney's newbuilds are similarly-sized as fleet's currently newest/largest vessels - the sisterships Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. However, the newbuilds will be LNG-powered (liquefied natural gas) and with more and new facilities and amenities. In 2023, Walt Disney will nearly double its current fleet.
At the released on March 9, 2018, new ship's exterior rendering was shown company's traditional black-white-red hull color scheme. New in the design is the superstructure's golden flair. Between the two funnels is located top-deck's waterpark with slides. Balcony cabins are positioned midship, which allows larger staterooms.
'"Disney Triton" was chosen as the name of Walt Disney's new vessel class/series. Triton is Ancient Greece's god of the sea. Being the son of Poseidon (the god of the waters) and Amphitrite (the goddess of the Sea), Triton is the herald for his father and usually represented as a merman (male mermaid) having an upper human body and tail and fins of a fish. Like his father, Triton carries a trident, but his special attribute is a twisted conch shell with which he calms or raises the waves. According to the Disney story, King Triton is the protective and loving father of "The Little Mermaid" Ariel, as well as one of the most powerful Disney characters ever created.
During their inaugural cruise seasons in the Caribbean, two of Disney's new ships (Wish and Disney 2022) will be homeported in Port Canaveral - the principal seaport for Orlando City (Walt Disney’s theme park capital). Also in Port Canaveral will be homeported in 2020 Carnival Cruise Line's largest ship - Mardi Gras. The 3rd Disney newbuild (Disney 2023) will be homeported in Miami Florida. The new Disney liners will be fueled (in homeports) by LNG bunkering barges docking alongside the berthed vessel.
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