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Disney contracts Meyer Werft for third LNG newbuild

Mon 17 Jul 2017 by Rebecca Moore

Disney contracts Meyer Werft for third LNG newbuild
Credit: Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is to build a third LNG-powered newbuild – a move that will almost double its fleet by boosting its number to seven cruise ships.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced plans at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California to add a seventh ship to Disney Cruise Line.

Last year, the cruise operator unveiled plans to build two ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021 and 2023. The seventh ship will be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations,” Mr Chapek said. “By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.”

All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development. The three new ships will be powered by LNG and be the same size – approximately 135,000gt with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

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