Just announced this morning, Disney Cruise Line is expanding to Southeast Asia with its seventh ship! Singapore will be the exclusive home port for the newest ship for at least five years, starting in 2025. The new Southeast Asia home port is a partnership between the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Disney Cruise Line. Here is the full announcement that was made just a short time ago:
Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board today announced magical cruise vacations to Southeast Asia for the first time, revealed by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, S. Iswaran.
Under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board agreed to collaborate to homeport a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively in Singapore for at least five years beginning in 2025. More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries, and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date.
‘This is a very exciting year for The Walt Disney Company — 2023 marks our 100th anniversary,’ D’Amaro said. ‘As part of this, Disney Cruise Line is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion with new ships and new destinations around the world. We are incredibly excited to make Singapore the home port to our seventh-launched ship, which will sail from here year-round starting in 2025.’
‘We look forward to welcoming the magic of Disney Cruise Line to Singapore in 2025,’ said Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB). ‘This is an important milestone for STB and reflects Disney Cruise Line’s strong confidence in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The new Disney cruise ship will be an attraction itself and is expected to boost the tourism sector in Singapore for many years to come.
Cruising in Singapore and Southeast Asia
Singapore’s strategic location, world-class air connectivity and port infrastructure make it a thriving cruise hub in Southeast Asia, a diverse region that is home to over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The addition of a Disney Cruise Line ship in Singapore has the potential to add millions of local and foreign cruise passengers across the five-year period, including fly-cruise passengers who arrive in Singapore by air. It is also expected to bring about significant spillover benefits for the wider economy. These include greater demand for port and ship-related services, as well as on-ground spending in Singapore for the lifestyle and hospitality sectors.
New Disney Cruise Ship for Families in Southeast Asia
The new ship will feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart. Guests of all ages will find dedicated spaces and activities designed just for them, and families will create unforgettable memories with beloved characters such as Captain Mickey Mouse and Captain Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, Marvel Super Heroes and more.
Disney Cruise Line estimates the passenger capacity of the 208,000-gross-ton ship to be approximately 6,000 with around 2,300 crew members. It is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available.
Construction is projected to be completed at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish and is constructing two additional Wish-class ships.
Disney Cruise Line is seeing massive growth within the next few years. With the addition of the new island destination Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas for summer 2024, the anticipation surrounding the Disney Treasure, and this expansion into Southeast Asia, it is a great time to cruise with Disney!