This week, rumors of Disney Cruise Line building two additional ships began to pick up steam on the internet after an article was published on Inside The Magic. My wife and I first heard rumors of two new ships with the same 2015-2016 timeline from a bartender in Skyline during our June 2012 cruise on the Disney Fantasy. Over the years, we have heard our share of crew rumors with respect to various aspects of the company, but none have really come to fruition.
Personally, I feel the rumor of building two new ships does not seem to fit at this time with the Magic & Wonder headed for extensive renovations over the next two years. Although unannounced, the Disney Magic will be undergoing an extensive overhaul in early September. The Disney Wonder has a similar itinerary gap in October 2014 signaling its dry dock as well.
Disney Cruise Line does have an option with Meyer Werft for two additional ships which I think often add to these new ship rumors. Meyer Werft’s schedule is currently full through 2015 with two ships each for Norwegian Cruise Line (Getaway ’14 and Project Breakaway Plus ’15) and Royal Caribbean International (Quantum of the Seas ’14 and Anthem of the Seas ’15). If Disney did have plans for new builds and wanted to return to Meyer Werft, the earliest would be 2016.
This latest round of new ship rumors seem to run parallel with the Magic & Wonder refurbishment rumors. More than likely, there will be two “new” ships in the Disney fleet; a brand new Magic & Wonder. Earlier this year, potential concept renderings were found online from the same firm which designed Remy, and the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort (currently closed for renovations). In fact, just last month there were a couple mentions of Cabanas on the Classic ships.
Earlier this week, I received a comment from a passenger who sailed on the Disney Wonder last week, and heard directly from Captain Thord during the Castaway Club reception that Disney Cruise Line would be making an announcement on April 26, 2013.
I reached out to Disney Cruise Line today in an attempt to set the record straight on the new ship building rumors as well as confirmation on the the date of the announcement. The response I received from Rebecca Peddie, Public Relations Manager for Disney Cruise Line, stated “Our current focus at Disney Cruise Line is on our existing fleet. We are excited about an announcement we are making in a few weeks, but it is not about building more ships.”
The response did not confirm the date, but it looks like an announcement regarding the Magic And Wonder refurbishment (dry dock) will be made during the Monstrous Summer press event being held at Walt Disney World on April 25-26th.
What do you think – two new ships, two “new” ships or both?