Port Canaveral Set to Vote on 20-year Operating Agreement with Disney Cruise Line – Guarantees 2 New Ships to Homeport

Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners is schedule to vote on a 20-year operations agreement with Disney Cruise Line when the board meets on Wednesday May 22nd. The existing agreement between Port Canaveral and Disney Cruise Line dates back to May 17, 1995 and is set to expire on December 31, 2027 for operation cruise vessels from cruise terminal CT-8.

Under the existing agreement Disney Cruise Line is charged a contract wharfage rate of $7.89 per passenger movement plus dockage, line handling and harbormaster fees. Disney Cruise Line currently has a fixed annual guarantee of 150 calls per year.

The new operating agreement will be effective on June 1, 2019 and has a 20 year primary term with two additional five year renewals. The new agreement will allow Disney Cruise Line exclusive use of cruise terminal 8 CT-8 once the port completes the planned improvements and provides for preferential use of CT-10 when Disney Cruise Line commences regularly scheduled operation of a third homeport vessel.

The planned waterside and landside improvements to CT-8 and CT-10 will accommodate the future growth and fleet of Disney Cruise Line vessels, including its new class vessels that are scheduled to enter service beginning in 2021.

DCL 2021 2022 2023 New Construction Rendering

As part of its commitment, Disney Cruise Line will initially homeport two of its three new class vessels at Port Canaveral. Under the new Agreement, Disney Cruise Line will be charged a contract wharfage rate of $7.98 per passenger movement plus dockage, line handling and harbormaster fees. Contract rates will increase annually by 2.5% or by CPI-1 if CPI exceeds 4%.

Initially, the call guarantee remains at 150 calls, but increases to 180 calls in 2023 and to 216 calls in 2024.

The estimated cost of the improvements to be completed by the Port is $46,480,000 and following the improvements to CT-8, Disney Cruise Line will begin paying a capital cost recovery charge estimated at $3.15 per passenger movement for the Improvements. The recovery charge is based on recovery of $46,480,000 over the twenty year primary term and is subject to adjustment based on the final cost of the Improvements and interest rate for financing.

Port Canaveral Agenda DCL Operating Agreement 20190522

Port Canaveral will meet on Wednesday May 22nd at 10:00 AM.

9 thoughts on “Port Canaveral Set to Vote on 20-year Operating Agreement with Disney Cruise Line – Guarantees 2 New Ships to Homeport

    1. Page Lokey

      Way it sounds disney will have 3 ships in Canaveral which means the dream or fantasy will be placed somewhere else

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  1. Denise S

    That picture makes me feel all giddy inside; I conveniently omit the security line in my minds eye, we love sailing Disney out of PC. So excited for the new ships, sitting on pins and needles waiting to book one of those. Thanks for keeping us up to date, I don’t like to wish my life away but come on July 27th!!

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  2. Sean

    Thanks for the update, Scott. Could you please post (re-post?) the map of PC terminals. I think that CT 10 is around the corner to the south, but am not sure. Thanks!

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  3. Anonymous

    Wait so this means that 1 of the new ships won’t homeport out of Port Canaveral and what is the point of T10 if it’s only 2 ships? Also, what is the itinerary of all the DCL ships in 2024?

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      The current plan calls for 3 ships to homeport at Port Canaveral, 2 of the new builds and more than likely the Dream or the Fantasy as the third. The other Dream-class will likely move south, sailing year round from Port Miami. It’s plausible the other new build could homeport in Miami if DCL’s terminal project moves forward.

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