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New Disney cruise ship delayed

Artist rendering of the Disney Wish cruise ship

The next Disney Cruise line ship looks like it will be delayed.

DisneyCruiseLineBlog shared an excerpt from Walt Disney Company Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Christine McCarthy, confirming the cruise line's next new cruise ship will not be delivered on time.

Speaking at the Bank of America Virtual 2020 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Ms. McCarthy mentioned that the cruise line's fifth ship will not be delivered on time.

"COVID has had an impact on lots and lots of businesses and lots and lots of supply chains and the shipyard we utilize for our cruise ships Meyer Werft was impacted and we encountered a delay we’re in negotiations and discussions with the shipyard to finalize dates but as soon as we have those will let, well make an announcement when the fifth ship, which is the first of the three to be a delivered, but it is delayed from what we originally anticipated."

DCL's next new cruise ship will be called the Disney Wish, and was announced at the D23 Expo in August 2019.

Prior to this announcement, the Disney Was was scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and was expected begin sailing in January 2022.

As she noted in her quote, Ms. McCarthy did not indicate when the Disney Wish might be delayed until, nor if the other new Disney ships on order are also delayed.

Disney Wish cruise ship concept art. Photo by Disney

At 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the Disney Wish will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. 

Also noteworthy about the Disney Wish is the fact she will be powered by liquefied natural gas.