With only five ships currently in operation, Disney Cruise Line is one of the smallest mainstream cruise lines, and each ship is part of one of three classes: Magic, Dream, and Triton.
Disney does not have as long of a history, either. Disney Magic, the cruise line's first ship, debuted in July 1998, followed by Disney Wonder in August 1999, Disney Dream in 2011, Disney Fantasy in 2012, and Disney Wish in 2022.
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In 2024 and 2025, Disney plans on releasing three new ships, with the first being Disney Wish's sister ship, Disney Treasure, who will be the second Triton Class ship. She will be followed by a third Triton Class ship in 2025, as well as the cruise line's first-ever Global Class ship in 2025.
Below, you will find a breakdown of each of Disney Cruise Line's ships by size!
Brief history of Disney Cruise Line
Prior to Disney branching out and introducing their own cruise line, they were actually partnered with Premier Cruise Line from 1985 until 1993. During this time, Disney characters were allowed to be onboard "The Big Red Boat," and they were able to offer cruise, hotel, and theme park packages.
In May of 1994, they announced that they were planning to start their own cruise line. It would not be until 1998 that their first ship, Disney Magic, would enter service. In 1996, Gorda Cay was purchased and transformed into Castaway Cay. This endeavor cost $25 million and took about eighteen months to complete.
For a little over ten years, Disney Cruise LIne operated a two ship fleet; it was not until 2011 that they expanded to three ships. From 1998 to 2011, major competitors, such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian, had an average of 13 ships enter service.
Their competition, however, was unable to provide guests with the Disney magic that makes these cruises so special. Only on a Disney cruise will you be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, enjoy themed dining experiences, and watch movies come to life before your eyes in the theatre. In other words, from the moment you step onboard, you are immersed into the world of Disney.
The Triton Class is currently the cruise line's largest class of ships. Right now, there is only one operational ship in this class: Disney Wish. Disney plans to add two more Triton Class ships to their fleet by the end of 2025.
At 144,000 gross registered tons with a passenger capacity of about 4,000, Disney Wish is not a small ship by any means; however, she certainly is not the largest at sea, either.
Onboard, you will find a bunch of Disney firsts, including the 1,966 square foot Disney Concierge Tower Suite, the Marceline Market, three brand-new rotational main dining restaurants, the Star Wars' themed Hyperspace Lounge, AquaMouse water coaster, redesigned staterooms, and two Broadway-style shows that are exclusive to the ship.
Throughout the 2023 and 2024 seasons, Disney Wish is scheduled to make 3- and 4- night cruises to the Bahamas, with stops at Nassau and their private island, Disney's Castaway Cay.
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In terms of pricing, Disney is one of the more expensive mainstream cruise lines. A 3-night Bahamas cruise onboard Disney Wish will cost you at least $1,905 for two people staying in an inside cabin. If you opt to sail on one of their holiday itineraries (i.e., Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime sailings), you can expect to pay even more. A 4-night Very Merrytime cruise starts at $2,787 for two people in an interior stateroom.
Disney Fantasy was Disney's newest cruise ship for about a decade! She set sail on her maiden voyage on March 31, 2022, and Disney Wish did not enter service until July 2022.
She is the second Dream Class ship, second to only Disney Dream and comes in at 130,000 gross registered tons. The ship carry around 4,000 passengers on any given sailing in 1,250 staterooms that are comprised of 150 inside cabins, 199 ocean view cabins, 880 verandah cabins, and 21 suites.
On the top decks, you will find the AquaDuck water coaster, as well as the AquaLab and Nemo's Reef water play areas, Goofy's Sports Deck, and two different pools.
For those who want to focus on Caribbean sailings, Disney Fantasy offers guests different itineraries to choose from, with the shortest being a 5-night Bahamas cruise that includes two stops at Castaway Cay that departs from Port Canaveral on July 8, 2023. There are also 6-night Western Caribbean cruises that make stops at Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and, of course, Castaway Cay.
Those looking for longer cruises may enjoy the 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean options, as well as the occasional 8-night Bermuda and Bahamas cruise or 10-night Southern Caribbean sailing that departs on July 13, 2023.
Fun fact: Did you know that Dumbo and Timothy, the two characters on the ship's stern, weigh more than 2,300 pounds? Dumbo began his journey in Glendale, California before being shipping to Florida and finally Papenburg, Germany for installation.
Disney Dream was the first Dream Class ship. She debuted a little over eleven years after Disney Wonder, the final Magic Class ship. Like her younger sister, she, too, weights 130,000 gross registered tons and has a passenger capacity of 4,000 passengers.
Disney Dream was the first ship to feature the AquaDuck water coaster, as well as the first-ever Disney Cruise Line live production of Beauty and the Beast in the Walt Disney Theatre. There are even two new musical numbers that were written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice for this exclusive production!
Of course, you will find three rotational dinings venues onboard, including the infamous Animator's Palate, Royal Palace, and Enchanted Garden.
Throughout 2023 and 2024 Disney Dream is scheduled to sail on itineraries ranging from 3-night Bahamas cruises to 13-Night Transatlantic cruises. In other words, there's a wide variety of different sailings to choose from that can transport you to exotic destinations. Below is a list of all the different itineraries that Disney Dream is currently scheduled to operate:
- 3-night Bahamas cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale
- 3 and 4-night Bahamas cruises from Fort Lauderdale
- 3 and 4-night Bahamas cruises from Miami
- 4-night Halloween on the High Seas Bermuda Cruise from New York City
- 4-night Canada cruise from New York
- 4-night Spain cruise from Southampton
- 4-night France cruise from Southampton
- 5-night Western Caribbean cruise from Miami
- 5-night Western Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale
- 5 and 6-night Bermuda cruises from New York
- 5-night Bahamas cruise with two stops at Castaway Cay from Miami
- 6-night Bermuda and Eastern Caribbean cruise from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 7-night British Isles cruise from Southampton, England
- 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain
- 7-night Northern Europe and Norwegian Fjords cruise from Southampton
- 7-night Western Europe cruise from Barcelona to Southampton
- 7-night Northern Europe cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark
- 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise from Southampton, England
- 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise from San Juan
- 7- and 8-night Mediterranean with Greek Isles cruises from Civitavecchia, Italy
- 9-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruise from Barcelona to Civitavecchia
- 10-night Iceland, Norway and France cruise from Southampton to Copenhagen
- 11-night Transatlantic cruise from Southampton, England to New York
- 11-night Mediterranean and Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia to Barcelona
- 11-night Northern Europe cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton
- 13-night Transatlantic cruise from Miami to Barcelona
At only 85,000 gross registered tons, Disney Wonder is on the smaller side of cruise ships. Because of that, it can feel more intimate than today's mega ships, especially since her passenger capacity is just a little over 2,700 guests.
Despite the ship's size, you will find that there are plenty of amenities and activities onboard, such as the Twist 'n' Sprout water slide, two different swimming pools, and AquaLab and Dory's Reef water play areas. While there are not any exclusive theatre shows onboard the ship, you are sure to enjoy The Golden Mickeys, Disney Dreams -- An Enchanted Classic, and Frozen shows.
If, however, you are sailing to Alaska, you can enjoy a few special experiences that you will not find on any other itineraries, including the Pixar Pals Party and Frozen Deck Party. During the Pixas Pals Party, you can expect to hang out with characters from Toy Story, Up, Monsters, Inc., and more!
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During 2019, she underwent a dry dock where the ship received major enchantments, such as the brand-new French Quarter Lounge inspired by Disney's Princess and the Frog, adults-only Cove Cavé, and reimagined teen club.
Disney Wonder also has numerous different sailings to choose from, and for the first-time, Disney Cruise Line is headed Down Under to Australia and the South Pacific starting in October 2023! You will not find this ship sailing to the Bahamas or Caribbean. Instead, cruises onboard Disney Wonder will take you all over the world, from Alaska to the Mexican Rivera, Hawaii, and Australia/New Zealand.
Here is where you can expect to find Disney Wonder sailing to between now and May 2024:
- 2-night cruise from Brisbane to Sydney
- 2-, 3- and 4-night cruises from Melbourne, Australia
- 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-night cruises from Brisbane, Australia
- 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-night cruises from Sydney, Australia
- 3-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne
- 3- and 4-night cruises from Auckland, New Zealand
- 3-, 4-, and 5-night Baja cruises from San Diego
- 4-night Pacific Coast cruise from San Diego to Vancouver
- 4-night Pacific Coast cruise from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, California
- 5-night cruise from from Melbourne to Auckland
- 7-night Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego
- 7-, 8-, and 9-night Alaska cruises from Vancouver
- 10-night Hawaiian cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver
- 10-night Hawaiian cruise from Vancouver to Honolulu
- 13-night South Pacific cruise from Honolulu to Sydney
Making her much anticipated debut in 1998 was Disney Magic, the cruise line's first cruise ship. Like her younger sister, she, too, is only 84,000 gross registered tons. In 875 staterooms, she can accommodate 2,700 passengers at full capacity.
Unlike newer ships, Disney Magic offers a higher percentage of interior and ocean view staterooms for guests. There are, for instance, 262 interior staterooms, which make up 30% of all staterooms. Onboard Disney Wish, however, there are only 121 interior staterooms, or 10%! Additionally, there are 229 ocean view staterooms, 362 verandahs, and 22 suites on Disney Magic.
She underwent an extensive dry dock in 2013 where she received the cruise line's only AquaDunk slide, a three-story slide that drops you from a platform though a 212-foot tube! Later in 2018, Rapunzel's Royal Table was added as another rotational dining venue.
Once onboard, you will also find the Wide World of Sports Deck, Goofy's family pool, and AquaLab and Nephews' Splash Zone water play areas. For adults, there's After Hours in Fathoms, Cove Café, the Quiet Cove Pool, and O'Gills pub, among other adults-only venues.
Disney Magic offers cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean, as well as the Mexican Rivera and Panama Canal, that range from 2-nights to 14-nights. What's unique about Caribbean cruises onboard Disney Magic is that not all of them depart from Florida.
During certain seasons, she will sail from New Orleans, Galveston, and occasionally San Juan! She, for instance, will be in New Orleans March and April of 2023 and again in January, February, and March of 2024.