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(12/15/2023) Disney Treasure Milestone Reached (MORE...)
(11/22/2023) Disney Cruise Line Opens New Terminal in Fort Lauderdale (MORE...)
(11/13/2023) Disney Cruise Line Provides New Expansion Timetable (MORE...)
(11/7/2023) Disney Cruise Line Releases More Details About Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point (MORE...)
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General News - (11/22/2023) The Disney Cruise Line has now completed a second dedicated cruise terminal for their ships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With ever more ships to arrive in the fleet over the next few years, it was important to add a second dedicated terminal in addition to the original terminal in Port Canaveral. Follow the link to the Disney blog to catch a sneak peek at the inside of the new terminal.
(11/13/2023) Disney has released a better time-table as to when the next ships will be launched for the Disney Cruise Line. The Maiden Voyage for the Disney Treasure is already set to take place on December 23, 2024. The Disney Adventure will launch in Singapore sometime during the 2025 Fiscal Year, and the yet-to-be-named third Wish class ship (formerly Triton class) will launch sometime during 2026 Fiscal Year. Meanwhile the new Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point private port-of-call will be ready for guests starting in June 2024.
Dec. 23, 2024 - Disney Treasure (2nd Disney Triton Class Ship) - (12/15/2023) The Disney Parks Blog has announced that the new Disney Treasure is now structurally complete ahead of the vessels launch into active service later in 2024. The latest milestone reached was the completion of the last block of the ship being installed, thus marking the completion of the ship’s structure. From here on it crews will be focused on finishing up all the various sections, systems and interior decor on the vessel. Things can always change of course, but the maiden voyage for the Disney Treasure is currently slated to take place in December 2024.
(10/26/2023) The new Disney Treasure is getting something really unique… a full scale Haunted Mansion themed lounge area. Check out the concept video released by the Disney Cruise Line below while I try to figure out what it is going to take to see this “Haunted Mansion Parlor” for myself. WOW, and you can read up on more details about this at the Disney Parks Blog.
(9/10/2023) Details about the new Disney Treasure were unveiled this week, which is expected to launch with guests from Port Canaveral, Florida in December 2024. The sixth vessel in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will portray a theme about Adventure and feature areas themed to Disney films like Aladdin, Coco and Zootopia.
The adventure starts with a new “theatrical dining experience” called Plaza de Coco which will feature tables surrounding a central stage. Two different performances will take place here on different nights, one featuring Miguel and his family on a colorful music journey while the other will see Miguel take his great-great-grandparents to Santa Cecilia for a Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Passengers will enjoy Jumbeaux’s Sweets, an ice cream parlor from Zootopia that will feature 20 flavors of gelato, 16 flavors of ice cream, and other sorbets and sweet treats.
The Treasure will also feature “Skipper Society”, a themed lounge area inspired by Disney’s Jungle Cruise attraction and Periscope Pub, another lounge inspired by Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction.
Meanwhile the Treasure’s Grand Hall will be given theming inspired by the city of Agrabah from Aladdin, and look for two walk-up cafes nearby: Heihei Cafe (themed to Moana) and Jade Cricket Cafe (themed to Mulan). Meanwhile the vessel’s AquaMouse water coaster will feature a new cartoon theme called Curse of the Golden Egg.
Other adventures included on the Treasure will be performances of Beauty and the Beast in the Walt Disney Theater, the Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party after dark on the upper decks, and fun dining at Worlds of Marvel, 1923 and more.
The first bookings on the Disney Treasure will open on September 20, 2023.
(4/16/2023) Last Fall the Disney Cruise Line confirmed the name of their next vessel to launch will be the Disney Treasure. Following the launch of the Disney Wish in 2022, the Treasure will be the second of three ‘Triton-Class’ ships to be launched by the Disney Cruise Line. No itineraries have been confirmed yet, but the Disney Treasure is expected to launch sometime in 2024. Unlike the brighter and more fairy tale look of the Wish, the Treasure is said to have taken different internal design inspirations from adventures in far-away lands like Asia and Africa… and the city of Agrabah from Aladdin. You will find a statue in the Grand Hall attached to the staircase features Aladdin and Jasmine on the Flying Carpet.
(9/22/22) Disney Cruise Line has begun to release a few details about their newest Cruise Ship to join the fleet in 2024… including the name: Disney Treasure. In addition to the name reveal they’ve also shown off a peek at the “Grand Hall” of the new vessel.
June 2024 - Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point - (11/7/2023) The Disney Cruise Line has released new details about their new Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point port this week. This includes new concept art, a new restaurant on the island, shopping areas and an adults-only space called Serenity Bay.
(3/10/2023) Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that their new Lighthouse Point private beach port of call in the Bahamas will be ready for guests by Summer 2024. As previously shown on Screamscape, during a non-Disney cruise I took last summer, we stopped for the day at Princess Cays private beach area, and I quickly noticed that Disney’s Lighthouse Point was already under construction on the southern tip of the same island.
(9/11/2023) According to the latest updates from the Disney Cruise Line the new private beach resort under construction at Lighthouse Point now has an official name, “Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point”. The current construction timeline claims that the first guests who will get to set foot at the new resort will be from a 3-Night cruise on the Disney Magic departing on June 6, 2024 from Fort Lauderdale.
Disney has posted a series of new concept art images of Lighthouse Point, which will feature a number of themed building structures that will house dining and other amenities while on the island. There will be a water fortress style play structure for the kids to enjoy, a Little Mermaid inspired splash-pad, an exclusive adult-only beach area, cabanas and more.
Also, in a major change, while guests to the island visiting Princess Cays have to tender from the ship to shore, Disney’s Lighthouse Point will make use of a large sea-dock for the cruise ships to use, allowing for quick and easy ship-to-shore access.
(6/13/22) While taking a cruise on the Carnival Liberty last week, we stopped for a day at the Princess Cays private beach destination. While sailing in, I couldn't help but notice a rather large construction project taking place a few miles away along the southern shore of the island.
This appeared to involve a very large crane on shore, another floating unit out in the ocean and a series of very visible pilings extending from the shore out into the ocean to the floating unit. Visually it looked like they were trying to create a long pier structure, possibly one big enough to dock a cruise ship. This stuck out to me at the time because to visit Princess Cays you have to travel by Tender Boat from the ship to the shore, as opposed to our other port-of-call in Nassau where the ship parked at a dock. Then I remember the pre-COVID announced plans from Disney Cruise Line to build a second “private” destination called Lighthouse Point, and this matched up exactly as the location.
I managed to get one picture of the construction taking place from where our ship was positioned by Princess Cays and based the early layout plans Disney had released, this does appear to be work to build a very extended access pier out from the shoreline to a larger “ship berth” structure positioned in the deeper water.
While much of the actual beach resort features will be buit on the south and eastern side of the southern tip of the island, it is interesting that Disney will be docking their ships within easy viewing from Princess Cays. So while each “Beach Resort” will of course be exclusive to each cruise line company, the illusion of having the island all to yourself will be lost. Of course, illusion is also the key word here, as both resorts are part of the Eleuthera / Harbor Island destination in the Bahamas that has two international airports for guests who wish to fly in to visit the rest of the island that you are not allowed to see while visiting by cruise ship.
(2/5/20) The Disney Cruise Line has posted a new website and video to show off their plans for “Lighthouse Point”, another exclusive Bahama island stop (Eleuthera) for the Disney Cruise Line. Lighthouse Point will serve as a complement to Castaway Cay as the Disney Cruise Line fleet expands in the coming years.
WDI’s Joe Rohde can be seen in the video below as the creative force overseeing this project as he explains a bit more about their plans for the site.
(3/14/19) According to this article the Disney Cruise Line has completed the purchase of a second destination in the Bahamas for the growing cruise line. Disney has purchased a piece of property known as “The Lighthouse Point” on the island of Eleuthera, with the Bahamas government entering into a deal for future development of the property. According to Disney, the development of the 700-acre property will be somewhere between $250 and $400 million, with a side deal for Disney to donate the 190-acre southernmost tip of the island back to the government as a national park.
Currently the Disney Cruise Line vessels stop at the private Castaway Cay island location.
2025 - Disney Adventure to Launch from Singapore - (9/9/2023) The Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that their newest vessel will be named ‘Disney Adventure” and set-sail from Singapore and travel throughout Southeast Asia. Other than the official name of the vessel, nothing more was revealed about what experiences will be offered inside. The Disney Adventure is currently finishing construction in the MV Werften shipyard in Germany and is expected to be ready to sail sometime in 2025.
As we’ve previously mentioned on Screamscape, the vessel was originally commissioned as the “Global Dream” by another cruise and was 75% complete when the original company was unable to provide the remainder of the financing needed to complete it due to the pandemic. On the verge of being scrapped, Disney was able to purchase the vessel as-is for just $42 million, along with a contract to fund and redesign the vessel to fit the Disney Cruise Line standards at an estimated cost of $900+ million. This would include dramatic changes to the size of the passenger rooms, as the original configuration was meant to accommodate 9,000 passengers, while the revised plan for the Disney Adventure was said to have lowered this down to just 6,000 passengers.
(12/18/2022) TheDisneyBlog has posted an interesting update to the story about how Disney Cruise Line has purchased the unfinished Global Dream vessel at a heavy discount. The Global Dream was on the verge of being scrapped, despite being 75% complete, as the original owner found themselves unable to complete the funding for the ship’s build due to the impact of the pandemic on their business earnings.
According to the update, Disney Cruise Lines was able to negotiate the purchase of the mostly completed vessel for a meager $42 million, far less than what Disney would spend on a major E-Ticket attraction at their theme parks. Of course Disney will also have to fully fund the completion of the vessel, which will include adjustments and modifications to make it fit the Disney Cruise Line standards. The expected cost to complete the former Global Dream as a Disney Cruise Line vessel is expected to be somewhere north of $900 million.
The planned reworking of the ship will likely include bigger/better guest accomidations, as the previous press releases for Global Dream stated it would be able to accommodate 9,000 passengers, but Disney’s announcement has lowered this number to just 6,000 passengers. Screamscape had also previously reported on the Global Dream back in 2019, as it was announced to feature their own version of the powered Maurer’s Spike Coaster system across the top deck in similar fashion to Carnival’s Mardi Gras, Celebration and upcoming Jubilee vessels where it is marketed as BOLT - The Sea Coaster.
So far Disney has not announced what features will be present on the vessel once they re-brand it as a Disney Cruise Line ship, but when it was announced as the “Global Dream” it featured a virtual amusement park across the top decks. So far the only artwork of the vessel from the Disney Cruise Line look applied definitely does not show a roller coaster sitting across the top deck, but it also doesn’t show any kind of AquaDuck or AquaMouse waterslide either, which has been the trend for Disney branded vessels.
So it looks like Disney may be keeping some secrets close to the vest for the time being regarding what additional “play” features may be on the vessel when they are ready to launch it into the international cruise market in 2025.
(11/18/22) As rumored, Disney Cruise Lines has confirmed that they have completed their plan to acquire the cruise ship formerly known as the Global Dream. The Global Dream, already well under way at a ship-yard in Germany, will be redesigned and re-branded to fit as a new Disney Cruise Line vessel. Don’t look for this new ship to sail the usual routes that the other Disney Cruise Line ships do, instead this new vessel will be based to operate outside of the United States area.
2026 - 3rd Disney Triton Class Ship - Name and Actual Launch Date Still Unknown...