Originally planned to sail in early 2022, the Disney Wish is now scheduled for its maiden voyage in summer 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic-related delays at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany.
The artist’s rendering below provides a first look at the ship’s bright and airy three-story atrium, inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.
The digital clip below showcases new details of the dazzling Grand Hall and a first look at the stunning character statue that will be located at the base of the grand staircase; an iconic Disney princess whose faith in her dreams has inspired generations to believe in the power of their own.
Stern characters – a beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels – have been a tradition of the Disney fleet since the beginning and reflect the theme of each ship. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.
“Each Disney Cruise Line ship is unique, with a name that embodies the excitement of sailing with Disney and the power of our stories. The new ships will have the experiences our guests love, as well as all-new magic,” Chapek added.
The magic of Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels.
Watch the video below as Disney Cruise Line reached a significant construction milestone marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony of the Disney Wish. Keel laying takes place when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, and a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features Captain Minnie, who made her debut aboard Disney Cruise Line ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry.
At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship’s highly anticipated name and a first look at the ship’s elegant, three-story atrium. Of course, DCL fans were curious about which of the iconic Disney characters would adorn the ship’s atrium – watch the video below to see the surprise!
With a little help from Tinker Bell, Disney fans were the first to hear that Disney Wish would be the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship’s name.