Disney will homeport two of its three new cruise ships at Port Canaveral from 2021 and 2022 onwards, with the third ship due for delivery in 2023. The new 20-year agreement will go in effect from June 1st, 2019 though.
It replaces an existing Marine Terminal Agreement set to expire on December 31, 2027. Guaranteed cruise calls remain at 150 initially, but will increase to 180 in 2023 and 216 in 2026 once all three ships have been delivered.
“For decades we have worked with Disney Cruise Line building a partnership based on our mutual commitment to excellence,” said Capt. John Murray, Port Director & CEO of Canaveral Port Authority. “We are tremendously proud of our joint success and looking ahead at growing an even more exciting future with Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral as the homeport for its newest class of vessels.”
The terms of the new agreement continue Disney’s exclusive operation from Cruise Terminal 8, in addition to providing preferential use of the Port’s Cruise Terminal 10 for a third homeport vessel.
The planned waterside and landside improvements to Cruise Terminal 8 and Cruise Terminal 10 will accommodate the growth of Disney’s fleet of cruise ships.
Two of Disney’s three new cruise ships will homeport in Port Canaveral for at least five years, according to the agreement.
“Port Canaveral was the inaugural homeport for our first ship and has served as a gateway for magical cruise vacations ever since,” said Jeff Vahle, President of Disney Cruise Line. “We value our longstanding relationship with Port Canaveral and look forward to expanding our presence there as we introduce new ships and new family cruise experiences.”
Disney Cruise Line built its first dedicated terminal in Port Canaveral back in 1994, and all four of the ships in Disney’s current fleet homeported in the city directly after their debut.
The cruise line’s two biggest ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, still homeported at Port Canaveral year-round, while the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder rotate home ports.
Disney Magic will operate her Caribbean season from Miami for 2019 and 2020, while Disney Wonder is homeporting in Galveston for her Caribbean season.