Disney will purchase Global Dream, formerly owned by Genting Cruise Lines.
The currently unfinished 208,000 tonnes, 6000-passenger capacity ship marks a huge purchase for Disney. Depending on how construction continues, the ship could become the largest or one of the largest passenger ships in the world.
The acquisition will propel Disney’s expansion plans as the line is on track to take two delivery of two further ships in 2024 and 2025. Disney says the purchase marked yet another opportunity for expansion.
Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said: “Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before.”
Disney Cruise Line will now take over the ship’s construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, with the ship set to be designed to have the typical Disney design and amenities.
Construction is said to be about 75% complete.
Further details on where the ship will sail are yet to come, however, it is known that the ship was designed to sail around Asia and Disney has reportedly sated that the ship will not be based in the US.
Details will also arrive soon on the name of the ship and its exact features.
Furthermore, in a positive for the environment, the ship will be one of the first few in the industry to be fuelled with green methanol, one of the lowest-emission fuels currently available to cruise ships.