Micky Mouse might be heading Down Under. According to Disney Cruise Line’s Jeff Van Laneveld, the Vice President of Marketing & Sales International, Disney Cruise Line may start sailings in Australia.
Mr Van Laneveld told Cruise Weekly: “Australia and New Zealand are big cruise markets with a strong affinity for Disney, so naturally that’s going to be a big focus for us going forward.
“We will need to expand beyond our current itineraries and markets.”
Disney currently has four cruise ships with two more set to arrive in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
Most of the fleet cruises in the Caribbean and Bahamas, but there are also deployments in Mexico and Alaska, as well Disney Dream which is set to visit Europe in 2023.
The cruise line also reports that many of its customers are first-time cruisers, which is unsurprising given the strength of the Disney name.
Disney Cruise Line is specifically appealing to children, with activities put together for ages three to 12 without any divisions, so kids can play together. Fans of Star Wars, Marvel movies and Pixar movies can look forward to a Disney theme park at sea, although the cruises are known to be pricey.
While info is still scarce, Mr Van Laneveld’s comments arrive at an interesting time, with Disney Fanatic recently reporting that Disney Cruise Line had registered in Australia and speculated that Disney may homeport a ship in Sydney. This is strengthened that the lines desire to sail in Australia has been documented for over 10 years.