Recently Christine McCarthy, the CFO of The Walt Disney Company, spoke virtually at the Bank of America Virtual 2020 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. During her discussion, she confirmed that the Disney Cruise Line’s next ship, the Disney Wish, will be delayed in its delivery to Disney.
McCarthy responded to a question about when the next three ships were due to arrive by saying that, “The shipyard we utilize for our cruise ships, Meyer Werft, was impacted [by COVID] and we encountered a delay. We’re in negotiations and discussions with the shipyard to finalize dates, but as soon as we have those, we’ll make an announcement for when the fifth ship will be delivered. But it is delayed from what we originally anticipated.”
Originally it had been anticipated that the Disney Wish would be joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet sometime in 2021, with two more ships joining a year at a time following this. However, now that timeline is no longer realistic and a new one has not been announced.
At the D23 Expo last year, it was announced that the next ship would be called the Disney Wish and would feature Rapunzel and Pascal on the stern. While the ship would be delivered to Disney in 2021, it was expected that its maiden voyage would be in January of 2022. A new date for its voyage was not given by McCarthy.
The news of the delay of the Disney Wish and future additions to the Disney Cruise Line fleet comes as cruises continue to be canceled further into the 2020 holiday season by Disney due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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