Disney Cruise Line Delays Launch of the Disney Wish

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The Disney Wish is joining the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Dream in the Disney cruise ship fleet. Credit: Disney

The Disney Wish, the newest ship to launch with Disney Cruise Line, has been highly anticipated as the first time Disney has expanded the ship’s fleet since the launch of the Disney Dream in 2011. With the newest ship’s launch already delayed into summer 2022 due to impacts from COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, many Guests were looking forward to seeing the new ship as soon as this June, however, we have just learned that the first sailings aboard the Disney Wish have been delayed just over one month.

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When the addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet was announced, the Disney Wish was originally intended to launch in January of this year. Regarding the recent delay to July, Disney Cruise Line President Thomas Mazloum shared in the recent announcement’s release, “Despite this unavoidable adjustment to our plans, our team at Disney Cruise Line has never been more optimistic about the future and cannot wait to welcome families aboard the magnificent Disney Wish.”

The delays are cited to be due to construction hold-ups at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, which has been known to have impacted other cruise line construction projects at the yard over the past year.

Disney Wish outdoor spa. Credit: Disney

Disney Cruise Line’s adjusted dates for initial sailings aboard the Disney Wish, pushing the maiden voyage back just over one month to July 14, 2022.

Previously sold sailings aboard the Disney Wish, based on the ship’s original maiden voyage included the following departure dates:

  • June 9, 14, 17, 20, 24, 27
  • July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18

With the first 12 sail dates effectively canceled, Guests who already had sailings booked will be rebooked on the new cruise dates automatically and should reach out to Disney Cruise Line directly if the new dates no longer work for their travels. If needed, Disney Cruise Line is working with Guests individually on refunds for deposits, and Guests whose travels have been impacted will receive 50% off a deposit on a future cruise departing within the next calendar year.

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Bookings for cruises aboard the Disney Wish originally opened to the public in May of last year, however, they are currently on pause for later cruises until February 8, 2022, while the line adjusts to the delay.

The Disney Wish cruise ship will join the current Disney Cruise Line fleet made up of four ships, the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. The new Disney ship is set to include all-new areas onboard for every member of the family, with redesigned areas for family games along with adults-only spas and dining, kid-friendly play areas, new imaginings of traditional live performances, and more. Two additional ships are also set to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet with launches planned for 2024 and 2025. The new ships have not yet been named.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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