Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared several surprises about Disney Cruise Line’s upcoming plans at the D23 Expo on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Avid Disney cruisers were delighted to discover that Disney Cruise Line’s latest and sixth ship will be the Disney Treasure.
The concept video about the new ship showed that Disney Treasure was designed with the theme of adventure. That adventure theme was inspired by Walt Disney’s love of exploration that influenced so many Disney films and theme parks.
The Disney Treasure is expected to welcome passengers to its 1,254 guest staterooms in 2024. It’s a Disney Cruise Line tradition to have a signature atrium character statue for each ship. On the Disney Treasure, the beloved characters Aladdin, Jasmine and Magic Carpet will be honored with a soaring statue.
The ship will also have an elaborate Grand Hall that established its theme of adventure, and it encourages guests to seek treasures throughout their experience. It pays homage to the land of Agrabah from Aladdin with real-world influences from Africa and Asia.
“At the heart of every adventure, there’s a treasure, and we can’t wait for you to create memories aboard this spectacular ship,” D’Amaro explained.
News On Disney’s Second Island Destination In The Bahamas
D’Amaro also shared news on Lighthouse Point, Disney’s second island experience in the Bahamas. Lighthouse Point is located on the island of Eleuthera, and Disney is working with Bahamian artists and advisors to plan experiences that honor the culture and beauty of the Bahamas.
The new images reveal that plans for the island include a colorful retreat with beautiful beaches, a recreation center, shops, dining spots, a cultural pavilion, and a water playground.
Disney has committed to developing less than 20 percent of the island. It will use solar energy to power 90 percent of the site’s needs and also use sustainable building practices. Disney is also donating more than 190 acres of privately owned land to the government.
The Disney Wonder Comes To Australia
Another surprising revelation was that Disney Cruise Line will be offering cruises in New Zealand and Australia for the first time next year aboard its ship, the Disney Wonder. The brand-new “Disney Magic at Sea” cruises will first set sail in October 2023, and they will run through February 2024.
“We are so glad to bring something new to those who may have never experienced this type of Disney magic before,” D’Amaro said.
The cruises will range from two-night to six-night adventures. These voyages will depart from three ports in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) and one in Auckland, New Zealand.
The ship will be the destination featured on each voyage, and the cruise was designed to help guests have immersive experience with the characters they love from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar stories.
Also, for the two repositioning voyages for the Disney Wonder cruise ship between Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sydney, Australia, in October 2023 and February 2024, Disney Cruise Line will offer its debut South Pacific itineraries to destinations like Samoa and Fiji.
Booking on these voyages will open on October 6, 2022, and you can book a cruise by visiting disneycruise.com or calling Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500.