Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board announced magical cruise vacations to Southeast Asia for the first time, revealed by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, S. Iswaran.
Under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board agreed to collaborate to homeport a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively in Singapore for at least five years beginning in 2025.
More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced later. “This is a very exciting year for The Walt Disney Company — 2023 marks our 100th anniversary,” D’Amaro said. “As part of this, Disney Cruise Line is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion with new ships and destinations worldwide.
We are incredibly excited to make Singapore the home port to our seventh-launched ship, which will sail from here year-round starting in 2025.” “We look forward to welcoming the magic of Disney Cruise Line to Singapore in 2025,” said Keith Tan, Chief Executive Singapore Tourism Board (STB). “This is an important milestone for STB and reflects Disney Cruise Line’s strong confidence in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The new Disney cruise ship will be an attraction itself and is expected to boost the tourism sector in Singapore for many years to come.”
This announcement comes as Disney Cruise Line prepares to commemorate its “Silver Anniversary at Sea,” 25 years after launching in 1998.
The fact that the ship weighs 208,000 gross tonnes and has a passenger capacity of around 6,000 confirms that the Singapore-based ship will be the former Global Dream, which Disney Cruise Line bought in November 2022.
Global Dream was under construction for Genting Cruise Lines when the company declared bankruptcy, and the unfinished ship was sold. Disney Cruise Line has taken over the construction, and the ship’s finishing details will be in the Disney style.
The as-yet-unnamed ship is being built at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, by Meyer Werft, the same shipbuilders who built Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish, as well as two additional Wish-class ships – Disney Treasure and one more sister ship – both of which are scheduled to debut in 2025.
While the overall theme, onboard features, itineraries, and maiden voyage of the upcoming ship have yet to be announced, Singapore is the ideal homeport for a broad and appealing variety of cruise options, which will help strengthen the already growing local tourist sector.
Singapore’s strategic position, world-class aviation connections, and port facilities have helped it to become a booming cruise hub in Southeast Asia, a diversified area with over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
During five years, the arrival of a Disney Cruise Line ship in Singapore has the potential to attract millions of local and foreign cruise passengers, including fly-cruise customers who arrive in Singapore by air. It is also predicted to have a big positive impact on the overall economy. They include increased demand for port and ship-related services and on-ground expenditure in Singapore’s leisure and hotel industries.
Regardless of homeport or itinerary, the new ship will undoubtedly incorporate Disney’s magic to delight its passengers, including the cruise line’s spectacular entertainment, world-class innovative cuisine, and legendary guest service.
Famous figures such as Captain Mickey and Captain Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, and Marvel Super Heroes are also expected.
Considering the ship is primarily aimed at the Asian market, it is likely to have even more distinctive characteristics to appeal to that guest audience, and its service will undoubtedly cater to exceed every guest’s magical dreams for the perfect oceangoing getaway.