Walt Disney Company Senior Executive Vice President and CFO Christine McCarthy has confirmed that Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish, has been delayed.
During an interview last week, McCarthy was asked about the status of the three new Disney Cruise Line ships slated for 2021-2023. She responded:
“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.”
The Wish was originally scheduled to begin sailing in early 2022, although its itineraries are not yet known. In August we showcased construction progress on the Disney Wish in Germany and noted that the ship was likely to be delayed due to both pandemic-related closures and the CDC’s ‘No Sail Order.’
Disney Cruise Line recently extended sailing cancelations into December 2020.
What do we know about the Disney Wish?
When Walt Disney Company executive Bob Chapek, who was then Chairman Parks, Experiences and Products, announced details regarding the Disney Wish at the 2019 D23 Expo, this description of the upcoming fifth Disney ship was released:
The ship’s atrium will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale. A beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line, it has been a tradition to adorn the back of our ships with an iconic character that reflects the theme of each vessel. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Our favorite artsy princess, paintbrush in hand, uses her enchanted hair to suspend herself as she decorates the stern of the ship with the help of her feisty sidekick, Pascal. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.
Would you like to be on the Disney Wish’s maiden voyage, whenever it sets sail? Are you surprised the Disney Wish is delayed?
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