Disney Cruise Line has added a third liquefied natural gas vessel to its most recent cruise ship order, according to an announcement from Meyer Werft.
Last year, the family cruising company announced plans to build two new LNG-powered ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021 and 2023. As reported, this additional ship will now be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” says Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek. “By the time all three new ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our existing fleet.”
According to Meyer Werft, all ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, but all three new ships will be powered by clean-burning LNG fuel.
The company did note that the ships are to be approximately the same size – 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.