CELEBRATION, FL — The first dozen sailings of Disney Cruise Line’s brand new Disney Wish have been impacted by pandemic-related delays at the Meyer-Werft shipyard.
The cruise line issued a statement to passengers booked for the sailings from June 9 through July 18.
According to fan site WDW News Today, passengers booked on the original inaugural cruise departing June 9 will be booked into the rescheduled inaugural now scheduled for July 14.
Disney Cruise Line’s statement to passengers reads: “While we are all eagerly awaiting the ship’s debut, today we must share that our anticipation will unfortunately have to extend a bit longer than initially planned. The shipyard has notified us that despite their very best efforts, they will need more time to finish our ship due in part to the pandemic and particularly the arrival of the omicron variant in Germany at a critical point in the process.”
Disney Wish’s maiden voyage will be followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay.
The long-anticipated new ship, the fifth in DCL’s fleet, will feature more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Concierge guests have access to an exclusive lounge with private sun deck.
New dining, entertainment and attraction concepts inspired by Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures will also debut on the 4,000-passenger vessel, along with four royal suites, a Marvel Super Hero Academy at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and more. Vacationing on the ship “will be truly like a magical spell,” says Shelley Gold Witiak, DCL’s Director, Hotel Operations at a panel discussion.
Also set to debut onboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wish, the immersive Disney Uncharted Adventure is billed as a first-of-its-kind interactive experience ‘combining imagination, technology and the magic of a wishing star’, one that takes guests on a multidimensional voyage into the worlds of iconic Disney and Pixar characters.
According to Disney Cruise Line’s site, Disney Wish itineraries are temporarily unavailable for booking until tomorrow, Feb. 8.