Disney Cruise Line has announced their intentions to homeport a new cruise ship in Singapore for at least five years starting in 2025, and Disney released artist renderings illustrating a Disney ship with the iconic and futuristic Singapore Marina Bay skyline in the background.
During the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro said, “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.”
New Disney Cruise Ship for Families in Southeast Asia
In late 2022, Disney Cruise Line surprised the cruise world with their acquisition of the Global Dream. The under-construction Global Dream was set to be the largest cruise ship by passenger volume when Hong Kong’s Dream Cruises filed for bankruptcy in January 2022, a casualty of the downturn in cruise tourism due to the global COVID pandemic. At the time, Disney Cruise Line announced the renamed Global Dream would be based outside the United States, and many speculated the Asian market was a natural fit for the ship.
Since acquiring the Global Dream, Disney Cruise Line has not released details about specific features. However, like all Disney Cruise Line vessels, families can expect Broadway-style theater shows, signature rotational dining, and outstanding customer service. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney ship without characters on board, so families can expect to find Captains Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, Marvel Super Heroes, and more.
Construction is ongoing at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish and is constructing two additional Wish-class ships.
Cruising in Singapore and Southeast Asia
The rapidly growing Marina Bay area of Singapore makes sense as a Southeast Asia cruise hub with its iconic Marina Bay Sands casino, lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum, one of the world’s largest observation wheels – the Singapore Flyer, and close access to over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Universal Studios Singapore, and more.
“We look forward to welcoming the magic of Disney Cruise Line to Singapore in 2025,” said Keith Tan, Chief Executive of the 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.”
To see how Walt Disney Imagineering and Meyer Werft worked together to build the Disney Wish, check out the Nat Geo documentary “Making the Disney Wish: Disney’s Newest Cruise Ship” on Disney+ (and for a peek “behind the magic.”read our Q&A with the documentary’s writer and director).