Two of three new Disney Cruise Line ships to call Port Canaveral home in new agreement

We saw this article from the Orlando Sentinel and wanted to share it in case you missed the news about the new Disney Cruise Ships.

Disney Cruise Line has a new 20-year agreement at Port Canaveral that will increase the number of sailings and bring two of Disney’s three new ships to the port when they debut.

The Port Canaveral Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved the termination of the existing agreement with Disney that had been in place since 1995, and approved the new agreement that starts June 1 and runs through 2039 with an option for two five-year extensions.

“By resetting the clock, we get a longer term on great partners like Disney, and coupled with our Carnival agreement, we’ve got two of our largest cruise partners on long-term agreements now which really is a tremendous benefit to this port,” said Port CEO Captain John Murray.

The old agreement had the cruise line guaranteeing 150 calls on the port annually, and that continues for now, but will increase to 180 in 2023 and at least 216 calls in 2024. The new agreement also gives Disney Cruise Line continued exclusive use of Terminal 8, the current terminal DCL uses, and also preferential use of Terminal 10 when the cruise line begins home porting three ships from Canaveral.

The agreement also increases the per-passenger wharfage rate cost to Disney Cruise Line by $0.09 from the old agreement with potential annual increases of 2.5 percent if the Consumer Price Index increases by more than 4 percent any year.

Both cruise terminals are in the midst of a nearly $46.5 million of budgeted improvements to be completed before Disney’s first new ship of its new class debuts in 2021. The new agreement also states Disney will begin paying to Port Canaveral upon completion of the two terminal improvements a $3.15 per passenger cost that will over the 20 years allow Port Canaveral to recoup the cost of the improvements.

“The industry is changing. There’s 130 ships coming in the next 7 years that have to be deployed somewhere,” Murray said, “I think our strategy now is pretty well in place that there’s no need to be out trying to drag people in here. They’re going to come. It’s just a matter of time. So what we need to do is position ourselves so that when they do come, we’re negotiating on our terms for our port, so I think this is a great baseline.”

The proposed work, which has been conceptually approved by Disney Cruise Line according to port officials, will be for both land and marine work on the two terminals.

Earlier this year, the commission approved negotiating a contract for a proposed $39.6 million for Terminal 8 work that includes renovating both floors of the Disney terminal, which has not had any major changes since 1998. That also includes a new luggage screening building, ADA ramp, a new area for arrivals and technological improvements. Also needed is a new jet-way style boarding bridge.

Another $6.8 million was earmarked for Terminal 10 work, the terminal currently mostly used by Norwegian Cruise Line, but would be shared by Disney and Norwegian. Those improvements include a new seating and concierge area.

Disney Cruise Line currently home ports Disney Dream and Fantasy, but also hosts older ships Disney Magic and Wonder seasonally some years. The new ship, which has yet to be named by Disney, but identified as Triton class in the port documents, will arrive in 2021 with two more ships slated for 2022 and 2023.

To date, scant details about the new class of ships have been revealed, other than they will be powered by liquefied natural gas, be 140,000 gross tons, which is slightly larger than the 130,000 gross tons of Dream and Fantasy, but will have the same number of staterooms: 1,250.

“Port Canaveral was the inaugural homeport for our first ship and has served as a gateway for magical cruise vacations ever since,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “We value our longstanding relationship with Port Canaveral and look forward to expanding our presence there as we introduce new ships and new family cruise experiences.”

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