PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Disney’s newest cruise ship is launched his maiden voyage Thursday from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas.
Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the cruise line’s fleet and the first new Disney ship in a decade.
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The gigantic ship, weighing around 144,000 gross tons, carries a crew of 1,555 with a capacity of 4,000 passengers.
At the heart of the ship, a bronze statue of Cinderella leads the way to a fairytale-themed atrium with ornate balconies stacking up to a shimmering constellation and starry chandelier. The Great Hall features Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever atrium scene.
There’s a water attraction called AquaMouse, an experience the company calls Disney’s “first attraction at sea.” The ride involves 760 feet of twisting tubing that gives riders views of the ocean before ending in a lazy river. Inspired by Mickey Mouse animated shorts, the interactive ride incorporates music, special effects and show scenes.
Wish passengers will also find a range of new dining options. Arendelle is a “Frozen” themed offering with live entertainment and character experiences.
Worlds of Marvel is another character showcase featuring a menu with dishes that reference locations such as Black Panther’s Wakanda. Each table has its own interactive device that allows guests to participate in a “quantum encounter”.
Disney Wish has 1,254 staterooms, 90% of which are outside staterooms.
The luxurious Royal Suites have a living room, an open dining room and a private hot tub on the veranda. Two of the four Royal Suites extend over two levels with a spiral staircase.
Disney Wish is the first of the cruise line’s three Triton-class ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas to reduce emissions.
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The new ship sets sail as BA.5, the highly transmissible sub-variant of Omicron, dominates new Covid-19 infections in the United States.
Disney Cruise Line participates in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s voluntary Covid-19 program for cruise ships. Disney Wish is listed as “highly vaccinated,” defined as having 90% of travelers fully vaccinated.
As of Thursday morning, nearly every ship listed by the CDC, including Disney’s, was classified as highly vaccinated with an orange-colored status. This color coding signifies that the reported cases of Covid-19 have met the CDC’s investigation threshold (0.3% or more of the total number of passengers and/or crew).
The cruise industry has repeatedly highlighted the strict Covid-19 mitigation measures on board ships that exceed the precautions taken in most other segments of the travel industry.
Disney Cruise Line currently requires all vaccine-eligible guests (5 years and older) to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC. Pre-travel testing is also required.
After her five-night maiden voyage, Disney Wish is set for a season of three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.
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