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Disney partners with Oriental Land Co. to build dedicated ship based in Japan

Disney announced a new agreement with the Oriental Land Co., Ltd. in Japan that will bring the ninth addition to Disney Cruise Line fleet. Oriental Land Co., Ltd. (OLC) will build and operate a Disney-branded ship registered and based year-round in Japan. The new ship is scheduled for delivery in 2028 with OLC operating cruise vacations in Japan beginning in early 2029.

Disney Cruise Line concept ship

The agreement between Disney and Oriental Land Co. is the latest evolution of the 40-year relationship. OLC owns and operates the Disney theme parks in Japan, and the addition of this new Disney cruise ship will allow extended vacations for Japanese Disney fans as well as Disney fans looking to visit Japan.

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“Disney Cruise Line has ambitious plans to bring family vacations and Disney storytelling to more guests around the world than ever before,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Experiences. “We are thrilled to continue the success of this expansion as we collaborate with Oriental Land Co. to introduce another distinctly Disney vacation experience to families and fans in Japan.”

Disney Oriental Land Company Japan Announcement
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“I am sincerely proud that Disney and Oriental Land will be able to work together to create a world-class cruise business in Japan,” said Yumiko Takano, representative director, chairperson and CEO, Oriental Land. “Oriental Land will use their know-how from the theme park business to continue pushing boundaries and provide family entertainment cruise experiences filled with inspiration and surprise.”

OLC will operate this new Disney cruise ship to be constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, with imaginative designs created by Walt Disney Imagineering. This will be a sister ship to the “Triton Class” of vessels that includes the Disney Wish (launched in 2022), Disney Treasure (coming in December 2024), and Disney Destiny (2025). This fourth Triton-class ship will feature many guest-favorite venues and experiences as its sisters with select modifications specially designed with Japanese guests in mind. It is expected to be approximately 140,000 gross tons and powered by liquefied natural gas, with about 1,250 staterooms.

More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date. To book your cruise on Disney Cruise Line, we recommend MEI Travel for a free, no obligation quote and free help throughout your trip.

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