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  • #21
    Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

    Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
    It would take at least 5 days with an at sea day on each end. It would probably head to the Phillipines, but also Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand would be possible ports. A private island in the Philipines may work. A ship from Autralia could go north to the same island if they did really long cruise but a second private island further south is more likely if Disney needed one.
    The distance from Osaka (not Tokyo, which is further north) to Manila is approximately 1650 miles as the crow flies. That's more than the distance of New York City to Puerto Rico. That isn't a practical distance for a cruise ship to travel on a 5 day cruise, and for most megaliners is effectively impossible. As far as doing that from Australia, again, that is completely unfeasble given where the populations are based and the distances required to travel. Disney *could* buy a private island or beach somewhere like Vanuatu or New Caledonia, which are in striking distance of Australia and regular cruise stops. But it would then be unfeasable for a Japan based cruise.

    China could perhaps be a better option because it is a lot, lot closer, but whether or not it can support a Disney ship when it doesn't support any full time cruise vessels is more than up for debate.

    I didn't say Australia doesn't have cruise ships but that it's unlikely they could support a Disney ship. The reason is Disney carves out its nitch from over a hundred of ships in the US and Europe. Its nitch may not be enough to carve out a market from the several ships that service Australia. That is why I suggest Disney could only get away with one for part of the year out of Australia.
    I think if anyone could, it would be Australia. Easy to cross over, best potential destinations to take the ship, already has a healthy cruise industry that Disney would undoubtedly have the best ship in. But I don't see it as being a realistic option either.

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    • #22
      Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

      Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
      Disney needs to find some new itineraries and locales that will work for the DCL demographic before they add more ships... ships need to be working all the time.. and right now DCL is in a dirth of where to put them.
      Totally agree. I'm going on my second Disney cruise in April. I'm going on the same boat (Fantasy), different itinerary (first time went Western, this time going Eastern.). Love Disney cruises (I will say it loud and say it proud: since moving from Southern California and away from Disneyland, crowds bother me now. I live in a small town. I don't like crowds. The Disney boat gives me the magic of Disney and a super vacation.). But the issue I'm faced with is if I want a 7 day/longer vacation I need to book the same itineraries. I'm okay with that. I don't know a lot of people that are though. I wouldn't mind a 7 day cruise to nowhere with a day in Castaway Cay.

      I heard rumblings of another boat when I was on the Fantasy. But I'd be curious when and where?

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      • #23
        Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

        Was just on a Disney Cruise (Disney Magic) for Christmas Week and was told by a couple of crew members that Disney has an agreement to build 2 more ships that would be between the size of Wonder and Dream - What she called medium size - one of which would be anounced in the near future. Also that when the Magic goes dry dock there would be some changes and remodeling and some new thing(s) that only the Magic would have. Also that DCL was working on some other things but would not tell me more.

        Gold Mickey says:
        I love the Disney Cruise Line ! ! !

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        • #24
          Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

          Bob Iger in the earning report discussed the cruise lines and how much of a cash cow they are the fantasy alone brings in upwards of 270 million a year.. I definitely think we will see an announcement. Heck maybe at D23 keeping in mind it will take 3-5 years to build these ships this give plenty of time for the current fleet to succeed and pay off what they cost to build.

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          • #25
            Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

            I also saw the report and the mention of the Fantasy being a floating bank so then I was thinking about what I was told on my last cruise but then I see that the Magic is not doing well out of Galveston and will not renew there. Then I see on DCL site they have all 4 ships out of Florida but with that being said they have not anounced the second half of 2014.

            Castaway Cay is a major selling point for DCL - everyone wants to go there so why not Disney get an Island on the west coast and make it different. I would love to see Disney ships going out of Long Beach but to different ports then what they were going to.

            Yes I am keeping my fingers cross for some cool DCL news at D23 !

            Gold Mickey Says:
            I want to see 2 Disney ships at sea near each other and have pirates night on both ships the same night and get 2 firework shows or one big one from both ships. And see which ship can be the loudest.

            My wife says:
            One of the coolest things was when at night time she saw anouther Disney Ship off in the distance all lit up and she was so sad that the two ships didn't get closer and the next day a lot of people was talking about that and how cool it was to see that and the people that didn't see it was like sad because they miss it.

            And I say:
            May All Your Sailings Be Disney Sailings !

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            • #26
              Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

              It has been reported many places that the Magic will get a lot of new upgrades and new remodeling when it goes to Dry Dock this year. Maybe that will be the news at D23 - I really hope for more news then that thou. Also I hope they are not trying to make all the ships the same. My wife and I and many people that I know want to go on every Disney Ship because they are a little different but all agree if they all become to much the same thier will be no need and that old saying see one seen them all. Please Disney keep/make them different !

              Gold Mickey Says:
              I can't wait to take anouther Disney Cruise !

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              • #27
                Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

                Originally posted by misterdisney View Post
                It has been reported many places that the Magic will get a lot of new upgrades and new remodeling when it goes to Dry Dock this year. Maybe that will be the news at D23
                I'll believe it when it comes from an official source. This same rumor has come up everytime the Magic or Wonder had dry dock time allocated, since details on the being built Dream came out.
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                • #28
                  Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

                  the ships will always have some differnces simply because of the difference in size and I don't think the magic and wonder can do the aqua duck. even the dream and the fantasy have differnces.

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                  • #29
                    Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

                    Castaway Cay is according to this blog post 1,000 acres big with 5 developed acres.

                    Vintage Walt Disney World: Becoming Castaway Cay « Disney Parks Blog
                    Be Cool Stay in School!
                    Next year I'm trying for a summer internship at Stark Industries.

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                    • #30
                      Re: Will we see Disney Cruise Line Expand again?

                      Disney Cruise Line has come out with some cool new itineraries and with the investment in Castaway Cay it will probably expand its fleet. The blog page on Castaway Cay was interesting. We were there in February and we witnessed a water spout in the ocean. We were out in Serenity Bay (adults only beach) and we all were talking about how there was no real structures or nowhere to go if a tornado came through. After a downpour it cleared up and we had a great time.

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