Disney to launch signature cruise in Japan in 2029

With 4,000-passenger cruiseliner, Disney targets USD 620 million in revenues
2024-07-10
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/ New Delhi
Disney to launch signature cruise in Japan in 2029
Disney to launch signature cruise in Japan in 2029

The vessel will be able to accommodate 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew members

Disney and Oriental Land will invest USD 2 billion to bring Disney Cruises to Japan as the Japanese operator of Tokyo Disney seeks to grow beyond its theme parks and capture more tourist spending.
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Disney is set to commence cruise vacations in Japan as part of an agreement between Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney operator Oriental Land. 

According to a press statement by Disney, OLC will operate a Disney-branded cruise line in Japan with a budget of USD 2 billion, that is expected to launch in early 2029.

The vessel will be able to accommodate 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew members. Cruises will primarily cover short distances utilising ports in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The company said it aims to serve 400,000 passengers and bring in revenue of USD 620 million per year in the first few years of operation.

Josh D'Amaro

Josh D’Amaro

The statement adds that this is the latest evolution in an over 40-year relationship between Disney and OLC, owner and operator of Tokyo Disney Resort. 

It says that the ship will offer fun and relaxation for Japanese Disney fans and visitors from around the world during voyages with Disney’s signature entertainment, dining and guest service.

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

Yumiko Takano

Yumiko Takano

“I am sincerely proud that Disney and Oriental Land will be able to work together to create a world-class cruise business in Japan. Oriental Land will use their knowhow from the theme park business to continue pushing boundaries and provide family entertainment cruise experiences filled with inspiration and surprise,” says Yumiko Takano, Representative Director, Chairperson and CEO, Oriental Land. 

The statement adds that the ship will be constructed at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, with imaginative designs created by Walt Disney Imagineering. 

A sister ship to the popular Disney Wish, it will feature many popular venues and experiences from that ship with select modifications specially designed with Japanese customers in mind.

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