Another new ship on tap for Disney Cruise Line

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Make that three ships on order for Disney Cruise Line.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek on Saturday revealed the four-ship line would add three new vessels by 2023 — one more than previously announced.

Speaking at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Chapek said the additional ship would arrive in 2022. That’s right in between the two other vessels Disney already has on order for delivery in 2021 and 2023.

The additional ship will be part of the same series.

“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level,” Chapek said.

Launched in 1998, Disney Cruise Line operated for more than a decade with just two vessels, the similarly designed Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. Each of the ships measures 85,000 tons and has 877 cabins. The arrival of the larger Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy at the start of this decade more than doubled the company’s passenger capacity. The three ships on the way will result in nearly another doubling in capacity.

Disney is known for innovation on its cruise ships. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy feature what are billed as the first water coasters at sea. Disney also was the first cruise operator to offer high-tech virtual windows in windowless “inside” cabins. Dubbed Magical Portholes, the circle-shaped electronic windows offer a real-time view of the sea as well as sightings of animated Disney characters.

Source: USA Today