Construction is well underway on the Disney Cruise Line’s third ship, the Disney Dream, and according to Disney, its completion can’t get here soon enough. Jay Rasulo, the chief financial officer for Disney, told Wall Street analysts on Thursday that the amount of interest in the Dream is “tremendous.”
Orders have been coming in from both new and returning Disney cruisers, and Rasulo comments, “We’re very happy with the booking pace.” The new ship, which is scheduled to debut in January, will have 1,250 cabins, making it larger than Disney’s current ships, the Magic and the Wonder.
Disney cruisers have been awaiting a new ship for quite a while now, with the cruise line’s last ship debuting in 1999. This huge gap between ship debuts, one of the longest for any cruise ship line, has resulted in what Rasulo says is “an imbalance between supply and demand for Disney voyages.” He notes that the cruise line is currently “highly over-demanded.”
However, this imbalance will soon be corrected. The Disney Dream will soon be joined by the Disney Fantasy, which is set to debut in early 2012. These two new ships will more than double the current passenger capacity for the Disney Cruise Line, and bring exciting new features that are sure to delight both new and returning cruisers alike.