Disney’s New Cruise Ship Sets Sail for Maiden Voyage – CBS Tampa
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Disney’s newest cruise ship has set sail it is Maiden voyage Thursday from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas.
Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the cruise line’s fleet and the first new Disney ship in a decade.
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The mammoth ship, weighing around 144,000 gross tons, has a crew of 1,555 and space for 4,000 passengers.
At the heart of the ship, a bronze statue of Cinderella sets the stage for a fairytale atrium with ornate balconies that stack into a sparkling constellation and star-studded chandelier. The Great Hall is home to Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever atrium stage.
There’s a water ride called AquaMouse, an experience the company calls “the first Disney attraction at sea.” The ride includes 760 feet of winding tubes that offer riders ocean views before ending in a lazy river. Inspired by animated Mickey Mouse short films, the interactive ride includes music, special effects and show scenes.
Wish passengers will also find a number of new dining options. Arendelle is a Frozen-themed offering featuring live entertainment and character experiences.
Worlds of Marvel is another character showcase offering a menu of dishes reminiscent of places like Black Panther’s Wakanda. Each table has its own interactive device that allows guests to participate in a “quantum encounter”.
Disney Wish has 1,254 cabins, 90% of which are outside cabins.
The luxurious Royal Suites feature a living area, an open dining room and a private jacuzzi on the veranda. Two of the four Royal Suites are on two levels with a spiral staircase.
Disney Wish is the first of the line’s three Triton-class ships to run on liquefied natural gas to reduce emissions.
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The new ship sets sail as BA.5, the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant, dominates new Covid-19 infections in the United States.
Disney Cruise Line is participating in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s voluntary Covid-19 program for cruise lines. Disney Wish is listed as “highly vaccinated,” defined as 90% fully vaccinated travelers.
As of Thursday morning, nearly all ships listed by the CDC, including Disney’s, were classified as highly vaccinated with a color status of orange. This color code means that reported cases of Covid-19 have reached the threshold for a CDC investigation (0.3% or more of all passengers and/or crew).
The cruise industry has repeatedly pointed to strict measures to contain Covid-19 on board ships, which go beyond the precautionary measures taken in most other segments of the travel industry.
Disney Cruise Line currently requires all vaccinable guests (5 years and older) to be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. Pre-trip testing is also required.
Following her five-day maiden voyage, Disney Wish is ready for a season of three- and four-day cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.
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