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Disney Cruise Line is an American cruise line company owned by The Walt Disney Company and headquartered in Celebration, Floridamarker. The business is run by President Karl Holz as part of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division. Disney Cruise Line operates the Disney Cruise Line Terminal, which homeports both ships.


Disney Magic in port at St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands
Disney Cruise Line operates two ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, along with Castaway Caymarker, a private island in the Bahamasmarker designed as an exclusive port of call for Disney's ships.

The Disney Magic began operation July 30, 1998. The Disney Wonder began operation August 15, 1999. The ships each contain 875 staterooms and are virtually identical in their design, with a few variations in interior design, restaurants and entertainment venues. Both contain areas designed exclusively for various age groups, including toddlers, young kids, teens, and adults.

They are the first in the industry to be designed and built from the keel up as family cruise liners, with the goal of accommodating parents and children. Unlike most ships of their type, they do not include casinos. Disney ships also feature horns which play the opening seven-note theme When You Wish Upon a Star from Disney's Pinocchio, in addition to the traditional horn.

Disney Cruise Line was created in 1995 when the company commissioned its two ships at Fincantieri in Italymarker, ending an arrangement with Premier Cruise Line for the maritime segment of its vacation packages. Disney had contracted Premier Cruise Line to provide cruise vacations in the 1980s, also sailing from Port Canaveral. The ships were similarly marketed as family vacations and featured costumed Disney Characters.



Ship Year built Entered service Homeport Gross Tonnage Notes
Disney Magic 1998 1998 Port Canaveral The Disney Magic and its stern were built in two different countries and were then welded together.
Disney Wonder 1999 1999 Port Canaveral The Disney Wonder will be moved from its home port in Florida to the Port of Los Angeles in 2011.


Disney Cruise Lines announced on February 22, 2007 that two new ships are to be added in 2011 and 2012. The ships are being built by Meyer Werftmarker shipyard, based in Papenburgmarker, Germanymarker; the first steel cut, made in March 2009, was for a portion of the scrollwork that will decorate the exterior of the vessels. Later that same month, the ships were officially named: Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. They will be long and wide. These newest 128,000-ton ships will be 2 decks taller than the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and will have 1,250 staterooms each.

Disney Cruise Line has negotiated with the Port Canaveral port authority and has extended their contract for 15 more years, through 2022. As part of this contract, the port authority will expand and upgrade the dock in order to accommodate the new ships (both of which will be home-ported there), the terminal will be enlarged to accommodate more passengers and luggage, and finally a parking garage will be built by 2011.

Both new ships are planned to depart from Port Canaveral until at least 2014. With the arrival of the Disney Dream in 2011, the Disney Wonder will be relocated to Los Angeles. The arrangement will be for two years, with a potential extension for three additional years.
Ship Passenger capacity Projected to enter service To Be Homeported Gross Tonnage Notes
Disney Dream 4,000 2011 Port Canaveral 1st Sailing Jan. 26, 2011
Disney Fantasy 4,000 2012 Port Canaveral



Position Name Notes
President of Disney Cruise Line Karl Holz
Senior Vice President of Operations Tom Wolber Ozer Balli
Manager of Island Recreation & Shore Excursions Larry Stauffer
Director of Marine & Security Operations Russel Daya
Vice President of Marine & Technical Operations Bert Swets
Director of Purchasing & Logistics Tony Wills


Position Name Notes
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 2004-2009 Tom McAlpin
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 2003-2004 Karl Holz
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 1999-2003 Matt Ouimet
Former President of Disney Cruise Line 1994-1999 Arthur Rodney
Former Senior Vice President of Operations Tom McAlpin


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