Disney Cruise Ships by Age: newest to oldest! (2024)

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disney cruise ships from newest to oldest

Hello Cruise Fans!

Today we are going to combine two different passions: the one for cruises and the one for Disney. As you may have guessed, we are going to see all Disney Cruise Line ships from the newest to the oldest.

I want to tell you right away that Disney does not have many ships, at the moment there are only 5 but several will be added in the coming years.

Below is a summary chart, and then a more detailed description of each ship.

Chart of Disney cruise ships in order of age

chart of disney cruise ships by age

Disney Treasure (2024)

CompletedUnder construction
Maiden voyageDecember 21, 2024 (expected)

Disney Treasure is the new upcoming cruise ship by Disney Cruise Line. It is set to be launched on December 21, 2024.

Although it will be the newest ship, it seems that Disney doesn’t want to increase the size much. It will have a gross tonnage of 144,000 GT and will measure 1,119 feet in length and 128 feet in width.

According to the first reports, it will be able to accommodate about 4,000 passengers and will have about 1,250 cabins.

As the name suggests, it will be inspired by the theme of adventure and pirates.
I will give you more detailed news as soon as the ship officially starts sailing!

Disney Wish (2022)

CompletedFebruary 6, 2022
ChristenedJune 29, 2022
Maiden voyageJuly 14, 2022

Disney Wish was officially launched in 2022 and is the newest ship currently in service. With this ship, Disney changed the design idea slightly compared to the previous ones.

On “Wish” the traditional structure that divided the ship into zones was officially abandoned.
Instead, all the spaces for kids, families, and adults are harmoniously integrated across several decks.

For example, kids’ zones, such as the innovative Oceaneer Club, are located on Deck 2, while adult areas are spread across decks 3, 4, and 5.

What about the cabins? On Disney Wish, they are quite spacious and well-equipped. You can find the traditional murphy beds and Disney’s signature split-bath arrangement.

The internal decor varies by deck and category. Of course, the main focus remains the artworks inspired by Disney movies.

The dining selection is very varied. There are many themed restaurants and a big buffet that is perfect for both adults and children.

The pool deck has six family pools and the AquaMouse, a first-of-its-kind water attraction at sea. We already talked about it in the article about the biggest water slides on cruises.

Disney Fantasy (2012)

CompletedFebruary 9, 2012
ChristenedFebruary 28, 2012
Maiden voyageMarch 31, 2012

Disney Fantasy was the second Dream-class ship in Disney’s fleet.

Was launched in 2012 with the idea of offering a magical cruise experience for families, especially those with young children.

The overall design remains the same, compared to the previous ships. A navy blue hull, two bright red funnels, and the inside inspired by elegant Art Deco decorations.

The real difference lies in the unique technological innovations. For example, onboard you will find “Enchanted Art” pieces that recognize a guest’s presence and activate for several seconds of animation.

Moreover, inside cabins, you can wave phones to communicate with other guests, and some magical portholes provide real-time views of the ship’s surroundings.

On Disney Fantasy there are also 15 unique restaurants. A very interesting thing is that there’s a rotating dining system that allows guests to experience different themed restaurants each night.

In terms of entertainment, there’s something for every age. The ship features phenomenal kids’ clubs, like the Marvel Super Hero Academy and the Star Wars Command Post.

While, for adults, the ship offers plenty of spaces and activities, including wine tastings, late-night dancing, and adults-only pools.

This ship sails primarily to the Caribbean, with itineraries that include stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney Dream (2011)

CompletedDecember 2010
ChristenedJanuary 19, 2011
Maiden voyageJanuary 26, 2011

Disney Dream was the third ship in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet and was officially launched in 2011.

This ship is particularly renowned for its restaurants, It offers engaging dinner shows and high-quality food, particularly at Remy.

The Disney Dream stands out also for its wonderful design details, such as the hidden Mickeys scattered throughout the ship.

The ship also has a 1,340-seat capacity “Walt Disney Theatre” where different Disney shows are performed: Disney’s Believe, Golden Mickeys, Villains Tonight, and Beauty and the Beast, all of which are must-sees.

Other entertainment options, that are also perfect for adults, include first-run Disney movies at the Buena Vista Theatre, a variety of sports activities, and a well-equipped Fitness Center.
Adults also have exclusive areas such as a pool, sun deck, and an adult-only restaurant.

Disney Dream itineraries primarily include the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean, with Fort Lauderdale serving as the departure port for most of the sailings​.

Disney Wonder (1999)

CompletedJune 18, 1999
ChristenedOctober 3, 1999
Maiden voyageAugust 15, 1999

Disney Wonder was the second ship in Disney’s fleet. Its maiden voyage was in 1999, making it over two decades old.

Despite being a rather old ship, it is still well-maintained and has features that make it unique.

For example, an exclusive on Disney Wonder is Tiana’s Place, a Creole-themed restaurant inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

Like any other Disney ship, the entertainment options are many and all of them are perfectly themed. You will find family-friendly trivia, quizzes, and character encounters during the “Meet and Waves” sessions with Disney characters.

There are about 875 cabins on this ship with a good mix of interior, oceanview, and balcony cabins, as well as concierge-class suites.

Moreover, even though it’s a family-focused vacation, Disney Wonder ensures there’s ample space for adult relaxation with the Quiet Cove Pool, an adults-only pool area, a fitness center, many spa treatments, and exclusive gift shops like Mickey’s Mainsail that has specially-designed Disney Cruise Line merchandise.

Disney Magic (1998)

CompletedJune 30, 1998
ChristenedSeptember 16, 1998
Maiden voyageJuly 30, 1998

Disney Magic is the oldest ship in the entire fleet. It was even launched in 1998, so more than 25 years ago.

Over the years she has undergone several renovation and modernization processes, which make her a pleasant ship even after all these years.

The ship can accommodate about 2,700 passengers and is therefore perfect for those who prefer cruising on smaller ships.

Dining on Disney Magic is one of the best things ever. For example, you will experience the “magical dining experience” at Animator’s Palate, a restaurant that starts out black and white and becomes colorful while you eat dinner.

On Disney Magic, there’s also the themed restaurant Rapunzel’s Royal Table, inspired by the beloved character from the animated movie “Tangled“.

For families, Disney Magic provides an exceptional kids’ club, character cameos, and a range of water slides and pools that ensure endless fun.

As we saw on the newest ship, on Disney Magic there are also many spaces for adults like an adult-only pool, bars, and a well-equipped spa.

To sum up

Disney Cruise Line has currently 5 cruise ships in its fleet. The oldest one (Disney Magic) was launched in 1998 and the newest one (Disney Wish) was launched in 2022.

A new ship is currently under construction and is expected to launch at the end of 2024.

Moreover, two other ships are currently under construction and are planned to launch in 2025.
They will be Disney Adventure, which will probably be based in Singapore, and Disney Destiny which will probably be based in the US.

In sum, Disney continues its expansion on the cruise side. Will this be the new gold mine for the Mickey Mouse company?

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