Disney Cruise Line will be bringing two of its three new ships to Port Canaveral, under a 20-year operating agreement the port has reached with the cruise line. The deal calls for Disney to have three ships based at Port Canaveral, up from the current two. “It’s a very big deal,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said Monday. “This is great news for the port.” Port commissioners are scheduled to vote on the contract with Disney at their meeting on Wednesday.

Disney’s two largest ships in its current four-ship fleet — the Dream and the Fantasy — currently are based at Port Canaveral. Under the deal with the port, Disney will have three ships based at Port Canaveral — two ships that will be constructed, plus one of its existing ships. Construction of the new, still-unnamed ships destined for Port Canaveral are scheduled to be completed in 2021 and 2022. Disney also is building a third new ship, scheduled for completion in 2023.

As part of the deal, Disney also will increase the number of cruises it guarantees will sail from Port Canaveral. Its current guarantee is 150 cruises a year. That total will increase to 180 a year in 2023, then to 216 a year in 2024 and beyond. Murray estimates that Disney’s expansion to three ships at Port Canaveral will generate about $6 million a year in additional revenue for the port. Canaveral Port Authority Commissioner Wayne Justice said the deal is an “extraordinarily exciting” development for Brevard County and the region, as it brings more tourist dollars to the area.

 

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Source: Florida Today