The launch of the Disney Cruise Line's latest new-build ship, Disney Wish has been pushed back six weeks, with the cruise line citing delays at the Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.
In a letter sent to guests, Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line, wrote: "The shipyard has notified us that despite their very best efforts, they will need more time to finish our ship in part due to the pandemic and particularly the arrival of the Omicron variant in Germany at a critical point in the process."
Disney Wish was originally due to set sail on its maiden voyage on 14 July 2020. The cruise line is contacting all guests who have subsequently had their cruise holidays cancelled, in order to allow them to reschedule.
The 144,000 gross tonne ship, which is being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, is the largest ship yet for the cruise line, capable of carrying 4,000 passengers. The ship will also be the first in the fleet to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Disney Wish will home port from Port Canaveral, Florida, sailing 3 and 4-night cruise itineraries during its inaugural season. The exciting new ships features a host of family-friendly venues for all ages to enjoy, as well as kids’ clubs and exclusive adult only areas.
In a first of its kind, Disney Wish will feature a ‘Wish Tower Suite’ located inside one of the ships iconic twin funnels. The two-level suite will sleep up to 8 guests, with incredible views of the sea and upper decks from the giant floor to ceiling window.