According to officials at Port Canaveral expect Disney Cruise Line to increase their presence at their seaport with the announced expansion from four to seven cruise ships. With that in mind, port commissioners have unanimously approved moving forward with a study regarding upgrading Disney Cruise Terminal 8 and the nearby Cruise Terminal 10. Cruise Terminal 10 is now used primarily by Norwegian Cruise Line.
The two largest ship in Disney’s fleet, the 4,000-passenger Dream and Fantasy, are based in Port Canaveral year round. Recently one of Disney’s smaller ships, either the Magic or the Wonder, will base themselves at Port Canaveral during the winder season but move elsewhere for other seasons.
Disney now has plans to add ships in 2021, 2022 and 2023. And Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray told port commissioners that the port needs to be ready to host one of those new ships.
Disney’s “intention, longer-term, is to add another full-time vessel to the port, home-ported,” Murray told port commissioners. “So we’ll have more activity than Terminal 8 can handle.”
Being the closes port to the Walt Disney World Resort, Port Canaveral is a popular cruise port for the Walt Disney Travel Company. Land and Sea vacations are popular among Disney Cruise Line guests.
Terminal 8, which is the Disney Cruise Terminal is the smallest and oldest major terminal at Port Canaveral. It has not had a significant upgrade since 1998. They are adding Terminal 10 to the study Disney is likely that in the future Disney will regularly have two ships in port on the same day, necessitating the need for two ship berths.
Source: Florida Today