With Disney Cruise Line preparing to introduce three new ships in the years ahead, Port Canaveral is taking steps to hopefully accommodate an influx of guests coming through Disney’s terminal.
- As Florida Today reports, today port commissioners unanimously approved plans to conduct a study on how Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral could be upgraded.
- The study will also look at nearby Terminal 10, which Disney may need to use if they choose to have two ships at Port at the same time.
- Terminal 10 is currently used by Norwegian Cruise Line, and Disney would likely need to share the terminal if it chose to expand there.
- Disney Cruise Line has previously announced plans to introduce three new ships to their fleet, bringing their total to seven.
- New ships are scheduled to debut in 2021, 2022 and 2023 (one each year).
- Given the popularity of Port Canaveral and its relative proximity to Walt Disney World, Port Canaveral CEO John Murray is expecting that Disney will home-port one of the new ships in Canaveral.
- Murray told port commissioners that Disney’s long-term intention is to “add another full-time vessel to the port, home-ported, adding, “So we’ll have more activity than Terminal 8 can handle.”
- Disney’s current terminal has the oldest and smallest at Port Canaveral, with the last major update happening in 1998.
- The study looking at upgrades to Terminals 8 and 10 will be conducted by Bermello Ajamil & Partners Inc. and is expected to take two to three months to complete.
What They’re Saying
- Bill Crowe, Port Canaveral senior director of facilities: “Disney is a great partner to work with. They’re a great partner for the port, and they do things ‘the Disney way,’ so we’re really excited to be a part of that.”