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All aboard! Disney Cruise Line is coming to Southeast Asia

By Camille Santiago Published Mar 29, 2023 6:59 pm Updated Mar 31, 2023 2:21 pm

So you're dreaming of going on a Disney cruise? That may soon become a reality as it's heading to Singapore in Asia for the first time ever.

Disney Cruise Line and Singapore Tourism Board announced on Wednesday, March 29 that they have agreed to bring a brand-new Disney cruise ship exclusively in Singapore for at least five years beginning in 2025. 

“This is a very exciting year for The Walt Disney Company — 2023 marks our 100th anniversary,” Disney Park experiences and products chairman Josh D’Amaro said. “As part of this, Disney Cruise Line is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion with new ships and new destinations around the world. We are incredibly excited to make Singapore home port to our eighth ship and to sail from here year-round starting in 2025.” 

That means Singapore and its neighboring Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines will get to enjoy the Disney Cruise ship without having to go on a long-haul flight.

"We do expect very strong interest from the Southeast Asian market since it's close by. This is the first time in Southeast Asia—the only chance for Southeast Asian travelers—to be able to cruise on Disney cruise ship without having traveled a lot longer distance," said Singapore Tourism Board (STB) chief executive Keith Tan during a press media conference.

Tan added that the Disney ship is not only an attraction itself, but will help "boost the tourism sector in Singapore for many years to come."

While details about the maiden voyage, itineraries, and onboard experiences are yet to be announced, they teased during a press media conference that "there is something for everyone."

"For many guests, our ships they are the true destination. Disney Kid Clubs, Broadway-style shows, interactive character moments, themed restaurants, and fine dining and rejuvenating spas for the adults," said D'Amaro.

"Disney Cruise Line vacation is the perfect vacation because everybody absolutely everybody gets to interact in the most intimate and immersive way with our stories and our characters," he added.