Are Disney Cruise ships going in for refurbishment?

Photo credit: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

Yesterday Disney Cruise Line announced that they were extending their pause in cruising through October 31, 2020.

Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through Oct. 31, 2020
In alignment with yesterday’s announcement from Cruise Lines International Association regarding the voluntary extension of suspended passenger operations from U.S. ports until at least October 31, 2020, Disney Cruise Line will be cancelling all October sailings, as well as the following November sailings:

  • Disney Dream: November 1, 2020 (7-night Eastern Caribbean) & November 8, 2020 (5-night Western Caribbean) sailings
  • Disney Magic: November 1, 2020 (6-night Eastern Caribbean) & November 7, 2020 (5-night Eastern Caribbean) sailings
  • Disney Wonder: November 1, 2020 (5-night Baja) & November 6, 2020 (14-night Panama Canal) sailings

Now, we’re going to do something we rarely do which is speculate about something potentially that could happen. Is it possible that some of the ships could go into drydock and get a refurbishment? While we haven’t been told nor have confirmed anything from Disney Cruise Line, no cruises are currently scheduled until November 1, 2020. Without crew and passengers onboard this would be a great time to freshen up some public areas and staterooms even if it is ahead of their normal refurbishment schedule.

Typical cruise refurbishments last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks depending on work being done. This would fit within the time frame of the ships during their pause from cruising. Grand Bahama shipyard which is located in Freeport Bahamas, is close to where the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder currently are. While the Disney Fantasy is located in France which is not too far from Cadiz Spain shipyard. This shipyard has completed refurbishments for Disney before. The Magic is currently in England which can also be relocated to Cadiz easily.

While the new Disney Wish could be delayed in the shipyard, it could be a time where the Magic class and Dream class ships could get some of those new enhancements being brought to the Wish class ships. Is this a little far fetched? Probably, but it could be a great opportunity during this unfortunate time to get ahead rather than having a pause in sailings when the ships are back cruising again. Realistically we think if a refurbishment would happen it would be consisting of more soft goods and not any changes to existing deck layouts.

What are your thoughts on cruising with Disney again?

Disney Fantasy in dry dock photo courtesy of: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

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