The countdown is on until Disney Cruise Line’s new ship, the Disney Treasure, sets sail, and over the last few weeks there has been a lot of news about what guests can expect.
Setting sail in December 2024, the Disney Treasure will be DCL’s sixth ship, and will feature 1,256 staterooms, 15 passenger decks,12 lounges and bars, 9 restaurants and food bars, with 10 swimming pools.
Inspired by films like Aladdin, Coco, and Zootopia, the Disney Treasure first sets sail on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Port Canaveral, Florida, on December 21, 2024. Guests can then expect seven-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
Ahead of Destination D23, and since then, DCL has announced a lot of details, with a peek at the main lobby, restaurants and dining experiences, so I wanted to highlight all of the biggest news that’s come out so far. Here are all of my favourite highlights to get you excited for next year’s inaugural sailing.
Dining experiences and restaurants
Disney revealed that the ship has many new inspirations for the spaces and venues, but the layout will match the Disney Treasure’s sister ship, the Disney Wish.
While the Disney Wish offers a Frozen-themed dining experience, the Treasure will debut Plaza de Coco, a theatrical dining experience from Disney and Pixar’s Coco. Set in a theater-in-the-round entertainment space with a central stage, the restaurant will be lively with performances centered around Miguel and his family.
The experience will be told over two nights, starting right where the film left off in Mariachi Plaza, and then on night two, reuniting with his great-great grandparents, Hector and Mama Imelda, in Santa Cecilia for a Día de los Muertos celebration. The menu will feature both traditional and new takes on Mexican food.
At Worlds of Marvel the Treasure will deliver an immersive superhero-themed dining experience featuring Avengers characters and stories, and an appearance by the one-and-only Spider-Man. The high-tech venue will feature an international menu, special entertainment, and two separate nights of dining and experiences inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Celebrating 100 years of Disney, 1923 will bring guests in to a unique space filled with a “nostalgic collection of exploration-themed artwork from both modern and classic animated films.” While the menu will be sophisticated, according to DCL, it’s also “steeped in the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age… [and] inspired by the fusion of cultural flavors found throughout California and designed with families in mind.”
For anyone who loves treats, Jumbeaux’s Sweets brings Disney’s Zootopia to life on the ship with a colourful space, Victorian-style architecture, and sculptures of Officer Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. The sweet shop will offer 20 flavors of handmade gelato, 16 flavors of ice cream and sorbets, plus treats and candies.
The adult-only restaurants will include Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté, and The Rose, a chic lounge space inspired by Beauty and the Beast. While Palo combines Italian dining with a modern steakhouse, Enchanté will feature a gourmet, luxurious dining experience in an intimate setting, and a menu crafted by three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement. In between the two restaurants, guests can enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail at The Rose.
Bars and cafes
For the first time, Disney is bringing theme-park experiences to life on their latest cruise ship with three newly themed spaces.
The Haunted Mansion Parlor will bring the spirit, if you will, of the iconic Disney attraction to life on the new ship, offering craft cocktails in a space inspired by “a first-class drawing room of a classic cruise liner from the golden age.” The bar will include “iconic wallpaper and the distinctive purple armchair tucked in the corner,” and “a few legendary characters from the original Disney Parks attraction.” There will even be some new ghosts residing on the ship, and new merchandise available.
Watch out for some “backside of water” jokes over at Skipper Society. Inspired by the Jungle Cruise, it “will offer an elevated, playful atmosphere,” with lots of references to the attraction, a monkey-shaped chandelier, themed cocktails, light snacks, and live entertainment.
And for the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea fans like me, Periscope Pub will bring the adventure of the original 1954 film to life in a submarine-style space. With steampunk influences, and references to the famed Captain Nemo and the giant squid in the film, the venue will be casual with live sports, news, craft beer, and lighter fare.
Themed cafes will include the Heihei Café with a Polynesian design, inspired by Moana, and the Jade Cricket Café, inspired by Mulan.
The Grand Hall and theatres
At the heart of the ship is the Grand Hall. Inspired by Aladdin, and featuring statues and the style of an Agrabah palace, the space will play host to shows, character appearances, and musical performances.
The Lion King-inspired Sarabi will host daytime activies and adult-only evening entertainment in a central hub space that’s two-storeys tall. Guests will enjoy playing Match Your Mate, Family Time Game Show, and Villains Game Night.
In the Walt Disney Theatre, guests will be able to enjoy Broadway-style stage productions of Beauty and the Beast, and Disney Seas the Adventure, with a third, all-new show in development.
Sit down and enjoy the best cinematic experiences from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm with first-run movies in the Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas.
And Hero Zone will offer sports and recreation with physical challenges in a game show-style competition.
Staterooms and Suites
Accommodations on the new ship will be themed based on some of Disney and Pixar’s best films, from Aladdin and Up, to Encanto and Pocahontas. For guests staying in the concierge and royal suites, those will feature elements and stories from The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and Aladdin.
The designs will be modern and offer nostalgic artwork, with the quality that Disney Cruise Line guests expect, including split-bathrooms, connecting suites, and 877 staterooms will include a verandah, while most rooms onboard will offer ocean views.
For concierge-level staterooms and suites, guests can expect an exclusive lounge, private sun deck, plus cocktails and food and beverages throughout the day.
Four royal suites–the Bagheera and Rajah Royal Suites–will offer luxury and adventurous themes, while the Tomorrow Tower Suite takes design inspiration from EPCOT’s World Discovery neighborhood.
“Set high in the ship’s forward funnel, this one-of-a-kind suite will overlook the top deck of the Disney Treasure and glimpse the open horizon through an expansive two-story window,” a DCL press release revealed. “With nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, the Tomorrow Tower Suite will comfortably sleep eight guests and feature areas for eating, sleeping and playing, as well as other perks like a full kitchen and private ensuite elevator.”
Decks and pools
Featuring a total of 10 pools, the Disney Treasure has lots of space to play and cool off, or sit out and get some sun on the decks.
Little ones will love the Toy Story-themed splash zone, wading pool, and family waterslide, and older kids and adults will love AquaMouse: Curse of the Golden Egg, a water ride with 760 feet of tubes overlooking the ship.
“AquaMouse will introduce an all-new storyline that follows Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a zany misadventure into an ancient temple. Guests will journey with the pair as they embark on a tour of mysterious ruins for a glimpse of the legendary treasure within and encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and booby traps that take the trek in unexpected directions.”
And for a little peace and relaxation, adults can enjoy Quiet Cove to unwind, grab a drink, or enjoy the infinity pool with the cafe and pool-side bar.
Childrens’ clubs and activities
When it comes to the kids’ clubs and activities for children, DCL offers one of the best programs–that’s included in the cruise without an additional cost–on the ocean.
Children can enjoy Disney’s Oceaneer Club from morning to night, with programs, activities, and play spaces that they may not want to leave. While the Edge and Vibe clubs offer older children and teenagers space to hang out and play games.
Plus there are lots of activities aboard the ship for Marvel, Star Wars, and Mickey and Minnie fans, like Marvel Super Hero Academy, Fairytale Hall, the Walt Disney Imagineering Lab, Star Wars: Cargo Bay, and Mickey and Minnie Captain’s Deck.
All images courtesy of Disney/Disney Cruise Line.
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