PORT CANAVERAL, Fla., (March 19, 2008) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Disney Cruise Line announced it has finalized an agreement with Port Canaveral to extend the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current contract 15 years through 2022. In addition, as part of its continuing commitment to the Central Florida area, the company will home port its two new ships in Port Canaveral. The new agreement between Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral was ratified today by Port Authority Commissioners.
As part of the new agreement, the Canaveral Port Authority will expand and modify the Disney Cruise Line port facility including an extension of the dock and enlargements and enhancements to the terminal building to allow for additional luggage and passenger capacity. A multi-level parking structure, scheduled to be completed by 2011, will also be built for Disney Cruise Line.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to call Port Canaveral our home and look forward to bringing our new ships here,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tom McAlpin, President of Disney Cruise Line. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The new enhancements being made to our terminal will provide guests an even more seamless transition from land to sea.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Once completed, the enhancements to the already unique Disney terminal will provide for improved passenger flow and additional guest conveniences that together will contribute to the overall boarding experience. Disney Cruise Line will work with Port Canaveral to create a state of the art facility, which will contain several Disney touches that are certain to delight guests.
The terminal and dock enlargements are necessary to accommodate the new and larger Disney Cruise Line ships. Scheduled to launch in 2011 and 2012, they will be significantly larger than the existing Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer Stan Payne said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Disney Cruise Line has been extremely successful in drawing a strong family market to Port Canaveral since its launch 10 years ago. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re thrilled that Disney has committed to stay here long-term and are looking forward to the two new ships home porting here.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Port Canaveral continues to be one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s busiest cruise ports. More than 3.5 million Disney Cruise Line guests have sailed from Port Canaveral since the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beginning in 1998, adding to the economic and tourism growth of Brevard County. Future itinerary information for Disney Cruise Line ships beyond 2009 will be released at a later date.