Categorized | Cruises


Posted on 11 June 2010

 Walt Disney Co.’s decision to spend an estimated $1.5 billion building two more cruise ships will give the company’s cruise line the ability to spread out to more destinations, says Disney President and CEO Bob Iger. During a presentation last week to stock analysts in New York, Iger said that with its two new ships to be based at Port Canaveral, Disney already plans to permanently move one of its two existing vessels to the West Coast and to at least temporarily send the other to Europe. “We thought we had an opportunity to expand our horizons, no pun intended,” Iger said. “We’re going to take advantage of that with Alaska, Southern California and Mexico, parts of Europe and, maybe down the road, Asia or Hawaii.” 


Both Asia and Hawaii would offer some strategic ties for Disney should it decide to offer cruises in either location. For instance, Disney could use a  cruise ship to offer land-and-sea vacation packages in conjunction with Hong Kong Disneyland, or eventually, Shanghai Disneyland, which is in the planning stages. In Hawaii, Disney next yearis to open an 830-room hotel and time-share resort that could be paired with a cruise ship.

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