Disney Cruise Line and Port Canaveral Agree to Expansion of Operations and Home Port Upgrade

Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and The Canaveral Port Authority have made a new 20-year agreement to expand the DCL’s operations at Port Canaveral. In addition, DCL will make Port Canaveral the home for two of their three new ships in the upcoming years.

Disney Cruise Line’s Upgraded Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral Artist Concept ©Disney

The new agreement lasts for 20 years, with two additional five-year renewals.

Initially the agreement call guarantee remains at the current level of 150 calls, but increases to 180 calls in 2023, and up to 216 calls in 2024 through the remainder of the 20-year term.

The agreement also continues DCL‘s exclusive operation from Cruise Terminal 8, in addition to providing preferential use of the Port’s Cruise Terminal 10 for a third homeport vessel.

Disney Cruise Line’s Upgraded Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral Artist Concept ©Disney

The planned waterside and landside improvements to Cruise Terminal 8 and Cruise Terminal 10 will accommodate the growth of DCL’s fleet. The new ships are expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Two of the new ships will call Port Canaveral home for at least their first five years of operation.

Disney Cruise Line New Ships ©Disney

All four of DCL’s cruise ships in its existing fleet made Port Canaveral their home port when they debuted.  DCL‘s two biggest ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, are currently homeported at Port Canaveral year-round, while the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder rotate home ports.

Have you set off on a Disney Cruise from Port Canaveral? What do you think of the planned upgrades? Let us know in the comments.

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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