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Disney to add a theme-packed sixth ship to its cruise line

Disney is adding a sixth ship to its growing cruise line, the entertainment giant announced late Tuesday morning in a video presentation.

It will be christened the Disney Treasure, and it’s brimming with the kind of colorful, pop-culture theming you’d expect, with nods to “The Lion King,” Marvel superheroes, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Star Wars” and others.

But don’t pack your bags quite yet. The maiden voyage of the Treasure, sister ship to the Disney Wish that launched in 2022, is scheduled for December 21, 2024. It will leave Port Canaveral, Florida, for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise, Disney said in a news release. After that, the ship will embark on seven-night itineraries in the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral.

While the first voyage is more than a year away, die-hard Disney cruisers can reserve a spot much sooner. Bookings for Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club members start September 12 this year. Bookings open to all guests on September 20, according to the news release.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Upper deck adventures

Fancy water rides are becoming a family cruise ship staple. The Treasure has its own jewel.

Called “AquaMouse: Curse of the Golden Egg,” the ride will be suspended above the upper decks. Water jets will shoot two-person vehicles through 760 feet (232 meters) of winding tubes, offering views of Mickey Mouse animation as well as views of the ocean and the ship below. Disney Wish also has an AquaMouse attraction.

For smaller children, the ship will have a “Toy Story” splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar. Adults who need a child break can slip away to “Quiet Cove,” which will feature an infinity pool and poolside bar and cafe.

Family entertainment

The sea-based equivalent of Main Street U.S.A., the ship’s “Aladdin”-themed Grand Hall “will serve as the ship’s most prominent gathering space, inspiring wonder and exploration during each voyage,” the release said. Guests will be able to see shows, have character encounters and hear musical performances here.

Sarabi (named for “The Lion King” matriarch) will be a two-story gathering spot that will evoke an African savannah and feature things such as “Villains Game Night.”

Guests will also have a Broadway-style theater, showing “Beauty and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Adventure,” as well as cinemas.

Sleep and food

The Treasure will sport 1,256 staterooms. Concierge-level staterooms and suites will come with a private sun deck.

Four royal suites will “pay tribute to the faithful feline companions of daring Disney characters,” the release said. For a truly epic stay, the EPCOT-inspired Tomorrow Tower Suite will overlook the top deck and will sleep eight.

As for food, the ship’s Plaza de Coco will be the first theatrical dining experience themed to the Disney and Pixar 2017 film “Coco,” the release said. The Mexican restaurant will have dining tables set around a central stage with mariachi performances. Other main restaurants: Worlds of Marvel, flavored with a dash of Spider-Man encounter, and 1923, an upscale venue named for the founding year of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The ship will also offer an ice cream parlor (Jumbeaux’s Sweets), adults-only dining and a steampunk-style watering hole at the Periscope Pub.

The Treasure will carry 4,000 passengers and a crew of 1,555, Disney said. It will have a length of 1,119 feet (341 meters) and a height of 221 feet (67.4 meters).

This post appeared first on cnn.com

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