Disney cruise coming to NZ

A Disney cruise ship will sail into New Zealand for a new season next year.

Disney Magic at Sea will stop in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland and offer a range of two to seven-night cruises.

The announcement comes after the positive response to the first NZ and Australian sailings set to launch in October.

As passengers might expect, the ship - named the Disney Wonder - is aptly themed. Guests will have the opportunity to meet larger-than-life characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

The ship will house theatrical sets and theatres.

The cruise ship also grants exclusive access to Tiana’s Place, a Princess and the Frog-themed restaurant serving up New Orleans-inspired dishes.

In another restaurant named the Animators Palate, Disney animation will provide guests with both dinner and a show. Another named Triton’s will present dishes with a French flair and The Little Mermaid-themed dining room.

There will also be an adults-only pool area, dining space, spa and salon.

Senior vice-president and general manager Sharon Siskie says: “We look forward to bringing the magic of Disney to this beautiful part of the world as we welcome both returning guests and those who are new to our special brand of family cruising.”

The destinations on the cruise include Hobart, Tasmania, Eden, New South Wales and Noumea, New Caledonia.

The cruises are set to depart New Zealand from October 2024 through to February 2025. Bookings for the cruises will open on June 27.