11-08-2005, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
Concierge Level: 6
Re: Possibility of new ships
On the assumption that the ships will be built by the same shipyard that built the Magic and Wonder, it doesn't look very good for Disney to have a ship built in the next couple of years. There are a few other shipyards capable of building the kind of cruise ship Disney would want, but they, too, are heavily booked.
2,000,000 GRT (gross tons) is a measure of the approximate size of the ships under construction. 23 ships at 2 mil. GRT would be about 86,000 tons each. The Magic and Wonder weigh-in at about 83,000 tons. In short, the shipyards are building a lot of big ships. Undoubtedly, some will be super-sized (over 110,000 tons) and some will be more intimate (the super-deluxe lines and those interested in visiting smaller, less-frequently visited harbors), but the average figure clearly shows the tendency to build bigger ships.
However, I wouldn't lose all hope. The shipyards always seem to find a shoehorn when there's more business to be done (witness the way the Magic was built in two pieces at two different shipyards because the biggest drydocks weren't available).