Cruise Review: Disney Wish

Even following a pandemic, wishes do still come true, and we have Disney Cruise Line (DCL) to thank for delivering its unmistakable brand — and fleet — of magic, wonder, dreams and fantasy to cruisers around the world.

It’s been a decade since the Disney Fantasy was introduced in 2012, and the new Disney Wish is ready to carry the torch forward in both a familiar and unexpected fashion.


At 144,000 gross tons and a guest capacity of 4,000, Wish is larger than the 130,000-gross-ton Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, despite carrying the same number of passengers.

Similar to other DCL ships, a triple-decker atrium first greets guests. But rather than taking on the aesthetics of art deco or art nouveau styles, the Grand Hall displays sweeping castle-like architecture to convey the ship’s overall theme of “enchantment.”


Disney Wish Vs. Disney Cruise Line’s Other Ships


From there, the ship’s layout has changed quite a bit from previous Disney vessels. As clients explore, they will discover a stunningly beautiful ship that is more colorful and more refined. Overall, large-scale spaces remain, as do splashes of expected character and constant storytelling. However, Wish features more intimate public venues, which punctuate the ship with greater frequency.


Private staterooms continue to feature guest-favorite split bathrooms (a shower and sink in one compartment, and a toilet and sink in another), and suites have gotten grander. For the first time, there’s now a 1,966-square-foot Concierge Wish Tower Sui