Disney Cruise Line announced on Monday, March 2, that construction
has started in Germany on two new ships currently scheduled to sail out
of Port Canaveral, FL. Disney already has a fleet of two cruise ships,
Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, both of which also sail out of Port
Canaveral, although the line does relocated the ships occasionally.


The 128,000 gross ton ships, just started at the Meyer Werft
shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, are scheduled to arrive in Florida in
2011 and 2012. Each will have 1,250 staterooms and carry up to 4,000
passengers, about 1,300 more than the existing ships. The new ships
were part of a deal announced last year between Disney and Port
Canaveral that will have the cruise line sailing from Brevard County
for the next 15 years.

Port Canaveral officials are spending up to $10 million to build
Disney a 1,000-space parking garage. The port will borrow an additional
$22 million to finance upgrades to Disney's custom terminal. The
construction work must be complete by Oct. 1, 2010. Port Canaveral was
chosen due to its proximity to Disney World in Orlando, about 60 miles