Originally meant to have an inaugural sailing in early June, the Disney Wish maiden voyage has been pushed back to mid-July due to construction delays related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the Omicron variant.
We thought we’d be able to celebrate the maiden voyage of the Disney Wish on June 9, 2022, but, well, that was just wishful thinking.
Unfortunately, Disney announced today that its original schedule for the Disney Wish’s first few sailings will have to be altered to accommodate continued construction in Germany. You know, because sailing without a whole ship is inadvisable.
Why Was the Disney Wish Maiden Voyage Cancelled
If you were booked to go on one of the inaugural sailings on the Disney Wish, you likely received notification today that your trip has been cancelled. As much of a bummer as that is, know that it was for good reason.
The Meyer Werft shipyard, which has been hard at work for a while now on the construction of the Disney Wish, contacted Disney to confirm the delay. This is because the Omicron variant has been particularly detrimental in Germany, where the Disney Wish is being constructed.
Because of construction delays, the Disney Wish won’t be ready for her maiden voyage.
So Your Disney Wish Cruise Was Cancelled … Now What?
Never fear! Guests who were booked on that inaugural sailing will be able to set sail on the new Disney Wish maiden voyage date of July 14, 2022—and at a 50% discount. That means they can still have the honor of being the first to set sail on the Disney Wish, and it’ll only cost half as much.
But because not everyone can just jet off on vacation whenever they want, Disney is also offering either a 50% discount on a future cruise departing by Dec. 31, 2023 (nearly two years away) or a full refund.
And because the delayed maiden voyage of the Disney Wish would have a domino effect on other sailings, those who had booked a cruise on the Disney Wish leading up to the new sail date will receive a similar offer: 50% off a future cruise by Dec. 31, 2023, or a full refund. (Those cruises have just been canceled instead of delayed.)
While Disney processes all these changes, they’ve paused current sales of Disney Wish voyages. But this pause won’t last long. Disney plans to have everything squared away and Disney Wish cruise sales available again on Feb. 8.
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