Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Treasure, will start sailing December 2024, as I mentioned in a recent post. Bookings opened up last week for Pearl Castaway Club members, followed by other Castaway Club members in subsequent days. Today was the first day that bookings opened up to the general public. Surprisingly, the maiden voyage of the Disney Treasure has not yet sold out.
It’s astonishing that there are still many cabins left because the Disney Wish, DCL’s last new cruise ship, sold out its maiden voyage on the first day to the highest Castaway Club members.
Why is the maiden voyage not selling out yet?
I’m betting the price has everything to do with it. When the Disney Wish ship sailed its maiden voyage on a 5-night sailing in July 2022, the price for a family of 4 in an inside stateroom was around $9300. That’s expensive, for sure.
But for the Disney Treasure’s maiden voyage on a 7-night sailing December 21-28, 2024, the price for a family of 4 in an inside stateroom is almost $15k! A balcony room will cost you over $17,000.
Of course, comparing the two voyages is apples and oranges, as the Treasure’s itinerary includes 2 more nights and is over the Christmas holiday. But, still!
As a point of comparison, a 7-night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Icon of the Seas that same week runs almost $10k for an outside window room (inside rooms are sold out for 4 people).
Other reasons why the Disney Treasure maiden voyage could be not selling out as quickly:
- The cruise is over the Christmas holiday. For some families, Christmas means being at home with family instead of traveling. When you have young kids, it’s hard to pack up Christmas and bring it with you on a cruise.
- The Treasure will be identical in layout to the Disney Wish, although it will have different bars, restaurants and decor. Many veteran Disney cruisers (including myself) were not crazy about the layout of the Disney Wish.
- The Disney Treasure is sailing on 7-night cruises, not 3- 4- and 5-night cruises like the Disney Wish. For some people, it’s harder to get off those days from work.
I am a bit surprised that the Disney Treasure is not selling out as quickly as Disney’s previous new ships have. Even if the price were lower, however, my family would still not be going on the Treasure’s maiden voyage. Often, maiden voyages are pushed back due to construction delays. Plus, new ships usually have some kinks that need to be worked out during the first few months.
Have you booked a sailing on the new Disney Treasure? What do you think about the maiden voyage’s prices?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.