Disney Wish builds penthouse into cruise ship funnel

Disney has unveiled photos and plans for its newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish, and its unique penthouse built into the forward funnel that is grabbing all the headlines.

The Wish Tower Suite is a two-floor, 182.6-square metre stateroom that can sleep eight and has floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Inspired by the film Moana, guests will have a special private entrance to the penthouse situated above the upper decks. There will be two main bedrooms, a library, four-and-a-half bathrooms and a grand spiral staircase.

The room will be a "soothing palette of calm blues, soft whites and deep corals" while "creative ornaments and custom artwork will convey sophisticated nods to the characters and locales of the film", the company said in a press release.

There's also a sculpture that will "come alive" when passengers arrive in the room.

"The special lighting and audio effects will eventually fill the room to provide a truly magical, one-of-a-kind greeting," said Disney. A personal concierge team is also on standby for any whims and needs.

If you are wondering where all the ship's exhaust fumes are going, the forward funnel doesn't have any - it is there purely for aesthetic reasons. All the ship's piping is in the rear funnel, reports thepointsguy.com.

The pricing for the room hasn't yet been revealed, but it's not likely to come cheap.

The Wish Tower Suite is one of 1254 rooms on the ship which is currently under construction in Germany. Other highlights onboard include nods to Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures.

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There will be interactive ballroom dining, a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy, films, six swimming pools and an Aladdin musical.

Due to sail in June 2022, the Disney Wish is the fifth ship to join the family cruise line.

With a total capacity of 4000 passengers and a crew of 1555, the 144,000 gross ton ship will be home-ported in Port Canaveral, Florida, US.

More details can be found at disneycruise.com.

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