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New Disney cruise ship will feature a ‘first of its kind’ FUNNEL SUITE inspired by Moana

When it comes to a dream suite for an ocean voyage, what more could you wish for?

When the Disney Wish cruise ship launches in 2022, it will feature a ‘first of its kind’ penthouse located in the forward funnel – the Wish Tower Suite. Disney is calling the room its’ most unique accommodation yet’. And no wonder, as the primary function of the funnel is normally to lift exhaust gases clear of the deck.

The suite will feature ‘artwork, iconography, and materials that evoke the Oceania-inspired world of Moana‘, the animation, with ‘a soothing palette of calm blues, soft whites and deep corals’ laying the foundation for family rest and relaxation.

When the Disney Wish cruise ship launches in 2022, it will feature a 'first of its kind' penthouse located in the forward funnel – the Wish Tower Suite (shown in the rendering above)

When the Disney Wish cruise ship launches in 2022, it will feature a 'first of its kind' penthouse located in the forward funnel – the Wish Tower Suite (shown in the rendering above)

When the Disney Wish cruise ship launches in 2022, it will feature a ‘first of its kind’ penthouse located in the forward funnel – the Wish Tower Suite (shown in the rendering above)

And there’s room for a big family.

The lofty accommodation will have nearly 2,000 square feet (185 square metres) of living space and comfortably sleep up to eight guests, with two main bedrooms, a children’s room, a library that converts to a bedroom and four-and-a-half bathrooms (the half being one with just a toilet and sink).

The ‘magnificent’ living room will be flanked by an open dining area, a large pantry and a bar, all offering ‘extraordinary views’ across the upper decks to the horizon through ‘an expansive two-storey window wall’.

Disney continues: ‘Located on the upper level loft, the main bedrooms will be lavish and serene with king beds, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the living area below to the views beyond. The main bathrooms will each have double vanities, soaking tubs and rain showers.’

But the piece de resistance, the firm says, will be a hand-crafted porcelain sculpture ‘that comes alive in an only-Disney-can-do way’

The Wish Tower Suite will have nearly 2,000 square feet of living space and comfortably sleep up to eight guests (rendering shown)

The Wish Tower Suite will have nearly 2,000 square feet of living space and comfortably sleep up to eight guests (rendering shown)

The Wish Tower Suite will have nearly 2,000 square feet of living space and comfortably sleep up to eight guests (rendering shown)

The 'magnificent' living room will be flanked by an open dining area, a large pantry and a bar, all offering 'extraordinary views'

The 'magnificent' living room will be flanked by an open dining area, a large pantry and a bar, all offering 'extraordinary views'

The ‘magnificent’ living room will be flanked by an open dining area, a large pantry and a bar, all offering ‘extraordinary views’

It adds: ‘When guests arrive home to the Wish Tower Suite, they may discover the statue pulsing in myriad hues of green amid soft chimes that recall the film’s distinctive soundtrack, revealing itself as the heart of Te Fiti. The special lighting and audio effects will eventually fill the room to provide a truly magical, one-of-a-kind greeting.’

Other film-inspired decorations will include a custom canvas piece depicting Moana sailing on the sea; dimensional props that celebrate the treasures of the ocean and the local crafts of Moana’s village; and a glittering sculpture composed of shiny objects – ‘a playful interpretation of Tamatoa’s [the crab] dazzling collection’.

The children’s room, meanwhile, which will feature ‘uniquely designed built-in bunkbeds’, will ‘enchant kids of all ages with a sparkling constellation pattern that lights up the ceiling to reveal imagery from the movie composed entirely of stars – Moana’s oar, Gramma Tala, Maui’s hook and the heart of Te Fiti’.

The suite will feature 'artwork, iconography, and materials that evoke the Oceania-inspired world of Moana'

The suite will feature 'artwork, iconography, and materials that evoke the Oceania-inspired world of Moana'

The suite will feature ‘artwork, iconography, and materials that evoke the Oceania-inspired world of Moana’

The Wish Tower Suite will be one of 1,254 rooms on the ship (rendered above), which will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022

The Wish Tower Suite will be one of 1,254 rooms on the ship (rendered above), which will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022

The Wish Tower Suite will be one of 1,254 rooms on the ship (rendered above), which will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022

To ensure the magic never dies, guests will be attended to by a personal concierge team and treated to ‘an elegant array of curate experiences’.

Plus, they’ll have VIP access to the concierge lounge and sun deck, with two whirlpools, a wading pool, a bar and ‘lush lounge furniture’.

‘Each of our theme parks has a majestic icon that captures our guests’ imaginations,’ said Laura Cabo, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. ‘”On a Disney cruise ship, that beacon of magic is our signature red funnels. For the first time ever, guests aboard the Disney Wish will be able to book an incredible two-story suite that’s actually located within one of our funnels. With the Wish Tower Suite, we are creating a breath-taking experience that continues our tradition of the most unique and enchanting accommodations at sea.’

So all in all, it’s unlikely to leave anyone fuming… 

The Wish Tower Suite will be one of 1,254 rooms on the ship, which will sail its maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, followed by a season of three and four-night cruises to Nassau in the Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021. 

To learn more about the Disney Wish or to book a holiday, guests can visit disneycruise.com and call Disney Cruise Line at 0800 171 2317.