BOSTON – The Port of Boston welcomed Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic for the first time today, Wednesday, May 18, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced. Disney Magic arrived from Port Canaveral, Florida for a port of call in Boston and will continue on next to Sydney, Nova Scotia as part of her 15-day journey from Florida to Dover, England. The ship will also make stops in Dublin, Ireland and Liverpool, England before the end of her voyage. Disney Magic is 984 feet long, sports 11 decks, and carries 2,400 passengers.
“We are excited to welcome Disney Magic as the first of nine maiden calls this season at Cruiseport Boston,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Disney Cruise Line offers a unique experience for families and as more new ships like this one call Boston, we are hoping to appeal to a broader customer base. This addition to the schedule shows our commitment to building and maintaining strong business relationships, providing good-paying blue-collar jobs in the cruise industry, and contributing to the continually growing regional economy.”
Cruiseport Boston is responsible for nearly 2,000 direct jobs and over $187 million in annual economic impact. Once they visit Boston for the first time, many passengers often come back to the city for a longer stay and enjoy the many museums, award-winning restaurants, shopping centers, and professional sporting events the city offers.
“Boston is both an extraordinary homeport and a great port of call and our economy benefits each time someone cruises into or out of Boston,” said Massport Port Director Lisa Wieland. “We welcome Disney Magic to the Port of Boston and look forward to working closely with Disney Cruise Line to bring new and exciting trips and itineraries to the city in the future.”
The Disney Magic has been sailing the seas since 1997 when she was christened by Patricia Disney, the former wife of Walt Disney’s nephew, Roy. The ship is easily recognized by the two Mickey Mouse silhouettes as well as by the excerpt from “When you Wish Upon a Star” that can be heard from the ship’s horns. Disney Magic is one of four Disney Cruise Line ships, with two more set to join the fleet in 2021 and 2023.
Cruiseport Boston is a favorite port-of-call with cruise passengers. Last year, nearly 330,000 port-of-call and homeport passengers used the facility.