Disney Cruise Line‘s newest ship, the Disney Dream, arrived at its homeport of Port Canaveral yesterday morning, January 4, 2011 to begin preparations for its maiden guest voyage on January 26th.
The massive vessel was officially handed over to Disney officials last month but has only now just arrived at Disney’s Florida cruise line base of operations. It will continue to be stocked and readied for guests to board later this month for a Benefit Preview Cruise in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida which sails January 21-23 before the first regularly scheduled cruise leaves on the 26th.
The addition of the Dream to the Disney line-up brings the total number of operating ships to three. It joins the current Disney Wonder and Disney Magic which served as the only two ships of the fleet since launching in the late 1990’s. A fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy, is currently under construction in Germany and is scheduled to take its maiden voyage next year.
As the newer ships arrive, the Wonder and the Magic will be sent to other locations offering guests even more unique cruise opportunities. The Wonder will be moved to California where it will start to offer Mexican Riviera cruises and even a Disney first, Alaskan cruises. The Magic will offer special European itineraries.
Estimates place the cost of the Dream at nearly $900 million but justifies it by indicating it is nearly twice as big as the other two Disney vessels. The Dream will accommodate over 4,000 guests compared to the existing ships which handle approximately 2,600.
Disney also took extra steps on the new ship to insure maximum enjoyment by its guests. This includes virtual portholes on interior staterooms which give the appearance of being a real porthole, plus some added Disney animation. However, not many will even experience those virtual portholes as eighty-eight percent of the 1,250 guest cabins are outside rooms with 90% of those having their own private veranda. For larger groups, aside from suites offered, Disney has even installed 500 connecting doors between staterooms allowing interior access to both rooms without having to go out into the hallway.
“We are delighted to welcome the Disney Dream to its new homeport,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “As we grow the Disney Cruise Line business, not only does this mean a positive economic impact for the region, but this allows us the flexibility to provide even more options to our guests. With new innovations onboard and new destinations to explore, ultimately we’re providing even more ways for guests to enjoy a family cruise vacation.”
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