Meyer Werft shipyard officially handed over ownership of Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Dream, this week to officials of the Disney Cruise Line.
The traditional ceremony was held onboard the ship and involved the lowering of the Meyer Werft flag followed by the raising of the Disney Cruise Line flag. While seemingly simple, it marked the addition of a third cruise ship to the fleet that Disney owns and one that has the disctinction of being the most technically advanced and even includes an onboard water coaster known as the AquaDuck.
Construction on the ship took an estimated nineteen months and began on March 2, 2009. The last few weeks, the ship has been on test runs and now is ready to take its trans-atlantic voyage to its base of operations to be located at Port Canaveral in Florida.
“It gives me great pride to deliver the Disney Dream, which is the largest ship that Meyer Werft has ever built,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “Over the last few years, I have seen this ‘dream’ transform from the design phase to a magnificent reality, which guests will soon be able to enjoy for years to come. To make this dream come true, it takes a special partnership. The collaboration among Disney Cruise Line, Meyer Werft and its suppliers has been excellent and very creative.”
Once in Florida, the ship is scheduled for its inaugural cruise with passengers on January 26, 2011. It will operate on a three, four, or five night cruise schedule with destinations in the Bahamas, and of course Disney’s own private Island Castaway Cay. With that arrival, a current Disney cruise ship based there, the Disney Wonder, will be transferred to Los Angeles and start running vacations from that location.
The Disney Dream is just one of two new ships planned by Disney, its sister known as the Disney Fantasy, is already under construction and is scheduled to have its inaugural cruise on April 7, 2012. It will also operate out of Port Canaveral but have a 7-day itinerary, one the replaces the Disney Magic which will be relocated for other cruise opportunities.
At the ceremony, Disney Cruise Line President had these comments:
“The Disney Dream is an extraordinary ship, in part because of the collaboration of the superb shipbuilders at Meyer Werft and the innovative technology and storytelling that our Disney team has developed and implemented aboard,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “I cannot wait for our guests to experience this newest addition to our fleet, a ship that will delight and surprise all ages.”
Reservations for a Disney Cruise can be made through your local travel agent, or by contacting the Disney Cruise Line directly through its website or by calling its toll-free number of (800) 951-3532.
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