Earlier this week, on January 8, 2012, the Disney Fantasy was floated out of its enclosed dock building. The fourth and newest member of the Disney Cruise Lines fleet is now undergoing sea trials before being delivered to Disney Cruise Line officials next month.
The Float Out ceremony was attended by many including Captain Mickey Mouse. Not surprising, Disney added to the event with the inclusion of fireworks to mark the occasion.
Over the last few weeks, last minute touches were being added to the Fantasy. An example of which includes the addition of the stern characters of Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Timothy the Mouse. Disney has different stern characters on all of its cruise ships which not only help to differentiate them but also add to the overall Disney experience.
This flout out for the Fantasy occurred just over a year after the float out of its sister ship, the Disney Dream. The Dream arrived at its home port of Port Canaveral on January 4, 2011 and has since been offering regularly scheduled Bahamian cruises.
After sea trials, the Fantasy will be turned over to the Disney Cruise Lines where a christening ceremony is expected to be held in New York City on February 28th. It will then head to Port Canaveral for its own schedule of passenger cruises.
The Disney Cruise Lines touts the newest cruise ship with this on its website:
“Building on the classic style of her sister ship, the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy™ is the regal fourth cruise liner in the expanding Disney Cruise Line fleet. Featuring 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 130,000-ton vessel includes 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers—along with the over 1450 Cast and Crew Members who tend to the needs of every cruise Guest each and every day.
Building on the classic style of the previous ships, the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy is a majestic sailing vessel where early 20th-century design—recalling the golden age of cruising—meets state-of-the-art technology. As can be expected from Disney, the cruise liner was specially designed with families in mind, combining sleek style and convenient facilities with splashes of Disney magic.”
Reservations for a cruise on the Disney Fantasy or any of the other Disney Cruise Line ships may be made via your travel agent of directly with Disney Cruise Lines.