Disney Welcomes First New Ship In More Than A Decade

Disney Cruise Line welcomed its first new ship in more than a decade, the 128,000-GRT Disney Dream, yesterday with a highly choreographed and entertaining christening ceremony along the Port Canaveral waterfront. Invited guests and executives of The Walt Disney Company were treated to a 30-minute stage production that featured a trio of Disney-themed musical numbers, dancing pirates, special effects, fireworks display and an elaborate cast of Disney characters led by Mickey Mouse himself.


Singer and the ship’s godmother Jennifer Hudson directed a giant faux bottle of champagne carried by a helicopter to be “broken” over the Disney Dream, which was positioned just off the berth in full view. The Grammy Award-winner also gave a short speech and in a return to the early days of her career as a performer on the Disney Wonder, performed a song titled “Who Knows Where a Dream Might Lead”, created for one of the signature shows onboard.


Approximately 40 percent larger than her sister ships, the Disney Dream was specially designed with families in-mind and is distinguished for its classic early 20th century design harking back to the golden age of cruising, yet boasting state-of-the-art technology including several industry-firsts. Staterooms onboard feature contemporary amenities and yacht-style decor, with inside cabins having revolutionary “virtual portholes” offering real-time views of the sea. Cruisers can also interact with their favorite Disney characters during dinner at the Animator’s Palate dining room and take in the “enchanted art” in the hallways that come alive as they walk by.


The line’s trademark entertainment offerings include 3 Disney-themed, Broadway-style musicals performed on rotation in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre, the AquaDuck water coaster, a Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party and the only fireworks spectacular at sea. Disney Cruise Line has also made sure that adults are not left out of the fun, with ample “adult-only” areas including the Skyline Lounge, a cocktail bar featuring different city scenes during the day and night, as well as the Quiet Cove Pool with its swim-up bar.


Disney Dream is currently on a 2-night preview cruise, with her maiden voyage scheduled for 26 January 2011. She will spend her inaugural season cruising the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, calling at Nassau and Disney Cruise Line’s private island destination Castaway Cay. Disney Dream joins her sister ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with a fourth vessel, the Disney Fantasy, currently under construction in Germany.


For more information, visit disneycruise.disney.go.com.

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