Disney Fantasy Christened In New York

Disney Cruise Line has welcomed the newest addition to its fleet, the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy, in a star-studded christening ceremony held at New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal.


Grammy Award-winner Mariah Carey, joined by Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, led invited guests and crew in a countdown that saw a faux champagne bottle to erupt in confetti while a real bottle of champagne was smashed against the side of the ship. Preceding the upbeat ceremony was an hour-long show in the ship’s main theatre headlined by actor Neil Patrick Harris, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, entertainer Nick Cannon and singer Heather Headley, with a cameo by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.


Completed last month at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, Disney Fantasy builds on the classic style of her sister ships Disney Dream, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. 1,250 contemporary staterooms and suites boast modern amenities, ample space and elegant nautical decor, while a variety of dining options in themed restaurants await, including the Animator’s Palate where guests are encouraged to draw a character of their own on a specially-designed placemat that then comes to life across screens in the dining room.


In true Disney fashion, onboard entertainment promises to be highly interactive and family-oriented with Broadway-style productions “Wishes” and “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”, an adventure quest with the world-famous Muppets called “The Case of the Stolen Show”, the AquaLab water play area on the upper deck featuring the AquaDuck water coaster that debuted onboard the Disney Dream, as well as the popular character appearances. The ship also incorporates several adult-only areas for parents to enjoy some time alone during their cruise.


Disney Fantasy is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on 31 March 2012 and will be homeported at Port Canaveral, where she will operate alternating 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The former visiting St. Maarten and St. Thomas, while the latter heads to Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Both cruises will include a stop at Disney’s private island destination, Castaway Cay.


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

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