Disney Cruise Line has welcomed its latest vessel to its new homeport of Port Canaveral ahead of its launch later this month.
Disney Dream arrived at Jetty Park earlier today, greeted by upward of 3,000 onlookers. Many of those on the quayside were Disney employees, welcoming the newest addition to the cruise line fleet.
The 130,000-ton Disney Dream is the first of two new ships – alongside Disney Fantasy – which will be launched over the next two years.
The vessels – which will replace the 2,400-passenger Disney Wonder at the port – represent an investment of some $1.5 billion for the line and signify a major expansion for the operator.
Disney Dream can accommodate up to 4,000 passengers, nearly twice as many as its predecessor, and will offer three, four and five-night cruises to the Bahamas.
Disney Wonder will be reassigned to Los Angeles.
Captain Tom Forberg will take the helm of the Disney Dream for Disney Cruise Line.
Built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the Dream features seven dining areas and 1,250 staterooms.
It also features a new water coaster - called the Aqua-Duck - which whisks passengers down a four-deck drop and out over the edge of the ship as part of an elaborate flume ride.
Port Canaveral itself made $32 million in improvements to its facilities in order to accommodate the new ship.