Disney Cruise has taken possession of its latest vessel – Disney Dream – ahead of its launch early next year.
In a traditional ceremony in Germany the flag of builder Meyer Werft was lowered, replaced by that of Disney Cruise thus transferring ownership.
“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.”
Disney Dream has been under construction for the past two years.
Meyer Werft and Disney first signed a contract to build two new ships in April of 2007 – with the first vessel under construction for the past two years.
A successful float out in November was followed by sea trials and a brief dry dock in Hamburg, Germany.
Captain Mickey and Donald Duck join officials from Disney Cruise Line and Meyer Werft shipyard during the official Delivery Ceremony for the Disney Dream cruise ship
“It gives me great pride to deliver the Disney Dream, which is the largest ship 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.”
Captain Tom Forberg will take the helm of the Disney Dream for Disney Cruise Line.
The vessel is scheduled to sail three, four and five-night cruises to the Bahamas, from Port Canaveral.
She is scheduled to depart on Dec. 19, for its transatlantic voyage to the U.S., with an expected arrival on Jan. 4, 2011.
Sister ship Disney Fantasy is currently in production at the Meyer Werft shipyard and is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage on April 7th, 2012.