The excitement over the launch of the Disney Dream Cruise ship grew as the official float out took place in Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Thousands of people were there to see the very first proper view of the beautiful new Disney cruise ship. Of course MIckey Mouse and Donald Duck were seen onboard to celebrate the ship taking a step closer to the launch.
The crowd got a first look at the amazing AquaDuck feature – Disney’s innovative water coaster at sea. The celebration of course included a fabulous fireworks display from the deck of the ship. The Disney Dream so far has lived up to the very high standards set by the Disney Imagineers. It is a very large ship which will carry 4,000 passengers but, unlike some of the larger ships which have been launched recently by other cruise lines, has managed to create a wonderful look of style and elegance. The Sorcerer Mickey on the ship’s bow is just one example of the subtle attention to detail of the designers.
The Float Out is the stage in the building process where a ship is moved out of the ship yard for final mechanical testing and cosmetic changes to the interior and exterior of the ship.
“Today is a day of great pride for all of us at the Meyer Werft shipyard,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “To finally see the largest ship this yard has ever built floated out and nearly complete is an inspiration within itself, and that coupled with the pixie dust Disney is known for, made this a truly magical moment for all involved.”
The Dream will leave the dock on the second weekend of November. Let us hope that Disney releases more details and video of the interior of the ship so that we can see just how amazing it will be inside.
The Disney Dream Cruise Ship will sail 3 and 4 night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral Florida from January 2011.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.