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Disney Dream Begins to Take Shape

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    PAPENBURG, GERMANY (August 26, 2009) – Today, Disney Cruise Line celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Dream, the first of two newly-designed ships destined to expand family cruise options to more people in more places around the world.

    “Since our inception, families have come to know and love Disney Cruise Line, and they are looking for additional ways to enjoy all that we have to offer,” Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said during the ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. “Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.”

    The keel laying ceremony is the first time the Disney Dream will begin to take shape after many years of design work. In the maritime industry, the ceremony marks a momentous occasion when the first block – or section – of the ship is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune.

    Doing the honors of placing the coin was Captain Tom Forberg. With a distinguished maritime career aboard Disney Cruise Line, Forberg was the first crew member hired and the captain who launched the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Recently, Forberg was named as the future Master of the Disney Dream.

    The ship will continue to take its form through a block construction process in which pre-fabricated complete hull sections are joined together in block units and are then brought together to form the ship. The Disney Dream will be made up of 80 blocks, with the first block weighing in at approximately 380 tons.

    Designing the Disney Dream
    The Disney Dream is scheduled to join the current fleet in 2011, followed by Disney’s second new ship, the Disney Fantasy in 2012. Together the two new ocean liners will more than double the capacity of Disney Cruise Line, each having 1,250 staterooms and a tonnage of 128,000.

    Bringing together innovation in superb shipbuilding and creativity in imaginative storytelling, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering, along with the Meyer Werft shipyard have created a truly distinctive design. Like the existing ships, these ocean liners were designed to deliver a unique vacation that every member of the family believes was created just for them. Design details will be revealed later this fall.

    Synonymous with its name, the Disney Dream will evoke the unique heritage of the company’s ideals in creating enchanting places and stories where families’ vacation dreams come true.

    Homeports
    Both new ocean liners will call Port Canaveral, Fla., their home, where expansion efforts are underway to accommodate the larger ships and additional guests. In addition to an extension of the dock and enlargements to the one-of-a-kind Disney terminal building, a new multi-level parking structure will be built, complementing the design and storytelling elements of the ships. The new enhancements will provide guests an even more seamless transition from land to sea during their vacation experience.

    Disney Cruise Line also recently announced that the Disney Wonder will operate from the Port of Los Angeles starting in 2011.

    Future Itineraries
    In addition to the new ships, Disney Cruise Line continues to expand itineraries, with plans to once again sail the Mediterranean region aboard the Disney Magic during the summer of 2010. In addition to the popular ports in Spain, Italy and France, the ship will visit Tunis, in Northern Africa, the island nation of Malta and Corsica. Disney Magic will also visit the historic cities of Northern Europe for the first time calling on Warnemunde, Germany, the gateway to Berlin and St. Petersburg, Russia. Enchanting Scandinavian ports like Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, will also be a first for Disney.
    Holz noted that the company will begin to announce some itineraries for 2011 in September during the D23 EXPO, the ultimate fan experience where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

    Edit: Here's the video of the keel laying event!

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    Thanks for posting Tom.:thumbsup:
    So have you made any tentative plans to test out the new ship yet? :lol:
     
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    Believe me Terry, it's very high on my list of priorities! Shall I save you a spot at dinner?

    May just have to join D23 just to see what the itineraries will be! Try to beat the Christmas rush as it were. :mental:

    Tom :)macwave:... where do I sign up?)
     
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    YES PLEASE!
     
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    More progress on the Disney Dream! Here's the funnel. Of course it will get the obligatory coat or two of red paint once they've got the rest of the ship to go with it!

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    And here's a shot of the construction progress.

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    Interestingly enough, the ship is built in 83 individual blocks which, when finished, are welded onto the ship's structure in one of the world's largest covered dry docks. When the ship's ready, the building is flooded to float the ship onto the Ems River.

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    It`s looking good Tom, but I still can`t justify the $2,900 to see it "in the flesh" during our cruise in July. :unsure:
     
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    Per person! :mental:

    I understand Terry. :yes:

    We'll just have to wait to see it after it gets "home". BTW... early or late dinner seating?

    Tom :)macwave:... need to see about reservations!)
     
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    We prefer the later sitting Tom, but we`ll just go with the flow.
    Just book it Danno. :lol:
     
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    Ok... I did! Second seating and all! :happydance:

    Tom :)macwave:... I've saved you a seat!)
     
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    :bounce::applaudit::wavehands::dance::mental:
    Do I appear a bit excited? :lol:
     
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    Actually I`ve just noticed your countdown Tom.
    You really HAVE booked your cruise....that`s great news. :applaudit: [We both have cause for a birthday celebration next year eh?]
     
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    Tis' true! PM sent.

    Tom :)macwave:... what's so special about our birthday's next year? I forgot.)
     
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    I normally wouldn't have done a five day cruise. I much prefer the longer 7 day cruise. But since 5 days is the longest they're offering on the Disney Dream and Carol wanted to go on the new ship, I compromised my standards and forced myself to make the reservation. :laugh2:

    It was a sacrifice I just had to make! :rolleyes:

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    Ain`t life a *****? :lol:
    I feel the same way Tom regarding the shorter cruises BUT 5 days ain`t too bad...and you get 2 days at Castaway Cay which makes for a great cruise all in all.
     
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    Yes. Yes it is. Especially since we both will have just recently reached that certain age! :eek3:

    Now, if I can just find quality dining partners for this cruise!

    Tom :)macwave:... I hear Castaway Cay calling!)
     
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    I`ll ask around for you Tom. :wink:
     
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    just a quick question do either of you 2 get sea sick :)
     
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    I'm sure Slowhand will pipe in here with his experience but my DW and I have never gotten sea sick on a Disney cruise. :thumbsup:

    Just to be safe, we usually get Dramamine Less Drowsy formula and start taking them the day before the cruise. Then take them daily throughout the cruise. We've never had a problem at all.

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    Herself is extremely sensitive to motion sickness and never has been ill on board, not once. She did take Dramamine the first few days of our first cruise, but no longer takes it at all anymore.
     
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    i got really bad last year and am dreading it happen again this time but i have the bracelets and pills but i found only laying down helped :(
     

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