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Disney Dream makes its grand entrance

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    From the Orlando Sentinel....

    PORT CANAVERAL — The new 4,000-passenger Disney Dream cruise ship pulled into Port Canaveral for the first time early Tuesday morning.

    The ship, the third and largest in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, completed a two-week trek from a German shipbuilding yard to its new home base. The Dream will have its official maiden voyage Jan. 26, after trial runs with members of the travel industry and Disney employees.

    There was no public viewing of the new ship Tuesday, but select areas of the $900-million vessel were toured by media members.

    Passengers will board the Dream through an art-deco atrium with a palatial chandelier and a statue of Admiral Donald. Disney characters are engrained into the cruising experience from the get-go, with a cavalcade of creatures — including Donald Duck in an inner tube — blended into golden paneling along the balconies.

    Just off the atrium is the Royal Palace restaurant, which features 700 seats and a pumpkin-inspired chandelier that incorporates glass slippers and crowns. Cinderella's gourd-turned-carriage appears in little ways throughout the room, from chairs to banisters, from mirrors to bread baskets and etchings in the china.

    Ozer Balli, the cruise line's vice president of hotel operations, said the design touches are subtle.

    "We didn't want it to take away from the decor," he said.

    Portraits of Disney princesses reflect their rags-to-riches stories at the restaurant, but it isn't all girly. Beast — as in "Beauty and the Beast" — appears in wall sconces.

    The tone is more grown-up in the Senses Spa and Salon, which features earth tones, grassy mosaics, sky-blue ceilings and river rock built into the flooring.

    "The spa space has the best views," Balli said.

    Its manicure-pedicure area has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the water, as does the nearby sauna. Senses also includes showers — with names such as "tropical thunder," "water fun" and "rain forest" — that use lighting effects, varying pressure levels and herb-infused water.

    New to the Disney Cruise Line is the Chill Spa, where passengers between the ages of 13 and 17 can sample services such as a "hot chocolate wrap" and an "acne attack facial."

    The Oceaneers Club is designed for children ages 3 to 10, and its low ceilings reflect that. Video games built into the floor are themed to Disney movies such as "TRON" and "Bolt." Playrooms have designs based on Tinker Bell's Pixie Hollow, "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story," with an oversized, kid-friendly Rex the dinosaur and other items from Andy's room in the films.

    "You really do feel like you walked into the movie," said Bob Zalk, a Walt Disney Imagineering senior show producer.

    Designed for the Dream, but not ready for an upclose look-see, are the AquaDuck water coaster that extends over the side of the ship, and the cruise line's first miniature-golf course, which features Goofy and his son Max.

    The ship's size provided more room for themed areas.

    "Whether it be AquaDuck or it be golf ... I think that was an opportunity for us to expand just because of the space," Zalk said.

    Disney has big expectations for the ship, which is about 50 percent larger than its Magic and Wonder vessels.

    "We're pleased with the reaction to the Dream. There's a lot of buzz" about the ship, said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. "I expect them [the Dream and the Disney Fantasy, which will debut in spring 2012] to perform well."

    The maiden voyage is sold out, Disney officials said Tuesday, but there are openings on the second cruise, which begins Jan. 30, according to the cruise line web site. The Dream travels to the Bahamas on three-, four- and five-day excursions.

    Port Canaveral CEO Stan Payne said the Brevard County seaport also has high expectations.

    "We have continued to get calls, 'When's the ship coming? When's the ship coming?' Well, now it's here," Payne said. "I think there's going to be a huge demand for it."
     
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    And here's the video to prove it! :happydance:

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" class="youtube-player" type="text/html" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aS4NL0Ir314?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe>

    Tom :)macwave:... send me in coach! Send me in!)
     
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    It`s sure looking good. :thumbsup:

    I still don`t understand why the "Dream" is only doing short cruises though. :unsure:
     
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    Me either. I think I've got a pretty good idea of where Disney is trying to get to once the Fantasy launches in 2012 but it seems to me that the longer cruises would have been a better place to start. Oh well, nobody asked for my opinion.

    BTW - if you want a great photo for your pc's desktop wallpaper, here's a link that will take you to a picture of the Dream arriving in Port Canaveral at night. Fireworks and all. You need to click on the little diskette icon to download the big image and you'll have to agree to Disney's terms of use but they're pretty basic.

    Tom :)macwave:... self appointed cruise critic.)
     
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    Im hoping to get down to where the ship sails from when we go later this month, i've never seen it leave before, and think it would be great to watch it from the side lines and it sails out of port :)
     
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    Well we didn't win a share of that $355 Million Mega Millions last night so guess we won't be making the maiden voyage.
     
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    Lisa, there's a bar called Fishlips right on the channel there. The cruise ships pass right by on their way out. On all our cruises, we always wind up waving to the people there as we pass by on our way out.

    Looks like a good place to watch from! :yes:

    Tom :)macwave:... observer of bars!)
     
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    Sorry John! :sorry:

    Tom :)macwave:... I didn't win either!)
     
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    The shorter cruises (3/4/5 nights) fill up faster than the longer (7 nights). Also, with Disney's land/sea packages they wanted those guests to experience the newer ship.

    When the Fantasy comes on line on 04.07.12 it will be doing the 7 night cruises while the Magic moves to Europe.
     
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    Thanks Tom, we'll have to check it out :)
     
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    That reminded me of the send off we received on one of our cruises.
    As we passed by that bar all of the folks had their backs to us, almost as though the ship wasn`t there.
    At one stage [as if on cue], they all turned around to wave us off and loads of them were wearing "Mickey" hands which brought a loud cheer from the folks on board who waved and shouted back to them.
     

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