Today, Disney announced the acquisition of that partially completed ship, and it will bring the magic of a Disney Cruise Line vacation to new global destinations. Disney will work with the esteemed Meyer Werft shipbuilding company to complete the cruise ship previously known as the Global Dream in Wismar, Germany. The vessel will be renamed with certain features reimagined under the world-renowned expertise of Walt Disney Imagineers and is expected to set sail in 2025.
Rumours began early in October that the Disney Cruise line was looking to buy the ship, built initially to hold 9000+ passengers. The Global Dream was ordered by Genting Cruise Lines in 2016. It is 75% complete and was headed to the scrapyard before Disney Cruise stepped in and purchased the unfinished ship. The ship is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest-emission fuels available. Disney Cruise Line expects the passenger capacity to be approximately 6,000, with around 2,300 crew members.
Genting’s Dream Cruises also planned the largest roller coaster at sea and other amusements as well as a large casino. By passenger capacity, the ship will be the world’s largest cruise ship although its gross tonnage is smaller than Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class.https://maritime-executive.com/article/disney-negotiating-to-buy-genting-s-largest-cruise-ship-global-dream
The new ship, based outside the United States, will feature innovative Disney experiences, dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart. The exterior will be adorned in the iconic Mickey Mouse-inspired colours of the fleet, complete with signature red funnels.
Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
Construction will be completed at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft. This Papenburg-based company built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish. The ship’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy before completing the vessel, enabling Disney Cruise Line to secure it at a favourable price and within the capital expenditure guidance, The Walt Disney Company provided on its recent earnings call. The project also secures employment for hundreds of former MV Werften employees and will provide opportunities for numerous regional maritime industry suppliers.
More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced later.
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