The rumors over this potential purchase have been swirling for a while, but today, it became official. Disney has announced that they have acquired a partially completed ship that they will be converting into a new Disney Cruise Line vessel. Disney will work with the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company to complete the cruise ship that had previously been known as the Global Dream in Wismar, Germany. The ship, of course, will be renamed. It will also be reimagined with certain features that are staples to a Disney cruise ship and is expected to set sail in 2025.
The new ship will be based outside the United States. It will feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart. In addition, the exterior will be given the iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colors of the fleet, complete with signature red funnels.
The 208,000-gross-ton ship is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol. This is 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.
Construction will be completed at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft. This is the company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish. So why did Disney end up purchasing this ship? The ship’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy before completing the vessel. This allowed Disney Cruise Line to purchase it at a favorable price.
More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date. Disney also has the Disney Treasure also in the works, which will debut in 2024.
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