Mariah Carey may be the Godmother of the Disney Fantasy, but it’s another sultry siren that guests aboard the ship’s inaugural cruises are more likely to encounter — Jessica Rabbit. The temptress of Toontown’s face graces the label of Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy-exclusive, limited edition champagne, ‘Ooh La La,’ named after the adults-only lounge in which it will be served. Ooh La La Lounge is described as being ‘reminiscent of an elegant French boudoir,’ and what better spokes
persontoon than Jessica Rabbit herself?
Although Disney Cruise Line has issued a statement noting the champagne will be only be available for a year, we have also been told that is a strict limited edition in size as well. ‘We produced 3,000 bottles and will not produce any more,’ Larry Nocera of Kobrand Corporation, the exclusive US importer of Taittinger Champagne, tells us. It was Nocera that united Disney Cruise Line with Taittinger for the exciting venture.
Guests aboard the Disney Fantasy will be able to enjoy the ‘Ooh La La’ champagne by either the glass or by the bottle. By the glass, it will be served exclusively in the Ooh La La Lounge (located in the Europa district on Deck 4 Aft) for $26 per glass and served with a berry verrine. For guests wishing to purchase a bottle, they may do so at the ship’s gift shops for $118 per bottle. It should be noted that given both the caps on production size as well as time, not to mention being served on board, expect available quantities to be limited per sailing.
Taittinger and Kobrand also provided the giant bottle of champagne used in the Fantasy christening ceremony last night. Known in the industry as a Melchizedek, it is the largest ‘mass-produced’ bottle and holds 30L of champagne, or the equivalent of 40 standard sized bottles.
Label image courtesy Kobrand Corporation. Photo via video by Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide.
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As Disney Cruise Line’s newest member of the fleet, the Disney Fantasy, is moored at Pier 88 in New York City awaiting her christening tomorrow evening, we have received reports that Disney Cruise Line crew members working at the terminal have been advising details on who will be attending tomorrow’s festivities along with the most highly anticipated reveal of all: the ship’s Godmother.
We can now confirm rumors that Mariah Carey will serve as Godmother of the Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy. A native of the state of New York, Carey shot to fame in the early 90s with her impressive vocal range and pop hits which included, amongst many other hits, ‘Fantasy,’ which debuted on the #1 spot on the Billboard 100. The album itself also debuted as number one in sales, making her the first female solo artist to accomplish such a feat.
Still recording, Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon have recently become proud parents of twins Moriccan and Monroe (aka Roc and ‘Roe) and the new family will no doubt be soon enjoying the ship’s many amenities.
When Carey becomes the latest Godmother in the Disney Cruise family, she will be joining other luminaries such as Patty Disney (Disney Magic), Tinker Bell (Disney Wonder) and Jennifer Hudson (Disney Dream).
In addition to Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, other New York celebrities are expected to attend the private ceremony including comedian-actor Jerry Seinfeld. According to our information, the ceremony is scheduled to take place between 6 pm and 11 pm.
This information comes to us via @JasonDonohue. Disney Cruise Line had not immediately responded to a request for confirmation but Mariah Carey is scheduled to perform at Gotham Hall in New York City along with P. Diddy as part of the ‘Plot Your Escape’ event which is scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET, so it’s definitely feasible.
UPDATE #1: 2/29/12 – Rebecca Peddie of Disney Cruise Line has responded to our request for comment, stating ‘We are looking forward to revealing our Godmother tomorrow [3/1] night. We have not announced any entertainment plans.’
UPDATE #2: 3/1/12 – At the christening ceremony, Disney Cruise Line has confirmed Mariah Carey will serve as Godmother of the Disney Fantasy
Although the Disney Fantasy has already arrived in New York City for her christening on March 1, the Transatlantic voyage vlog continues with today’s entry: a look at just some of the water-based recreation for families.
Of note amongst the items (re-)introduced by Cruise Director Brent Davies, is what may a first look at the Disney Fantasy-exclusive water play area known as the AquaLab. Located on deck 12 aft aboard the Disney Fantasy, the AquaLab is the result of Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie as they look to build the AquaDuck water coaster with ‘spare’ parts found around the ship. The result is a 2,000 square foot area laden with 24 pop jets and other aquatic features that keep water cycling through at a magnificent 900 gallons per minute.
The interactive features include wheels and levers located at three aqua stations where kids can pretend to control the speed and temperature of the AquaDuck as well as trying to control the water supply by covering pipes with their hands or even prevent Uncle Donald’s row boat (seen in the video) from filling with water.
The Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy will have her maiden voyage on March 31, 2012
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, arrived in New York City with great fanfare this morning after having made her Transatlantic voyage. With a US Coast Guard escort and being trailed by a helicopter documenting her arrival, she pulled into New York Harbor, next to the Statue of Liberty, just in time to make her national television debut on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’
After blowing all of her musical horns (she has all the same horns the Disney Dream has plus a couple of bars of ‘New York, New York’ and a water salute from an FDNY fireboat, she headed up the Hudson River to her temporary home at Pier 88 in Manhattan. The Disney Fantasy is scheduled to remain in New York City through March 1, when she’ll receive her christening that evening.
Although the Disney Fantasy will be heading to her home port in Port Canaveral in Florida, sister ship the Disney Magic will begin a limited number of sailings out of New York City this summer.
Below is our photo gallery of the Disney Fantasy arriving in New York City this morning, taken while aboard the Staten Island Ferry as well as from Battery Park, where many fans had gathered to get their first in-person look at the luxury cruiseliner.
As the Disney Fantasy makes its Transatlantic voyage to Pier 88 in Manhattan, where it will be christened on March 1, Disney Cruise Line has been releasing a series of video blogs with Cruise Directors Brent Davies and Ray Smale. Until now, the reality has been that the videos have all been apparently produced before the ship set sail (and who can blame them with such poor internet connectivity in the middle of the Atlantic?) and haven’t really contained any new information. That all changed, however, with yesterday’s entry which not only looks at some of the new Enchanted Art exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, but a decent first look at the Muppet Midship Detective Agency, also exclusive to the ship.
A new variation on the Disney Dream’s Midship Detective Agency, the Muppet version introduces ‘The Case of the Stolen Show’ in which guests aboard the Disney Fantasy use the ship’s Enchanted Art and special game cards and maps to help Kermit and the gang locate missing props so the show can go on.
The Disney Fantasy will have its inaugural voyage on March 31, 2012.
Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, earlier today from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.
This final milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey and signals her readiness to welcome guests on her maiden voyage, set for March 31, 2012, from Port Canaveral, Florida. The Disney Fantasy is the second of two newly designed Disney ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights and features many of the innovations found on her sister ship, Disney Dream.
“Today we celebrate the culmination of a wonderful partnership, as we take possession of the Disney Fantasy and prepare for the journey home to Florida. This ship is the result of the superb craftsmanship from the master shipbuilders at Meyer Werft and the innovation, imagination and ingenuity of the Disney team, who have partnered together so beautifully to bring this ship to life,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “We are eagerly anticipating our guests, who will experience storytelling in enchanting new ways onboard the Disney Fantasy while making magical memories that will last a lifetime.”
Known for establishing the family cruise market when the business launched in 1998, Disney Cruise Line continues to build upon this success with a focus on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company’s most known assets – master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service.
“The Disney Fantasy, along with her sister ship, the Disney Dream, are the largest ships that Meyer Werft has ever built,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “Over the last five years we have developed an outstanding partnership working with Disney, and together, we have seen two magnificent ships become reality. The collaboration among Disney Cruise Line, Meyer Werft and its suppliers has been exemplary.”
Meyer Werft and Disney first signed a contract to build two new ships in April of 2007. Shortly thereafter, planning for the design of the ships began and construction started on the Disney Dream, the first of the two new ships, with the first steel cutting on March 2, 2009. Since the recent completion of the ship’s float out and conveyance on the River Ems, the test-and-adjust period has been in full swing. The ship will remain in Bremerhaven for another week while additional crew members board, and supplies and provisions are loaded. The Disney Fantasy is scheduled to depart on Feb. 16 for its transatlantic voyage to the U.S., with an expected arrival to its homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida on March 6. Prior to that, however, the ship will be moored at Pier 88 in New York City where it will receive its christening ceremony on March 1.
Captain Tom Forberg will officially take the helm of the Disney Fantasy for Disney Cruise Line. As part of the Disney Cruise Line ship construction team, Captain Forberg has been with the company for more than 15 years and was responsible for launching Disney’s first three ships, the Disney Dream, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
Photos courtesy Meyer Werft
In 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.
With the addition of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy to the fleet of cruise ships, Disney Cruise Line is able to take more families to more destinations around the world. Disney Cruise Line has always catered to the unique vacation needs of families, and next year will be enhancing the cruise options for guests — whether it’s sun and sand in the Caribbean, outdoor adventures in Alaska or experiencing the wonders of Europe.
Highlights of the Disney Cruise Line 2013 schedule (which can be booked beginning Jan. 26, 2012) include…
Mediterranean from Barcelona
Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe with plenty of new twists to the Mediterranean itineraries, including a four-night option and special 12-night sailings in addition to seven-night itineraries that treat guests to the best of Europe during the three-month season.
The new 12-night sailings visit destinations such as Venice, Italy, and Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast on one itinerary and Ephesus, Turkey and the Greek Isles including Athens, on another. Each itinerary will offer a sailing departing in June and another departing in July.
All itineraries depart from Barcelona, Spain, as the Disney Magic takes guests on an exciting journey of richly diverse cities, cultures and people. With romantic boulevards, bustling bazaars, iconic locations, mild climates, sun-drenched islands and the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea, guests will enjoy a world-class family vacation with legendary Disney guest service.
Rates start at $796 per person for four-night cruises, $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises and $2,244 for 12-night cruises departing from Barcelona for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Four-night Mediterranean Getaway
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Departure dates: July 9, Aug. 6
Seven-night Mediterranean Cruise
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy
Departure dates: June 1, 8, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31
12-night Mediterranean with Greece
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Valetta, Malta
Departure dates: June 15, July 13
12-night Mediterranean with Venice
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy (overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta
Departure dates: June 27, July 25
Bahamas and Western Caribbean from Miami
Disney Cruise Line will sail from Miami for the first time on Dec. 23, 2012. One six- and one seven-night Caribbean sailing aboard the Disney Wonder will set the stage for a schedule of four- and five-night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean between Jan. 5, 2013, and May 2, 2013. The four- and five-night cruises have a variety of itineraries. Ports of call may include Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
The itineraries offer families magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Wonder and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to their heart’s content in exotic marketplaces.
Rates for four- and five-night cruises departing from Miami start at $440 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 5, 19, Feb, 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Ports: Miami, Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2
Western Caribbean from Galveston
The Disney Magic, which will begin sailing from Texas in 2012, will continue to sail from the Port of Galveston through May 2013, to the Western Caribbean.
Rates start at $750 per person for six-night cruises and $920 per person for eight-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Dec. 15 and 29, 2012, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20. May 4
Ports: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel
Departure dates: Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10
Alaska from Vancouver
Beginning May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will sail seven-night cruises from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.
These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney Cruise Line worked closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive-to-Disney family-friendly Port Adventures that allow guests to best experience Alaska’s natural beauty and rich history.
Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Departure dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2
Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral
The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries departing from Port Canaveral.
The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings, January through April 2013, stop at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy itineraries include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Rates for seven-night Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy start at $1,085 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Rates for three- and four-night Bahamian cruises on the Disney Dream start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Adventures By Disney
Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney will offer families unique land and sea experiences in the Mediterranean. Available on select departures, guests can maximize the magic with three-night or four-night pre-cruise Adventures by Disney vacation itineraries in Barcelona and Madrid. These immersive add-ons allow families to envelop themselves in the culture of the region with VIP access in the most-sought-after tourist destinations – such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and the El Prado museum in Madrid – as well as hands-on lessons in archeology, flamenco dancing, local cuisine and stained glass crafting. Each Adventures by Disney departure is led by knowledgeable Adventure Guides who handle all the planning logistics so parents can relax and enjoy quality time with their family.
Families can also enhance seven-night and 12-night Mediterranean sailings with Adventures by Disney Onboard Experience packages. Throughout the voyage, guests will have access to exclusive Adventures by Disney activities and concierge service from dedicated Adventure Guides. These guides will also lead travelers at each port, helping them unlock the wonders of each destination through exclusive excursions and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Specific itinerary and pricing information for the 2013 Adventures by Disney experiences will be available in March 2012.
All Disney Cruise Line pricing reflects a category 11C standard inside stateroom, Government Taxes and Fees not included. Bookings for the 2013 schedule open Jan. 26, 2012.
Earlier today, the official Disney Parks blog offered a first look at some of the new merchandise that will be available aboard the Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy for her Maiden Voyage and Inaugural Voyage Season. We are now pleased to bring you a first look at the limited edition items that will be available only to those sailing on the maiden voyage.
Because each of the items are limited edition, there are less of them than there are passengers, so the items are available via a Random Selection Process (RSP) in which guests can list their preferred items on a list and the items are then randomly awarded to those who want them. If there are still items left over, it then gets awarded to those who asked for it on a second and (subsequently) a third list. On the Disney Dream, much of the merchandise went unrequested so it was even available for sale upon request aboard the ship, and some merchandise was even available on following sailings.
Pictured above (not to scale) are the Robert Olszewski light-up Disney Fantasy miniature (measures 13″ in length). It’s limited to 100 pieces and retails for $295 and will be hand-signed by Olszewski. Also pictured are the vinylmation figures: a 9″ Disney Fantasy figure with a limited edition size of 750 pieces and a retail cost of $49.95 and the set of two 3″ and one 1 1/2″ vinylmation set paying tribute to the Minnie statue in the ship’s atrium, limited to a whopping 2500 pieces and retails for $39.95 (in contrast, the set for Admiral Donald on the Disney Dream was limited to 1,000 pieces and sold for $25).
There appear to be less of the more exotic items for the Disney Fantasy than the Dream (no crystal sculpture for example), but there are definitely standouts. For example, the ear hat is actually a set of two, one themed to Mickey and one to Minnie, with an edition size of 500 and a pricetag of $74.95. Also of note is the most expensive item on the list, a ‘limited release’ 14K gold and diamond (.24 carat total weight) with an 18″ chain, yours for just $4100.
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, will see another milestone tomorrow as she leaves the Meyer Werft enclosed dock for the first time, proving her seaworthiness. At approximately 5 am EST on Sunday, January 8, she will slowly be floated out of the building, into the harbor for a few tests.
Final touches on the ship’s construction, such as the installation of the mast, will be performed while she is berthed at the yard’s pier. Two weeks later, she is expected to be conveyed to the North Sea via the River Ems. She will then officially be delivered to Disney Cruise Line on February 9 in Bremerhaven.
From there, it’s a Transatlantic voyage in which her first stop is Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City (12th Ave. & 55th St.), where she is scheduled to be berthed from February 28 through March 2, causing some to speculate that this is where the christening for the ship will take place. Although possible, it will put the christening slightly ahead of schedule relative to her first sail date as her slightly older sister, the Disney Dream, was. Christening or not, it’s likely that the decision to bring her to New York City first is a calculated move by both the city and the cruise line to bring worldwide attention to her and the fact that older sis Disney Magic will be sailing out of New York a few months later. It will make for much better television as well as ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘Live! with Kelly,’ ‘The View,’ ‘The Chew,’ and ‘The Revolution’ all originate from the city, as do other Disney-friendly potential venues including ‘The Rachel Ray Show.’
What we have been able to confirm is that the ship will be open for private tours for industry professionals (i.e., travel agents) and, we assume, media outlets. In fact, one could easy speculate that while Disney Parks celebrates its ‘One More Disney Day’ campaign at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, those who can’t make the trip can expect to see the Disney Fantasy celebrating on ‘Good Morning America,’ although this is pure speculation.
The float out ceremony of the Disney Fantasy is expected to be streamed live on the Meyer Werft website. Photo courtesy Meyer Werft.
UPDATE: The Meyer Werft webcam can be found here. The Disney Fantasy is expected to leave the dock building at approximately 6 am ET (noon local time).
UPDATE #2: Better live stream at http://www.ndr.de/regional/niedersachsen/oldenburg/disneyfantasy105.html
UPDATE #3: With the ceremony complete, we have produced a recap video from the hour long+ webcast which is below. The Meyer Werft webcam remains active and is focused on the ship so you can continue to see her being worked on outside here.
‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira is giving contestants, audience members and one lucky home viewer a chance to escape the winter blues with a trip on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which will launch in March, 2012. During ‘Millionaire’s’ ‘Cruise In and Win Week,’ airing January 9 – 13, the specialty prizes will be attached to a question and, if the contestant answers correctly, he/she will win the money attached to the question as well as a three-night preview cruise vacation for four aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.
Also during ‘Cruise In and Win Week,’ audience members will be randomly selected from the in-studio audience and will also have the chance to win a Disney Fantasy cruise by playing just one ‘Millionaire’ question.
Plus one lucky home viewer will also win a trip for four aboard a Disney Fantasy preview cruise through a sweepstakes to be held on ‘Millionaire’s’ website. To enter, visit http://www.millionairetv.com beginning at 12:01 am ET on January 9 (ending 11:59 pm ET on January 13). One entry allowed per person. Must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. resident to participate.