Award-winning travel companies Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise Line have once again teamed up to offer immersive vacation opportunities for families aboard select Disney cruise vacations in 2011. The Adventures by Disney experience is available as an upgrade booked in advance of the cruise that features privately-guided tour packages in Mediterranean or Alaskan ports of call or a pre-cruise adventure at the port of embarkation.
Disney Cruise Line recently took possession of its newest ship, the Disney Dream, from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.
The milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey, which began nearly two years ago in Papenburg, Germany, and signals its readiness to welcome guests on its maiden voyage, set for Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line has shared with us this video of the innovative AquaDuck Water Slide in action aboard the Disney Dream which is now undergoing testing outside the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany where it was constructed.
An industry first of its kind, the 765 foot long AquaDuck takes the rider on a journey around up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and — following a massive 4 deck-tall drop — into a lazy river.
Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, one of the longest ships in the world and the largest ship to be built in Germany to date, left the shipyard yesterday evening with the aid of a tugboat. The ship will remain in the Meyer Werft shipyard’s harbor where she will first undergo a series of several technical tests as internal construction is completed.
She is expected to be conveyed down the river Ems at an as-of-yet specified date in mid-November at which point she’ll begin crossing the Atlantic for her anticipated January 4 arrival at Port Canaveral.
Photos courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.
Last week, Disney Cruise Line unveiled additional details in terms of entertainment for its upcoming ship, the Disney Dream, which is scheduled to leave the shipyard this weekend and will eventually make its way to Port Canaveral on January 4 in anticipation of its official ‘maiden voyage’ on January 26, 2011.
Back in May, we first talked about the new stage production which we now know to be titled ‘Disney’s Believe.’ ‘Disney’s Believe’ will be one of the most ambitious staged projects to date for the Disney Cruise Line. At a whopping 50 minutes in length, the show will feature a total of 18 musical numbers and over 20 popular Disney characters including Genie, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Tinia, Belle and Rafiki.
In the next of its series of sneak peek behind-the-scene construction videos, Disney Cruise Line offers up a brief look at the construction of the ‘Nemo’s Reef’ children’s area based on the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. From concept art to the (not quite) finished product, the video offers some insight on what it takes to make these special amenities exclusive to the Disney Dream possible. The ship will also feature play areas based on Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.
Ocean Spray announced today a partnership with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that will bring the Ocean Spray cranberry to a number of retail points at Disney parks, including a new presence at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and Disney Cruise Line.
Disney will now offer Craisins® Dried Cranberries at various retail locations, including theme parks, cruise ships, meeting rooms and hotels. The product will also be highlighted in new signature salads and Cranberry muffins and sold in fruit cart stands and kiosks inside the theme parks. The companies are also joining together to launch a special, co-branded version of Craisins® Dried Cranberries packaging featuring Chip ‘n Dale that will be used on Ocean Spray products sold on Disney properties.
Yesterday’s big news for Disney Cruise Line was offering up the date for the maiden voyage of their fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy. Announced to be setting sail on April 7, 2012, bookings will begin to open up to the public this week. What wasn’t widely announced, however, were the details offered during a series of webinars aimed at Disney Travel Agents to update them on the Disney Cruise Line fleet and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. It was during the pre-recorded presentation that another Disney Fantasy maiden voyage was given — that of April 14, 2012, a day that would live in infamy. Not so much for the launch of the new ship, but the fact that it would have been 100 years earlier to the day that the billed-as-unsinkable RMS Titanic met its tragic fate during its own maiden voyage. Apparently the correlation may have gone unnoticed when the date was initially set and it appears DCL has since decided to move the date up by a week. It’s unclear when the presentation was recorded, but the press release may have been issued prior to the presentation (which promised to reveal new information to the travel agents) so that the original date didn’t get any press.
The Disney Fantasy will sail her maiden voyage on April 7, 2012, bringing even more innovation, unique guest experiences and personalized service for which Disney Cruise Line is renowned. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy will feature an AquaDuck water coaster, magical children’s areas, world-class entertainment, delightful dining, retreats for adults and immersive experiences for guests of all ages with beloved Disney stories and characters.
Guests will be able to book Disney Cruise Line sailings, including the Disney Fantasy, for the initial part of the 2012 season beginning Oct. 20, 2010. The Disney Fantasy will sail out of Port Canaveral, Fla. on the popular seven-night Caribbean itineraries – alternating eastern and western – including a stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
The Disney Dream will continue to sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, while the Disney Wonder will remain on the west coast, sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries from the Port of Los Angeles. To start the 2012 season, the Disney Magic will sail alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.
“The Disney Fantasy continues our tradition of sailing beautifully-designed vessels that offer innovations, world-class guest service and memorable family vacation experiences like only Disney can do,” said Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. “We are delighted to expand our offerings to provide guests with more options and more flexibility to enjoy a Disney family cruise.”
Additional Disney Fantasy details and 2012 itinerary information will be released at a later date.
Known as the leader in family cruising, Disney Cruise Line took the top honors in the Mega-Ship category, which is part of the magazine’s annual readers’ survey that recognizes the best in travel for resorts, destinations, airlines, cruise lines and car rental agencies.
Samantha Brown, renowned travel expert and television host on The Travel Channel, presented the award to Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz at the awards gala in New York City.