Today the Disney Wonder called on Honolulu, Hawaii for the first-time, sailing past iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. The Disney Wonder is in the middle of a special 15-night Hawaiian cruise with stops in Hilo, Hawaii; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico. Disney Cruise Line is offering a second 14-night Hawaiian voyage that will depart from the Port Of Los Angeles on October 14, 2012.
Disney Cruise Line presented a $250,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in honor of the newest and fourth ship in its fleet, the Disney Fantasy. The donation is earmarked for a new Boys & Girls Club location in Cocoa near Port Canaveral, the homeport for the Disney Fantasy. Last year, Disney hosted a benefit cruise on the sister ship of the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Dream, raising $750,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs. Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and Captain Tom Forberg were joined by Gary Cain, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and several Club families who will have the opportunity to sail on the Disney Fantasy later this month.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.