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Disney Magic Inaugural Call Ceremonies in Northern Europe

posted on June 25th, 2010 by Christi Erwin Donnan, Manager of Public Affairs, Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Magic cruise ship completed her first Northern European itinerary this week, making seven inaugural calls on ports in England, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland and Sweden. With seven new ports came the opportunity for us to share in the time-honored maritime tradition of Plaque and Key ceremonies.

So you might ask, what’s a Plaque and Key ceremony? During our inaugural calls, this is when the Captain and shipboard officers host port officials and community leaders onboard to exchange maritime plaques during an official welcome reception.

Captain John Barwis, along with Captain Mickey Mouse, did just that, beginning in Dover with the Chairman of the Port of Dover, Roger Mountford. Each plaque is particularly unique and serves to commemorate the date of the first call for a ship. Disney Cruise Line has its own ornately designed plaque, like the one you see in this photo.
Disney Magic Inaugural Call Ceremonies
Sometimes, rather than an actual plaque, a port will give an item that is representative of the region, like a book about the city or a replica of a local landmark. For example, in Copenhagen, Denmark, port officials presented Captain John with a small replica of the Little Mermaid statue. This city is known for the famed Little Mermaid statue, which was very fitting given the Disney connection to the story. Recently the Little Mermaid statue was re-located from Copenhagen harbor to the World Expo in Shanghai where it is currently on loan until November.
Disney Magic Inaugural Call Ceremonies
Here are a few more of the plaques the Disney Magic received last week during her inaugural Northern European itinerary.
Disney Magic Inaugural Call Ceremonies

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Madhan on June 25th, 2010 at 10:36 am



lisa on June 25th, 2010 at 11:19 am

We went to Dover to welcome Magic to England.
It was a great day.


Cynthia from FL on June 25th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

We are sailing this itinerary beginning July 6th. How wonderful to see some pictures from the inaugural festivities.


catherine on June 25th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

greetings Cynthia, We also will be on the 6th cruise and am sooooooooo excited!!!!! Very nice to see the inaugural photos. Thank you Disney for venturing out of the ordinary. We LOVE you.


Charlene on June 26th, 2010 at 1:36 am

We also are sailing on the 6th and can’t wait to experience all that Disney has planned for us. Thanks for sharing the photos.


Dale from MD on June 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am

We were on the inagural cruise — it was amazing!! The cast on the Magic made our trip — well — magical!!