Welcome home, Disney Fantasy! Hundreds greeted the Disney Cruise Line ship this morning when she sailed into Port Canaveral, the home port for her Caribbean sailings starting March 31. Check out the photos of the long-awaited homecoming.
Fireworks lit the sky and onlookers cheered as the ship sailed into the port after traveling nearly 4,700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany. Here’s a video of this milestone moment:
Wow, what a Thursday night in New York City for Disney Cruise Line. As Tom Staggsshared earlier, we christened the newest ship in our fleet, the Disney Fantasy, with a grand ceremony that included celebrity performances, the introduction of a world-class crew and the official announcement of the ship’s godmother, Mariah Carey. Disney CEO Bob Iger and Tom once again presided over the gala ceremony. Here’s a look at the festivities.
And the best part is that there’s more to come. The Disney Fantasy begins sailing on March 31, 2012. She will sail from Port Canaveral, Fla., on seven-night Caribbean itineraries. Be sure and check the Disney Parks Blog for more on the maiden voyage.
Later today, the Disney Fantasy becomes a cruise ship reality with a star-studded christening ceremony in New York City. But before that magic moment, thousands of crew members, chefs, dancers, deckhands and technicians are working to make everything perfect for the Fantasy’s debut. Oh, and let’s not forget Minnie Mouse, since it’s her statue that guests see when they first walk into the Fantasy’s art nouveau atrium. Here’s a video look at the last minute preparations.
After traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic from Germany, the Disney Fantasy made her grand arrival to America today. I can’t think of anyone better to welcome this new ship to the United States than Lady Liberty herself.
While in New York City, the Disney Fantasy will be christened before sailing to her home in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a March 31 maiden voyage.
The Disney Fantasy is the first Disney Cruise Line ship to visit New York City, making her arrival today even more magical. But the excitement in the Big Apple doesn’t stop here. In May, the Disney Magic arrives for a season of summer cruises from Manhattan.
Here’s a glimpse of the Disney Fantasy sailing down the Hudson River as New Yorkers welcome her with open arms. It’s a sight I’ll remember forever!
Tomorrow the Disney Fantasy will set sail from Germany, starting her voyage across the Atlantic and marking yet another milestone in the ship’s construction process. As we look ahead to the maiden voyage on Mar. 31, let’s take a look back at the ship’s time in Germany.
Just over one year ago, on Feb. 11, 2011, Disney Cruise Line celebrated the Disney Fantasy keel laying at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. This was when the first block, or section of the ship, was lowered into the building dock and a coin was placed under the keel for good fortune.
The next great milestone was the mounting of the final block this past September, shifting the focus of construction to the interior portions of the ship and adding new spaces like AquaLab and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Then, on Jan. 9, the Disney Fantasy floated out of the enclosed building dock for the very first time, symbolizing one of the final stages of this ship’s construction and giving the world a first glimpse at the magnificent vessel.
Two weeks later, she set out on a 30-mile journey down the winding Ems River to open sea.
Today I’m sending you this update from Bremerhaven, Germany, where the ship docked after sea trials. Next up, the Disney Fantasy will begin her transatlantic voyage and stop in New York City for the ship’s christening ceremony!
Yesterday was a big day for Disney Cruise Line as we watched our newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, float out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany for the very first time!
Thousands of visitors lined the shore, celebrating the occasion with Captain Mickey Mouse and, of course, a fireworks spectacular. This special maritime event, known as “Float Out,” marks the biggest construction milestone for the Disney Fantasy to date, less than 90 days before the ship welcomes guests for her maiden voyage.
The entire “Float Out” process took about two hours but we put together this short time lapse video so that you, too, could get a glimpse at this magnificent ship as she emerged from the dock.
Here in Germany the excitement is contagious and I’m glad I got to share it with you! Keep following our Disney Parks Blog posts because we are just getting started with the magical Disney Fantasy moments.
A cruise industry first, high-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship feed video to wall-mounted framed monitors that have the appearance of a porthole. Camera positions correspond with stateroom locations – port or starboard, from bow to stern.
Disney Parks Blog followers, you are the first to get a glimpse of the art renderings depicting entertaining animated characters that may appear in the Disney Fantasy Magical Portholes!
Rapunzel from “Tangled” just might swing by…
… Mr. Potato Head from “Toy Story” could give a wave…
…or maybe Scuttle and Flounder from “The Little Mermaid” will peek in as they fly by.
No matter which character pops by, one thing is for sure – inside stateroom guests on the Disney Fantasy won’t miss out on the beautiful ocean views as this majestic ship sails the high seas!
Here’s a sneak peek at the Disney Fantasy as Dumbo and his pal Timothy Q. Mouse (along with the hardworking team at the Meyer Werft shipyard) put the finishing touches on the stern:
The expansion of the Disney Cruise Line fleet isn’t the only exciting thing happening in the new year. For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line will set sail from New York, Seattle and Galveston.
New ports equal new destinations, and new destinations mean more adventures for your family! How well do you know the new 2012 Disney Cruise Line itineraries? Let’s see if you can match the photos below to the corresponding cruise. Check back around 3pm today to see how many you got right!
Bahamas from New York
Canada up the New England coast from New York
Weekend at sea from New York
Alaska from Seattle
Western Caribbean from Galveston
Hawaii from Los Angeles
Pacific Coast from Los Angeles
In addition to these new itineraries, Disney Cruise Line will continue to visit the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and the Caribbean and Bahamas from Port Canaveral in 2012. It’s going to be a busy year for Disney Cruise Line, and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with us! Which Disney cruises are you planning for 2012?
UPDATE: Answers –
As the Disney Wonder sails from Seattle to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, guests are able to experience the rich history and customs of Alaska’s native culture and learn about local culture through hand-carved totem poles.
The Disney Magic will reposition in September to the grand state of Texas. Departing from the Port of Galveston, the ship will sail to the Western Caribbean, with stops in Grand Cayman and Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel, home to exotic wildlife like the iguana.
Five-night cruises from New York up the New England coast to Canada call on Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick, where families can marvel at gorgeous natural wonders like the St. Martins Sea Caves.
Eight-night Bahamas cruises from New York stop at Port Canaveral, Florida, giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (pictured).
Two-week Hawaii cruises are an escape to tropical paradise as the ship sails through the breathtaking islands with stops in Hilo, Maui, Oahu and Kauai, where guests can go on exciting shore excursions like horseback riding.
Two-night cruises from New York are a great weekend escape, giving guests a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience and the opportunity to discover some of New York’s top attractions like The American Museum of Natural History.
Seven-night Pacific Coast cruises stop in San Francisco and San Diego with the opportunity for excursions to famous California landmarks and regions like Sonoma Wine Country.
It’s not every day that you see a flying elephant! But that’s exactly the scene that played out at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany the other week when the beloved Disney character Dumbo was placed on the stern of the Disney Fantasy.
This is another construction milestone in preparation of the Disney Fantasy’s maiden voyage on March 31, 2012.
And Dumbo isn’t the only Disney character who will adorn the stern. He’ll be joined by Timothy Q. Mouse, who will sail the high seas from atop the hat of his flying pal Dumbo.
In case you missed it, take a look back at the video in which Walt Disney Imagineers offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disney Fantasy’s icon came to life.
Only 95 days left until this new Disney Cruise Line ship sets sail. Who is planning to explore the Caribbean with Dumbo and Timothy in 2012?