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Disney Fantasy Delivery Ceremony Holds Special Meaning

Being fairly new to Disney Cruise Line, I wasn’t there when the first “block” or section of the Disney Fantasy was lowered into the building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard, but I will never forget what an honor it was to be in Bremerhaven, Germany, today to witness Disney Cruise Line history, when we officially took possession of our fourth ship during a traditional maritime delivery ceremony onboard the Disney Fantasy.

Delivery is the final milestone in the ship’s construction journey and is particularly meaningful to everyone who has worked to bring the ship to life – no matter how long we have been on the project – and to the crew members who now call the Disney Fantasy their home.

Disney Fantasy crew members from all over the world, some who are new to Disney Cruise Line and some who have sailed with our other ships, joined the delivery celebration.

 Disney Fantasy Crew Members

Their enthusiasm could only be matched by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who celebrated the occasion with (from left to right) Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, Captain Wolfgang Thos, also from Meyer Werft, Captain Tom Forberg, and Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line.

 Mickey and Minnie Mouse with (from left to right) Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, Captain Wolfgang Thos, also from Meyer Werft, Captain Tom Forberg, and Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line

After 18 months of construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Disney took possession of its newest ship as we watched the Meyer Werft flag lower to the German national anthem and the Disney Cruise Line flag rise, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.

 Lowering the Meyer Werft Flag and Watching the Disney Cruise Line Flag Rise, Transferring Ownership from the Shipbuilder to Disney

Captain Tom will take the helm of the Disney Fantasy for its voyage home, which begins February 16 and culminates in a March 6 arrival in Port Canaveral, Florida. As part of the Disney Cruise Line ship construction team, Captain Tom was responsible for launching Disney’s first three ships, the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream.

Soon the Disney Fantasy will be ready to welcome guests on her maiden voyage on March 31. We can’t wait for guests to join us on this incredible ship and experience the magic themselves!


  • I love the outfits Mickey and Minnie are wearing in the picture. I would love to sail on the Disney Fantasy for her maiden voyage.

  • I am so excited. Our cruise is booked for October on this beautiful ship! We had our first Disney experience last October when we visited Disney World for the very first time. Thank you for sharing the stories and pictures of The Fantasy!!

  • Dear Ms. Peddie,

    Thank you for sharing this special moment. We after eight Disney cruises feel as if DCL is like family, and it was very nice to see some familiar people in the photos above, especially Captain Tom.

    We look forward to cruising again for my birthday in June 2013 on the beautiful Disney Fantasy as well as the events soon to be marking the beginnings of this ship.

    Thank you for making our vacations so special with DCL!


  • That must have been amazing to attend. Congratulations, guys, on your new ship! Oh, and it starts its voyage on my sister’s birthday. That will bring you luck.

  • Disney Cruise Line, Captain Tom, and his crew have plenty to be thankful for today – congratulations to all of them!

    One quick question – it looks like Bernard Meyer is holding an award or statue of some sort. Can you tell us what it is?

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