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Disney Cruise Line Announces Acquisition of Ship with Plans to Visit New Markets

Yolanda Cade

by , Yolanda Cade, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Disney Signature Experiences

Disney Cruise Line will soon bring the magic of a Disney vacation to new global destinations. 

Today, we announced plans to complete the cruise ship previously known as the Global Dream in Wismar, Germany. The ship will be renamed with certain features reimagined under the world-renowned expertise of Walt Disney Imagineers.

The new ship, to be based outside the United States, will feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart. The exterior will be adorned in the iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colors of the fleet, complete with signature red funnels.

The 208,000-gross-ton ship is expected to be among the first in the cruise industry to be fueled by green methanol, one of the lowest emission fuels available. Disney Cruise Line expects the passenger capacity to be approximately 6,000 with around 2,300 crew members.  

Construction will be completed at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish. 

More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date. For more information about Disney Cruise Line, visit


  • Frankly, I am commenting on this article very late, but after reading through all the replies and comparing them to my views, I agree with Virginia on this topic. The cruise line is traveling into what are uncharted waters for them. This ship was designed explicitly for the Asianic market. Disney has clarified that the ship will not be based out of the US, and I’m very happy to hear that. That is, unfortunately, the only good thing I can find in this post/article. Disney, in the past, has even said that they will sacrifice square footage to make a ship look more preventable because that is how they build the ships. You look at a Disney’s vessel and immediately say wow to the vessel’s design. They started the Cruise Line by designing ships to remind us of the golden age of cruising, and while it is incredible to hear they want to bring ships to a new market (more than likely, in this case Asia), this is not the way to do it. This is a very lazy way of doing things in the cruise industry; frankly, I find this could do more damage to the Disney Cruise Line brand if anyone here would like to see how things usually go when a cruise line buys another company’s ship, lookup the Norweigan Cruise Line (NCL) ship call the Pride of America. NCL bought other companies work, and now this ship spends most of its time away from the rest of the NCL fleet for good reasons. No offense to NCL. They did the best they could with the ship at the time, but as Virginia said, the ship is 75% complete and hasn’t even been touched by a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team. This ship has its pros and its cons (from my eyes mostly cons.). But at the end of the day, Disney got a great deal on the ship but if that’s the new path that Disney Cruise Line is going down I’d rather stick with the four ships I know and love that follow those original Disney Cruise Line practices.

  • @Virginia, I wouldn’t call it a mistake at all because we don’t know how much they paid for it, and depending on the price this seems like an absolutely brilliant move.

    The ship was going to be scrapped if it didn’t have a buyer, which getting one was very unlikely… so they probably sold it dirt cheap, and I’m assuming it was VERY cheap.

    The exact reason for this ship is not to be Carnival or what you may be used to. It’s not an outright American ship it’s an International ship which will need to cater to different customs, amenities, likes, and clientele… that’s exactly who and why the ship was being built before Disney even got involved.

    This gives Disney an easy way to test out a foreign operated ship with minimal risk or expense to themselves. Even if it doesn’t work out… it’s pennies to Disney, so regardless of the end results it will give them valuable information on what works, and how best to navigate and expand into the international cruise market when they do decide to build a ship of their own

  • Good

  • I tend to agree with the naysayer above. The ship is almost done, therefore no real changes can be made to cabins, dining, or common areas. Basically only paint and some accents will make the exteriors look Disney. What can they do with what is already built to non-Disney standards.

  • Got a Name, “The Disney Mistake” Not one Imagineer has touched this ship and it is 75% done. This is sad. Disney had a reputation for being meticulous in design and attention to detail, now they buy off a clearance rack and slap some Monica Blue on it.

  • I don’t understand all the excitement about this. Disney bought a ship that is 75% built. Not one Disney Imagineer has touched this ship. Disney bought a ship built by a shipbuilder that went bankrupt, building a ship for a cruise line that went bankrupt. A ship that the new owners of the bankrupt line, Resorts World Cruises apparently did not want. I am sure there were cost cutting measures on this ship. DIsney Cruise line is known for high quality and attention to detail at every stage of a DCL ship build. That is what makes them special. That moment when a guest board the ship and enters the grand Atrium of the ship is amazing and a truly magical moment. I checked out the sister ship, ironically ,“The Dream”, of the new acquisition, passengers board to a promenade deck then enter through a random hallway. Their rooms are TINY, even the ones with balconies. There are no split baths, the one bath is tiny. Disney is known for well appointed and roomy staterooms. Slapping Monica Blue Pail on aa artist Rendering does not make it a Disney Ship. If I am going to pay DCL rates I don’t want Carnival type accommodations. I will pass on booking passage on this ship. I don’t know what it will be named officially, I shall be calling it “The Disney Mistake”.

  • Great News! And do you already know how it will be re-baptized? Obviously it can’t be Disney Dream..

  • I’m excited for what Disney has in store for this thing

  • Very exciting news!!! Looking forward to it. Hopefully can book for the maiden voyage. I really hope that Disney listen to us, the guests, and don’t use the same Disney Wish design.

  • I christen thee the Disney Supremacy, SSD class. Looking forward to seeing some Disney on Ice shows on the seas! With a ship that big the possibilities are almost endless with new cabins, venues, restaurants and attractions. I’m ready to book!

  • To give perspective, the Disney Wish is 144,000 gross tonnage and carries around 4000 guests with 1500 crew.

  • This is the dream I didn’t know I wanted!

  • Please make this ship or another one entirely Star Wars themed please, thank you, and you’re welcome:)

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