Dream Becomes Reality

Last building block of Disney Dream put in place

By: By Marilyn Green

Disney Cruise Line's  Disney Dream // (c) 2010 Disney

Disney Cruise Line's  Disney Dream //
(c) 2010 Disney

The final building block for Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream was lifted into place June 1 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany. The last of 80 blocks was a 260-ton portion of the ship’s bow, complete with the signature Disney golden filigree. Now the focus shifts to outfitting the interior spaces.

Disney president Karl Holz and Captain Mickey Mouse were there to commemorate the important milestone for the 4,000-passenger newbuild.

“With the steel construction process complete, we’re now looking forward to exciting new milestones such as the installation of AquaDuck, the first water coaster at sea,” said Holz. “Each day, the ship gets closer to its maiden voyage, and it is clear that the Disney Dream is destined to be one of the most spectacular ships afloat.”

In addition to the 765-foot AquaDuck, Disney Dream will have live, impromptu interaction with Crush, the animated sea turtle from Finding Nemo, in the Animator’s Palate restaurant, plus virtual portholes in inside staterooms where just about anyone could swim by — in addition to live video stream feeds from high-definition cameras on the exterior of the ship, animated Disney characters make their appearances. All staterooms will have 22-inch, LCD flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations.

In the atrium and other public areas, Enchanted Art will come to life as the framed LCD screens can recognize when a guest is present and perform for guests who stop to look at them.

Two areas for cruisers ages 3 to 10 — Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lounge — will include several themed rooms with huge toys, computer stations, animation classes and large plasma screens where animated Disney characters interact with children.

Edge, a zone for ages 11 to 13, and Vibe, a club for 14- to 17-year-olds, offer karaoke videos, media rooms, private outdoor deck areas, dancing and games.

For adults, The District, a nighttime entertainment area, will include five bars and lounges like Skyline, whose backdrop simulates the skyline of various famous cities, and Palo, an upscale Italian restaurant.

Disney Dream will sail alternating three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay from Port Canaveral. During summer 2011, the ship will sail four- and five-night itineraries with two stops at Castaway Cay.

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