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Disney acquires half-built ship; former “Global Dream” to launch in 2025

  • Cruises
  •   11-17-2022  5:39 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Disney acquires half-built ship; former “Global Dream” to launch in 2025
Disney Cruise Line has announced the acquisition of a ship and plans to visit new markets. (Rendering/Disney Cruise Line)
Pax Global Media

Disney has acquired a partially-completed ship that the company says will bring Disney Cruise Line to new global destinations.

Disney will work with Meyer Werft shipbuilding company 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 expertise of Walt Disney Imagineers and is expected to set sail in 2025, according to a Nov. 16 press release.

“Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before,” stated Josh D’Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

The new ship will be based outside the United States and feature innovative Disney experiences, the company says.

The exterior will be adorned in the iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colours 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 fuelled 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.

The ship’s previous owner filed for bankruptcy before completing the vessel, enabling Disney Cruise Line to secure it at a “favourable price” and within the capital expenditure guidance The Walt Disney Company provided on its recent earnings call, the company says.

The project also secures employment for hundreds of former MV Werften employees and will provide opportunities for numerous maritime industry suppliers in the region.

More details about the maiden voyage, itineraries and onboard experiences will be announced at a later date, the company said. \