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October 31, 2010

Meyer Werft floats out new Disney cruise ship

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck made an appearance in Papenburg, Germany, Saturday when, after 20 months of construction, the Disney Dream cruise ship was floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard,completing a major construction milestone. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts designed to build upon Disney's commitment to delivering unparalleled family cruises.

The Disney Dream is the first of two ships Meyer Werft is building for Disney Cruise Line (USA). She is 340 m long, 37 m wide, and can accommodate as many as 4,000 passengers. Her powerful engines enable the Disney Dream to operate at a speed of up to 23.5 knots. With a tonnage of 128,000 gt, she is the biggest cruise ship thus far built in Germany and with a length of 340 m, is among the three longest cruise ships in the world.

Disney Dream and her sister --Disney Fantasy, scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage on April 7, 2012 -- will remain the largest German built cruise ships until the 2013 delivery from Meyer Werft of the first of the two 143,000 newbuilds just ordered by NCL

Disney Dream is likely to leave the shipyard and be conveyed down the river Ems on the second weekend in November. The exact date of the Ems conveyance has not yet been released.

The Disney Dream is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla.

"Today marks a monumental milestone and begins the first of the finishing touches for the Disney Dream as we prepare to welcome guests aboard our newest ship," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. "Our guests are counting down to the maiden voyage, and in just 88 days, they will get to experience all that the Disney Dream has to offer."

"Today is a day of great pride for all of us at the Meyer Werft shipyard," said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. "To finally see the largest ship this yard has ever built floated out and nearly complete is an inspiration within itself, and that coupled with the pixie dust Disney is known for, made this a truly magical moment for all involved."

The Disney Dream will remain alongside Meyer Werft's outfitting pier in the shipyard harbor for about two weeks, while testing is completed on the ship's stabilizers, rudders and other functional features, and work on the ship's interior areas continues.

In addition to all of the features Disney Cruise Line is known for, the Disney Dream will have several new notable innovations for guests to enjoy.

AquaDuck, a first-of-its-kind water coaster, is an exhilarating, high-speed thrill ride that combines all the ups and downs of a roller coaster with all the twists and turns of a water slide.

Magical Portholes offer a "virtual window" to the world for inside staterooms, with a real-time view outside the ship where high-definition cameras feed live video to each stateroom.

Enchanted Art immerses guests in Disney storytelling and looks like other hanging art pieces around the ship, but is actually a framed LCD screen with technology that recognizes a guest is present.

Remy, an exquisite top-deck restaurant, only for adults, with incredible ocean views and French-inspired, gourmet cuisine by two award-winning chefs.

The Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla., while sister ship Disney Fantasy, is set to sail seven-night alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, also from Port Canaveral, beginning in 2012. The Disney Magic will continue sailing seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises, before returning to the Mediterranean for another summer of cruising in this region in 2011. The Disney Wonder will begin 2011 by repositioning to the West Coast of the U.S., sailing seven-night Mexican Riviera cruises from the Port of Los Angeles, while spending the summer sailing first-ever Alaskan itineraries from Vancouver.

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