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Wet DREAM: MV DISNEY DREAM Float Out and Preview

Posted on Thursday, November 4, 2010 by

Peter Knego reports from the Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg, Germany about the float out and an on board preview of Disney Cruise Lines’ ocean liner-like 128,000 gt MV DISNEY DREAM.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Although I disembarked Hapag-Lloyd Cruises superb MV EUROPA in Trabzon, Turkey the day prior, another German-based adventure lay ahead. Fortunately, my flights from Turkey went without hitch and I arrived in Dusseldorf on schedule. I joined up for a long cab ride with fellow journalist Ralph Grizzle of avidcruiser.com and off we sped along the Autobahn through the pastoral countryside of northwest Germany to the relatively small town of Papenburg. Despite the misty grayness of the weather outside, the warm colors of the turning trees and the speedometer’s occasional hover at 220 plus KPH helped keep my eyes open.

Autobahn arrival.

Almost two hours later, our amiable driver, Peter, pointed at what looked like a typical, white painted metal warehouse shed with “Joseph L. Meyer Papenburg” stenciled to its side. As we got closer, it was clearly much bigger than any ordinary warehouse and just inside, we could make out the stern of the very un-ordinary new 128,000 gt Disney Cruise Lines ship, the MV DISNEY DREAM.

Umbrellas of Papenburg.

I thought Peter was joking when he said the trailers were all here to see the event but then realized it was no joke at all. Unlike America, where few people actually care about ships, old or new, in Germany (and in Holland, only a few kilometers to the west), ships are of huge interest. I couldn’t believe how much activity was going on just outside the yard and the river basin where the giant new vessel would soon be making her debut. It was the like the Woodstock of cruise events with a moving canvas of brightly colored umbrellas edging its way to vantage points along the river bank outside our cab’s rain-streaked windows. And, as we headed around the yard’s perimeter, there were the lots filled to the brim with, yes, trailers of all shapes and size.

Sadly, I had arrived a bit too late to take the press tour of Meyer Werft, my favorite of all the world’s great shipyards. It has built a procession of ships, superb not just for their outer lines and innovative features but for their solid and flawless construction. ORIANA, AURORA, CENTURY, GALAXY, MERCURY, SUPERSTAR LEO and Celebrity’s crack SOLSTICE class, among them. The union of Disney, with their unique penchant for aesthetics and Meyer Werft for its precision and quality is match made in modern cruise shipping heaven, although it must be quite an event when either side of the “dream team” disagrees.

Hotel Alte Werft, Papenburg.

We continued past the yard and dropped our luggage off at the historic Alte Werft Hotel (to whom I apologize for having taken my room key quite by accident — it is now safely on its way back to Germany).

Alte Werft Hotel dining room.

Built in 1870, it was originally Meyer Werft’s compressor manufacturing plant until a new facility was built in 1975. The former machine hall opened as an hotel in 1995 and is just across a narrow canal from Mr. Meyer’s family residence.

Witnesses to a DREAM.

Peter returned us to the embankment on the edge of the yard where fast food vendors had set up their wares and throngs of people (estimated at up to 15,000) mulled in the mud. Our lucky fellow media were still touring the yard when we arrived in the shelter of a specially-built pavilion.

An executive DREAM team: Bernard Meyer of Meyer Werft, Al Weiss (Disney Sr. VP of Worldwide Ops) and Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line)

Disney Cruises top executives and Mayer Werft’s very own Mr. Bernard Meyer were already there.

A DREAM enclosed.

As the others eventually filtered in, I asked the very approachable Mr Mayer if he wouldn’t mind me taking a quick photo of him in front of his latest maritime achievement.

Mr Meyer and his Werft.

Setting down his cup of coffee, he kindly acquiesced. I couldn’t resist asking him if he didn’t feel the striking new ship was inspired in part by NDL’s third EUROPA. “Well, she is certainly meant to look like a proper ocean liner used to look. Especially for her size, we took special care about her lines…” He was cut off as he reached in vain for his coffee — more photo ops and an interview were being urgently requested…

Early DREAM emergence.

The shelter and warmth (not to mention champagne and crudites) of the pavilion were tempting but the best vantages lay outside, so I tucked away the napkin I used for my satay skewer (it would periodically dry my lenses) and trudged out into the mud, climbing around outcrops of tripods and clusters of umbrellas to find various spots to prop my cameras and begin documenting the process of this huge ship entering an open watery element for the very first time.

More DREAM emerges.

Fanfare music, most or all of it from Disney’s catalogue, played over the next hour or so as the mighty ship emerged from the womb-like Werft. The term “ocean liner” was wagging on mostly Teutonic tongues as the ship’s form became more and more recognizeable. Her oversized black-topped red funnels had yet to be capped with the crowned grillwork they would soon sport. I actually liked their more severe, unadorned look, which really brought to mind the aforementioned EUROPA and her near twin BREMEN (with a bit of French line coloring).

Works over the Werft.

Once the DISNEY DREAM had been “born”, a series of fireworks shot into the skies above her. People in the crowd began to cheer. Despite the protests of my shoes and cameras, it was really quite the place to be.

DREAM-like silhouette.

No less than three tugs danced around the basin, gently nudging their charge along. A bit of smoke emanated from the “live” aft funnel, perhaps to show that the ship was “in charge” of her own destiny.

Ready to rotate.

I began to work my way back to the pavilion to join the group for the ride back to our hotel. Unfortunately, they were all gone and I had no idea where to find them in the rainy darkness.

Clogged, muddy artery.

As the DISNEY DREAM and her escorting tugs huffed and puffed to get the massive ship situated in the middle of the river where she would undergo some tests for the next 24 hours, I did my best to navigate through the exodus, stepping through puddles and gradually diminishing clusters of people as I got farther and farther away from the yard. After an hour of walking through the rainy streets of Papenburg, I found the hotel and settled in for a quick dinner with the press group, who actually arrived after me, thanks to the traffic.

Saturday, October 31, 2010

Bruce Vaughan and the early renderings.

After an early breakfast in the hotel, we were shuttled over to the yard for a morning of presentations headed by Bruce Vaughan, who is in charge of Disney’s creative operations, in the Glasplast Room.

Early DREAM concepts, ctd.

Unrealized DREAMS.

He explained that the 1930s ocean liner era was the inspiration for the exterior stylings and general decor on all of the Disney ships. There were a number of early concepts, from an angular, glassy vessel (that would fit in the RCI fleet) to a three funneled design and even a garishly painted two funneled ship that resembled the UNITED STATES with palm frond topped funnels. Ultimately, with Disney, it was worth sacrificing a bit of utility in the name of aesthetics. In the words of the late, great Italian marine architect, Nicolo Costanzi, “Functionality is no excuse for ugly things.”

DREAM Lobby rendering.

If the outside stylings make the first impression, the entrance lobby makes the second. Newly embarking guests will be wowed by the scale of the room, which is fitted out in real stone inlays, hand-carved plaster, a 1.5 deck high glass chandelier, plush carpeting specially manufactured for Disney (no “catalogue shopping”, according to Mr. Vaughan), ornate railings and hidden elements of Disney “whimsy” that would unfold “like an onion” over time.

Fall colors in the Werft.

From the Glasplast Room, we were led outside and then up through a series of walkways to a gallery where many photos and rendering of the newbuilding ship were on display.

Totally random Maritime Mat.

Disney on display at Papenburg.

Display duck tracks.

Bruce Vaughan elucidates the DISNEY DREAM's innovations.

This was no random, cookie-cutter ship we were witnessing. Every detail, many of which will not be revealed in order to not spoil the on board fantasy experience, has been fussed out to the minutest detail.

Profiling the DREAM.

As Mr. Vaughan explained, Disney works freely with but never just turns over any project to its contractors.

Mock up bedding.

Ducky mascot.

As Donald Duck looked on, we passed through the various displays and then were guided out of the gallery for a “backstage view” of the stuff this DREAM is made of.

From the yard to the DREAM.

On the way, I stopped to take a few photos. It was like being in the backlot of a movie studio and getting a rare opportunity to witness a great production in progress.

Future parts.

Not sure if the lined up and primed steel parts in the open part of the yard were for the new Aida ship, the next Celebrity newbuild or the DREAM’s upcoming sister, DISNEY FANTASY.

Elements of a DREAM.

Up a series of steps and into what was like the backstage area of a large playhouse. Bits and pieces of the ship were stowed away in every nook and crannie.

Stone samples.

I couldn’t believe just how heavy and thick the stonework is. Mr. Vaughan did admit that the pillars had to be made of a lighter material, so Disney hired some of the best craftsmen to create a believable facsimile that would conform to the weight and ballast limitations of a ship..

More parts of the DREAM.

Bathrooms, plaster ceilings, podiums, so much to click away at in such a short time.

DREAM pieces.

Assorted DREAM elements.

More bits of a DREAM.

Textiles and fittings.

High quality fabrics were used for the soft fittings but Mr. Vaughan warned that curtains may not be “just curtains” on a Disney ship.

Slivers of DISNEYana.

Although it was tempting to stay a bit longer, the lights were being shut off and lunch awaited back in the Glaspalast Room.

Status Quo DREAM.

En route, there was time to stop and take a photo of what is a truly magnificent looking new ship. Amazingly, her forward funnel had already been capped in the short time since she emerged from the shed.

DREAM Analysis.

Monday, November 1, 2010

After coming so far and anticipating, like the rest of the press group, that I would have the chance to take my own images and video of the DISNEY DREAM in this historic phase of her construction, I was devastated when it was announced after dinner on the night before our scheduled visit to the ship that no photography or videography would be allowed.

The next morning, my spirits were about as damp as the weather in Papenburg as we all filed into our vans and headed off to Meyer Werft.

Under the nose.

Entering the yard, we literally drove under the bow, which is finely sculpted and so well dressed in Disney’s color scheme.

Bulbous DREAM.

I don’t tend to get overly excited about the exterior look of most new ships but I was taken in by the sheer fantasy of her scale and proportions. Props to the design team that worked so hard to do something a little special in a day and age where function tends to trump, versus go hand in hand with, aesthetics.

With i-Pad and Seatrade Insider's dreamy Anne Kalosh. Photo by Paul Motter.

Thankfully, no one told us we could not at least take a few shots in front of the ship. While some may criticize the DISNEY DREAM for trying to evoke the past, I find her lines pleasingly futuristic, despite their nod to the 1930s. And beyond the overall profile of the ship, the care and detail in the fine points and curves is remarkable. A lot of time and money were spent to make this ship look special.

Funnel fitted.

A huge blue crane moved busily alongside the ship, lowering bins full of construction debris. I would presume it is the same crane that must have fitted the ship’s second funnel crown, a remarkable feat in such a short time.

DREAM way.

I had to stow my camera before we passed through the security check where our passes were scanned and photos taken. An i-Pad was assigned to each of us, complete with a keynote presentation that we would use throughout the tour to help us visualize via renderings what things would look like when all the ladders, plastic and plywood covering, workers and tools were gone. Up a winding scaffold we clambered until crossing a gangway that landed us on the ship’s port promenade, the decks covered in protective sheets of ply as throngs of workers crisscrossed in all directions.

We began in the three deck Atrium, greeted at the foot of the grand staircase by Disney Cruise Line’s president, Karl Holz. The odors of primer and fixative hovered in a fine dust of plaster, plastic and stone cuttings. Our soundtrack was one of hammers, saws and drills punctuated by the occasional blast of the ship’s whistle, which was being calibrated outside.

An overview of the Atrium from above.

For me, it was nice to see a ship under construction as opposed to being deconstructed, although the sensory experience is rather similar. With a team of project managers, VPs and PR reps by his side, Holz welcomed us on board. “We set the blueprint for family cruising in 1998 (with the introduction of the DISNEY MAGIC and DISNEY WONDER). Imagine entering the ship with a pianist playing and a princess descending these stairs. Enjoy your tour and take it all in…”

One of the completed accommodation passageways.

Over the next five hours, we headed up and down passageways and stair towers, stepped over wiring and red tape, passed through fire doors and rooms in a frenzy of construction, some already recognizable and others mere shells of what they will soon become. A huge amount of information on the materials, artists, designers and artisans was freely provided us. Disney’s photographer, Kenton E. Philips was on hand to snap away at carefully framed pastiches of the incomplete ship’s innards. There were so many interesting potential photos that I wanted to take but that was not going to happen. My right forefinger “twitched” in despair for the entire day.

I hope to return to the complete ship in January and provide my own full Decked! photo tour. For now, we have Disney’s carefully selected images, all of which are by Kenton E. Phillips and copyrighted by Disney. In the captions, you will find some of my own observations.

Entrance to the 697 seat Royal Palace Restaurant, one of three "rotational" dining venues. Note the hand carved Italian and Greek marble decking.

Royal Palace Restaurant, whose decor and cuisine is inspired by Disney's four pricesses: Snow White, Belle ("Beauty and the Beast"), Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty") and "Cinderella"

Center of Royal Palace Restaurant, prior to installation of tables and highback chairs.

"Rose" marble detail from the Royal Palace Restaurant.

One of the "Enchanted Artworks", one of 22 framed still images that when triggerd by motion sensors detecting passers-by, "comes to life".

Enchanted Garden Restaurant, another 697 seat "rotational dining" venue, inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Note inlaid stone decking and fiber optic ceiling that will transform from day to night during the course of dinner.

Lazy Susan seating booths in the Enchanted Garden can be adjusted to face in different directions.

Water fountain in the Enchanted Garden.

Fiber optic fittings in the Animator's Palate, the third 697 seat "rotational" dining venue.

Monarch butterfly wing patterned ceiling in Evolution, the adult's only nightclub.

Entrance to adults only District Lounge.

The 399 seat Buena Vista Theater features AMC Cinema style seating and is the first seagoing movie house featuring Dolby 3D.

Passageway adjacent to the Walt Disney Theater fusing elements of Deco and "Mouse".

Walt Disney Theater seats 1,340 and will offer three nightly production shows.

"Monster's Inc." section of Oceaneer's Club.

"Nemo's" explorer pod in Oceaneer's Club.

Pixie Hollow in Oceaneer's Club.

Section of Senses Spa atop ship.

Rainforest showers in Senses Spa.

Giant LED screen in back of forward funnel

Pool area underneath acrylic AquaDuck water coaster.

Hand inlaid mosaics in Cabanas buffet terrace.

Palo, the extra tariff ($20) Italian dining option atop the stern.

Remy, the extra tariff ($75) French dining option inspired by the film "Ratatouile".

Stateroom awaiting bedding.

Four berth family stateroom with verandah.

Suite bedroom.

Hammered metal lobby frieze detail.

I look forward to utilizing the eighteen pages of detailed notes I took when I have my own images to illustrate them.

End of “Wet DREAM: MV DISNEY DREAM Float Out and Preview” Sea Treks

Special thanks: Martin Cox, Katie Dantuono, Johanna Jainchill, Jason Lasecki

32 Responses to Wet DREAM: MV DISNEY DREAM Float Out and Preview

  1. Patricia

    October 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Is it me or is that dead on stern shot similar to Solstice class? Even the new NCLs are Solstice-like.

  2. Matthew

    October 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I’m afraid that I find this ship hideous. Completely false. I cannot for the life of me see any redeeming features at all.

  3. Kalle Id

    October 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I find Disney’s approach to their ships’ exteriors delightful and the fact they’ve kept consistency on the matter even more pleasant. Sure, the ships are “fake” in their stylings as Matthew said above, but they’re attractive and different from most other ships afloat. The way they keep faithful to the stylings of art deco is also rather commendable. I’d actually claim that had they had the todays technological knowhow back in the 1930s heyday of Art Deco, the ships built back then might have been very similar to Disney Cruise Lines’ ships.

    Thank you very much for the report and shame that they won’t allow you to take photographs inside.

  4. Conte Di Savoia

    October 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    What is past is past. Her style is Faux Deco and although she looks more esthetically appealing than most of what emerges from today’s shipyards the reality is that she accommodates 4,000 passengers! That’s not my idea of cruising and there is nothing retro in that number.

  5. Mage Bailey

    October 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    (Captcha doesn’t like me.)
    You are the busiest person I know, and I’m almost tempted to join Twitter just to follow your adventures like a true groupie. Thank you for giving us this gift of amazing ship coverage.

  6. Connor

    October 31, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    While this design is, in my opinion, magnificent, I think that it is such a shame that this was done by Disney. Cunard could have done this and much better and because Disney have done this, It doesn’t have the same timeless feel and I actually feel angered looking at her knowing her origins.

  7. David Walker

    October 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    MATTHEW: last time I checked DISNEY was not in the market of promoting reality. I mean seriously, any organization whose spokespersons are a mouse, a goofy dog, and a tinkerbell fairy all bouncing around a gigantic wonderland Cinderella castle isn’t worried if people think that their ships don’t look ‘authentic’. It’s suppose to be over the top and make believe. Otherwise it wouldn’t be ‘DISNEY’. The new Disney Dream is perhaps the finest looking cruise ship to emerge in this industry of clones since the liner Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

  8. Terry Sechen

    November 1, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I like the design overall, but she has the same problem all modern day cruise ships have, being too tall. Too many decks above the pilothouse deck, throws the appearance out of balance. But I can’t complain too much, especially after seeing the other design concepts Disney had to choose from….Yikes, some of them would have been a real eyesore!

    I wonder what kind of propulsion set up the Disney Dream has? Did they outfit her with azipods, or did they stick with the old style twin propellers/rudders like the Wonder and Magic have.?

    I find QM2 to be too tall as well. Too many decks result in a too short funnel as well, but can’t give up those revenue producing spaces…

    Terry

  9. Glenn Paull

    November 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Whenever a project was completed at Disney and every detail finalized Walt would say o.k. now “Plus it” i.e. give it that something “extra”. I’m sure he would agree that his crew of imagineers are keeping the Legend alive. Long live the Disney Magic.

  10. David Labaree

    November 1, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Sad to say, that stack of containers in the 17th picture down pretty much represents the style of this one. They should have gone with one of the earlier renderings.

  11. Corey palm desert

    November 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I just came off the carnival spirit which is one big straight slab on the outside. I think the new Disney ship is great looking for today. I wished Disney would of used the united states as a hotel ship in Florida to match retro theme. I like the retro look. The new Disney ship looks like a ship. The funnels are great because they are a reminder of the past. All new ships have to have balconies waterslides outdoor moviescreens and huge Vegas like shopping areas. The carnival spirit is circus circus on water and I talked to a lot of people and noone cares about outside looks. Disney is doing great job. If they came up with a adults only Disney cruise I would go

  12. john

    November 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Hideous. Like everything else coming out of shipyards these days. I’m waiting for something called “Monstrosity of the Seas”.

  13. tamme

    November 1, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I find the ship wonderful.

  14. phil

    November 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Well done Disney for creating a stunning retro cruise ship ,.puts P&O and there vista clones to shame , wish they would bring it to Southampton.

  15. Avery

    November 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I admit, I am being won over by both the interior and exterior aesthetic. They seem to have perfected the styling of the earlier ships (which I still consider fairly hideous) and the interior styling is surprisingly attractive. A shame that it’s Disney that came up with this and not Cunard or P&O or another “traditional” (ie relatively less evil) cruise line. Of course, I do not care for the Disney elements or Disney itself (I mentioned evil-the word doesn’t really do justice to them) but these ships are a pleasant diversion from the prepackaged crap adopted by all the other major cruise lines.

  16. Avery

    November 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I would also like to apologize to Peter Knego for some rather unpleasant things I said to him a while back. I forget exactly what they were, but they weren’t very nice. I believe I was mistaken and I now regret those comments. I hope Peter will for forgive me for them, they were said in the heat of the moment. As you no doubt know very well, sir, those of us with preservationist tendencies don’t always tend to think before we speak. So here’s to you, Peter, keep up the good work you’re doing documenting and preserving what little you can of those great ships.

  17. Patrick Le Bihan

    November 5, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Well, no plan for a future cruise on this vessel…..but on the Norvegian Epic ,i assume my choice !!!

  18. Kenneth Eden

    November 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Having seen the current Disney ships at sea and docked in St, Thomas USVI, I have to admit that they are very handsome. With a phoney fore stack, and a real aft stack, the two combined offer something very rare today, indeed, the look of the two stack passenger ship. The phoney stack is not new, the Kungsholm had a phoney fore stack, and upon the removal of the stack, and its replacement with a P&O style single aft stack, when P&O bought her and renamed her Sea Princess the ship lost most of its classic liner look. Inside the Sea Princess was still gorgeous.

    As an adult I grew up on all of the Disney stuff in the States, and to see these hadsome ships prospering and delivering a great product is wonderful. I await my cruises in these Disney ships when my grandson is older and can appreciate the experience. Then again, Cunard also offers a fantastic childrens program, without costumed charactors, with a genuinely more ault ambiance.

    I have wracked by brain out trying to think of what the aft stern with its bulging slant forward from the sea up reminds me of on the Disney ships, and I figured it out. The head of the alien creature, in the movie “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver.

  19. Peter Knego

    November 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Hi Avery, thanks for the kind post. And, no worries, please — I appreciate people who are passionate about the same things I am.

  20. Mage Bailey

    November 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Part 2 leaves me with my mouth hanging open. Perhaps this one is a bit over the top, but I’m never adverse to trying something new. I’m looking forward to the next entry with bated breath.

  21. David Walker

    November 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    More exterior pics on Andreas Deppings site here:

    http://www.depping-design.de/test/thumbnails.php?album=145

  22. Mike Ryan

    November 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I’m definitely impressed by what M-W and Disney have collaborated to build!

    Somebody mentioned that carrying 4000 passengers wasn’t very ‘retro.’ Some of the old liners at almost a third the size carried that much!

    The passenger/space ratio on Dream is still much better than most of our favorite classic liners :)

  23. Andreas Depping

    November 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I just added a collection of xxl-Disney Dream photos in my gallery.
    Enjoy!
    http://www.depping-design.de/test/thumbnails.php?album=146
    Andreas

  24. edvard

    November 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I really like the overall shape of the ship- particularly the shape of the hull. But it would’ve been nice if they had gone all the way with a more retro look. The two top early sketches look very reminiscent of a 1930’s liner. Had they decided to be faithful to that styling they would have had a truly unique ship.

    That said, this looks very well done and I think its pretty tasteful.

  25. Mike

    November 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Stunning, creative, and technologically spectacular. I wonder if the critics have been on Wonder or Magic and whether they enjoyed the very solid Art Deco/Nuveau designs? This is an outstanding advancement of a very solid concept that wins so completely that Disney can still charge twice the fare of other mega-lines for ships that are over 10 years old.

    Congratulations on a superb achievement, Disney. I can’t wait to enjoy the Dream.

  26. Terry Sechen

    November 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

    After just looking at some photos of the new Queen Elizabeth, I drop any complaints about the design of the Disney Dream. The Disney Dream is a much better looking ship on the outside. The stern design of the two is where the Disney Dream really shines.

  27. jim h

    November 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

    It works. Yes, some of the more whimsical Disney elements, like Mickey ears on the funnels, can be a turn off for some, but they are superficial. The basic lines of the ship show a real care for design that is lacking in so many newbuilds. Wrestling with such a massive size (essential for their market) while maintaining a somewhat classic profile can’t be easy. Having sailed on the Magic, I can say that the interiors are tasteful and more adult than one might think. As an architect, I’m familiar with art deco and they pull it off rather well. It’s not all Mickey and Goofy. They also do a better job service-wise than most other mass market lines.

  28. Andreas Depping

    November 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Some hours ago Disney Dream left Papenburg. Look here to see many photos from this event:
    http://www.depping-design.de/test/thumbnails.php?album=147

  29. Phil C

    December 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for a wonderful piece about the float out. I am definately heading down to Papenburg for the sister’s float out.

    Without a doubt the best-looking ship built for a long time. Peter, I really appreciate the intricate examination of the marble used, description of the plastering etc. All the minutae that shows the love and attention all who worked on the ship felt.

    And I remember well the words of a naval architect acquaintance who had surveyed Fincantieri and Meyer ships and was in no doubt as to the superior yard (we’ll forgive the Aurora’s temperamental running gear.)

  30. Kenneth Eden

    December 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Photo above, Status Quo dream, gorgoeus bow.

    Think retro, brand new Normandie. (I still find the stern a bit creepy)

  31. Joe Sturges

    December 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Well, the hull is a shade of midnight blue; the stacks are red and black and the superstructure is white. I am sure, as with the two smaller Disney vessels, the
    attempt at homage to the great atlantic liners was well intentioned. However,
    this “ship”(?) is so immense as to boggle the mind as are Epic, Oasis and a host of other floating walls. I just got back from a transatlantic on Navigator of the Seas and even she with 3,100 souls was overcrowded. Spending my vacation with 3000-4000 other people is not my idea of a getaway. Will the
    quest for segment domination of the market never stop???

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