February 11: “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work the employees of Papenburg’s Meyer Werft shipyard continue to go…” as Disney Cruise Line’s second Dream Class ship’s keel is laid. Today, the first block of the 128,000 gt vessel was lowered into the graving dock and a coin was placed inside as part of a time-honored tradition that is supposed to bring good fortune to the ship, her passengers and crew.
Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, did the honors but not without help from Minnie Mouse.
Disney has been typically protective of any specifics but all indications are that the new DISNEY FANTASY will have some special features in addition to all that make her identical twin, the DISNEY DREAM, so cutting edge. The DISNEY FANTASY will enter service on March 31, 2012 on seven night cruises to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."