DISNEY FANTASY Afloat

DISNEY FANTASY float out January 8, 2012, courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line revealed their newest ship, the DISNEY FANTASY, in a January 8, 2012 float-out at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.  Crowds lined the shore while fireworks greeted the new 128,000 gross ton vessel as it was backed out of the enormous, fully-enclosed building dock where construction has been taking place since the keel was laid on February 11th, last year.  At the end of the month, the ship will proceed on a narrow, winding journey along the River Ems to the North Sea to begin sea trials.  Along with sister ship DISNEY DREAM, it will be the largest ship to ever navigate the river.  DISNEY FANTASY is 1,115 feet in length, with a 125 foot beam.  Based on double-occupancy, the ship holds 2,500 passengers, but with the large amount of families expected to enjoy its many Disney amenities, the capacity will exceed 4,000 guests.  The maiden voyage is set to commence on March 31, 2012.

DISNEY FANTASY, January 8, 2012 at Meyer Werft, courtesy Disney Cruise Line
Shawn Dake

Shawn Dake

Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years.  A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary.  A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs.  Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America.  With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
Shawn Dake
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