Cruise Ships 2011, The Year In Review: Disney

Continuing Shawn J. Dake’s
Cruise Ships 2011, The Year In Review: Disney

The DISNEY WONDER seen leaving Los Angeles in February, 2011, will be leaving the port permanently at the end of 2012. Photo by Shawn J. Dake © 2011.

Disney Cruise Line showcased their latest addition, the DISNEY DREAM with a gala arrival at Port Canaveral, Florida on January 4th.  The new 128,000 gross ton ship has a capacity of over 4,000 passengers, the majority being families with children. The official christening took place January 19th when singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, with the help of a helicopter, sent a 16-foot high bottle of champagne, confetti and fireworks crashing across the bow.

DISNEY FANTASY float out at Meyer Werft in late 2011, courtesy Disney Cruise Line

When sister ship DISNEY FANTASY arrives in Spring, 2012, the two new ships will boost the line’s capacity by 150%.  The keel for the second ship was laid February 11th at the Meyer Werft yard in Germany.  While at the builder’s yard in December, the partially completed vessel suffered significant damage due to vandalism when various water valves were left open causing one million euros in damage to 40 cabins.  With the full four-ship fleet in service, Disney Cruise Line is expected to generate $1 billion in annual revenue.  Making way for the first new ship, the DISNEY WONDER completed a Panama Canal cruise, repositioning to her new home-base of Los Angeles, arriving on January 21st.  For 2011, the ship offered seasonal cruises to the Mexican Riviera before switching to a successful first season in Alaska during the summer months.  A similar pattern will be repeated for 2012 however by next December the ship may end departures from the West Coast.

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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