The Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, has taken to water for the first time.
The 2,500 - passenger vessel was floated out from a dry dock in Germany where it has been under construction for than a year - one of the last major milestones before its maiden voyage in March.
A sister to the much heralded Disney Dream, which debuted last year, the 130,000 - ton Disney Fantasy is arriving as Disney gears up for a major expansion that includes its first cruise out of New York, Seattle and Galveston, Texas.
The two new ships are Disney's first in more than a decade and together are more than doubling the line's capacity.
The Disney Fantasy will be similar but not identical to the Disney Dream. Last month, the line unveiled plans for a new show on the Fantasy called Wishes, and the ship also will have a new nighttime entertainment district for adults called Europa and an elaborate new dinner show.
Like the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy also will boast and innovative "water coaster" called AquaDuck that wraps around the pool deck and extensive childern's areas.
the Disney Dream, and Disney Dream are more than 50% larger than Disney's two pervious ships, the 14 year old Disney Magic and the 13 year old Disney Wonder.
Scheduled to sail on its maiden voyage on March 31,2012, the 1,250 cabin Disney Fantasy still must undergo several weeks of interior finishing work at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard before it is delivered to Disney. The initial stages of a cruise ship's construction take place in a dry - dock facility,but once exterior outfitting is completed, final construction takes place in a wet dock.
The Disney fantasy will be placed in Port Canaveral, Fla., and operate alternating, seven - night sailing to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
With spring just a few weeks away ( ok,about 10 weeks,but still)let's consider a Disney cruise...Dr Lee