It’s a busy time right now for the Disney Cruise Line. Amidst the hullabaloo of the christening and maiden voyages of its newest cruise ship, the Disney Dream, a fourth ship is quickly coming down the pipe. Friday, February 11, Disney Cruise Line celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Fantasy at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. This ceremony marks a significant milestone in the building of any ship as the first section is lowered and a coin placed under the keel for good luck. Continue after the break for Disney’s video of the ceremony and to hear Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, contrast the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.
Image: (L-R) Karl Holz (President, DCL), Minnie Mouse, and Bernard Meyer (Meyer Werft shipyard managing partner) celebrate the Disney Fantasy’s keel laying
In the video below, Karl Holz talks about the significance of the keel laying ceremony in the ship building process, but also talks about similarities and differences between the Disney Fantasy and her sister ship, the Disney Dream. Like the Dream, the Fantasy will also feature the Aqua Duck water coaster, state of the art children’s spaces, and the unique restaurant Animator’s Palate - a favorite found on all Disney ships. However, Holz says the Fantasy will also feature its own unique elements including an art nouveau style to contrast with the Dream’s art deco elegance. Details of the new restaurants and features will be announced at a later date.
The maiden voyage of the Fantasy is set for March 31, 2012, and the 4,000 passenger ship is slated for week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, FL.
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