Meyer Werft delivers «Disney Fantasy»
Disney Cruise Line took possession of its newest ship – «Disney Fantasy» – on February 9, 2012 from the Meyer Werft shipyard in a traditional maritime ceremony aboard the ship. The Meyer Werft flag was lowered, while the Disney Cruise Line flag was raised, transferring ownership from the shipbuilder to Disney.
This final milestone closes the book on the ship’s construction journey and signals her readiness to welcome guests on her maiden voyage, set for March 31, 2012, from Port Canaveral, Florida. The «Disney Fantasy» is the second of two newly designed Disney ships that take the family cruise experience to new heights and features many of the innovations found on her sister ship, «Disney Dream».
Known for establishing the family cruise market when the business launched in 1998, Disney Cruise Line continues to build upon this success with a focus on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company’s most known assets – master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service.
– The «Disney Fantasy», along with her sister ship, the «Disney Dream», are the largest ships that Meyer Werft has ever built, said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. – Over the last five years we have developed an outstanding partnership working with Disney, and together, we have seen two magnificent ships become reality. The collaboration among Disney Cruise Line, Meyer Werft and its suppliers has been exemplary.
Meyer Werft and Disney first signed a contract to build two new ships in April of 2007. Shortly thereafter, planning for the design of the ships began and construction started on the «Disney Dream», the first of the two new ships, with the first steel cutting on March 2, 2009.
Captain Tom Forberg will officially take the helm of the «Disney Fantasy» for Disney Cruise Line. As part of the Disney Cruise Line ship construction team, Captain Forberg has been with the company for more than 15 years and was responsible for launching Disney’s first three ships, the «Disney Dream», the «Disney Magic» and «Disney Wonder».
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