The Disney Dream is built at the Meyer Werft in Germany and made her maiden trip on January 26th 2011. This was the first 4 day cruise to the Bahamas, after that she made 3, 4 and 5 day cruises to the Bahamas.
The Disney Dream is quite bigger than her 2 predecessors, the Magic and the Wonder. A ton of new things are introduced here on the Dream (and later also on the Fantasy) like a restaurant adapting on the time of the day, inside portholes showing Disney characters and the outside view like a real porthole, but most importantly the Aquaduck. The first watercoaster at sea!
During the construction of the ships in Papenburg you could do a tour of the warf (only in German), so you could see the progress. The tour starts with the history of the Meyer Werft, which ships are ever built there and an exhibition of Disney itself about his two new ships. After that you can have a look in the construction halls. I did a tour on April 4th 2010, during the construction of the Disney Dream. Right in front of you you see building blocks that could be for any ship, but on the far left you clearly see the smokestacks and the logo of the Disney Dream. There’s some unavoidable reflection on the pictures, but it gives an idea. You can see more pictures here.
On the 31st of October the Disney Dream docked out to stay there right out of the dry dock for two weeks to do some tests (like for the stabilizers) and some work on the interior. After those two weeks she sailed to Eemshaven and continued on to Amsterdam, the Atlantic Ocean and Port Canaveral…
- Year of completion: 2011
- Built: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Duitsland
- Weight: 128 000 ton
- Length: 340 m
- Width: 38 m
- Decks: 14
- Passengers: 4000 + 1458
- Staterooms: 1250
- Registered: Bahama’s
The finished Disney Dream sailed on November 12th and 13th 2011 from Meyer Werft in Papenburg via Weener and Leer to Eemshaven in the Netherlands. Thereafter she already made some try out sailings in the North Sea. November 15 she permanently left for more try out sailings to Germany and the last construction details before sailing to Port Canaveral.
You can find more pictures here.