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I thought I was dreaming when I heard the familiar strains of “When You Wish Upon A Star” blasting across the harbour in Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St Thomas last week.
Then I realised it was the sound of the whistle on the Disney Magic cruise ship (above), leaving its berth at Havensight.
There are currently two classically-proportioned twin-funnelled Disney cruise ships, the Magic and the Wonder, each carrying 1,750 passengers – and a host of Disney’s favourite characters.
They will soon be joined by two more, which will be 50 per cent bigger, and carrying 2,500 passengers each. Disney has announced they will be called the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.
Construction work on the new ships began last week in Germany, and the ships will begin sailing from Port Canaveral in Florida in 2011 and 2012.
Disney Magic will be sailing European waters next year, including four cruises out of Dover.
No jokes please about a Mickey Mouse operation – the Disney ships provide a fabulous family experience.