Donald Duck took a trip to Germany today to help lay the keel for Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Dream. It’s the first of two new family-orientated cruise ships to be built at the Papenburg yard of Meyer-Werft.
Here he is helping the captain of the Dream, Tom Forberg, to place a lucky coin under the keel as work began to lift the first of 80 prefabricated blocks into dry-dock.
The ship will be completed in 2011 and will be followed a year later by Disney Fantasy. Together they more than double the capacity of the Disney Cruise Lines fleet, joining the Magic and the Wonder. The ships have their own signature whistles, playing “When You Wish Upon A Star” every time they sail out of port.
The two new liners will be based at port Canaveral in Florida, and from 2011 Disney Wonder will operate from the port of Los Angeles. Next summer, Disney Magic will be sailing in the Mediterranean and the Baltic.
Donald Duck got a good luck at the plans for the ship while at the yard, and the first thing he wanted to check out was whether the vessel has been designed with a ducktail.