Here they are at last – the pictures they wouldn’t allow me to take yesterday inside Disney Dream. The company’s own photographer, Kent Phillips, was on hand to take pictures of the interiors of the cruise ship. Some of them are already close to the computer renderings, which are shown here for comparison. Others demonstrate just how much work remains to be completed in the next five weeks.
First, the three-deck high Central Atrium, showing craftsmen assembling the gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier shown in the rendering below. The hand-tufted carpet will not be laid until there are no more workmen’s boots around, and a pedestal awaits the installation of the statyue of Admiral Donald Duck.
Next the Royal Palace restaurant, one of three main dining rooms on board the 4,000-passenger ship, almost ready for tables and chairs to be installed. The room’s decor, from the marble floor to the furniture and the frieze, includes references to all the favourite Disney princesses.
There’s rather more work required before the Enchanted Garden, another restaurant, will be ready for service. Based on the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, the room will be transformed from day to night.
The back-lit ceiling of the Evolution is designed to resemble the wings of a monarch butterfly, but the room will need to be cleared of workmen’s clutter before the first dancers take to the floor.
Nemo’s Reef is almost ready for the first young guests to start splashing among its slides and squirting water at each other.