It might have been before dawn, but there was no chance of Disney Dream slipping into harbour at Port Canaveral unnoticed this morning. The ship arrived at its new home to be greeted by thousands of fans, a few familiar characters, and a fireworks extravaganza.
The 130,000-ton ship has taken a leisurely 16 days to cross the Atlantic since leaving Germany just before Christmas. It stopped briefly at Tenerife, and made an unannounced visit to Disney Cruises’ resort of Castaway Cay on New Year’s Day – no doubt to check on the millions of dollars of development which has been taking place at the island ready to welcome Dream’s passengers.
From extended beaches and more dining locations, to the addition of private beach cabanas and Pelican Plunge, a new floating water play structure with water slides, the island now boasts even more offerings and activities for families to enjoy.
The ship will make its maiden voyage on January 26; before then there will be a succession of inaugural events, including a two-night preview cruise from January 21 to raise funds for Florida girls’ and boys’ clubs.
During its inaugural season, Dream will be sailing three, four and five-night itineraries from Port Canaveral to Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.