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Disney Dream Cruise Ship Detailed

2011 seems a long time to wait for the debut cruise of Disney’s third cruise liner, the Disney Dream, but guests are already lining up to book packages on its maiden voyage. If you’re not convinced to book your own trip, the Disney Cruise Line… Read More »Disney Dream Cruise Ship Detailed

Disney Dream Dining Revealed

Continuing my series on what’s coming next from the Disney Cruise Line, today we look at the new, and the classic, dining options that will be available on the Disney Dream when it sets sail in 2011.

So what will the first set of passengers find? How about elaborately themed restaurants, distinctly Disney touches, and world-class cuisine. All of which promise guests of the Disney Dream a memorable entertainment experience for families and guests of all ages.

Find out all the details, along with concept art, below the jump:

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Disney Cruise Line adds Water Coaster to its new ship

Hang on to those Hats and Glasses when you board the next innovation to come from the Disney Cruise Line. The new Disney Dream will debut the cruise industry’s first-ever shipboard water coaster, a.k.a. the AquaDuck. The ride will take guests on a high-speed flume… Read More »Disney Cruise Line adds Water Coaster to its new ship

Disney Cruise Line adds Alaska with expansion

The Disney Cruise Line has a problem. They have a lot of loyal repeat customers, but their offerings are thin when it comes to different ports of call. This will be solved in 2011 when the Disney Dream arrives in Florida to bring the fleet up to three ships. That will free Disney to move one ship, the Disney Wonder, to the west coast, and the other, the Disney Magic, to Europe.

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The Wonder’s visit to Alaska is a first for Disney and the ship will require a few upgrades to handle the different weather. But it will also offer some expansive views and new excursions to explore. I predict this will be quite popular.

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The Mediterranean itineraries the Disney Cruise line did during their previous trip to Europe were also a big hit. It should be even better now that they have some experience under their belt.

More info on what each new destination will involve below the jump:

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Disney Wonder Cruise Ship Rescues Passenger and it’s Twittered

It was high drama on the high seas last night as the Disney Wonder rescued a guest who fell off the Carnival Cruise Line ship the Sensation. At the completion of its trip, the Carnival Sensation was heading into Port Canaveral when the man fell off the ship somehow. He treaded water for about an hour until the Disney Wonder, also heading into the port, found and rescued him. His condition is reported to be okay.

How do we know this? A Disney Wonder guest twittered the whole thing. I’ve included a jpg of the tweets below from user BigHeadDennis.

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I wonder if this is the first time a rescue like this has been twittered.

Transcript is below the jump:

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Disney Cruise Lines Making room for more Magic at Castaway Cay

The Disney Cruise Line has released more details of the upcoming expansion to their private island Castaway Cay. Located in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, Castaway Cay is a popular stop on the itinerary. When the new larger ships start operating in 2011, it will have to handle approximately 2000 more guests with each visit. As such Disney will be adding new beaches, expanding existing ones; expanding existing facilities; adding restaurants, and even new water play areas. Plus they will expand the island’s tram network to help spread guests out around the 1000 acre facility.

Follow below the jump to see the most recent DCL Video Podcast about the expansion plus the full press release:

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Around the Hub – Disney News and Links

Out in Los Angeles the ABC station is in danger of losing their broadcast towers to the wildfires out there. Smoke is a persistent smell across the county. So everybody out west please be safe and take care of yourselves, okay. Wall-E Tattoo. Very cool,… Read More »Around the Hub – Disney News and Links

DCL’s “Disney Dream” Celebrates Keel Laying

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The Disney Cruise Line has celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Dream, the first of two larger ships destined to expand the Walt Disney Company’s family cruise options to more people in more places around the world. The ceremony, including Donald Duck of course, took place at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

“Since our inception, families have come to know and love Disney Cruise Line, and they are looking for additional ways to enjoy all that we have to offer,” Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said. “Our fleet expansion will allow us to satisfy demand on both the East and West coasts of the United States while also giving us the flexibility to explore additional global destinations for our Guests.”

The keel laying ceremony is the first time the Disney Dream will begin to take shape after many years of design work. In the maritime industry, the ceremony marks a momentous occasion when the first block – or section – of the ship is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. While you can’t yet see the Disney Dream on the Meyer Weft webcams, they are a fascinating window into the process.

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Doing the honors of placing the coin was Captain Tom Forberg. With a distinguished maritime career aboard Disney Cruise Line, Forberg was the first crew member hired and the captain who launched the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. Recently, Forberg was named as the future Master of the Disney Dream.

The ship will continue to take its form through a block construction process in which pre-fabricated complete hull sections are joined together in block units and are then brought together to form the ship. The Disney Dream will be made up of 80 blocks, with the first block weighing in at approximately 380 tons.

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