Later in the day, another event was unfolding further south in Papenburg, Germany. After 20 months of construction, Disney Dream floated out of the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard, completing a major construction phase. The ship was greeted by thousands of visitors lining the shore to see the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, which features the first water coaster at sea and other cruise industry firsts designed to build upon Disney’s commitment to delivering unparalleled family cruises.
As pyrotechnics lit the sky, Disney Dream made its first public appearance as a tugboat pulled it from the enclosed building dock. Thousands of local residents gathered to see the "float out" ceremony. The “Float Out” is a special maritime event that celebrates the ship’s final stages of construction, where exteriors become complete and final touches are assigned to interiors. In true Disney-style, the celebration was highlighted with appearances by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
Disney Dream will remain alongside Meyer Werft’s outfitting pier in the shipyard harbor for about two weeks while testing is completed on the ship’s stabilizers, rudders, and other functional features, and work on the ship’s interiors continues. The ship is scheduled to leave the Meyer Werft shipyard and be conveyed down the River Ems the second weekend in November, where its destination is the North Sea at the port of Eemshaven, The Netherlands. Disney Dream is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on Jan. 26, 2011 from Port Canaveral, Florida.
Illustrations Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International & Disney Cruise Line