Disney Bought Huge £1.4 Billion Cruise Ship Destined For Scrap Yard

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  • Disney Cruise Line has announced that they will take on the partially completed mega cruise ship Global Dream.
  • The company also stated that they will bring the magic of a Disney Cruise Line vacation to new global destinations.
  • The exterior will be decorated in the fleet’s iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colors, complete with signature red funnels.

Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will purchase the partially completed Global Dream ship, which will hold approximately 6,000 passengers and approximately 2,300 crew members, after its owner declared bankruptcy earlier this year.

New Disney ship

After the company’s cruise line took over a vessel that appeared destined for the scrap yard, a new Disney ship will set sail.

Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will take on the partially completed mega cruise ship Global Dream.

The 208,000-gross-ton ship is expected to carry 6,000 passengers and 2,300 crew members when it enters service in 2025.

Disney magic

The company has stated that it will “bring the magic of a Disney Cruise Line vacation to new global destinations,” after Meyer Werft shipbuilding company contributes to her completion in Wismar, Germany.

“The ship will be renamed, with certain features reimagined by Walt Disney Imagineers’ world-renowned expertise, and is scheduled to set sail in 2025.” 

Details

According to a company spokesperson, “The new ship will be based outside of the United States, which means it could dock in a UK port.”

The exterior will be decorated in the fleet’s iconic, Mickey Mouse-inspired colors, complete with signature red funnels.

The ship will be among the first in the cruise industry to run on green methanol, one of the cleanest fuels available.

The ship’s initial construction cost was 1.6 billion euros (£1.4 billion), according to Edge Markets.

It is unknown how much Disney Cruise Line paid for it.

Largest cruise ship

The ship’s sister ship, Global Dream II, made headlines earlier this year when her previous owner, Genting Hong Kong, declared bankruptcy before it was finished.

The vessel cost a whopping £1.2 billion to build – still £200 million short of its budget – and has long been looking for a buyer willing to splash out £900 million to keep it from being a scrap heap.

Global Dream II would have been the world’s largest cruise ship in terms of passenger capacity.

The current record holder is the Royal Caribbean liner Wonder of the Seas, which can accommodate 6,988 passengers.

Despite this, no buyer for the ship was found for months, leading to speculation that its engine would be sold and the hull scrapped.

Disney vacation

There were fears that Global Dream, which is slightly smaller, would suffer a similar fate before Disney Cruise Line stepped in to buy it.

“Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are,” Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro said. 

“The addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before.”

Beginning in late 2023, Disney Cruise Line will offer its first cruises to passengers in Australia and New Zealand.

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Source: Mirror

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