View 161: Back from a Dream

The Disney Dream awaiting its christening ceremony at Port Canaveral, Florida.

The Disney Dream awaiting its christening ceremony at Port Canaveral, Florida. Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.7, 28mm focal length, HDR Image.

My first real look at the Disney Cruise Line’s new ship, the Disney Dream, was as I was walked out of the terminal to the bleachers for the christening ceremony.  She is one impressive sight being 1,115 feet in length, 14 decks high, 130,000 tonnes with 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers and almost 1,500 crew members. Three main dining rooms and two optional adult only restaurants. Entertainment is everywhere from Broadway-like shows in the Walt Disney Theatre, first run movies with 3-D and state of the art sound system, deck parties, fireworks (Disney is the only cruise line that does this), spas and itineraries which include a stop on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Disney CEO Bob Iger with Disney Dream Godmother, Jennifer Hudson (singing in tan dress) and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman, Tom Staggs, on stage during the Disney Dream christening ceremony.

Disney CEO Bob Iger with Disney Dream Godmother, Jennifer Hudson (singing in tan dress) and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman, Tom Staggs, on stage during the Disney Dream christening ceremony. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 300mm focal length.

Disney VIPs where on hand to christen the Disney Dream along with Jennifer Hudson who is the Dream’s Godmother.  Did you know all ships have Godmothers?  I didn’t.  There were other celebrities on board like Whoopie Goldberg and John Stamos who I got to see a few times during the cruise.

Disney Dream Christening Cruise champagne glasses before being filled and distributed to passengers.

Disney Dream Christening Cruise champagne glasses before being filled and distributed to passengers for the Sailing Away party. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 42mm focal length.

During the Sailing Away party on Decks 11 and 12, thousands of commemorative champagne glasses where filled and distributed.  Kids got non-alcoholic versions in the same glasses.  Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Chip & Dale were all on hand to give the Dream a proper Disney sendoff much to the delight of all the passengers, young and old.

The Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay where passengers disembark from Deck 2.

The Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay where passengers disembark from Deck 2. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

The size of the Disney Dream really hit me when I left to enjoy Castaway Cay.  Looking up from the dock, the Dream looms overhead and it is impossible even with a wide angle lens to photograph her from stem to stern there.

Sorcerer Mickey is featured on the stern of the Disney Dream.

Sorcerer Mickey is featured on the stern of the Disney Dream. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/14, ISO 400, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

The Christening cruise lasted only two nights and was not enough time to fully explore all the Disney Dreams features.  I will say this, I will be back!

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13 Responses to View 161: Back from a Dream

  1. Simone says:

    Wow, what a monster! Swimming city! Looks like fun°!

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  2. Mitch says:

    Great shots; glad you had a good time. I have to admit that I’ve never really personally been next to a cruise ship, but saw one my first time in Fort Lauderdale that was taller than almost all the buildings; that’s just freaky!

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  3. Gerry says:

    That is the size of one of the big ore carriers. A small city afloat. You captured the enormity of it all very well.

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  4. kanniduba says:

    Whoa!
    Great photos…so glad you had such a great time!

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  5. milkayphoto says:

    Welcome back, Scott! I saw the Christening Ceremony – was quite a production!

    Only TWO nights! NO, that is not clearly enough! You MUST go back! 😉

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  6. Karma says:

    Fabulous! Shall we expect more here on this blog about the trip or do we need to head over to your Disney site?

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  7. Nye says:

    Wow, she looks impressive. I can’t wait to see more photos, especially the food photos. 🙂

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  8. flandrumhill says:

    You’ve certainly captured her beauty. I love the colors.

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  9. Suzanne says:

    Great picture — I love how the blue colors really pop!

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  10. Kathy says:

    Look at the colors here! How in the world did you make these colors–what did Suzanne just say?–pop? Beautiful!

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