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 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.
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 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.
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!