Dream is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of
The Walt Disney Company. She currently sails three-day,
four-day, and occasional five-day cruises to the Bahamas. She
entered service in 2011; her sister ship, Disney Fantasy, was
deployed in 2012.
History and construction
In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had
commissioned two new ships. The first steel cut, for scrollwork
on the ship's hull, was in March 2009, at the Meyer Werft
shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. Later that month, the two ships
were named, with Disney Dream set to enter service first,
followed by her sister ship, Disney Fantasy. The design of
Disney Dream was unveiled at a press conference in New York
City, on October 29, 2009.
The keel of Disney Dream was laid on August 19, 2009. On June 1,
2010, the final section of the ship, the bow, was put into its
place, completing the exterior, with work continuing on the
interior of the ship. Float-out took place on October 30, 2010,
and Disney Dream had her maiden voyage on January 26, 2011.
Disney Cruise Line took possession of Disney Dream on December
8, 2010. She arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida on January 4,
2011. Disney Dream was christened on January 19, 2011, by
Jennifer Hudson, who began her career as an entertainer on
Disney Wonder. Disney Dream's maiden voyage began on January 26,
2011, calling on Nassau, The Bahamas, and Disney's private
island, Castaway Cay.
Disney Dream is 40% larger than the two older ships in the
Disney Cruise Line family, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with
a gross tonnage of 129,690 GT, a length of 1,114.7 ft (339.8 m)
and a width of 137 ft (42 m). Disney Dream has 1,250 staterooms,
carries 2,500 passengers (double occupancy) or a maximum of
4,000 passengers, and a crew of 1,458.
Disney Dream's horn plays songs from Disney movies and parks,
specifically: "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Pinocchio), "A Dream
is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Cinderella), "Be Our Guest" (Beauty
and the Beast), "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" (Pirates of the
Caribbean), "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)"
(Pinocchio), "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (Frozen), and
"It's a Small World".