New Disney Cruise Ship Reaches Milestone

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Disney's much anticipated new cruise ship, Disney Dream, reached a milestone this week, having its final building block put in place at the German shipyard where it's under construction.

This means, among other things, the 128,000-ton Dream actually now looks like a ship. The final block was a 260-ton portion of the ship's bow, decorated with a smiling and saluting Captain Mickey painted in gold. Mickey was also at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg in person to celebrate the event.

Next up is outfitting the 2,500-passenger ship's interiors. In addition to Disney-infused children's spaces, the Dream introduces the first 'water coaster' at sea, a high-speed flume ride, 2 ½ football fields long and 46 feet high.

Other standout features include an adults-only restaurant with cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef; artwork that comes alive thanks to LCD screens with sensors; and inside cabins with "views" – live video feeds of waves (with the occasional animated Disney character floating by too).

The Dream debuts January 26, with a maiden cruise from Port Canaveral, and will then offer 3-, 4-, and 5-day Bahamas itineraries.

Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.

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