Disney Dream cruise ship gets first taste of water
In this handout image provided by Disney, the new Disney cruise ship, the Disney Dream, made its very first public appearance Oct. 30, 2010, when it was pulled by tugboat out of the enclosed shipyard building where it was constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Thousands of local residents gathered for the ceremony which was highlighted by fireworks and Disney characters. (HANDOUT, GETTY IMAGES / October 31, 2010)
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Meyer Werft shipbuilders said Saturday the 1115-foot-long ship is to depart for the Atlantic ocean early next month. The Dream is the first of two crafts to be built for the U.S.-based Disney Cruise Lines.
Measuring 121 feet (37 meters) across, the ship features a water coaster wrapped around the perimeter of its top deck, virtual portholes that offer live views of the sea and sky from video cameras mounted around the ship and a series of lounges for young and adult.
The Dream can hold up to 4,000 passengers and is due to launch in Jan. 2011 and be based out of Port Canaveral.