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Disney Cruise Line Welcomes Newest Ship During Christening Celebration Filled with ‘Dreams’

Award-winning entertainer Jennifer Hudson, center, joins The Walt Disney Company CEO Robert A. Iger and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Thomas O. Staggs to christen the new Disney Cruise Line ship Disney Dream during festivities at Florida’s Port Canaveral. The 29-year-old Hudson, an Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer, got her start as a performer aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship in 2003. Photo: Disney Cruise Lines
PORT CANAVERAL, Florida, USA /PRNewswire/ — With a dash of Disney magic and a surprising twist, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot “champagne bottle” across the bow of the Disney Dream during the christening ceremony officially welcoming the newest ship to the Disney Cruise Line family.
Serving the traditional role of godmother for the Disney Dream christening was Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award and Grammy Award winner whose own dreams of stardom began when she was a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003.
Hudson was joined onstage by Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, as the enormous “champagne bottle” filled with dreams of adventure, romance and fun was lifted into the air and broken across the bow of the 130,000-ton ship.  Some 3,000 people were gathered at the Disney Dream for the christening ceremony including celebrities, media and members of the public.
The spectacle befit a ship brimming with innovative “wows” – including gallery art that comes alive, the first water coaster aboard a cruise ship, Magical Portholes that provide inside staterooms with a real-time ocean view, a full-blown shipboard fireworks show, personal interaction with animated characters, play floors like gigantic video games, and original Broadway-style stage spectaculars.
“For over a decade, Disney Cruise Line has been making vacation dreams come true for millions of families and we continue that tradition today with the launch of the Disney Dream,” Iger said.  “The mix of imagination and innovation found on the Disney Dream is unparalleled and elevates the family cruise experience to new heights.”
Fireworks light the sky over the Disney Dream Jan. 19, 2011 as the newest Disney Cruise Line ship is christened in a gala ceremony held at Port Canaveral, Fla. (David Roark, photographer) Photo: Disney Cruise Lines

The 4,000-passenger Disney Dream sails its maiden voyage out of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 26.  It joins the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with the Disney Fantasy scheduled to join the fleet in 2012.   

“The addition of the Disney Dream provides an opportunity to extend our horizons and open up Disney cruising to more families,” Staggs said.  “From the majestic beauty of Alaska, to the culture and history of Europe, to the fun and sun of the Caribbean, families looking to take a Disney cruise have more options than ever before.” In 2011, the Disney Dream will sail three-, four- and five-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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