|Disney Fantasy Keel Laying Courtesy DCL & Meyer Werft|
The maritime industry is one that is filled with traditions that live on today. One of those traditions is the laying of the keel ceremony, which is marked by a celebration that includes the placement of a ceremonial coin under the new ship's keel for good luck. In modern times, laying down of the keel is when the first block, or section of the ship, is lowered into the building dock. This marks the initial step in construction of a ship, so by shipbuilding tradition, the construction is dated from this event.
Disney Fantasy Keel Laying Ceremony
Papenburg, Germany was the site of today's keel laying ceremony for the Disney Fantasy, sister ship to Disney Dream. The new ship is being built by Meyer Werft shipyard.
Officials from Disney Cruise Line and Meyer Werft were onhand today for the lowering of the first section of the new Disney Fantasy into the building dock. Placing the coin was Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, assisted by Minnie Mouse.
The Disney Fantasy will offer many of the innovations that her sister ship, Disney Dream, features and brought to the cruise industry for the very first time, including AquaDuck -- the world’s first shipboard water coaster. However, the Disney Fantasy will feature a few new design elements and guest experiences that will give the ship a unique identity all her own.
The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will sail week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla. with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012.
Disney Dream entered service this January and early voyages quickly sold out. Anyone wishing to sail on Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy should consider booking now so that they won't be disappointed.
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