March 2, 2009 – Construction Begins on the Disney Dream
“With these new ships, we are continuing to build upon that vision of providing more families with an unforgettable cruise vacation and the chance to explore new destinations with Disney.” – Karl L. Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line
On March 2, 2009, a special steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for the new Disney Dream cruise ship. The first piece of steel that was cut for the ship was for the intricate scrollwork that is now found on the ship’s hull. The ship was given its name later that month, and the design was released on October 29, 2009. The ship is similar to its predecesors The Disney Magic and Disney Wonder in having a design reminiscent of the ocean liners of old, with an art deco elegance and a hint of Disney whimsicality in its overall design. The ship was completed in October of 2010, and went on its maiden voyage on January 26, 2011.