Captain Mickey along with Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz and Meyer Werft Managing Partner Bernard Meyer celebrated Disney Cruise Line’s first steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Disney Cruise Line has officially begun construction on two new ships at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The two 1,250-stateroom ships are scheduled for completion in 2011 and 2012 and will join DCL's current family-friendly ships, Wonder and Magic.
"When we launched our business in 1998, we recognized a need in the marketplace for a cruise experience created just for families," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations. "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."
The first piece of steel cut for the new ships was part of the art deco inspired scrollwork that will grace the bow of the ships, similar to the intricate scrollwork on Disney's other ships. Further design details will be unveiled at a later date.
The fleet expansion will more than double the passenger capacity for Disney Cruise Line. Similar to Magic and Wonder, the new ships will be built specifically with families in mind, with specially designed areas and activities for each member of the family.
Currently, Disney Wonder sails three- and four-night cruises to The Bahamas, while Disney Magic primarily sails seven-night cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean and, beginning in the spring of 2010, will embark on a season of limited itineraries exploring Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.