Jennifer Hudson To Christen Disney Dream

Jennifer Hudson, a past finalist on American Idol and a Grammy Award-winning recording artist who began her career in 2003 performing on a Disney Cruise Line ship, has been named godmother of the new Disney Dream. Disney had been keeping the selection under wraps and just announced the choice today to past passengers.
Hudson, who also is an Academy Award-winning actress, will christen the 2,500-passenger ship, the line's first in more than a decade, during a ceremony at Port Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday. Media, travel agents, consortia executives and VIPs will attend.

After the christening, many of the attendees will board the vessel for a two-night preview cruise, which features a port call at the line's private isle, Castaway Cay. Travel Agent will be onboard and report here on the festivities with photos from the events.
"Anytime a new ship is delivered, it's good for the entire industry — especially when those ships are game changers," Michelle Fee, co-founder and CEO, Cruise Planners, told Travel Agent.

That's true for Disney Dream, which features the industry's first AquaCoaster at sea. The ship also boasts virtual portholes in inside staterooms and new entertainment options.
Fee says the new Disney Dream has a lot more bells and whistles than its sister ships, which is positive for the trade: "Innovation sells. Everyone wants to sail on the 'new' ships."


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