Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, Disney Wish, left the construction hall as it moves into the final phase of construction.
Following Friday’s float out of the new cruise ship, we have gotten our first look at Disney’s largest cruise ship. The float out marks a significant milestone in the ship’s construction, as it moves into the process of receiving its final fittings.
First Look at Disney Wish
Disney Wish left the enclosed building dock at the Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for the first time on Friday. The float out marks the first time the ship has hit the water and provides our first look at Disney’s newest cruise ship.
In true Disney fashion, the event kicked off with a special appearance by captain Minnie Mouse along with fireworks and music.
“We are pleased to have achieved another step toward completion of the ship with the undocking. It will then be the fifth ship Meyer Werft will have delivered in the Corona pandemic. We are convinced that the Disney Wish will surprise the cruise industry and Disney fans with some special features,”Jan Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft
The float out marks a significant milestone for Disney Wish, as the shipyard begins work on the final outfittings. This includes furnishings, paint, carpeting, and more.
According to a press release by the cruise line “It took about five hours and 29 million gallons (110,000 cubic meters) of water from the River Ems to flood the building dock, followed by a breathtaking exit as the ship sailed out with only 3 feet of clearance on either side.”
Disney Wish is the newest, and largest, cruise ship to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Despite COVID-19 related delays, the highly anticipated ship is ready to set new standards for the cruise industry.
The 144,000 gross ton cruise ship is the first of three new Disney ships to feature low-emission liquified natural gas (LNG) propulsion. The vessel features state-of-the-art technology, a Star Wars-themed bar, and Frozen and Marvel dining experiences.
The vessel has space for 4,000 passengers among its 1,250 staterooms.
Watch the float out:
Postponed Maiden Voyage
Disney Wish was originally scheduled to sail on her maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, but the ship’s delivery has been pushed back as a result of shipyard delays. The ship is now scheduled to debut on July 14, 2022.
Passengers who were booked on the maiden voyage have been re-booked to the new sailing date at a 50% discount.
Those who booked on other now-canceled voyages in June and July have several options of reimbursement, including a 50% discount on a future cruise departing by December 31, 2023.