Disney Cruise Line reached a major construction milestone, marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony of the Disney Wish, the first of three new ships in the line’s fleet expansion.
In addition, Disney Cruise Line also announced that Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through artwork on the bow of the Wish.
“As we look to the future with anticipation and excitement for continuing our legacy of creating magical vacations for families across the globe, we are thrilled to reach this significant milestone in the ship building process and to unveil Captain Minnie as the beloved character on the bow of the Disney Wish,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line.
Keel laying is when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, and a newly-minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features Captain Minnie, who originally debuted aboard the cruise line in 2019 as part of an initiative to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry.
“In maritime tradition, keel laying is the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s life,” said Philip Gennotte, portfolio project management executive at Walt Disney Imagineering Germany, who placed the coin at the ceremony. “Today marked a momentous occasion for the Disney Wish, and I could not be more proud of our Imagineers, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line and the team at Meyer Werft, the shipyard in Germany, who are bringing this enchanting ship to life.”
As we previously reported, the Disney Wish will set sail on its maiden voyage in summer 2022, with information on itineraries and bookings to be shared at a later date. The ship will be powered by liquified natural gas, offer 1,250 guest staterooms, and will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
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