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Disney Dream at port in the Bahamas in May 2014
|Owner:||Magical Cruise Company Limited|
|Operator:||Disney Cruise Line (The Walt Disney Company)|
|Port of registry:||Bahamas|
|Route:||3 day, 4 day, and occasional 5 day Bahamas cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida|
|Ordered:||February 22, 2007|
|Builder:||Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany|
|Cost:||US $900 million|
|Yard number:||S. 687|
|Laid down:||August 19, 2009|
|Launched:||October 30, 2010|
|Christened:||January 19, 2011, Port Canaveral|
|Acquired:||December 9, 2010|
|Maiden voyage:||January 26, 2011|
|In service:||January 26, 2011–present|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9434254|
|Class and type:||Dream-class (Disney) cruise ship|
|Tonnage:||129,690 GT |
|Displacement:||65,298 t (64,267 long tons; 71,979 short tons)|
|Length:||1,114.7 ft (339.8 m)|
|Height:||217 ft (66 m)|
|Draft:||27.3 ft (8.32 m)|
|Decks:||16 (14 Passenger)|
|Installed power:||3 × 12-cylinder MAN diesels turning 3 x 14.4 MW generators 2 × 14-cylinder MAN diesels turning 2 × 16.8 MW generators|
|Propulsion:||2 x 23 MW Converteam Propulsion Motors 2 x 5 blade inward-turning fixed-pitch propellers|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (service) 24.7 knots (45.7 km/h; 28.4 mph) (maximum)|
|Capacity:||2,500 passengers (double occupancy) 4,000 passengers (maximum)|
Disney Dream is a cruise ship operated by Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company, which entered service in 2011. The Disney Dream currently sails three-day, four-day, and occasional five-day cruises to the Bahamas. Her sister ship, Disney Fantasy, was deployed in 2012.
History and construction
In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had commissioned two new ships. The first steel cut, for scrollwork on the ship's hull, was in March 2009 at the Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany. Later that month, the two ships were named, with the Disney Dream set to enter service first, followed by its sister vessel, the Disney Fantasy.  The design of the Disney Dream was unveiled at a press conference in New York City, on October 29, 2009.
The keel of Disney Dream was laid on August 19, 2009. On June 1, 2010, the final section of the ship, the bow, was put into its place, completing the exterior, with work continuing on the interior of the ship. Float-out took place on October 30, 2010, and Disney Dream had her maiden voyage on January 26, 2011.
Disney Cruise Line took possession of Disney Dream on December 8, 2010. She arrived in Port Canaveral, Florida on January 4, 2011. Disney Dream was christened on January 19, 2011, by Jennifer Hudson, who began her career as an entertainer on Disney Wonder. Disney Dream's maiden voyage began on January 26, 2011, calling on Nassau, The Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
Disney Dream is 40% larger than the two older ships in the Disney Cruise Line family, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, with a gross tonnage of 129,690 GT, a length of 1,114.7 ft (339.8 m) and a width of 137 ft (42 m). The Disney Dream has 1,250 staterooms, carries 2,500 passengers (double occupancy) or a maximum of 4,000 passengers, and a crew of 1,458.
Disney Dream's horn plays songs from Disney movies and parks, specifically: "When You Wish Upon a Star" (Pinocchio), "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Cinderella), "Be Our Guest" (Beauty and the Beast), "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" (Pirates of the Caribbean), "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)" (Pinocchio), "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (Frozen), and "It's a Small World".
Activities aboard Disney Dream include a 9-hole mini-golf course, a walking track, digital sports simulators, a full-sized basketball court that can be converted for use as a soccer pitch, a volleyball court, and a table tennis area. There are also two smaller sport courts and two lounges for younger children.
The ship features the first "water roller coaster" at sea, called the "AquaDuck". The AquaDuck is a 765-foot long winding waterslide with a four-deck drop and a course that winds 13 feet over the edge of the ship and through the ship's forward funnel. Other water activities include a Mickey's Slide and 3 pools. All pools contain fresh water. The adult-only Quiet Cove Pool includes a series of connecting pools with a bar at the end. There are also glass-walled hot tubs for adults & families. The ship also features two theatres: the Walt Disney Theatre, which shows live Broadway-style performances and variety acts, and the Buena Vista Theatre, which shows first-run Disney movies. There is a 24 × 14 ft LED screen attached to the forward funnel facing rearward called "Funnel Vision".
Areas for children and teenagers
The Disney Dream includes dedicated activity areas designed for younger passengers.
- On August 5, 2012, a Disney Cruise Line employee was observed via security camera molesting an 11-year-old guest in an elevator while the ship was still in port in Florida. The child reported the incident immediately to ship authorities, but the incident was not reported to Port Canaveral police in a timely manner. The suspect was removed from the ship at the next port of call in the Bahamas and was subsequently sent to his home country after he confessed. The victim's family did not request further investigation.
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