Disney buys massive £1.4billion cruise ship which was destined for scrap yard
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A £900million mega cruise ship set to be scrapped before its first voyage finally has a famous new buyer – and is set to take to the waters in 2025.
Earlier this year, we reported how the Global Dream ship had been sitting inside a German shipyard alongside its sister ship Global Dream II.
The latter was waiting to have some of its fixtures as well as its engines ripped out and sold – as it had already been decided that it would not be worth selling whole.
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But the Global Dream ship was still clinging on for dear life, with bosses welcoming bids over the next few months.
It was built by MV Wefrten and accommodates more passengers than any other cruise ship.
The ship was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but they filed for bankruptcy at the start of this year.
The first Global Dream ship is also unfinished in the same dock, but time is running out to find a buyer for the pair as the shipyard is going to make only submarines from 2024.
Now it has a new buy – the Walt Disney Company.
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The exact cost has not yet been confirmed, but it is thought to be in the region of £1.4billion, by the time repair works and redecorating has taken place.
The artwork-adorned hull is set for a total rebrand, featuring the classic “hull art” of Disney Cruise's black and gold patterns with the world famous Mickey Mouse logo featuring heavily on it.
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And it will also have its engines changed so that it will use methanol for fuel, making it one of the first in the cruise industry to be “fuelled by green methanol” instead of diesel, like many are now.
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Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said: “Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before.”
Yolanda Cade, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Disney Signature Experiences, added: “The ship will be renamed with certain features reimagined under the world-renowned expertise of Walt Disney Imagineers.
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“The new ship, to be based outside the United States, will feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart.
“Construction will be completed at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish.”
Bookings for its maiden voyage are expected to be available some time in 2024.
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