I still remember the float out of the Disney Dream® in 2010. I was flying to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise that weekend. The float out was delayed so when we arrived in Atlanta I was able to get the live feed on my smartphone.
What is a float out, you might ask? A float out is when the ship yard takes the ship out of the drydock where she was being built. For a brand new ship, this is the first time that she will float in the water.
With the Disney Dream, this was a big event, with many visitors to the shipyard that day. Of course Disney makes this event special. Check out these two videos of the float out.
You can get a feel for the size of this ship by looking at its size as compared to the RVs at the water’s edge!
Following the float out, ships from Meyer Werft must move down the River Ems. This is a very narrow transit and many people will come to the shores of the river to see the new ship go by. Since the Disney Dream’s conveyance was at night, Disney added a special touch again.
This weekend will be the float out of the Disney Fantasy®. Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the float out has been rescheduled for 11 am on Sunday. This is 5 am Eastern Standard Time. Of course this is subject to change based on weather conditions. The transfer down the River Ems will take place mid to late January.
Do you plan to cruise on the Disney Fantasy in it’s inaugural season?