The “world’s largest” cruise ship, which was due to be scrapped before its maiden voyage, has now been acquired by Disney.
German-Hong Kong shipbuilder MV Werften had almost completed construction of the Global Dream II ship when it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
It was on the market for 10 months, and if the administrators could not find a buyer, the 20-deck ship would have been scrapped.
However, last Wednesday, Disney Cruise Line confirmed the acquisition of the ship, noting that it had acquired the giant ship at a “good price”.
Although the price was not disclosed, the construction was reported to have cost $2 billion and required another $340 million to complete.
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It is currently located at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany, where it will remain pending completion under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish.
The ship will be renamed with some features rethought under the guidance of its “imaginers”.
“The new ship, which will be based outside the United States, will offer the innovative Disney experience as well as the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining and legendary guest service that distinguish Disney Cruise Line,” the Disney Parks website reads.
“The exterior will be adorned with the fleet’s iconic Mickey Mouse-inspired colors, complete with signature red funnels.”
The 189,000-tonne ship, originally built to carry 9,000 passengers, making it the world’s largest by passenger capacity, will be reduced to around 6,000 with around 2,300 crew members.
Its original design features included the first theme park at sea, plans for the longest roller coaster at sea, 350 meters of water slides, an inflatable obstacle course, a surf simulator, a trampoline park, and mini-karts.
Areas such as the large casino will also be redesigned in line with Disney’s family-friendly cruises, Maritime Executive said.
Meanwhile, the giant ship is expected to be one of the first in the cruise industry to run on green methanol, one of the low-emission fuels available.
Disney plans for it to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet in 2025.
MV Werften administrator Christoph Morgen said the sale is great news for shipbuilders.
“Several hundred current and former employees of MV Werften, colleagues from the Meyer Group and numerous suppliers will complete the impressive shipbuilding project in Wismar over the next two years so that it can sail for Disney Cruise Line as a sustainable family cruise ship in the future. Mr Morgen said.
Disney Cruise Line currently sails to destinations including the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, the South Pacific and, starting next year, Australia and New Zealand.