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Paul Motter October 31st, 2010 10:15 AM

DisneyDream Float Out Video

Disney Dream Float Out
Tonight (Oct 30), several members of the cruise press and hundreds of German citizens witnessed the “floating out” ceremony of Disney Dream in one of the last remaining shipyards in Europe, the Meyer Werft Yard in Papenburg, Germany.

The construction of Dream was started in 2008 and this floating out is a major step in the process, but not the final step before the ship enters service. This is the first time, however, that Disney Dream made its public debut since it has up to now been ensconced in a massive hangar-like building large enough to hold two complete cruise ships side by side. Inside this build was a dry dock where Dream was assembled. That dry dock was filled with water just a few days ago, just before we arrived to see the ship.

Building a cruise ship is a long process accomplished by thousands of workers who connect dozens of separate sections called “blocks” together. Each block, a smaller section of the larger ship’s superstructure, is constructed from laser-cut steel sheets welded together and then flipped upside down for the installation of ceiling units like ducts, fans, wires and pipes. Then, as each block is finished and returned to right-side up, it is then moved by crane to its proper place, permanently added to the superstructure of the ship and then welded into place.

Disney Dream was nearly fully assembled inside this large building from the ground up; keel first, followed by pieces of the hull that now hold the electric motors which generate the power to drive the engines inside the pod propulsion systems. Eventually they had built a labyrinth of plumbing, electric wires, air conditioning, P.A. systems, Internet connections, phone systems, etc., all connected together to create a working cruise ship.

Much of the hard work had been done while the ship was still in this dry dock, with the ship magically balanced upon its keel on top of huge wooden blocks, but there is a limit to what can be done and some things can only be completed with the ship free-floating in water. The final pieces can be extremely heavy and require the tallest cranes. These pieces must be added in a water filled dock, because the additional weight will cause the ship to settle lower than the dry dock can accommodate. That is why a ship has a “floating out.”

Inspecting the Original Construction

First we toured this huge building where Disney Dream had been built from the keel up. Next to Dream were huge pieces of the next ship they are planning to build in this shipyard, Celebrity Silhouette. We took a long walk along the length of Dream, all 1115 feet of her, still inside the building on our right. On our left were “blocks” that would soon become Celebrity Silhouette.

Dream was now afloat inside this building, but the former dry dock had been filled with water for the first time just a few days before we arrived. When it was a dry dock the ship had been balanced on her keel on top of wooden blocks – always an extraordinary sight to see.

But now she was ready to emerge and become self-supporting, floating on the channel that connects the Meyer Werft shipyard with the North Sea 40 kilometers away. The trip down that channel, many readers will remember, is called the “conveyance.”

Thousands of people were here to Papenburg this day to see Disney Dream make her first debut. There were local citizens lining the shores outside the building waiting to see the ship for the first time. Many of them were Disney fans, as this is the first new Disney ship in almost 11 years. Some of them were just maritime enthusiasts, and many of them had been among the thousands of people who had worked on building the ship.

As 7:00 pm approached our tour was over and we were moved to the viewing area where Dream was scheduled to emerge for the first time. The back doors of the building, some 160 feet wide and 200 feet tall, were opened to reveal the back end of the ship.

Everything was lit up on Dream – making her glow in the quickly fading daylight. We all waited about an hour until the sun finally disappeared completely. A tugboat tied up to the ship finally started pulling Disney Dream backwards and into the open channel. We watched her emerge ever so slowly from her construction hangar. This would be the first time anyone would be able to see the ship in its entirety by looking on from a distance.

Slowly, more and more of the stern emerged. Then the pace quickened. Next we saw the two satellite balls that many said look like Mickey Mouse ears. We saw the first of two smokestacks, beautifully lit in Mickey Mouse red, and then we saw the forward stack followed by the many circular portholes than frame the bridge wings. Finally, the grand pointed bow fully cleared the doors of the building and the ship was fully revealed; resplendent and majestic, magically light bow to stern like a glowing Hollywood icon.

Disney Dream is a beautiful ship – similar in style to the first two Disney ships, Dream and Wonder, but bigger and more majestic. Disney strived to recapture the classic Art Deco look of the magic era of Ocean Liners, the 1930s, and she is actually more reminiscent of Queen Mary 2 than any other modern ship in service today. She looks every bit as majestic and extraordinary as I expected she would.

As the ship sailed a little further into view the ceremonial music hit a crescendo and the crowd roared. Suddenly skyrockets erupted from the top deck, created hundreds of falling stars to bathe the ship in light. Next, a series of flash pots placed every few feet from the bow the stern and then back again popped off in sequence and shot more burning white stars over the ship. When it was over the ship was shrouded in white smoke, as if she had been born in a cloud.

Disney Dream had been revealed and she is a magnificent ship – extra large and stylish in the old tradition of ocean liners. She will enter service in January and can accommodate up to 4000 guests in 1250 staterooms. She is 128,000 gross tons, 1115 feet long, 121 feet wide (beam) and 187 feet tall. Her draft (the depth she sits in the water) is 27 feet.

Disney Dream’s cruising speed is 22 knots although she can reach 23.5 knots. She requires 1458 crewmembers to serve her 4000 passenger capacity. Of her 1250 staterooms, 1100 of them are outside (88%) with 901 of those having verandahs. 199 are simple ocean-view. 150 cabins (12%) are inside.

Stay tuned for more details of Disney Dream coming very soon.

Paul Motter October 31st, 2010 10:49 AM

In Papenburg - we start out tour - blocks of new CXC ship nect to us

The bow of Disney Dream - still inside the hangar

The length of Dream with a tug now inside trhe internal dock

From beneath the bow but still on dry land - loooking up

Dream Hull in Shallow dock

This ship starts to emerge - in sequence:

after the fireworks

Even later - after fireworks

Paul Motter October 31st, 2010 11:19 AM

New Video - This is a video of Mickey bragging about his new ship. But if you look carefully Sandra Brown (the Travel Channel Star) is to his right. She hangs will with ALL the big wigs (or ears, as the case may be.

Kathleen Templeton October 31st, 2010 12:00 PM

thanks for all the photos and videos. I cant imagine how exciting it must have been to be there in person.:D

Need a new assistant???:rolleyes:


AF1 October 31st, 2010 03:35 PM

I must say Disney makes a beautiful ship. I know the Epic and Oasis are the biggest; but the Dream has to be the most beautiful.

Paul Motter October 31st, 2010 05:44 PM

I is very cool - and tomorrow we actually get onboard and get to look around -- but we are not allowed to take pictures because GMA has anexclusive agreement on that.

Kathleen Templeton November 1st, 2010 04:17 PM

Guess that a perk of your job. :)
Get a good look at her for the rest of us, even though you cant photograph it.
Just a few months I will be be on her myself:wink: Luckily by then I will be able to take photos.:D


Paul Motter November 1st, 2010 05:47 PM

Good morning Amereica has the early rights to print pictures of the ship.

We had our LONG tour of the ship today, I think we were inbiard at least 5 1/2 hours. We saw everything from The atrium to Palo and the new restaurant Remy.

Some of the most beautiful rooms were the Movie theater whi is done in a beautriful art deco style.

One of the most beautiful rooms is the Enchanted Garden, one of the rotational restaurants. It is a lovely garden style restuarant during the day where the ceiling tiles actually turn blue like the color of the sky. Then at night they start to go black like the night and even have stars in them.

The room istlef has the beautiful chandeliers that look like closed buds during the day then at night they unforld into colorful flowers. I only wish I had pictures to show you.

The adults area starts with "The District" which leads to series of different nightclubs including "Skyliners" which will show a different city skyline nightly and you will witness the sun going down. It is jst like being there. There is "Pinks," the champage bar which features an exclusive new brand to Disney created Tattengers. The final nightlcub is deep within the district and has a live band plus celebrity DJs, with a smokescreen lighting effect. The ides is ti draw you deeper and deeper into the district as night goes on.

The kids have SO many options I don't know where to start. That will be a separate article.

The coolest thing is of course the AquaDuck - the water propelled ride that goes 780 feet around the top pool deck. That will be a blast, it is SO high up in the air.

That is all for now, I will have complete report when I get back to the States. Thanks for reading!

Oreodog November 2nd, 2010 09:40 AM

Hello Again,
I have followed the construction of the ship throught the ship yard web site over the moneths. allowed me to see the "float out" That had to be a wonderful experience PLUS I was able to get a large aft view where we have reserved 2 Cabins on deck 7. That was a fun surprise.
I am VERY DISAPPOINTED at the HORN on this ship. The famous 7 notes of, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR" is their signature!
To me it is as if they fired Mickey Mouse as the key man. I think they should keep their WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR horn.
Yes, I understand this tune plays off the DREAM THEME....BUT................It does not cut it!

Oreodog November 2nd, 2010 06:09 PM

dear Mr. Motter,

Enjoyed seeing the pictures you took. What an awesome job you have. Is it possible to ever get bored? Like folks who work in a candy store after awhile it's no big deal? At first glance I'd different day, different ship................Am I really living this?

Paul Motter November 3rd, 2010 07:09 AM

NO, never get bored, but the travel is very hard. I took me literally 28 hours of travel to get home from Dusseldorf yesterday. Today I am up at 4:00 am because my clock is turned around - but that is normal.

It will be a LOT of work to distill evertything I have seen on this trip, however, because there is a lot to report. It would all be fun, if there wasn't so much work involvbed, too.

But, no, I never forget how lucky I am to be able to see these things.

Oreodog November 6th, 2010 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by Paul Motter (Post 1326795)
NO, never get bored, but the travel is very hard. I took me literally 28 hours of travel to get home from Dusseldorf yesterday. Today I am up at 4:00 am because my clock is turned around - but that is normal.

It will be a LOT of work to distill evertything I have seen on this trip, however, because there is a lot to report. It would all be fun, if there wasn't so much work involvbed, too.

But, no, I never forget how lucky I am to be able to see these things.

Hello again Mr. motter,

WOW......I imagine the inner time clock is very messed up but.....To have seen all you see! DREAM JOB it sure sounds like. Enjoy your website and look forward to posting our DREAM trip next April.
Thank you for sharing.

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