Disney Fantasy Arrives in New York
The Disney Fantasy arrived yesterday, February 28th, in New York, after her cross-Atlantic voyage from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Paul Motter and myself, Jason Leppert, are here to cover the christening ceremonies for this new vessel and will update you all as the events unfold.
In the meantime, here are some photos below that Disney has released of the Fantasy's graceful sailing into American waters for the first time.
I saw her sail into NY harbor yesterday on GMA....she sure is a beauty. I do love a dark hull! While I have no young kids to sail her, I do wish I could get a glimpse of this pretty ship.
maybe we can do our next cruise on it. that would be goofy.
Mmmm. Less than a week until I help welcome her home to Port Canaveral. :)
What beautiful lines.
What beautiful pics, love the ones in front of the Statue of Liberty....Nice welcome home!
Tonight's christening ceremonies for the Disney Fantasy were nothing short of extraordinary. The evening's fantastic entertainment sampler in the Walt Disney Theatre was emceed by none other than Neil Patrick Harris, and Paul Motter and I had front row seats. NPH (Neil's shorthand alias) played to the crowd with his usual wit and stage craft, introducing tastes of the Fantasy's three headline shows.
The audience was satiated by the increasing roster of talent as NPH introduced New York staples, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Broadway superstar Heather Headley. Jerry performed a 10 minute stand-up routine of fresh material which proved his comedic skills are still as sharp as ever. At one point Neil even "stumbled across" New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, in the audience. Then Heather sung a medley of three Disney classics before coming back to round out the stage entertainment with a soaring rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star."
Afterwards, the ships' atrium was filled with guests anticipating the ship's actual christening. To introduce the ceremony, Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, enlisted Mickey – now with a fully articulated mouth – to escort the ship's godmother, Mariah Carey, to the stage.
After the usual pleasantries, and a triple note a cappella tune from Mariah, we were shown a live video feed of the outside of the ship where her husband Nick Cannon and Minnie Mouse stood at the ship's bow. At Mariah's count, Minnie smashed the bottle of champagne onto the steel of the Fantasy's hull. And with that, streamers and confetti showered the cheering crowd.
It was a magical night in typical Disney fashion that finished off with a wonderful dinner and an opportunity to explore the ship's many nightclubs and bars.
And now some photos to whet your appetites as well...
The Disney Fantasy Docked in New York
The Official Christening Seal
Neil Patrick Harris with Mickey Gloves
Infamous Comedian, Jerry Seinfeld
Broadway Superstar, Heather Headley
NPH with New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg
Mariah Carey and Mickey Mouse
The Christening Stage
The Crowd Covered in Streamers
Looked like an amazing evening, great shots!
Jason and I were together in New York for this event - nice pictures Jason!!
We were sitting in the front row and had a bird;s eye view for the christening by Mariah Carey.
Yes - she does cruise often, we hears from one of the disney PR heads who told us she had been on a few Disney cruises - she is a big fan of Disney cruise line in particulart, which was the reason she was selected.
Great ceremony - and a beautiful ship.
Although it has been said Fantasy is a little "plainer" than Disney Drean because the decor is more subdued, what it lacks in ornate decor it certainly makes up in features:
The added features are there because Fanatsy is designed to do 7-day cruises, rather than the 3 and 4-day cruise Dream is scheduled to sail. Therefore, they needed more activities to keep the cruisers entertained for the extra days.
It has a more elaborate Midship Detecive Agency game for the interactive artwork. The game is TOO much fun to play - with magic looking glasses that become different tools like blow torshes, wrenches, hammers, etc (all virtual).
The new dinnertime "show" in Animator's Palate is just too much fun - you get to see your own drawings come to life on the big video screens around the room. (This is in addition to the other show where Crush comes and talks to everyone, the only show on Disney Dream).
There is a new Production show called "Wishes" with a definite newer vibe to it, with modern "hiphop=style" music production and "robot" choreography. This is not "When you wish upon a star" - although it has the same values, it is very modern in execution.
The adult area is completely different, including a new Skyline var where the cityscape changes several times per night, and a feabd Irish Pud (O'Gills) with a delicious sipping liquer which I can't say is like Bailewy;s but better.
There are also added kids features, especially a water soak area. All together, a very fun ship.
AND A FANTASTIC CEREMONY!
I have a feeling that tomororw night (Monday night) I am going to have a hard time sleeping. Considering that I have to be up by like 230am or so to get ready and make sure I am at Downtown Disney by 330-345am to be ready to board a bus at 4am to head out to Canaveral. I promise to take as many pix as the available light allows me to.
That was a great looking ship, and what a way to welcome her to NY.
Waiting for those pictures Hawkeye! :)
Here are some more photos from the brand new Disney Fantasy fresh from the shipyard:
The beautiful atrium welcomes
As does Minnie Mouse
And exquisite details
There are plenty of venues for little ones including the princess and pirate makeover experience found at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
And the spacious and interactive Oceaneer Club
With your favorite characters like those from Monsters, Inc.
The new AquaLab is sure to please with its leaky pipes, pop jets, and other aquatic mayhem
Little kids get their own water play area at Nemo's Reef
And the new Enchanted Art onboard this ship features the Muppets in "The Case of the Stolen Show" interactive game
Where you use detective cards to control the play
Europa is the adult-only area onboard the Disney Fantasy with venues themed to various European countries
With The Tube dance club and its dramatic foggy London entrance
And colorful interiors
With nods to the Underground
And the monarchy
The celling is decorated with a Union Jack comprised of numerous projection domes
The Skyline Bar features rotating cityscapes from across the EU
The vistas are animated with walking pedestrians, passing cars, and other urban elements as you order from the backlit drink menus
The French boudoir themed Ooh La La Lounge
With sprawling couches and eclectic decor
La Piazza carousel bar with its many popcorn lights
And O'Gills Pub with draft beers and other libations
Including a house brand Irish cream that actually beats Baileys
The restaurants onboard include the magnificent Royal Court
Details here abound including etched glass chandeliers
Coach lighting fixtures
And exquisite flooring treatments
The whimsy of Animator's Palate
And its many screens
And table ornaments
And I'll leave you for now with a final shot of the Fantasy's extensive upper deck space
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