DISNEY Cruise Line (DCL) made the bombshell announcement this week that it is acquiring the partially completed Global Dream vessel, formerly owned by the now-defunct Dream Cruises, where she will be rebadged and based outside of the United States to service a range of soon-to-be-revealed itineraries.
DCL said it would now work with the Meyer Werft shipbuilding company in Germany to complete the 208,000-gross-tonne cruise ship, also revealing the expected capacity will be around 6,000 passengers and approximately 2,300 crew members.
The usual Disney fixtures will be installed on the ship, such as the iconic Mickey Mouse-inspired colours complete with signature red funnels, while the line also confirmed it would feature many of its historically popular onboard services.
The cruise line is believed to have picked up the ship for a song, given it was unfinished by the bankrupt Dream Cruises and potentially going to be sold for scrap.
The DCL fleet sails to destinations in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and the South Pacific, and only recently announced its first-ever planned sailings to Australia and New Zealand beginning in late 2023.