Keel-laying ceremony for Disney Wish

Captain Minnie Mouse mural for bow of next Disney Cruise Line ship

Disney Cruise Line marked a significant construction milestone at the Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg, Germany on 8 April 2021 with a traditional keel-laying ceremony of the Disney Wish, the first of three new ships in the line’s fleet expansion.

Keel laying takes place when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, and a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for Disney Wish features Captain Minnie Mouse, who made her debut aboard Disney Cruise Line ships in 2019 as part of a collection of initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the cruise industry.

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Captain Minnie Mouse | Photo credit: Matt Stroshane

The magic of Captain Minnie Mouse will come to life for the first time through whimsical artwork on the bow of the Disney Wish, a hallmark of Disney Cruise Line vessels.

Disney Wish keel laying, Papenburg, Germany | Source: Disney Cruise Line

“As we look to the future with anticipation and excitement for continuing our legacy of creating magical vacations for families across the globe, we are thrilled to reach this significant milestone in the ship building process and to unveil Captain Minnie as the beloved character on the bow of the Disney Wish,” said Thomas Mazloum, President of Disney Cruise Line.

Disney Wish is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage in summer 2022. Information on itineraries and bookings for the ship will be released at a later date.

The ship will showcase the immersive family entertainment, enchanting storytelling and unparalleled service that only Disney can deliver. Disney Wish will be powered by liquified natural gas, one of the cleanest-burning fuels available.

At approximately 144,000 gross tonnes and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ship will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

All images courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.

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