Disney Cruise Line‘s newest cruise ship, Disney Wish, hit the water for the first time on Friday [11 February 2022] when it floated out of an enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Marking the world’s first look at the newest Disney ship, the major construction milestone was celebrated in true Disney style with fireworks, musical fanfare and an appearance by Captain Minnie Mouse.
It took about five hours and 29 million gallons (110,000 cubic meters) of water from the River Ems to flood the building-dock, after which the ship exited the building with only 3 feet of clearance on either side.
The ship will sail its maiden voyage on 14 July 2022 from Port Canaveral, Florida. Earlier this month, Disney confirmed the maiden sailing of Disney Wish had been postponed by over a month (was 9 June 2022), resulting in the cancellation of a dozen 3-, 4, and 5-night sailings to the Bahamas. Impacted guests were offered either a full refund or a 50% discount on a future cruise departing by 31 December 2023.
Disney Wish is the first of three new Disney Cruise Line ships to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard through 2025. Each will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and weigh approximately 144,000 gross tons.