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    Disney Fantasy Nearing Completion


    The construction of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, hit a major milestone over the weekend as the final building block of the vessel was lowered into place.

    The photo shows a 265-ton portion of the Disney Fantasy’s bow just moments before it was attached to the 2,500-passenger ship at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

    Under construction for more than a year, the Disney Fantasy is a sister to the 2,500-passenger Disney Dream, which debuted in February. Like the earlier vessel, the Disney Fantasy will feature a “water coaster” called AquaDuck that wraps around the pool deck, multiple Disney-themed shows and elaborate children’s areas.

    The ship also will have a new nighttime entertainment district for adults called Europa and an elaborate new dinner show (see illustrations of what Disney is planning for the new ship).

    The Disney Fantasy’s maiden voyage is scheduled for March 31, 2012, out of Port Canaveral. The ship will sail seven-night Caribbean itineraries, alternating between an Eastern Caribbean route (with stops in St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and a Western Caribbean route (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Special Eastern Caribbean sailings in November and December 2012 will stop in St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. All the itineraries will include a stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

    By Gene Sloan

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