The ship’s first outing was livestreamed from Papenberg, Germany. Excited onlookers and crews watched while it exited the building in the Meyer Werft shipyard, where it has been under construction for two years. After the ship was fully in the water, the crew set off celebratory fireworks.
Disney Cruise Line later shared photos of the completed ship and Captain Minnie on Twitter.
Construction will continue for at least another six weeks on the ship’s interiors and the AquaMouse water ride. Then, the team will move the Wish with tugboats on the Ems River to Eemshaven, Netherlands. There, it will undergo further preparations for sea travel.
The Disney Wish, together with the Disney Cruise Line’s next two ships, will run on liquefied natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel. It will take over the Disney Dream’s three and four-night Bahamas itineraries out of Port Canaveral. Meanwhile, the Disney Dream will move to Miami. The Disney Fantasy will remain at Port Canaveral for seven-night sailings.
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Watch the hour-long livestream as the Disney Wish cruise ship hits water below.