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Biggest German-built cruise ship completed

The Local · 30 Oct 2010, 10:22

Published: 30 Oct 2010 10:22 GMT+02:00

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The completion of the ship will be marked by a firework display in the late afternoon, ahead of its maiden voyage, scheduled for January 2011.

The ship, built in the Meyer Werft shipyards, is the third and largest in the Disney fleet, with a length of 340 metres and a capacity for 4,000 passengers. Its special features include the first seaborne water-slide and virtual portholes in the inner cabins, which allow high-definition cameras to provide real-time views of the ship's exterior.

The ship will initially be docked at an adjoining pier, where it will undergo a number of technical tests on Sunday. It is scheduled to sail to the North Sea in two weeks' time, and will join the rest of the Disney fleet in the Bahamas by the New Year.

Its sister ship the "Disney Fantasy" is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.

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12:41 October 31, 2010 by ron1amr
How is this ship powered? I would prefer travelling by sea than air. But the first thing that comes to my mind is pirates. As they run rampant along Africa. Well as long as they don't travel near there or have provisions for this type of activity. But quite an impressive ship I must say.
22:35 October 31, 2010 by Mr_V
1) She'll be diesel-electric, like all modern cruise ships.

2) Piracy?! (a) Desperadoes in fishing boats pose little threat to a ship this large, with a trained crew as large as she'll carry, (b) she'll no doubt be equipped with LRAD and other countermeasures, and (c), uhh… this is a Disney floating resort, for the American market. She'll hardly ever leave the Caribbean, never mind visit exotic locales like the Somali coast.
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