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Disney Wish Cruise Ship Construction Milestone: Keel Laying

The Disney Cruise Line has announced they have completed an important milestone in the construction of their newest ship, the Disney Wish.  Mayer Werft, the German company building the ship, conducted a keel-laying ceremony.

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,
– Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Wish keel is now in place!  Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The Disney Wish keel is now in place! Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The keel is the first block or section of the ship.  When workers put it in place, they put a newly minted coin under it for good luck.  The coin features Captain Minnie Mouse.

The coin is for good luck.  Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved The Disney Wish keel is now in place!  Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The coin is for good luck. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved 

In maritime tradition, keel laying is the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s life.  Today marked a momentous occasion for the Disney Wish, and I could not be more proud of our Imagineers, the cast and crew at Disney Cruise Line, and the team at Meyer Werft, the shipyard in Germany, who are bringing this enchanting ship to life.
– Philip Gennotte, portfolio project management executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Germany

Currently, the Disney Wish is scheduled to sail on its maiden voyage in summer 2022.

Looking forward to a new DCL ship!  Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Looking forward to a new DCL ship! Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Disney Wish will be powered by liquified natural gas, or LNG, one of the cleanest-burning fuels available. The ship will feature 1,250 guest staterooms and will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Looking forward to the new Disney Wish cruise ship?