Meyer Werft launches Disney’s first LNG-powered newbuild

Germany’s Meyer Werft has floated out the first LNG-powered vessel it is building for Disney Cruise Line, a unit of the US-based Walt Disney Company.

Meyer Werft undocked the giant cruise vessel, Disney Wish, with a gross tonnage of 144,000 from Baudock II in Papenburg on Friday, the shipbuilder said in a statement.

Meyer Werft launches Disney’s first LNG-powered newbuild
Image: Disney Cruise Line

This is the first 339.5 meters long LNG-powered vessel out of three Disney has on order at the German yard.

Disney Cruise Line expects the new ship to start working from Port Canaveral, Florida in the summer of this year following delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meyer Werft launches Disney’s first LNG-powered newbuild
Image: Disney Cruise Line

Meyer Werft laid the keel for this ship in April last year. The new ship for Disney Cruise Line has 1,250 cabins and is slightly larger than the company’s current ships, Dream and Fantasy, both built by Meyer Werft.

The German yard should deliver the second and the third LNG-powered vessel to Disney Cruise Line in 2024 and 2025, respectfully.

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