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August 27, 2009

New ship cruise news from Germany, Finland and France or Disney, NCL and Royal Caribbean


Lots of stuff happening in shipyards in Europe where several lines are building their biggest, newest, and perhaps most-anticipated (and certainly most publicized) new ships.

First to Papenburg, Germany, where Meyer Werft is building the new 128,000-ton Disney Dream, which will carry up to 4,000 parents and kids (or 2,600 passengers double occupancy) on adventures to the Caribbean, beginning in 2011. The keel has been laid for the latest Disney Cruise Line vessel, which means construction has begun and rabid Disney fans can officially start salivating.

Not a lot of details about the ship yet, but you can be sure Disney has some amazing tricks up its sleeve. Speaking of which, on its Europe cruises this summer guests with big bucks will be offered the unique shore excursion option of flying by private plane from Warnemunde, Germany (one of the ports of call on the line’s new Northern Europe route) to Papenburg to see the Disney Dream under construction. Cool, huh?

On to France, where NCL has its 4,200-passenger, 153,000-ton Norwegian Epic┬ábeing built at STX Europe in St-Nazaire. The news on this ship is you can now book passage on the ship’s first transatlantic sailing – or at least get on (more…)

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