Rumor has it that Disney Cruise Line has purchased the 9,000 passenger Global Dream from bankrupt Genting.
A well-known and respected German outlet, NDR, has reported the ship, which was built for Dream Cruises, could be part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet as soon as 2024.
The 9,000 passenger ship, the largest ship by passenger volume to be constructed, has been sitting untouched in the German shipyard since January 2022. The vessel was intended for an Asian market and was built to sail in Asia, making the purchase by an American or European cruising company highly unlikely. However, it appears Disney Cruise Line is willing to purchase the vessel and complete its construction.
According to Christopher Morgen, insolvency administrator, Global Dream will be completed by Meyer Werft, the same company that has already built ships for Disney Cruise Line. Global Dream has an initial construction price of 1.6 billion euros, but Disney Cruise Line would likely pay just a fraction of the initial cost.
Even though Morgen has confirmed the purchase by Disney Cruise Line, neither Disney nor Economic Minister Reinhard Meyer have made a comment to confirm or deny the rumor. Meyer Werft, the shipyard behind the Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy, only stated that there were confidential discussions with Disney Cruise Line to potentially finish the ship.
The Global Dream was expected to begin sailing this year, but it is currently only 75% completed. It was planned to have 2,500 staterooms that could hold up to 9,000 passengers. The amenities planned for the ship included the longest roller coaster at sea and the largest cinema at sea making it the perfect fit for Disney Cruise Line.
How about you? How do you feel about the Global Dream possible joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet?