Work will finally begin ramping up on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship
The process of transforming Global Dream for Disney Cruise Line has commenced this month at MV Werften Wismar, overseen by the Meyer Group, marking a significant milestone after months of uncertainty surrounding the project’s fate. The anticipated completion date for this transformation is set for either 2025 or potentially by 2026 at the latest.
According to reporting by Seatrade Cruise News, MV Werften’s administrator, Christoph Morgen, recently symbolically handed over a key to the Wismar shipyard to Bernard Meyer, the Managing Director of Meyer Group. This symbolic gesture has paved the way for the ongoing work on the vessel.
This project involves reducing the ship’s capacity and facilitating the use of environmentally friendly green methanol. Once the transformation is complete, the ship, now renamed, will be operated by Disney from its base in Singapore.
In the wake of Disney’s confirmation of acquiring Global Dream, progress remained stagnant for several months as the vessel was kept at MV Werften with minimal preparations to resume construction. Concerns from local trade union representatives and regional politicians arose in June due to uncertainty surrounding the shipyard’s status. During this period, there was ambiguity regarding whether a contract between Meyer and Disney had been finalized. A representative from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern federal state parliament even admitted to not being aware of any such contract in mid-June.
Initial indications from Disney in March suggested that the ship would start operating out of Singapore by 2025. However, recent rumors point toward a potential completion date of 2026 for the vessel’s transformation. Despite the timeline uncertainty, the ship was briefly visible in July as the dock gate opened, revealing its hull adorned with the dark livery as previewed in a rendering released by Disney the previous November.
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