Disney Cruise Line Acquires Unfinished Global Dream; Ship to be Based Outside of U.S.


Disney Cruise Line is set to expand its fleet with the acquisition of an unfinished ship that was originally commissioned by Genting Hong Kong before that company filed for bankruptcy.

No details were shared about the total cost of the acquisition, as Disney Cruise Line only went as far as saying that it was able to secure the ship “at a favorable price and within the capital expenditure guidance The Walt Disney Company provided on its recent earnings call.”

The 208,000-gross-ton ship — previously known as Global Dream — will resume construction at the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar, Germany. The shipyard is now under the management of Meyer Werft, the Papenburg-based company that built Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish.

The new vessel will be renamed at a later date and is expected to join Disney’s fleet in 2025.

It will also become Disney Cruise Line’s first ship to homeport outside of the United States, although the company has not yet revealed where. Genting Hong Kong’s original plans were to homeport the ship in Asia.