Yesterday the new Disney Dream cruise ship was christened at Port Canaveral, Fla., as only Disney can do it…with a fabulous show.
Approximately 400 cast members and musicians (including the military band from the Jacksonville Naval Base) performed before about 2,000 VIP guests and media before Jennifer Hudson waved a wand and formally named the ship.
When she did, a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot champagne bottle from a barge and “broke” it on the bow.
The christening program, which also involved two large multimedia screens, focused on the name of the ship…as how would fulfill both the company’s dream and the dreams of its future passengers.
As it turned out, Jennifer Hudson was an excellent choice to be the ship’s godmother. Few knew that she began her stage career as a singer on Disney’s Wonder in 2003. That was before she was a hit on “American Idol” and won an Oscar for her performance in the movie “Dream Girls.”
The high-energy show featured four segments: Pirates, representing the adventures to be experienced on the ship; Princesses, representing the romance to be found aboard; Drummer and dancers, representing fun and then an “Anchors Aweigh” tribute.
The crew of the Dream, which was atypically moored away from the pier during the ceremony, was also recognized…and they waved from the ship.
All in all, it was quite stirring.
After the ceremony, VIPs departed and those who were going to sail enjoyed champagne and appetizers in the terminal.
Promptly at 12:30 p.m. we were allowed to board. Boarding was extremely swift as all bags had been taken early in the morning and most had been issued their ship documents and key cards the day before.
This mini-cruise is primarily for media. The 4000-passenger ship’s maiden voyage departs Jan. 26 out of Port Canaveral, Fla.
P.S. I hear that Whoopi Goldberg just walked through this little coffee shop that I am working in here on the ship! But I missed seeing her…
Next: First impressions of the Disney Dream
Photos by Chet Janssens