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Meyer Werft lays keel of “Disney Destiny”

Caption: Keel laying block for the third ship in the Wish class for Disney Cruise Line with Philip Gennotte and Thomas Weigend

Construction of the third cruise ship in the Wish class for the US shipping company Disney Cruise Line has begun at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg.

The construction of Disney Cruise Line’s new cruise ship has reached another milestone: the traditional keel-laying ceremony marks the start of the assembly of the ship’s hull. The “Disney Destiny” is the sister ship of the “Disney Treasure”, which is already under construction, and the “Disney Wish“, which will be delivered in 2022.

The keel was laid in the 504 m long, covered building dock at Meyer Werft. In keeping with maritime tradition, Philip Gennotte, a representative of the US shipping company, placed a lucky coin under the keel of the new ship. The shipyard then gave the signal to lower the block onto the bracing and the coin. The keel-laying block is 38.9 m wide, 14 m long and 6.3 m high.

Meyer Werft. Disney Treasure (im Bau), Kiellegung, Disney Destiny
The keel laying of the “Disney Destiny” took place before the new construction of the “Disney Treasure” (© Meyer Werft)

“The third ship in the Wish class will also impress with Meyer quality and be rich in features,” said Thomas Weigend, Chief Sales Officer and Managing Director of Meyer Werft.

Meyer Werft, Disney Destiny
Keel laying block for the third ship in the Wish class for Disney Cruise Line with Philip Gennotte and Thomas Weigend (© Meyer Werft)

“Disney Destiny” will also be an LNG ship

The third ship in the Wish class will have around 1,250 cabins and a size of around 144,000 GT. Delivery is planned for 2025. Just like the “Wish”, which has already been delivered, and the “Treasure”, which is expected to be delivered this year, the cruiser will have a low-emission LNG propulsion system.

Parallel to the newbuild, Meyer Werft is currently converting and completing the “Disney Adventure” cruise ship at the former MV shipyard in Wismar. This is the former “Global One“, which was to be built for Dream Cruises at the MV shipyard before the insolvency of the Genting Group.

Disney Wish, Meyer Werft
The “Disney Wish” (© Meyer Werft / David Hecker)

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