DCL-Disney Cruise Line acquires unfinished mega-ship Global Dream

   November 17, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The world’s largest by passenger capacity and still unfinished cruise ship Global Dream is joining DCL-Disney Cruise Line's fleet.

On November 16th, DCL officially confirmed the acquisition of the partially completed mega ship Global Dream that was sitting at MV Werften shipyard. The huge ship will be completed in Germany (Wismar), under the management of Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg.

The new edition of the fleet will boast innovative Disney experiences along with world-class dining, dazzling entertainment, and legendary guest service that set the company apart.

Global Dream is expected to have her maiden voyage in 2025 with a max capacity of ~6000 passengers plus ~2300 crew.

Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, announced the purchase of the Global Dream ship saying:

“Our cruise ships give us the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before.”

Genting Dream was ~75-80% complete before MV Werften filed for bankruptcy (January 2022) and its construction was suspended. Specifically built for the Asian market, MS Global Dream was ordered by GHK-Genting Hong Kong for its brand Dream Cruises, with a price tag of US$1,8 billion.

The Walt Disney Company expressed interest in finding a homeport for one of its upcoming liners closer to its patrons in nations like Japan or China. Global Dream differs from other Disney boats. The latest DCL ship, the newbuild (4000-passenger) Disney Wish, has a max capacity of 4000 passengers and is significantly smaller than the 9000-passenger Global Dream. 

Genting Dream will be one of the first in the industry to be powered by methanol, one of the lowest-emission fuels currently available.

Two more units of Disney's TRITON class are scheduled for deliveries in 2024 and 2025.