Disney Cruise Line Acquires Partially-Built Global Dream
Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that it has acquired partially-built mega ship Global Dream.
The vessel was originally ordered for Dream Cruises before its parent company Genting Hong Kong went bankrupt. Global Dream was about 80 percent completed at the time.
Disney will work with Meyer Werft to complete construction at the former MV Werften shipyard in Germany.
The ship will be 208 thousand gross tons, carry around 6,000 guests, and feature three funnels. Disney says that it will not be based in the United States. More details will be announced at a later date.
MSC Cruises Takes Delivery of MSC Seascape
MSC Cruises took delivery of its new U.S. based ship MSC Seascape during a ceremony in Italy on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the ship will depart on a 17-day transatlantic cruise from Civitavecchia to New York City, where it will be christened on December 7th. Seascape will then head south to Miami to spend the winter season operating eastern and western Caribbean cruises.
The vessel features MSC’s first amusement park-type ride called ROBOTRON, plus six pools, 11 restaurants, and the glass-floored Bridge of Sighs at the aft.
Royal Caribbean Testing MDR Changes
Royal Caribbean is testing some main dining menu changes on Symphony of the Seas.
The line has eliminated the “classics” section, which included dishes like grilled chicken, spaghetti bolognese, and strip steak that did not change each night. This means that the whole menu will rotate each evening with no mainstays.
As well, the “featured” section of the menu has gotten smaller, now with only one item for each course.
The ship is also now serving cold water Maine lobster on the second formal night, and the second lobster tail will come with a charge of $17 plus gratuity. The first lobster tail will remain free.
The line has said that it’s made the changes to speed up service in the main dining room. Currently they have only been implemented on Symphony of the Seas as the cruise line gathers guest feedback.