The German news agency NDR has reported that Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has agreed to buy the unfinished mega cruise ship ‘Global Dream’.
However, no official confirmation has been received thus far, a private Disney blog said.
‘Global Dream’ was originally ordered by Genting Hong Kong, as one of two large cruise ships to be operated as part of its Dream Cruises brand, which operated in Asian waters. She remains unfinished, due to Genting’s bankruptcy.
The main difference between this ship, and the DCL fleet is capacity, the blog explained.
For example, the latest DCL ship,’Disney Wish’, has a maximum capacity of 4,000 guests, whereas ‘Global Dream’ can accommodate up to 9,000 pax.
If Disney goes ahead with the purchase, it’s most likely that the ship will be used as DCL’s entry into the Asian market, where it currently does not operate.
Although too big to get to Papenburg, if purchased, DCL will most likely complete the ship with the help of Meyer Werft, where the company currently constructs its ships. ‘Global Dream’ was said to be about 75% completed at the time of the bankruptcy.
DCL took delivery of ’Disney Wish’ this summer from Meyer Werft, joining the four ships already in operation. In addition, the ’Disney Treasure’ is due to be delivered in 2024, while another newbuilding is planned for 2025, the blog said.