November 17, 2022 – Disney Cruise Line yesterday confirmed the takeover of Global Dream, which was 70 percent completed by MV Werften on behalf of the insolvent Genting Group. The Papenburg MEYER shipyard confirms today that the ship will be completed by the newly founded shipyard company MEYER Wismar.
Disney Cruise Line takes over the shell of the Global Dream and has it completed by MEYER Wismar at the MV Werft site. For this reason, MEYER Wismar will continue to employ several hundred former employees of the MV shipyards. MEYER Werft declares that the cruise ship will be equipped with the "greenest technologies". Completion of the new building is scheduled for 2025. It is the largest cruise ship built in Germany and the world's first to run entirely on methanol. MEYER Werft explains that driving with "green" methanol requires a costly conversion of the ship's engines, additional tanks and many other measures.
A new name has not yet been decided. According to Disney Cruise Line, the cruise ship, which is probably measured at 208.000 GT, carries 6.000 passengers. Around 2.300 crew members take care of the concerns and needs of the guests. The ship is one of the first ships to be operated with "green" methanol, which is considered to be particularly environmentally friendly. The shipping company plans to use the future flagship outside of the United States. It offers the variety of entertainment, diverse dining experiences and superior service that Disney cruise ships have come to expect. The exterior of the new building features the usual Mickey Mouse-inspired colors and red chimneys. Commissioning is expected for 2025. Before that, the shipyard will deliver two Disney Wish sister ships to the Orlando/Florida-based shipping company in 2024 and 2025.
Disney Cruise Line - ex Global Dream - Rendering © Disney Cruise Line
There is no information on the purchase price. The future owners speak of an "advantageous" price. The acquisition is in line with the Walt Disney Company's projected capital requirements. The completion of the ship not only secures the continued employment of hundreds of employees of the insolvent MV Werften for a transitional period. In addition, the further construction benefits numerous suppliers based in the region.
Information on the ship's maiden voyage, destinations and experiences will be released at a later date.