Disney Wish Passes First Sailing Test
The Disney Wish has passed it’s first sailing test!
On March 30, the Disney Wish made a 20-mile, 10-hour journey down a river and to the ocean for the first time.
Here’s a video showing the Wish make the journey:
The Wish traveled from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany to Eemshaven in the Netherlands.
Now the Wish will complete its final outfitting and sea trials.
The journey began on March 30 at the Meyer shipyard with passage through the Papenburg dock lock. The passage through the lock and several bridges along the river are a tight fit for the vessel which has a 128-foot beam.
The shipbuilder determined years ago that navigating vessels stern first down the river provides the best maneuverability, but makes for an unusual sight for the spectators that line parts of the river.
The cruise ship is accompanied by tugs fore and aft and at one point in the journey passes over the highway which goes under the river in a tunnel.
Construction on the cruise ship began nearly two years ago, and the Wish will be the first new ship in the Disney Cruise Line in the last 10 years.
The maiden voyage of the Wish is set for July 14.
A wish come true
Be among the first to experience the all-new enchantment on board, where fantastical worlds and beloved stories from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar are brought to life like never before.
In its first season, the Disney Wish will sail to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay from Port Canaveral, Florida on three- and four-night cruises.
Here at MickeyBlog we have lots of insiders from MickeyTravels who will be on early voyages of the Wish, and we’ll be sure to share pictures and stories!
And, according to Maritime Executive, Disney has also ordered two sister ships from Meyer Werft! When will those begin construction, we wonder?
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