Disney Dream Christened
It was a day of magic for Disney Cruise Line's long-awaited newest ship. January 19 saw the Disney Dream christened in a lavish and grand ceremony which featured celebrities, top Disney executives and the Mouse himself.
Multi-talented actress and singer Jennifer Hudson was on hand as the Dream's godmother. A very fitting choice was Ms. Hudson as her Oscar- and Grammy-winning career started in 2003 aboard the Dream's sister ship, the Wonder.
The president and CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, was on hand for the ceremony and gave proper recognition to the Imagineers and Meyer Werft, crafter of the ship. Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs was present to thank the cast members involved. Also part of the welcoming committee was Mickey Mouse.
A highlight of the ceremony was the tradition of breaking a champagne bottle over the bow of the ship. In true Disney fashion, a helicopter assisted in hoisting a 16-foot bottle of Taittenger's and shattering it upon the bow.
Later that evening, the Dream set out on a three-day christening voyage before settling into regular cruises for guests.