The ship’s horns played “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” fittingly, and fireworks were once again set off, as the Disney Dream headed for the chilly waters of the North Sea to try out her new engines Friday evening.
The ship, which left her enclosed dock in late October to the cheers and fanfare of thousands of local residents, was pulled down the River Ems by tugboat. The journey, approximately twenty-six miles, required the dismantling of a bridge or two along the way so that the massive ship could pass.
After testing in open sea waters, the ship will once again return to Germany for a short final dry docking. Once all work on the vessel is complete, Meyer Werft, the ship’s builder, will officially hand over the Dream in a lavish ceremony. The ship will take on its remaining crew members before departing for Florida for its early January arrival.
Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.