Last night in New York Harbor at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, the Disney Fantasy, the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, was christened with a star-studded christening celebration. It was a decidedly smaller event than the christening of the Disney Dream in January 2011, but no less important for Disney Cruise Line.
Celebrity performances at the christening featured Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Cannon, Heather Headley, and the Disney Fantasy godmother, Mariah Carey.
The evening began with a musical performance in the ship’s Walt Disney Theatre, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, most of which you can see in the video below.
Video: Disney Fantasy Christening – Part 1, Walt Disney Theatre
The event continued in the Atrium Lobby of the ship where Disney CEO Bob Iger, alongside Mickey Mouse and Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, introduced Mariah Carey as the Fantasy’s godmother. Carey didn’t sing, but she did lead those in attendance in a countdown leading up to a 6-foot tall bottle of champagne in the Atrium Lobby to erupt with confetti while Minnie Mouse, alongside Cannon, broke a traditional bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull.
Video: Disney Fantasy Christening – Part 2, Atrium Lobby
“The Disney Fantasy is a spectacular addition to our fleet and builds on the creativity, innovation and artistry that are hallmarks of the Disney Cruise Line,” said Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger. “Like her sister ship, the Dream, the Fantasy will connect guests to iconic Disney characters and storytelling, creating unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for the entire family.”
“At Disney Parks and Resorts, we strive to be the most trusted and highest quality provider of shared travel and leisure experiences in the world,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs. “From stem to stern, the Disney Fantasy was designed and built with the singular purpose of surprising and delighting our guests, helping them make memories to last a lifetime.”
The Disney Fantasy will sail on her maiden voyage on March 31, 2012 out of Port Canaveral, Florida.
We’ll be sailing on the Inaugural Magical Preview Cruise in just three weeks, so check back here at the end of this month for complete coverage of the Disney Fantasy!
And just for comparison’s sake, take a look back at the Disney Dream Christening Ceremony held in January 2011 in Florida: