Disney starts work on new cruise ships

Disney Cruise Line on Monday announced that construction has started in Germany on two new shipsthat will be stationed at Port Canaveral.

The massive ships, being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, are scheduled to arrive in Florida in 2011 and 2012.

They were part of a deal announced last year between Disney and Port Canaveral that will have the cruise line sailing from Brevard County for the next 15 years.

Each of the new ships will carry 4,000 passengers. That is 1,300 more than the existing Disney Magic and Disney Wonder liners that operate from Port Canaveral now.

Port Canaveral officials are spending up to $10 million to build Disney a 1,000-space parking garage. The port will borrow an additional $22 million to finance upgrades to Disney’s custom terminal. The construction work must be complete by Oct. 1, 2010.

Each ship will have 1,250 staterooms and will weigh 128,000 tons.



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