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Thursday,  July 25, 2024   3:51 PM
Disney Cruise Line holds keel laying ceremony for Disney Treasure
Disney Cruise Line celebrated a milestone in the construction of its newest ship, Disney Treasure, with a special keel laying ceremony. (Robert Fiebak)

Disney Cruise Line has celebrated a milestone in the construction of its newest ship, Disney Treasure, with a special keel laying ceremony at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard this week.

This is part of a maritime tradition that is supposed to bring good fortune. The keel is one of the most essential parts of the ship’s structure, running in the middle of the boat from bow to stern, giving the ship  stability and control. 

 It's one of the first pieces to be laid down when constructing a ship, and the highlight was the placement of a newly-minted coin under the keel of the ship by Philip Gennotte, portfolio project management executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Germany.

The commemorative coin used in the ceremony featured Captain Minnie Mouse donning a new look designed to embody the vessel's adventure motif. 

(Robert Fiebak)

The cruise line says this adventure theme was inspired by Walt Disney’s love of exploration and will "pave the way for captivating onboard experiences that immerse guests in some of the company’s most legendary stories."

Disney Treasure is scheduled for delivery in 2024 and will be the second of three new ships planned through 2025. 

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