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Disney’s New Fantasy Ship Arrives Home In Port Canaveral

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The Disney Fantasy cruise ship is docked for its christening on March 1, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

The Disney Fantasy cruise ship is docked for its christening on March 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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PORT CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) —Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship arrived at its home port in Florida Tuesday.

The brand new Disney Fantasy arrived at Port Canaveral around sunrise.

The 4,000-passenger, 14-deck ship with its distinctive mouse ears logo arrived in New York last Tuesday after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany.

The ship, which was built in Papenburg, Germany, will sail on seven-night Caribbean cruises starting March 31 from Port Canaveral.

The ship is a near-twin to Disney Dream, which launched a year ago. Both ships offer a water coaster ride called AquaDuck that consists of a flume wrapped around the vessel, virtual portholes that stream footage from exterior video cameras to inside staterooms, and pictures in hallways that become animated as guests walk by. In addition to pools, water play areas, gigantic screens, sports, a theater and other activities for the whole family, age-specific amenities range from a nursery to clubs for tweens and teens and adult-only dining and bars.

Motifs from Disney stories and characters turn up all over the ship, from a French restaurant inspired by the movie “Ratatouille,” to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, named for the song from “Cinderella,” where little girls can get princess makeovers. The ship’s Europa area offers five adult nightspots themed on different European countries, including a Champagne bar, Ooh La La, and an Irish pub, O’Gills.

Mariah Carey is the ship’s godmother. She helped christen the ship last week in New York City during an elaborate ceremony, joined by her husband Nick Cannon, as well as Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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