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Fincantieri To Build Two Disney Cruise Ships

Disney Cruise Lines has named Fincantieri of Trieste, Italy, as the shipyard that will build its two new mega cruise ships. The announcement was made by Disney Cruise Lines President Art Rodney.

The two ships, at 85,000 tons each, will reportedly each be larger than any cruise ship currently in operation. Each ship will accommodate 2,400 passengers.

Aside from the usual cruise ship amenities, these ships will be given children's areas that reflect popular Disney themes as an integral part of the decor, and will incorporate programming tailored by ages.

"Fincantieri is the premier shipbuilder in the world and I am delighted that we have reached an agreement with them to build our new ships," said Mr. Rodney. "Innovation will be the hallmark of our state-of-the-art ships. We will apply all the Disney excellence, originality, and magic to every aspect of the cruise experience just as we do our theme parks and resorts. The caliber of our Disney entertainment, shipboard programming activities, and levels of service will serve as a powerful attraction to both first-time and experienced cruise passengers." Disney Cruise Lines will offer a one-week cruise vacation that will include a three- or four-day cruise and three or four days at the Walt Disney World Resort. Ports of call will include a stop at Disney's own private island where a full range of beach and aquatic programs will be featured.

The first ship is scheduled to sail in January of 1998, with a second vessel to start operations in November of 1998.

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