NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Singer Mariah Carey helped christen the new Disney cruise ship Fantasy at a Hudson River pier in Manhattan on Thursday night and promised to bring her twins back to enjoy some Disney hospitality.
The ship sailed past the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday morning after departing from Bremerhaven, Germany 13 days ago.
“I christen thee Disney Fantasy. May God bless this ship and all who sail on it,” said Carey as she stood with Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs, and of course Mickey Mouse.
The ceremony was held inside the ship’s atrium with a fake larger-than-life bottle of champagne that sprayed the room with shiny confetti while Carey’s husband Nick Cannon stood on deck with a real bottle in the company of Minnie Mouse.
Earlier Carey got a cheer from the crowd as she sang the line “I’m a native New Yorker,” adding, “I’m going to love bringing my new babies here.” Her twins were born less than a year ago.
The 4,000-passenger, 14-deck ship with its distinctive mouse ears logo arrived in New York on Tuesday after traveling nearly 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the shipyards where it was built in Bremerhaven, Germany. The ship will sail on seven-night Caribbean cruises starting March 31 from Port Canaveral, Fla.
Families can enjoy two Broadway-style stage shows including a 45-minute musical called “Wishes” and a musical comedy based on the hit animated movie “Aladdin.”
Parents can take a load off at the ship’s entertainment district, Europa, which features night spots inspired by clubs in Italy, France, Ireland and London.
Even though Fantasy is more Art Nouveau in its details, the ship strongly resembles the Dream, its nautical sister that debuted more than a year ago.
Three and four night cruises are available on the Dream.
Fantasy will embark on its maiden voyage on March 31.
It offers seven-night cruises to the western and eastern Caribbean.