Disney-owned £900m cruise ship saved from scrap yard before sailing snapped

A £900million huge cruise ship saved from scrap before ever setting sail has been seen part way through it's Disney-owned makeover.

For the last 18 months, we have been reporting how the Global Dream ship had been sitting inside a German shipyard alongside its sister ship Global Dream II.

The latter was waiting to have some of its fixtures as well as its engines ripped out and sold – as it had already been decided it would not be worth selling whole.

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But the Global Dream ship was still clinging on for dear life, with bosses welcoming bids over the next few months.

It was built by MV Wefrten and accommodates more passengers than any other cruise ship.

The ship was owned by Genting Hong Kong, but they filed for bankruptcy at the start of this year.

It was eventually bought by Disney to add to its Disney Cruise line.

Initially, it was reported the price was thought to be in the region of £1.4billion by the time repair works and redecorating had taken place.

But it was later revealed the giant ship has been picked up for a ridiculously low price of just £40million.

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And now the rebrand is finally underway, with a 2025 sailing date on the horizon.

The decorating – which involves a bit more than just a few tins of paint – is taking place in the yard where the ship was built in Germany, alleviating the fears of 380 members of staff at the site who thought they would be out of a job when the Genting company went bust.

German news outlet Ostsee Zeitung managed to snap the vessel after the giant doors of the shipyard were opened, which saw the now-dark blue frontage of the 342-metre-long vessel revealed to the public.

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It is thought the doors were opened to air out the hall, because the amount of paint being used creates a huge amount of fumes.

The new name of the ship has not been made public, but the Global Dream writing and previous red paint job has been removed, leading to speculation over a possible new name.

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It is thought the interior won't be entirely stripped out, as it was only just finished before being put up for auction, but it will be turned into a Disney-themed ship before customers can board.

The Daily Star has reached out to Disney's cruise division for a comment.

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