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Disney Dream Offers Inside Rooms with a Virtual View
The new Disney Dream cruise ship, scheduled to set sail from Florida in January 2011, is guaranteed to have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a company that has built it’s reputation on believing in magic.
They are planning to use a little magic to create outdoor views for inside cabins. Each of the roughly 150 inside staterooms will have ‘virtual portholes’ which, thanks to on-board high-def webcams, will offer real-time views of the sea.
As a result, no matter what direction or time of day, passengers in these inside cabins will have outside visibility, as if they were looking at an actual porthole.
But this being a Disney ship, that’s not all passengers will get. Along with this blue horizon comes the occasional haunted Pirate ship, Mickey Mouse, and even Peaches, the starfish from Finding Nemo.
The virtual portholes won’t be the only thing animated on this ship. Throughout the ship, there will be framed pieces of ‘enchanted art’ which, on the face of it will appear to be old photos. But embedded sensors will be activated whenever someone is nearby, causing the static images to come to life. Some of these ‘enchanted art’ pieces will even be interactive, allowing passengers to navigate pirate ships and go on a treasure hunt.
The Disney Dream will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas, with three to five night itineraries featuring Castaway Cay, one of Disney’s private islands. Rates are expected to start at $389 per person for a three day cruise. Bookings for the Disney Dream cruises will open on November 9, 2010.
(Photo via Disney)