Disney characters, a flying Champagne bottle and a Disney alumnus.

Disney Cruise Line’s first new ship in more than a decade was christened in Port Canaveral on January 19 – overnight for all of us in the Southern Hemisphere.

With more than just a touch of Disney magic, Disney Dream was officially named by her Grammy and Academy Award winning godmother, Jennifer Hudson, who used to perform onboard on the cruise line’s Disney Wonder in 2003.

The short event began with an elaborate show complete with appearances from a host of Disney characters, giant puppets and fireworks, before Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman, Tom Staggs, joined Hudson on stage in front of a 3000-strong crowd.

Undoubtedly, the highlight was when an enormous bottle of Champagne was lifted by helicopter and smashed over Dream’s hull as Hudson officially named the ship.

“I hope this ship will make dreams come true, just like they did for me,” she said. After, she sang to the crowd.

Disney Dream is now the biggest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, carrying 5007 passengers and weighing in at 128,000-tons. She features a 229-metre water coaster, a deck party with fireworks show and virtual portholes for inside cabins.

While we’re not sailing on the maiden voyage on January 26, we’re keen to hear from anyone who is or has sailed on a Disney ship. What was your experience like?