Disney announces its "dream" ship

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Save the date! On November 9, 2009, you'll be able to book itineraries on the latest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream.

The Dream's maiden voyage sets sail on January 26, 2011 and will offer three- and four-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Now, we could load you down with some fun facts about the ship, like how it's 40 percent larger than its two existing sister ships, or has an additional 1,900 rooms. We could geek out over the virtual portholes installed in interior cabins (round TV screens that show the view outside, with Disney characters superimposed on top). We could even wax poetic about the new dining venues, like the Enchanted Garden, where the scene shifts from day to night while you eat.

But let's be honest—any assessment of the Dream stops and ends with one word: AquaDuck. What is the AquaDuck? It's a water coaster. A water coaster that's almost 800 feet long, four decks high, and has clear tubing. Oh, and did we mention that the tube loops out off the boat and comes back again? So that clear tubing lets you clearly see the ocean below…

But don't take our word for it. Rank it on the coolness scale yourself. Just watch this "virtual" ride on the AquaDuck:

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