Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks Sings National Anthem for Disney Treasure Maiden Voyage

Grammy-nominated singer Jordin Sparks brought her powerful vocals to the christening ceremony of the Disney Treasure cruise ship on March 1st, 2024. Sparks sang a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the highlight of the event, which marked the inaugural launch of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship from Port Canaveral.” I’m thrilled to be here celebrating the maiden voyage of the Disney Treasure,” said Sparks in an interview before her performance. “Disney has always held such a special place in my heart, so to be a part of this major milestone for them is an incredible honor.”

Sparks took the stage wearing a dazzling red ballgown, her hair swept elegantly to the side. As the first notes rang out across the ship’s Grand Hall atrium, a hush fell over the crowd. Sparks’ soulful vocals filled the space, imbuing the anthem with passion. Guests watched in awe as her voice soared to the climactic high note, holding it with flawless control. When the last note faded, the audience erupted into thunderous applause and cheers. Sparks beamed, blowing kisses to the crowd as red, white and blue confetti rained down. Disney executives hugged Sparks as she left the stage, congratulating her on a show-stopping performance.

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Jordin really captured the spirit of this special occasion,” said Disney Cruise Line president Sharon Siskie. “Her voice is magnificent, and you could truly feel the emotion behind every word. It was the perfect way to usher in this incredible new ship.” In addition to her musical talents, Sparks has a deep personal connection to Disney. She got her big break at age 17 winning the sixth season of American Idol, which aired on ABC, a network owned by Disney.

Her self-titled debut studio album was released later that year on Jive Records, which was founded by Clive Davis and distributed by RCA Records, both subsidiaries of Sony Music Entertainment, which holds a stake in Disney Music Group.” Disney has been intertwined with my career from the very start,” Sparks explained. “They’ve always felt like family, so being part of the Disney Treasure launch makes me so happy.”

Disney Treasure Ship

All About the Disney Treasure Cruise Ship

The Disney Treasure is the sixth ship in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet, joining the Disney Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy, along with the recently launched Disney Wish. It continues the long legacy of Disney cruising that began back in 1998. At 1,119 feet long and 135 feet wide, the Disney Treasure has a similar size and capacity to the Disney Wish. It weighs in at a whopping 144,000 gross tonnage and has space for 1,555 crew members and 4,000 passengers across its 1,250 staterooms.

That’s enough room for plenty of magical Disney-themed fun across its 14 passenger decks.” We’re thrilled to welcome the Disney Treasure into our fleet,” said Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “With features inspired by timeless Disney stories and the grandeur of faraway places, this wondrous ship is set to capture the hearts of guests of all ages.”

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Grand Hall Atrium

The magnificent three-deck-high Grand Hall atrium serves as the dazzling entrance to the Disney Treasure. Inspired by the mystery and richness of gilded palaces from Asia and Africa, it sets the tone for adventure across the ship. The space features opulent design touches like grand staircases, ornate carvings and sparkling chandeliers. The hall is anchored by a towering golden statue depicting Aladdin and Jasmine astride the Magic Carpet, ready to take flight. During the day, guests can enjoy live musical performances on the Grand Hall’s stage, highlighting tunes from classic Disney films.

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Staterooms and Suites

The Disney Treasure’s 1,250 staterooms continue the overarching theme of adventure, with spaces inspired by timeless Disney and Pixar stories. Guests can choose from well-appointed standard rooms all the way up to expansive multi-room suites. Inside, outside or verandah staterooms offer dazzling details like custom artwork and subtle design nods to films like “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Luca” and “Up.” Concierge guests have access to premium amenities and services in suites themed to “The Lion King,” “The Jungle Book” and more. The grandest accommodations of all are the four opulent Royal Suites, two with “Jungle Book” theming and two inspired by “The Aristocats.”

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Family Fun

Disney Cruise Line is renowned for keeping every member of the family entertained, and the Disney Treasure delivers on that reputation. Little ones can let their creativity run wild at It’s a Small World Nursery, Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab. Tweens and teens have their own hangouts at Edge and Vibe. Parents can enjoy grownup time at Palo Steakhouse, Enchanté, The Rose lounge and more, while the whole family can come together at entertainment hot spots like the Walt Disney Theatre, Marceline Market buffet and Mickey & Friends Festival of Foods poolside eatery. Of course, no Disney cruise would be complete without beloved characters. On the Disney Treasure, guests can encounter Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and others across the ship’s dining, activities and live shows.

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Thrills and Adventure

In addition to stage shows and family fun, the Disney Treasure also delivers next-level thrills with attractions like the AquaMouse water coaster. This maritime marvel propels riders 760 feet through twisting tubes high above the ship’s upper decks. The ride’s story follows Mickey and Minnie on a treasure hunt through a mysterious temple, making it the perfect fit for this adventure-themed ship.

For adult guests, there’s no bigger thrill than exploring the ship’s themed bars and lounges in the evening. Jungle Cruise-inspired Skipper Society serves up tropical drinks and snacks, while 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-themed Periscope Pub offers undersea adventure vibes.Out on deck, the nightly Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party invites guests to dance the night away under the stars. Live music, fireworks and Jack Sparrow himself make appearances during this high-energy deck party for all ages.

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Eastern and Western Caribbean Itineraries

The Disney Treasure will sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral beginning December 21st, 2024. The weeklong vacations feature visits to tropical destinations like Grand Cayman, Cozumel, St. Thomas, Tortola and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise. Eastern Caribbean sailings stop at Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay, while Western Caribbean itineraries visit Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Jamaica and Castaway Cay. Each cruise includes several days at sea to enjoy all the Disney Treasure has to offer.” We can’t wait for families to experience everything this magnificent ship has to offer,” said Disney Cruise Line president Sharon Siskie. “With features inspired by exotic locales and thrilling tales of adventure, the Disney Treasure is truly one-of-a-kind.”

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A Dazzling Dedication Ceremony

In addition to Jordin Sparks’ show-stopping national anthem performance, the Disney Treasure dedication ceremony included appearances by several Disney executives and creative minds involved with the ship’s creation. Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, welcomed the crowd and spoke about his excitement for Disney’s cruise expansion. Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, also delivered remarks about carrying on Walt’s legacy of innovation and storytelling.

The event paid tribute to the artisans and engineers who brought the ship to life, including Walt Disney Imagineering and the skilled shipbuilders at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.” So much care and craftsmanship has gone into creating this incredible ship,” D’Amaro said. “Seeing the Disney Treasure come to life has been amazing.” Michael Colglazier and Sharon Siskie, President and SVP/GM of Disney Cruise Line, unveiled new details about features exclusive to the Disney Treasure.

After the ceremony, attendees were among the first to explore the ship on special preview tours. The festivities concluded with a celebratory luncheon banquet in the ship’s exquisite 1923 restaurant. Guests dined on gourmet dishes inspired by Walt Disney’s early animation studio as the Disney Treasure set sail on its maiden voyage, the first of many magical journeys to come.

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Conclusion

The launch of the Disney Treasure marks an exciting new chapter in Disney’s cruising history. With her dazzling christening ceremony headlined by Jordin Sparks, this majestic ship is ready to embark on adventures across the Caribbean for years to come. From her lavish Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired Grand Hall to imaginative onboard attractions like AquaMouse, the Disney Treasure brings legendary Disney storytelling to life through enchanting spaces and entertainment. Her maiden voyage kicks off a legacy of ocean voyages filled with relaxation, thrills and unforgettable family memories.