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Disney Fantasy damaged weeks before float-out

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

Security has been increased at a German shipyard after a mysterious water-valve leak caused damage to the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy, under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

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According to the shipyard, access to the ship was restricted after the incident, which occurred earlier this month.

The damage will not impact delivery dates, officials said.

While local media reported the ship had been damaged to the tune of $1.2 million, Disney spokeswoman Rebecca Peddle tells USA TODAY that’s an exaggeration.

“There was some water damage that resulted in them having to replace some carpeting. It was not significant,” she says.

Peddle adds most of the damage has already been repaired.

But exactly what caused the damage remains unclear. German media reports say vandals opened the water valves.

“We don’t know if it was vandalism or not,” Peddle says.

Some 6,000 workers are involved in the ship’s construction. The Fantasy is currently in a giant shed at the yard, scheduled for a float-out on Jan. 7.

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Delivery is in February, and the ship is set to debut from Port Canaveral in March.

Sister ship Disney Dream, which debuted earlier this year, was the largest ship ever built in Germany.

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