A magical cruise ship is set to leave an enchanting gift as it leaves Portland this evening.

The Disney Dream arrived at Portland Harbour at 7.42am today (Saturday, September 16) with thousands of passengers, and heads off again this evening – but not before delighting crowds by playing Wish Upon a Star before it departs. 

The special performance is set to take place before the ship leaves at around 6.30pm.

This is the Disney Dream’s first appearance in Portland Harbour - it arrived after travelling overnight from Cobh in Ireland.

The vessel has 18 decks, 14 of which are for public use, and it is approximately 40 per cent larger than its two older sister ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.

The Disney Magic has been a frequent visitor to Portland over the years and was christened by Jennifer Hudson.

The ship’s stern features a large stainless steel and fibreglass figure of Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, which weighs approximately 2,500 pounds.

Dorset Echo: The Disney Dream docked in Portland Harbour todayThe Disney Dream docked in Portland Harbour today (Image: Zoe Ayton)On its travels, the ship has brought around 4,000 passengers to Dorset.

There’s plenty of on-board entertainment for passengers with West-End inspired musicals transporting audiences inside of a Disney movie.

Imaginative dining experiences, character experiences and freshwater pools are just some of the enjoyments on offer for families.

Other exciting features include a nine-hole golf course, a full-sized basketball court as well as two theatres.

It also boasts two water slides, the AquaDuck, which is a 765-foot-long water coaster that ends in a lazy river and Mickey’s Slide which is a smaller water slide for the kids.