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Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil to Help Power Fleet of Vehicles in Bahamas

posted on December 28th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Think that cooking oil is only good for making your favorite recipe? Think again! Cooking oil is actually a key ingredient for biodiesel fuel – a nontoxic biodegradable fuel that drastically reduces engine emissions in comparison to traditional petroleum diesel.

Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil

As part of our commitment to minimize waste whenever possible, Disney Cruise Line has donated more than 60,000 gallons of used cooking oil to Bahamas Waste Management since 2011 to help power their fleet of vehicles in Nassau.

Take a look at this video to learn more about this process.

Bahamas Waste collects the used cooking oil directly from Disney Cruise Line ships in Nassau and converts it into biodiesel fuel. Today, approximately 25 Bahamas Waste vehicles are fueled by biodiesel and the organization has future plans to expand to its entire fleet.

On a weekly basis, more than 1,000 gallons of used cooking oil are offloaded Disney Cruise Line ships and recycled in ports of call around the world.

Disney Cruise Line Donates Used Cooking Oil

The recycled oil program is just one of many environmental initiatives at Disney Cruise Line focused on utilizing new technologies, increasing fuel efficiency, minimizing waste and promoting conservation worldwide. We strive to instill positive environmental stewardship in our cast and crew members and seek to inspire others through programs that engage guests and the communities in our ports of call.

You can learn more about our environmental efforts here: DisneyCruiseLinePublicAffairs.com.

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Create Magical Holiday Moments

posted on December 23rd, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Our Disney Cruise Line crew members – along with Mickey and Minnie – recently spent some time off the ships to create magical moments this holiday season for children in need at ports of calls in the Caribbean and United States.

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They helped inspire children’s love for reading at Albury Primary School in Nassau by donating 600 “Finding Nemo” Read-a-Long books, one for each student. Captain Mickey and crew members also paid a special visit to Shriners Hospital in Galveston, Texas to visit with children and their families. And, in the Ports of St. Thomas, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, crew members interacted with children from local schools and charitable organizations.

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There’s nothing quite like bringing a smile to a child’s face, especially this time of year, and we’re so grateful for the support of our dedicated crew members who help make moments like these possible.

The Disney Cruise Line annual holiday visits are part of our Disney VoluntEARS program, which provides opportunities for cast and crew members to volunteer their time to positively impact communities around the world.

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Disney Vacation Club Members Join Together to Spread Holiday Cheer

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially since we get to welcome home so many of our Disney Vacation Club Members to celebrate the holidays during our Merry Member Mixers.

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Between mingling with Mickey and rocking around the Christmas tree, we love that our Members also took the time to come together as one Disney Vacation Club family and bring some cheer to others in need.

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Hundreds of Members and their guests of all ages visited our Disney VoluntEARS stations where they helped make birthday cards for ill children, send well wishes to service men and women and paint special Disney murals that will be donated to children’s hospitals.

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We couldn’t ask for more dedicated Disney Vacation Club Members, and we’re so thankful that they joined us this time of year to support great causes and share in giving a little Disney magic. Together, we were able to create a brighter world.

There’s still one more Merry Member Mixer left this season and you can find out more details here.

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Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Give Back at Local Food Pantries

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, Disney Cruise Line crew members volunteered at local food pantries to help with Thanksgiving preparations in communities near our Florida homeports in Port Canaveral and Miami, and in Galveston, Texas.

Last Saturday, Disney VoluntEARS from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in town for the day in Port Canaveral sorted and stocked more than 9,000 pounds of food at the Sharing Center of Central Brevard, an organization that provides emergency assistance to those in need.

Take a look at those crew members in action and hear why they wanted to support this great cause.

Over Thanksgiving, the Sharing Center is serving dinner and assisting 250 local families with meal baskets. Donated food is also distributed at the Sharing Center’s Emergency Food Pantry year round, which provides an estimated 8 tons of food monthly to residents living within Central Brevard County.

Crew members from both the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic also volunteered at local food banks in port communities surrounding Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida last week. Throughout the year, our Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members contribute thousands of hours of their personal time to support great causes.

How do you and your family give back this time year?

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Disney Recognized as the Best Cruise Line for Families and the Best in the Caribbean

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Did you hear? U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Disney Cruise Line as the “No. 1 Best Cruise Line for Families” AND the “No. 1 Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean” in the 2016 Best Cruise Line rankings!

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We’re proud to say that this is the 3rd year that we’ve been named as one of the top cruise lines since U.S. News & World Report added the Best Cruise Lines rankings in 2013. Each award that we receive truly honors our cast and crew members who deliver the Disney difference each and every day for our guests!

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Tell us…what makes Disney Cruise Line No. 1 in your book?

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Military Families Experience the Magic of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ on Veteran’s Day

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Today was an exciting day for Disney Cruise Line – we premiered “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic while in port in Miami! And in celebration of Veteran’s Day, we worked with Blue Star Families to invite a group of military families – nearly 140 people – to be among the first to witness the magic of Tangled live firsthand!

On a day like today that reminds us to remember those who have served our country, it was truly an honor for us to be able to share the magic of Disney’s storytelling with families who have given so much.

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Disney Cruise Line Receives Top Honor in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


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We’re excited to share that Disney Cruise Line was once again voted the No. 1 “Large Ship Line” in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards! It’s always a tremendous honor for our cast and crew whenever we receive awards like these that come directly from travelers. And this year, we’re humbled to know that more than 128,000 readers casted their votes in the annual survey.

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This marks the 13th consecutive year that Disney Cruise Line has been recognized in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Thank you to Condé Nast Traveler readers – our guests and fans – for the honor!

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Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS Lend a Hand to Build a Boardwalk at the Pine Island Conservation Area

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


It’s no secret that our cast and crew members are amazing. Not only do they work to create magical moments for our guests each and every day at sea, but they donate thousands of hours of their personal time each year to benefit worthwhile causes in port communities around the world.

This past Saturday is a perfect example. Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS from the Disney Fantasy – in port for less than a day – gave back to their home port community of Brevard County. On their day off, they picked up hammers and nails to help build an ADA accessible boardwalk that leads to a brand new park pavilion.

The Pine Island Conservation Area boasts nearly 900-acres and is a great place for guests to observe and connect with nature. The new pavilion will provide shade and mosquito protection for park guests year round, even in Florida’s hottest months. Because of the hard work of our VoluntEARS, all guests will now have access to the pavilion and park experiences, ensuring that the conservation area can serve as a place for education for everyone.

Here’s a look at the team in action.

In collaboration with Disney, ESPN and ABC, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) supported this project through the NRPA’s Parks Build Community program, which provided 16 communities with resources to improve local parks, connect kids with nature, help kids and families live healthier, and increase kids’ access to sports. The Pine Island Conservation Area received a $20,000 grant for improvements.

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Coral Reef Restoration Project at Castaway Cay

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Did you know there is a multi-year project to restore the coral reef in the Bahamian waters near Castaway Cay? Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney Cruise Line are working ensure these “rainforests of the sea” will thrive for generations to come. Watch this video to learn more about how Disney is doing research to protect the reef:

At Disney Cruise Line, efforts to share our environmental programs have become an integral part of our goal to inspire others to take environmental action in their everyday lives. For more information about coral reefs and the role they play in our underwater ecosystems, visit Disney Animals.

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Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Disney Cruise Line #1

posted on July 7th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The votes are in and Travel + Leisure readers have spoken. We’re excited to share that for the seventh consecutive year, readers have recognized Disney Cruise Line as the #1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families in the 2015 World’s Best Awards. We’re also overjoyed that they ranked Disney Cruise Line as the Top Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line overall for the second time in a row!

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Readers who participated in this year’s survey rated cruise ships on the quality of cabins, food, itineraries and excursions — in addition to value.

It’s always an honor to be named the best of the best by our guests and fans. Why is Disney Cruise Line #1 in your book?

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