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Disney Fantasy Earns Top Honor in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


We’re thrilled that the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Fantasy, earned the top honor – Best Large Ship – in the Cruise Critic 2013 Cruisers’ Choice Awards this week.
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The Disney Fantasy also received the top spots in four other categories – Large Ship Best Cabins, Best Entertainment, Best Public Rooms and Best Service. Winners were selected based on reviews submitted by cruisers for sailings taken in 2012. Thank you, fans!

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Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

posted on December 19th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line crew members who donated their time as Disney VoluntEARS put smiles on the faces of more than 2,600 people in less than a week in nine of the port communities that our ships call home.

That’s a lot of cheer!
Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

From helping deliver toys to deserving children to creating holiday crafts with senior citizens, these Disney VoluntEARS made a difference in communities throughout The Bahamas, The Caribbean, Mexico and Port Canaveral.
Disney Cruise Line Brings Holiday Cheer to Port Communities

Officers and crew on all four ships collected toys to benefit the US Marines Toys For Tots Foundation, while crew members living on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, delivered 1,200 storybooks to children in the surrounding Abaco Islands.

Throughout 2012, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members contributed more than 4,500 community service hours, supporting a number of causes benefitting children and families, as well as the environment.

How does your family give back during the holiday season?


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Disney Cruise Line Named No. 1 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers

posted on October 17th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Is it the legendary guest service from our crew members, the show-stopping entertainment or the superb dining? Is it Castaway Cay, or the children’s clubs or the adult-only nightclub districts? What makes Disney Cruise Line ships such a magical experience?

These are just a few of the reasons Disney Cruise Line was recognized as the No. 1 Cruise Line in the Large-Ship category in the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. Our cast and crew members are honored to know that our efforts have helped provide a unique vacation experience where families can reconnect, recharge and relax together.

Disney Cruise Line Named No. 1 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers

Now with four ships in our fleet, families can sail to more destinations with Disney than ever before, from a port close to their own backyard. Where would you like to go next?

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Disney Cruise Line Honored As #1 for Families

posted on September 12th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have named Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Large-Ship Cruise Line for Families for the fourth consecutive year as part of the “World’s Best Awards 2012”! This is also the eighth consecutive year Disney Cruise Line has been ranked to the top five cruise lines overall.

Disney Cruise Line Honored as #1 for Families

Our cast and crew members are passionate about surprising our guests with a magical experience at sea, so it means a great deal to us that we have exceeded your expectations. We would love to know – what is your favorite family memory from a Disney cruise?

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Local Children + Stingrays = Fun Eco Camp

posted on August 14th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


One of the best ways to learn to care about the environment in your community is to take a “deep dive” into understanding local species and their natural habitats. That’s exactly what children from the Abaco Islands did recently when they visited Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, to learn about stingrays and conservation.

Local Children + Stingrays = Fun Eco Camp at Disney's Castaway Cay

The children were participants in summer eco camps hosted by Friends of the Environment, a local non-profit focused on environmental education. With the support of Disney Cruise Line, Disney’s Animal Programs, and Science and Environment, local children participated in the week-long camp, where they learned about the ecosystems in their own community. The students then made their way to Castaway Cay where the education continued. While on the island, children were able to join stingrays in the water to learn about these fascinating creatures. They were also able to explore the island’s nature trails from the observation tower and engage in an overview with the onsite Disney’s Animal Programs animal care expert to learn about the research being done on Castaway Cay to protect marine habitats in The Bahamas.

Hosting these children on Castaway Cay is only one example of the community outreach work Disney Cruise Line does in The Bahamas and other ports of call. We’ll continue to share similar stories in the coming months so be sure to check back.

What activities have you done this summer to better understand local species and natural habitats in your area?

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Disney Cruise Line Builds a Nautical Playground in One Day!

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!

More than 150 Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS joined an additional 150 volunteers from the City of Rockledge to construct a playground in Rockledge, Florida, this past weekend.

In cooperation with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving play for children, the group labored in the heat and humidity, transforming an empty 40-by-60-foot piece of property into a children’s wonderland of slides, climbing walls and zip lines.

 Volunteers mixed and poured 285 bags of concrete, shoveled 135 cubic yards of mulch and planted fruit trees for a custom-designed community garden.  The end result was a space for children and families to come together and enjoy the outdoors.

Crew Members from the Disney Fantasy joined in the effort, coming off of the ship in nearby Port Canaveral to roll up their sleeves while the ship was in port.

Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of safe play places within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!

Although the heat was sweltering and our Disney VoluntEARS shirts got a bit “grimier” than we’ve ever seen them before, we were proud to contribute to something that will bring joy and happiness to families for many years to come.



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Aloha Spirit Fills the Disney Wonder

posted on May 8th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


From a greeting with a local children’s choir to an orchid shower and lei presentation, the aloha spirit was alive in each of the Hawaiian ports of call that welcomed the Disney Wonder for the first time last weekend.

Celebrating the ship’s arrival gave us a unique opportunity to collaborate with our friends from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

Cast members from Aulani welcomed the crew of the Disney Wonder and presented a traditional Hawaiian paddle to the captain so that the ship could always carry a part of Aulani with it. Disney Cruise Line bestowed a piece of mooring line to Aulani, representing Disney magic that ties the ship to the resort.

Captain Fabian, Captain Mickey Mouse, and Elliot Mills, Vice President & General Manager of Aulani

Captain Fabian, Captain Mickey Mouse, and Elliot Mills, Vice President & General Manager of Aulani.

The Disney Wonder Captain and His Team in Maui

The Captain and his team in Maui.

A Rainbow Shone Overhead to Bless the Ship’s Arrival Ceremony

In Honolulu, a beautiful rainbow shone overhead – a symbol of good luck – to bless the ship’s arrival ceremony, which included local port officials and community leaders including Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Peter Carlisle.

Guests participated in unique port adventures in each destination, ranging from a hike past a scenic waterfall to a special visit to Aulani, where Hawaiian culture, history and traditions are celebrated.

In addition, crew members and Disney characters visited a local hospital for senior citizens in Kahului and an immersion school in Maui to spread the Disney magic across the islands.

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And This Year’s Award for Disney’s Planet Challenge Goes To…

posted on May 3rd, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


During a special awards ceremony held onboard the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Fantasy, a classroom of elementary school students in the Cayman Islands celebrated their success as winners of the 2012 Disney’s Planet Challenge (DPC) for the Cayman Islands. DPC is the in-classroom component of Friends for Change.
The Year 6 Class from Triple C School in the Cayman Islands Celebrating Winning the 2012 Disney’s Planet Challenge Onboard the Disney Fantasy

The Year 6 class from Triple C School beat out more than 1,300 other students in 69 classes to win the award for their “Save the Wetlands” project. Led by teacher Sharmaine Campbell, the students partnered with the local Department of Environment to better understand threatened wetland areas in the Cayman Islands. Then, they hosted public events to educate the community, developed plans to battle soil erosion, and organized a 5K walk to raise awareness.

The result? Their efforts are paying off by helping preserve habitats for all kinds of Cayman wildlife like blue iguanas, whistling ducks and upside-down jellyfish. How cool is that?

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Disney Cruise Line Takes Boys & Girls Club Out to the Ballgame

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


As Jonathan showed you in his April 30th post, Captain Mickey Mouse took the field at Yankee Stadium during last Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. But did you know that 70 children from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx received surprise tickets to see the game and got to meet the famous character in person? For many of the children, it was not only their first time at a professional sporting event but also their first time meeting Mickey Mouse.

Children from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx Meeting Mickey Mouse

The children could barely contain their excitement on game day, as they watched some of their heroes play in one of the best-known ballparks in the country, and perhaps dreamed just a little bit bigger than they had the day before.

70 Children from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx Received Surprise Tickets to See Captain Mickey Mouse at Yankee Stadium

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club was one of five local clubs that received a portion of the $100,000 donation Disney Cruise Line made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of New York in March to celebrate the christening of the Disney Fantasy.

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Disney Cruise Line Guests Team Up with Crew Members to Help Protect Chimpanzees

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line


Disney Cruise Line Guests and Crew Members ‘Walk for Wildlife’ and Raise Money to Help Protect Chimpanzees

This week, guests on all four Disney Cruise Line ships for the first time took part in a “Walk for Wildlife” alongside crew members to help raise funds for the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. On behalf of hundreds of guests and crew members who turned out for the walks, Disney Cruise Line donated $5,000 to help support chimpanzee habitats, care for orphaned chimpanzees and support education.

What first began as a crew member event three years ago has grown into a unique opportunity for guests and crew members to connect with nature and each other, while raising awareness for a great cause. Nearly $30,000 has been given to environmental charities, as a result of company and personal crew member donations, since the program started. Those onboard the Disney ships walked on Disney’s private island, scenic Castaway Cay (on separate days), while more than 3,000 miles away, guests and crew members walked in the ocean breezes onboard the Disney Wonder.

Disney Cruise Line Guests and Crew Members ‘Walk for Wildlife’ and Raise Money to Help Protect Chimpanzees
 
What did you do this weekend in honor of Earth Day?

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