Disney Cruise Line Helps Children in Port Towns

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Disney Wish has set sail to great fanfare. The “floating castle” has had many celebrations to toast its tenure in Disney Cruise Lines fleet, but one was particularly special. To celebrate the Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line has launched the “Wishes Set Sail” program. This all-new initiative is developed to support various youth activities in key port communities.

Disney leaders announced that Junior Achievement Bahamas and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Brevard County Branches are the first initiatives to receive donations as part of this campaign that hopes to make an impact on the lives of the youth in port communities.  

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Port communities tend to be impoverished, and they often depend on tourism to support their economy. This initiative will provide programs and funding designed to help the children in these communities receive education, scholarships, career opportunities, financial literacy, and social outreach. 

The first donations went to Junior Achievement Bahamas and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Brevard County. That’s only the beginning too! During its inaugural season, the Wishes Set Sail program will donate over $400,000 to various locations around the world where Disney Cruise Line often docks. 

A representative for Disney said, “I am pleased to share that “Wishes Set Sail” continues Disney Cruise Line’s dedication to inspire youth to pursue maritime careers. For example, onboard the Disney Wish and the Disney Wonder, Captain Minnie Mouse leads young captain hopefuls in an all-new onboard marine-themed STEM activity. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line developed a scholarship program in partnership with the LJM Maritime Academy in Nassau for female cadets aspiring to become ship captains and shipboard leaders. The scholarships include tuition to the three-year program – two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.” 

Check out the video below to see Captain Minnie and friends celebrate this announcement at Coco Cay: 


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