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Disney Hires First Public Health Officer for the Disney Cruise Line

What a wild year and a half it has been for the cruise industry! While COVID-19 might have put a hold on our adventures across the big blue, each and every day we’re hearing more positive cruise news circulating which are fantastic signs we’ll soon be returning to sailing. The Disney Cruise Line has had their share of us and downs. A test cruise out of Port Canaveral was postponed due to positive COVID results. Thankfully, that postponed cruise has since set sail for a successful trip. The Disney Cruise Line also set sail with passengers for the first time in over a year for a successful test cruise in the UK! Plus, the Canada cruise ban is ending soon which will open the door for Alaskan cruises. Good things are happening! And now, Disney has announced they have hired their first Public Health Officer for the Disney Cruise Line.

As shared via Disney Cruise Line Jobs on Facebook: “Meet Dr. Lauana, Disney Cruise Line’s first Public Health Officer! After spending years on board as a Physician with Disney Cruise Line, Dr. Lauana returned to help create the new Public Health Officer role. From top 10 in her MBA program, to charting a new path in Public Health, Dr. Lauana continues to lead by example. “I’m so honored to be the first Public Health Officer and I’m giving it my all because it’s something really close to my heart. Disney is known by the world for the quality standards and this is not different at all. We go above because we want the best for the guests and the crew.”

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How cruises may look after this pandemic is still a mystery, as Disney continues to work with test cruises to ensure a vacation with the Disney Cruise Line is a safe experience – while remaining as magical as we’ve experienced before COVID. Hiring Dr. Lauana, Disney Cruise Line’s first Public Health Officer, is a big step is showing guests they are taking every measure possible to ensure health safety. We enjoyed hearing from the Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel, throughout the pandemic when it came to the beloved Disney parks. Now, we’re hoping to learn more from Dr. Lauana regarding what’s to come for the Disney Cruise Line fleet.

The Disney Wish (Credit: Disney)

We do have some insight as Disney has shared information about their newest ship in the fleet, the Disney Wish. Dining experiences, entertainment, and more – it sounds like when this ship sets sail in 2022, the sailing experience will be even better than before! Read to check out the Disney Cruise Line 2022 sailings? Visit and enjoy browsing the many future cruises currently available for booking!

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.