Minnie Take the Wheel: Disney Cruise Line Now Has Captain Minnie Mouse
Captain Minnie Mouse leads new nautical programs aboard Disney Cruise Line
Plus, new maritime scholarships make a splash as the next generation of female leaders and young dreamers set sail into their futures
Disney Cruise Line is looking to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry with a collection of exciting new initiatives. The debut of Captain Minnie Mouse, new youth programs and the funding of new scholarships are aimed at empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry and chart a course for success on the high seas.
Captain Minnie Mouse will take the Helm to Inspire Youth with the Help of a Little Disney Magic
Disney has often used the power of the mouse to inspire and engage with many individuals and groups through a number of outreach programs. Now, Disney Cruise Line is joining the fleet by leveraging Disney’s endearing Minnie Mouse to spread the message of exploring new horizons — both by land and by sea.
Captain Minnie Mouse will make the rounds on all Disney ships starting in April 2019. Dressed for success, you’ll find Minnie aboard ships sporting her crisp new uniform of either smart white trousers or skirt, and a bold red jacket emblazoned with captain’s insignia. This is Minnie Mouse like you’ve never seen her before!
Empowering Women through Maritime Scholarships at LJM Maritime Academy
In 2019, Disney Cruise Line will sponsor four scholarships at the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas for female cadets who aspire to be ship captains and shipboard leaders. The four scholarships, one for each of the ships in the current fleet of Disney Cruise Line vessels, will include tuition to the three-year program. The scholarships will include two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.
“Our Disney characters have a unique ability to inspire and connect with children, and we know Captain Minnie will encourage young girls around the world to consider a career in the maritime industry,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “We are excited to work with LJM Maritime Academy to offer scholarships for young women who are pursuing their passions and following their dreams in our industry.”
Nautical-Themed Fun for Children at Sea on Disney Cruise Line
Starting later this year, Captain Minnie Mouse will appear on Disney Cruise Line ships in an all-new youth activity where young captain hopefuls practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun maritime-themed activity. Children will hone their STEM skills and problem-solving abilities in a series of engaging, hands-on activities. The four STEM skills play important roles in the maritime industry, so these are valuable lessons designed to educate and entertain, in true Disney fashion.
The interactive experience will be a journey of discovery, exploration and imagination that will be offered in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.
Why Knot: Taking the Nautical Fun Ashore
As part of Disney’s commitment to encourage future generations to pursue careers in the maritime industry, Captain Minnie Mouse will also visit children away from her ships in some of Disney Cruise Line’s homeports and ports of call.
Children will have an opportunity to meet Captain Minnie Mouse in person and be inspired by her “can do” qualities and ability to tackle any goal she sets her mind to.
As part of these local community visits, Captain Minnie Mouse will be accompanied by a female Disney Cruise Line officer or crew member to showcase their roles in the maritime industry and raise awareness about career choices for women aboard a cruise ship.
Exclusive Captain Minnie Mouse Merchandise
What would any Disney launch be without the availability of some unique commemorative items?
To celebrate the excitement of Captain Minnie Mouse at the helm, Disney Cruise Line is unveiling a special line of merchandise, exclusive to the Disney fleet. Items in the nautical-themed collection of apparel and gifts tout the tagline: “You Can Call Me Captain.” A brand-new Captain Minnie Mouse plush will also be introduced this summer.
Captain Minnie Mouse also takes the spotlight on a new PANDORA Jewelry charm, available for purchase exclusively onboard.
Plus, starting at a future date (yet to be confirmed) girls will be able to dress the part with a Captain Minnie Mouse makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, available exclusively at the boutiques on Disney ships. This one is sure to be popular, as children can transform into seafaring captains, inspired by their most favorite mouse.
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Mike Belobradic, The Finer Side of Travel™
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