Disney Cruise Line helps children in port cities

Disney Wish set sail with great fanfare. The “floating castle” had many celebrations to toast its tenure in the 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 brand new initiative is developed to support various activities for young people in the main port communities.

Disney executives 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 which hopes to impact the lives of young people in port communities.

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

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

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

Watch the video below to see Captain Minnie and her friends celebrate the announcement at Coco Cay:

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