DCL-Disney Cruise Line Coronavirus update
DCL-Disney Cruise Line suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all the 4 liners) by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14, 2020, through January 31, 2021. Operations are planned to resume in early-February 2021 with the ships Disney Dream (Feb 5, from Port Canaveral), Disney Wonder (Feb 5, from New Orleans), Disney Magic (Feb 6, from Miami) and Disney Fantasy (Feb 13, from Port Canaveral).
All affected bookings received full monetary refunds, including on prepurchased through Walt Disney packages and services. With rebooking is offered 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking which must be made within 15 months of the cancelled voyage's departure date. Without rebooking is provided full (100%) monetary refund.
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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, DCL-Disney Cruise Line suspended its entire fleet's passenger shipping operations (all the 4 liners) by cancelling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14, 2020, through January 31, 2021. Operations are planned to resume in early-February 2021 with the ships Disney Dream (Feb 5, from Port Canaveral), Disney Wonder (Feb 5, from New Orleans), Disney Magic (Feb 6, from Miami) and Disney Fantasy (Feb 13, from Port Canaveral). All affected bookings received full monetary refunds, including on prepurchased through Walt Disney packages and services. With rebooking is offered 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking which must be made within 15 months of the cancelled voyage's departure date. Without rebooking is provided full (100%) monetary refund.
DCL-Disney Cruise Line (website) is a passenger shipping company, subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Incorporated in 1996 as Magical Cruise Company Ltd., the company is domiciled in London UK with operational headquarters in Celebration, Florida.
Currently, Disney Cruise Line operates four ships - Dream, Fantasy, Magic, Wonder. Disney also owns the private island in Bahamas Castaway Cay, which is an exclusive port of call for Disney-owned vessels. In 2012, Disney Cruises had nearly 3% share of the worldwide cruising market.
Actually, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) was created in 1995 when The Walt Disney Company commissioned the liners Wonder and Magic from Fincantieri (Italy). With this deal was ended the ship charter arrangement with Premier Cruise Line. In the 1980s, Disney contracted Premier Cruises to provide passenger shipping services, with voyages leaving roundtrip from Port Canaveral. Back then, Disney's travel packages were marketed as "family cruise vacations" and featured costumed Disney Characters. The fleet project (building two new liners by Meyer Werft in Papenburg Germany) was announced in 2007. Disney Dream was inaugurated in 2011, Disney Fantasy - in 2012. DCL's current President is Jeff Vahle.
The following table shows statistical data about Disney's market share (as fleet and passenger capacity / ship-berth numbers) in comparison to other major cruise companies.
|Parent Company||Subsidiaries||Fleets (vessels per brand)||Passenger Capacity (berths per brand)|
|Carnival Corp||Holland America||15||25900|
|Carnival Corp||P&O UK||8||18600|
|Carnival Corp||P&O Australia||5||8200|
|Carnival Corp||TOTAL||103 ships||233,200 berths|
|RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)||RCI (Royal Caribbean International)||26||84,700|
|RCCL||TOTAL||64 ships||141400 berths|
|NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd)||NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines)||16||46600|
|NCLH||TOTAL||26 ships||54400 berths|
|(other large brands)|
3- Star Cruises (GHK)
4- Dream Cruises (GHK)
6- Viking Ocean
New Disney ships 2022-2024-2025 (Triton-Class liners)
In early-March 2016, Disney announced plans to build three new liners (company's largest-ever). For the project, Walt Disney signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft Gmbh (Germany). The new liners will be slightly bigger than fleet's current-largest Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream.
On July 15, 2017, Disney Cruise Line officially announced the company's plans to build 3 new vessels. When they are all launched, Walt Disney will nearly double its current fleet. The vessels will be built by Meyer Werft (at Shipyard Papenburg Germany). The so exciting for all Mickey Mouse fans announcement was made by Bob Chapek (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts company's Chairman).
New vessel's interior design, facilities and cruise itineraries are still in development. What is known so far is that the new liners will be LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas) and from one series with gross tonnage 144,000 tons (larger than the originally announced 135,000 GT) and passenger capacity 2500 (1250 staterooms). This design will be slightly larger than Disney Dream-Fantasy. The first liner will be named Disney Wish (2022-Q2), while the names for the second and third units are yet to be announced.
At the released on March 9, 2018, exterior rendering was shown Disney's traditional black-white-red hull color scheme. New is the superstructure's golden flair. Between the ship's two funnels is the top-deck waterpark with slides. Balcony cabins are located mid-ship, which provides larger staterooms.
Disney river cruises
Voyage charter is when the vessel (and its crew) are hired for a specific voyage (departure date and custom itinerary). The charterer (Disney) pays the shipowner (AmaWaterways) on a lump-sum basis (single payment) while the shipowner is responsible for paying port taxes, fuel costs and crew costs. The cruise charter specifies a laytime (period) for loading and unloading the Disney-provided (exclusive) passengers.
On the chartered from AmaWaterways riverboat, Disney provides its passengers with all-inclusive deals (accommodation, meals, entertainment, shore excursions) including an immersive and pro-active onboard and ashore program curated by Disney's family travel experts. A team of Disney Adventure Guides includes English-speaking professional storytellers who review the visited by the ship destinations (port cities, towns, land tour sites and attractions).
For season 2021, the mainly family-themed "Adventures by Disney" were part of Disney's ever-largest river cruise program - a total of 30 departures/itineraries on Danube and also in France (Seine, Rhine, Rhone). Traditionally, select voyages are exclusively reserved for families without kids, being themed on Food and Wine and Oktoberfest (with German beer tastings). New in 2021 is Disney's Rhine River cruise program that includes Papenburg where is offered an exclusive tour to the MEYER WERFT shipyard where MS Disney Wish is currently under construction.
Disney ship cruising experience
Among the best family lines, with the most family-friendly cruise ships, and some of the most attractive cheap all-inclusive family cruise packages, The company is the world's leader in family cruising. "Disney World land and sea" packages are industry's best kids cruise deals for the Caribbean, operated with signature land resorts and large and modern liners.
Disney Cruise Line is a unique enterprise designed to provide the industry's best family ship travel vacation experiences. Disney offers regular departures from Florida USA to Eastern Caribbean (mostly to the Bahamas) from its own cruise terminal at Port Canaveral - just a few minutes away from Disney's capital city Orlando and world's best Disneyland Park. Among the special voyages are the Alaskan itineraries (leaving from Seattle and Vancouver Canada) during the Disney summer and the Panama Canal transition cruises on repositioning between Alaska and Caribbean.
All Disney ships are family-friendly. Each boat features a Walt Disney Theater (resembling Broadway house) and Buena Vista Cinema (for Disney movies). Studio Sea (TV sound stage and forum for G-rated live shows) is available on Magic and Wonder. Similar venue (named "D Lounge") is on Fantasy and Dream. "Disney Digital 3-D" (on Magic and Wonder) is a cinema experience with lasers, streamers, fog and lighting effects.
The main swimming pool areas on all Disney boats are geared toward families. There is a pool for kids (with 200-ft Mickey waterslide) and small sprinkler tub for toddlers. Adult-only pools are also fleetwide feature, though on the larger ships they encompass several decks.
The AquaDuck water park (Fantasy and Dream) is one of the first-ever watercoasters on a cruise ship. Located on top-deck, the slide has a transparent, acrylic tube propelling riders (on rafts) up and down 4 decks of the ship. At one point, the slide swings out 13 ft off the ship's side, 150 ft above sea level.
Palo restaurant is a boutique eatery on every Disney ship, offering Italian traditional cuisine. The Remy restaurant serves premium French dishes (on Fantasy and Dream) and comes with the highest at sea surcharge for dining - USD 85 pp.
The adults-only spa features rain forest steam room. The adults-only nightclubs on board are named "Route 66" (on Wonder), "Europa" (on Fantasy), "The District" (on Dream), "Beat Street" (on Magic). Another popular for adults venues are sports pub and dance club. The following link is to CruiseMapper's Disney secrets, tips, and tricks.
Disney ships' kids and teen programming
Company's kids' program is professionally organized and run by highly-trained and certified youth counselors. On each cruise liner are offered pre-scheduled daily character meetings, themed breakfasts, animation workshops, parades, firework shows. Onboard nurseries are named "It's a Small World" (on Fantasy and Dream) and "Flounder's Reef Nursery" (on Magic and Wonder). The ship nursery provides complimentary childcare for infants (ages 12 weeks-3 years) with toys and supervised fun activities. Nurseries feature indoor porthole windows (semi-transparent one-way mirrors) allowing parents to peek without being seen. For a fee is available online pre-ordering of baby supplies (via the brand partnership with "Babies Travel Lite").
Ship's "Oceaneer Club" spans nearly an entire deck. It is a supervised program for kids aged 3-7 yo (split into age groups 3-4 and 5-7). "Oceaneer Lab" (for kids split into age groups 8-9 and 10-12) offers hands-on science experiments, ship-wide scavenger hunts, themed deck parties (with Disney costumes provided), high-tech interactive programs. Children ages 11-12 can compete in marine biology game show and send to friends digital postcards.
Teens (aged 13-17) have private clubs (named "Stack" and "Aloft") fitted with plenty of chairs and couches, and offering MP3 listening stations, latest video games, popular board games, and magazines, teen bars (dispenser-served smoothies and soft drinks). On Fantasy and Dream teen are in 2 age groups - 11 to 13 (at "Edge") and 14 to 17 (at "Vibe", with an outdoor sundeck with hot tubs).
After boarding, kids are automatically enrolled in children's programs on Castaway Cay, which feature bike riding and supervised games by age group, private island experiences (Disney characters appearances are scheduled several times daily).
Most Disney cabins have bath-and-a-half - the second bathroom has a sink, toilet, vanity, the full bathroom has a sink, tub/shower, and toilet.
Spa and Fitness Facilities
- Senses Spa & Salon (Dream and Fantasy)
- Vista Spa & Salon (Magic and Wonder)
- Fitness Center (all ships)
- Goofy's Sports Deck: (Dream and Fantasy) - an open-air centre with golf course, sports simulators, basketball-volleyball court
- Wide World of Sports (Magic and Wonder) - an open-air centre with basketball court, ping-pong tables.
Onboard Theatres (all ships)
- Buena Vista Theater - first-run movies, 3D cinema, top-notch equipment, plush seats
- Walt Disney Theater - live performances, Broadway-style themed Disney shows, movies.
- Disney's Oceaneer Club (all ships) - supervised themed activities ages 3-7
- Disney's Oceaneer Lab (all ships) - themed activities ages 8-12
- Edge (all ships) - teens-only, video games, TV, Internet
- Vibe (all ships) - teens-only, with a sundeck and a pool
- D Lounge (Dream and Fantasy) - family lounge and nightclub
- Studio Sea (Magic and Wonder) - family activities center
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Fantasy) - a kids make-up salon
- Arr-cade (Dream and Fantasy) - arcade (all ages)
- Quarter Masters (Magic and Wonder) - arcade (all ages)
- Flounder's Reef Nursery (Magic and Wonder) - themed after "The Little Mermaid" (ages 3 months to 3yo)
- It's A Small World Nursery (Dream and Fantasy) - 3 months to 3 years.
Shipboard Nightclubs and Lounges
- 687 - sports bar (Dream)
- Bon Voyage - family bar (Dream and Fantasy)
- Cadillac Lounge - piano bar (Wonder)
- Cove Cafe - adults-only (all ships)
- Currents - cocktail bar (Dream and Fantasy)
- District Lounge - nightclub (Dream)
- Diversions - sports pub, karaoke (Magic and Wonder)
- Evolution - disco club (Dream) - family during the day, adults-only at night
- O'Gills Pub - Irish themed sports bar (Fantasy)
- La Piazza - adults-only (Fantasy)
- Meridian - adults-only (Dream and Fantasy)
- Outlook Cafe - adults-only (Wonder)
- Pink - adults-only (Dream)
- Promenade Lounge (Magic and Wonder)
- Rockin' Bar D - music club (Magic), family (dailyy), adults-only (nightly)
- Sessions - piano bar (Magic)
- Signals - adults-only (Magic and Wonder)
- Skyline - adults-only (Dream and Fantasy)
- The Tube - adults-only nightclub (Fantasy)
- Vista Cafe - family (Dream and Fantasy)
- WaveBands club - family (day), a dance club at night (Wonder)
- Waves - family (Dream and Fantasy)
- Ooh La La - adults-only, Victorian furniture (Fantasy)
The FUN Pools (swimming pools)
- AquaDuck - 4 decks high water coaster (Dream and Fantasy)
- Donald's Pool - family (Dream and Fantasy)
- Goofy's Pool - family, incl 2 whirlpool spas, a toddler pool with splash zones, 7,3x4,3m LED screen on the forward funnel overlooking the pool (Magic and Wonder)
- Mickey's Pool - kids-only, 1 deck high slide (all ships)
- Nemo's Reef - kids area (Dream and Fantasy)
- Quiet Cove Pool - adults-only (all ships).
In March 2015, Disney Cruise Line introduced the "Mickey Check" meals fleetwide.
- Disney's "Mickey Check" is used throughout Disneyland Resorts and Walt Disney World at various locations. The mark is also on Disney-licensed food products. It is a part of "Disney Magic of Healthy Living" commitment (launched 2006) to make healthy eating simpler and more fun for families. These meals are offered in the onboard rotational (main dining room) restaurants.
- To receive "Mickey Check", food must be nutritious and meet the Walt Disney company's Nutrition Guidelines (created by leading child health experts) for levels of saturated fat, calories, sugar, and sodium. A "Mickey Check" kids' meal includes 3 or more nutritious food groups (vegetables, lean protein, whole grains), has zero trans fats and limited added sugar.
Since November 2019, on all Disney ships provide to their crew complimentary texting (sending and receiving unlimited text messages) on devices with iOS and Android operating systems.
Disney private island Castaway Cay (Bahamas)
Castaway Cay is a Bahamian private island leased by Disney Cruises. It serves as an exclusive port of call for Disney ships. Castaway Cay (formerly Gorda Cay) is located close to Great Abaco Island. In 1997, Walt Disney Company bought a 99-year island lease from the Bahamian Government (set to expire 2096), giving the company substantial control over the cruise ship passenger experience on the island.
In early August 2017 was announced that Disney is looking to buy a second Caribbean private island to be developed as an exclusive port of call for the company's new cruise ships. The reason for a new private island destination is that Castaway Cay has the capacity to handle ships with capacity up to 875 cabins, otherwise it becomes too crowded. Such a "private island" option emerged in 2016 with Egg Island (Bahamas). However, those plans were abolished after some environmental studies showing that the island's ecosystem would not sustain the planned development.
New Disney private island in the Bahamas (Eleuthera)
On October 19, 2018, The Bahamas officially issued a tentative preliminary approval of Disney Cruise Line's plan to build and exclusively operate a private cruise port (Lighthouse Point) on Eleuthera Island's southern tip. Project's developer will be the Walt Disney Company subsidiary Disney Parks and Resorts. The plan is for developing a land sized 746 acres (302 hectares / 3 km2) that Disney agreed to purchase. The new Disney ships-only port will have a dedicated pier (capacity 1 vessel), boat marina, shops, restaurants, passenger walkways through forests and around salt ponds.
Disney's new port project will create around 150 permanent local jobs plus various entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamian residents. However, The Bahamas Parliament must officially agree to the plan once all terms and conditions are agreed and proper environmental testing is conducted.
In early-March 9, 2019, Bahamas allowed Walt Disney to acquire (purchase) the resort property Lighthouse Pointe (at Grand Lucayan, Freeport) from Meritage Hospitality Group Inc (US company / restaurant operator). The property will serve as Disney's new cruise port (land area 190 acres / 77 hectares / 0,77 km2) that also doubles as "entertainment facility" (during no-ship days). By this project, Disney will invest between USD 250-400 million to develop the property as Castaway Cay. As part of the deal, Disney agreed to donate property's southernmost point (land value USD 6,3 million) to the Bahamas Government for a national park.
Core elements of Disney's new Bahamas port project include low-density development, sustainable design, free public access, economic opportunities for Bahamians, overall workers ratio 80-20% (Bahamian-other workers) during project's construction phase, creating 150 permanent jobs (with health benefits) for Bahamians after project's completion. Construction will start after the Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Plan are reviewed and Gov approved.
New Disney cruise cancellation policy
Since September 2018, Disney has a new final payment and cruise cancellation policy.
- Final payments for passengers booked in standard staterooms on itineraries with lengths 1- to 5-nights is due 90 days prior departure. The old policy required 75 days prior to departure. By the new policy, cancellation fees start at 89 days (customers also lose their cruise deposits). At 44 days, customers lose 50% of their payment, at 29 days - 75%, at 14 or fewer days - 100%.
- For passengers booked in standard staterooms on itineraries with lengths 6-nights or more, payment is due 120 days prior departure. The old policy required 90 days for itineraries between 5 and 9 nights. By the new policy, customers cancelling 56+ days prior departure lose their cruise deposit. Customers cancelling between 55-30 days - lose 50%, those cancelling between 29-15 days - 75%; those cancelling 14-days/less - 100%.
- For customers booked in concierge cabins and suites on itineraries 1 to 5 nights, final payment due date remains 120 days prior departure. On itineraries 6+ nights, final payment is due 150 days prior departure.
The company also eliminated final payments and cancellation fees for holiday cruises - voyages that include July 4th, Christmas, New Year's Eve or Thanksgiving Day.
Itinerary of Disney Cruise Line
By 2025, Disney's fleet will double its size following the introduction of 3 newbuilds (now on order/under construction). In the USA-Caribbean, the new ships will be homeported in Miami (Disney 2025) and Port Canaveral (Disney Wish, Disney 2024).
Disney Cruise Line operates Disney Cruise Line Terminal in Port Canaveral Florida, which is the home port for Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. Disney Magic is homeported in Galveston TX, Miami FL, and Barcelona (Spain), while Disney Wonder is homeported in Miami FL, and Vancouver.
Disney Cruise Line offers various destinations, including Europe, the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Panama Canal, Canada, and New England, Alaska & United States Pacific Coast, and transatlantic destinations.
Most of the sailings are round-trip Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from the following ports of departure: Miami and Port Canaveral (in Florida), from Galveston Texas, and the Disney Wonder Alaskan cruises departing from Vancouver BC (Canada).
All Disney cruise departures to the Bahamas feature one of the world’s best most famous private Caribbean islands – the Disney line’s very own Bahamian Island (and exclusively special port of call) CASTAWAY CAY (located north of Nassau). All Disney ships to the Bahamas visit Castaway Cay as a port in the itinerary.
In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line is scheduled to return to New Orleans (NOLA) for a limited-time engagement with voyages to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including calls at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A line-up of popular itineraries continues across the Disney fleet with itineraries to tropical destinations from California, Florida, and Texas.
Back by popular demand, Disney Wonder returns to the bayou from late January until February 2021 via a series of magical itineraries. A pair of 4- and 5-night voyages to the Western Caribbean kick off the new cruise season from NOLA. The 5-night trip includes a call at Progreso, Mexico, new for Disney. Three 7-night voyages to the Bahamas with a call at Castaway Cay, along with a 14-night Panama Canal itinerary, round out the departures from the port in early 2021.
Disney Wonder also returns to the popular homeports of San Diego and Galveston in early 2021. Passengers sailing from Texas are able to enjoy the white-sand Western Caribbean beaches on a series of 4- and 6-night itineraries to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. One 7-night departure features stops at Nassau, Castaway Cay, and Key West.
Following the season in NOLA, Disney Wonder sails to the West Coast for various sailings to the Mexican Riviera and Baja departing from San Diego. In Cabo San Lucas, families can hunt for gold on a pirate ship. In Ensenada, they can embark on an off-road adventure or sunbathe on glittering beaches on voyages ranging from 3 to 7 nights.
Disney has 3 ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Florida in early 2021, and every voyage includes a day at the line’s private island, Castaway Cay. The award-winning destination, reserved for Disney Cruise Line passengers, is the ultimate escape for the whole family. A day at Castaway Cay features opportunities for relaxation and adventure in a tropical setting with classic Disney storytelling.
- From Miami FL, Disney Magic sails 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian and Western Caribbean voyages.
- From Port Canaveral, Disney Fantasy sails 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.
- From Port Canaveral, Disney Dream sails 3- and 4-night Bahamian itineraries.
With various options from Florida, passengers can experience spectacular voyages full of fun and featuring Broadway-style shows, character encounters, imaginative kids clubs, spaces for everyone in the family, and immersive themed dining.
In February 2020, Disney Cruise Line announced it is returning to some much-loved Mediterranean destinations in 2021 summer. The family cruise company returns to Greece, along with visiting first-time ports in Sweden and Norway. Returning in summer 2021, Disney's new destinations serve as ports of call in the grand European tour of Disney Magic, along with the French Riviera and Spain, sailing from May to July. From July to September, the liner then takes passengers to the British Isles, the Baltics, Iceland, the Norwegian fjords, and Northern Europe.
In Greece, Magic offers 4 special journeys around the islands, ranging from 8 to 11 nights and visiting the Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The Ionian island Kefalonia is also included, a first for Disney. One voyage even features a visit to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Additional first-time European ports of call for Disney include the medieval city of Visby, as well as the village of Eidfjord in Norway, home to geographic wonders situated at the foot of Hardangervidda (the largest national park in Norway).
2021 is also expected to see Disney Cruises embark on a series of sailings in the Bahamas and Caribbean, ranging from 3- to 9-night sailings. Most itineraries also feature Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. In addition to 7-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral FL, Disney Fantasy embarks on various itineraries throughout the summer of 2021, including 6- and 7-night Caribbean sailings, along with an extended 9-night southern Caribbean trip. 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises round out Disney Fantasy's summer offerings, all including a call at Castaway Cay.
In 2021, Disney Wonder also makes a grand return to the icy waters of Alaska. Departing from Vancouver BC, the 7-night voyage visits Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Dawes Glacier. The 9-night Alaskan adventure calls at Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan. A special 5-night cruise sails to Dawes Glacier and Ketchikan.
DCL cruise itineraries 2022
In early 2022, DCL cruises to Hawaii (10-night Hawaiian Islands) and also offers various itineraries from the USA to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico. Departures are from homeports New Orleans (Port NOLA), Galveston TX, San Diego CA, Port Canaveral, Miami FL. Every voyage from Florida visits Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
- Disney Wonder returns to Hawaii for two 10-night roundtrips to Honolulu (Oahu Island) from Vancouver BC (April 26, May 6). Disney Wonder from Galveston cruises to the Western Caribbean on 4-night itineraries, followed by 4- and 6-night roundtrips from New Orleans. A special 6-night Bahamian itinerary from both Galveston and New Orleans visits Castaway Cay and Key West.
- Disney Fantasy cruises from Port Canaveral starting with a 6-night Western Caribbean voyage, followed by 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrips.
- Disney Dream from Port Canaveral offers 3- and 4-night Bahamian voyages to Nassau and Castaway Cay. A special 4-night cruise includes 2 stops at Castaway Cay.
- Disney Magic cruises from PortMiami on 4- and 5-night Bahamian roundtrips and 5-night Western Caribbean. A special 3-night itinerary visits Castaway Cay and Key West Florida.
In March-April 2022, Disney Wonder homeports in San Diego for roundtrips to Baja Mexico (Ensenada), including a special 2-night Ensenada voyage (Friday departure). The 4- and 5-night Baja cruises visit Cabo San Lucas or Catalina Island.
(animal cruelty) The Faroe Islands cruise boycott
In 2014, Disney was the first of all three (for now) cruise ship companies (followed in 2016 by AIDA and Hapag-Lloyd) that banned Faroe Islands (a Danish territory) as destination part of their North European itineraries.
The boycott is due to the island nation's traditional mass slaughter of pilot whales each year. The protected by Denmark gruesome practice of killing whales is called “Grindadrap Grind". Locals use motorboats to drive a pod of whales into a harbor. The defenseless animals are dragged to the shallow water and brutally slaughtered by locals armed with knives (16-19 cm / 6-8 inches long) while their families cheer them on. The killing party even rip out baby whales from their mothers.
The Faroe Islands have a population of ~50,000 and kill each year 1000+ pilot whales. You can see the cruise ship schedule of Torshavn - Faroe's most visited port. All cruise lines with scheduled visits to the Faroes are accused of supporting the brutal whaling practices. Whaling is still officially approved and carried out by the "civilized" countries Japan, Norway, and Iceland, killing over 2000 whales each year and trading in whale products.
Disney's response was to the "Faroese Pilot Whaling Act" by the local government, which continues to allow pilot whales to be culled or massacred. It also empowers local authorities to imprison (for up to 2 years) people found guilty of impeding these whaling activities - despite all the international condemnations.
Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace are among the largest organizations taking direct actions against the "Faroese Pilot Whaling Act". Most of the available online haunting images of slaughtered whales lying in a sea of blood are released by these organizations.
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