Disney Cruise Line Debuts Captain Minnie Mouse, New Initiatives to Encourage Women in Maritime Industry

Disney Cruise Line has announced a number of new initiatives aimed at inspiring women in the maritime industry, including the introduction of a new captain — Captain Minnie Mouse!

Captain Minnie Mouse is now aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

With the debut of Captain Minnie Mouse — sometimes wearing pants instead of a skirt for the first time! — as well as new youth programs and the funding of scholarships, these initiatives are designed to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry.

Captain Minnie Mouse is now making appearances on all the Disney Cruise Line ships. She presents a strong figure, wearing a crisp new uniform with white trousers or skirt and a bright red jacket with captain’s insignia.

Captain Minnie Mouse  (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Later this year, Captain Minnie will participate in all-new, maritime-themed activities that will encourage potential young captains to practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. The interactive experience will be offered in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.

In addition, Captain Minnie Mouse will visit children in some of Disney Cruise Line’s home ports and ports of call. As part of these local community visits, Captain Minnie and another female Disney Cruise Line officer or crew member will showcase their roles in the maritime industry and raise awareness about career choices for women aboard a cruise ship.

In addition to introducing Captain Minnie’s new role, this year 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 scholarships, one for each of the ships currently in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will include tuition to the three-year program, which entails two years of study at the academy and one year of service aboard a Disney ship.

Disney Cruise Line has unveiled a special line of merchandise exclusive to the Disney fleet, including nautical-themed apparel and gifts with the tagline, “You Can Call Me Captain.” (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

To celebrate Captain Minnie Mouse taking the helm, Disney Cruise Line has a special line of merchandise exclusive to the Disney fleet. Items in the nautical-themed collection of apparel and gifts sport the tagline, “You Can Call Me Captain.”

Captain Minnie Mouse also gets her own new PANDORA Jewelry charm, available for purchase exclusively onboard. A brand-new Captain Minnie Mouse plush will be introduced this summer.

Disney Cruise Line has unveiled a new PANDORA Jewelry charm available for purchase exclusively aboard Disney ships featuring Captain Minnie Mouse. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Finally, a Captain Minnie Mouse makeover will soon be available only at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques on the Disney ships.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent — AllEars.net recommends our preferred travel provider, MouseFanTravel.com!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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