Disney Cruise Line Launches New Initiatives To Inspire Next Generation Of Female Leaders In Maritime Industry

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Disney Cruise Line has launched a collection of new initiatives designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry. The debut of Captain Minnie Mouse, new youth programs and the funding of scholarships are designed to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry.

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 scholarships, one for each of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, 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.”

Captain Minnie Mouse will start making the rounds on all Disney ships starting in April, and later this year, she will appear in an all-new youth activity where young captain hopefuls practice STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun maritime-themed activity. The interactive experience will be offered in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab aboard all Disney ships.

Additionally, Captain Minnie Mouse will visit children in some of Disney Cruise Line’s homeports and ports of call. The kids will have an opportunity to meet Captain Minnie Mouse and 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.



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