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Friday, 08 February 2019 14:15

Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party

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During Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks for a high-energy sail away celebration on embarkation day. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) During Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, guests join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks for a high-energy sail away celebration on embarkation day. (Matt Stroshane, photographer) Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are encouraged to wear their best Disney character-themed outfits on embarkation day for a chance to strut their stuff on the runWAVE during Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party, a high-energy sail away celebration. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2019) – In 2020, epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with limited engagements of two popular experiences – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Setting sail on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic to the Caribbean and Bahamas, these seven and five-night sailings combine the splendor of a Disney Cruise Line vacation with a special day at sea filled with unique character encounters, live shows and action-packed entertainment.

Star Wars Day at Sea

Guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga on special seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings from January to March 2020, taking them to the Caribbean and a galaxy far, far away.

In addition to encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, this cruise features a full day of Star Wars activities including live shows, Star Wars-themed family and kids’ activities, unique food and beverage and special merchandise offerings. The day ends with “Summon the Force,” a deck party that celebrates the Star Wars universe and caps off the night with a fireworks show of galactic proportions.

Star Wars Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Departing Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 2020, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Feb. 8, 2020, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 29, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica and Castaway Cay.

Marvel Day at Sea

From January to early March 2020, special five-night Disney Magic sailings will combine the excitement of a Disney cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas with the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series for an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.

The largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including the recent addition of Captain Marvel, along with Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and more, highlight an all-day entertainment lineup that includes live shows for the whole family, an extraordinary deck show, Marvel-themed activities for kids and families, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Marvel Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Magic Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami, Florida.

Departing Jan. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 9, 2020, the Bahamian itinerary includes Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 29, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes George Town, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 18, 2020, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico and Castaway Cay.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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CELEBRATION, Fla. – Disney Cruise Line sailings to Alaska combine the natural splendor and adventurous spirit of Alaska with Disney’s world-class service and accommodations. Departing from Vancouver, Canada, the Disney Wonder sails five-, seven- and nine-night cruises to Alaska that feature fun and adventure onboard and in each destination—from majestic wildlife and stunning scenery to one-of-a-kind Port Adventures and special Disney touches—for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The essence of an Alaskan Disney cruise is encapsulated in the exceptional combination of taking the magic of Disney off the ship into native Alaska while also bringing the spirit of Alaska back onboard. In this way, Disney takes the natural allure of Alaska and tailors it to create a family-friendly destination that all guests can cherish.

One-of-a-Kind Port Adventures

During Alaska sailings, guests can experience the beauty of Alaska in a way that only Disney can provide with exclusive Port Adventures designed to bring local culture and customs to life while making the most of their time ashore. Disney Cruise Line works with local tour operators to highlight each port of call and create hassle-free, interactive adventures for families.

Many tours include distinctly Disney touches, beloved characters and rich storytelling to help bring local culture and customs to life. Signature Collection tours range from deluxe experiences in intimate, upscale settings to customized tours that are enhanced with experiences exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Highlights include:

  • In Skagway, guests can explore the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail, a camp nestled beside a waterfall where live music, puppetry and panning for gold with classic Disney characters allow guests to be part of the epic gold rush era.
  • In Juneau, only Disney Cruise Line guests get to live the life of an Iditarod champion during the Glacier Dog Musher for a Day Port Adventure. Guests are transported by helicopter over the massive Juneau Icefield to one of the region’s most breathtaking glaciers. Guests then help feed and harness the dogs before embarking on an unforgettable day of mushing across the pristine snow-capped glacier.
  • While visiting Ketchikan, guests can look on as professional fishermen haul in the catch of the day in 700-pound king crab pots during the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship, Disney Cruise Line guests have an exclusive opportunity to dine with the crew and listen to telling stories about life on the Bering Sea over freshly caught King crab and Dungeness crab.
  • Several Ketchikan excursions include a visit to the Exclusive Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, a rollicking competition created for families that features some of the world’s top timber sport athletes going head-to-head for bragging rights and the title, “Bull of the Woods.” This enhanced performance features additional elements and segments developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.

While every port offers excursions for families to enjoy together, many tours integrate separate activities for children and adults. While kids are engaged in age-appropriate activities with youth counselors from the ship, parents have time on their own.

Bringing the Spirit of Alaska Onboard

Back onboard, themed entertainment and authentic experiences uniquely blend the spirit of Alaska with the magic of Disney. All itineraries include either one or two full days at sea, allowing for the chance to experience the unique Alaskan touches onboard.

A standout moment that epitomizes the authentic Alaskan experience for guests features the breathtaking beauty of  Endicott Arm. Here, guests discover a region known for towering waterfalls, mammoth glaciers, rugged mountains and wildlife on a scenic venture that brings them as close as possible to the unparalleled beauty of Alaska’s nature.

In a fun Disney Cruise Line tradition, the famous Disney characters meet and greet guests in some of their best northern-themed finery during Alaska sailings. Mickey is decked out in Alaskan fisherman’s gear, Minnie dons a stylish parka, Goofy is ready to explore a glacier and Donald is dressed to pan for gold—everyone gets in on the Alaska fun.

Guests also have the opportunity to attend special presentations from expert naturalists who provide insight into the southeastern Alaska region and share personal stories of life in The Last Frontier.

Exclusive food and beverage offerings during Alaska itineraries include a “Regional Inspiration” dish on the dinner menu each night, cooking demonstrations that teach guests to prepare local dishes and specialty Alaska-themed drinks. Additionally, Alaska-exclusive merchandise is available onboard for the perfect vacation keepsake.

Entertainment Onboard the Disney Wonder

In addition to all of the Alaska-exclusive offerings onboard and in each port, every Alaskan cruise features the world-class service, premium activities and first-rate entertainment included with every Disney cruise.

In the Walt Disney Theatre, Broadway-style shows bring classic Disney stories to life. The Disney Wonder features “The Golden Mickey’s,” “Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic” and exclusive to the Disney Wonder, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,” the beloved story of “Frozen” presented like never before, with an innovative combination of traditional theatrical techniques, modern technology and classic Disney whimsy.

Disney cruises to Alaska also feature opportunities to experience beloved Disney stories in special ways, like an entire day of “Frozen” fun—which culminates in a magical deck show with Anna, Elsa and friends—and a dance party with favorite Pixar pals that is exclusive to Alaska itineraries.

There’s a full course of fun for families at mealtimes throughout the cruise at elaborately themed restaurants with distinctly Disney touches that combine with world-class cuisine to please the palate and satisfy the senses. At Animator’s Palate, classic Disney animation is brought to life throughout the meal and guests get the chance to join in on the fun. At Tiana’s Place, exclusive to the Disney Wonder, guests are transported to an era of southern charm inspired by “The Princess and the Frog” and are treated to a celebration of New Orleans dining and music.

Adults can spend time relaxing and rejuvenating in adult-exclusive spaces such as Senses Spa & Salon or Cove Café. The premium dining experience offered onboard, Palo, offers sophisticated elegance and impeccable service in authentic Italian style. For evening entertainment, adults can escape to the After Hours district, which includes sophisticated bars, lounges and clubs with trivia, game shows, live music and more.

Children ages 6 months to 17 years can let their imaginations set sail with immersive experiences and adventurous activities in dedicated spaces tailored to them. Vibe and Edge offer trendy teen- and tween-only hangouts while themed spaces in Disney’s Oceaneer Club allow kids to step into the worlds of Star Wars, Toy Story and the Marvel Super Heroes.

Returning to Alaska in Summer of 2019

In 2019, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with a variety of itineraries departing from Vancouver with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier and Endicott Arm, Alaska; and Victoria, Canada.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 14:10

Captain Marvel

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In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests will be the first to meet Captain Marvel when she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests will encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami.

Captain Marvel joins the event’s awesome line-up of Super Heroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more. In addition to these heroic encounters, Marvel Day at Sea features an extraordinary deck show spectacular, themed youth activities, special merchandise, and unique food and beverage offerings.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. (Disney)

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 15:28

Bvlgari Onboard the Disney Fantasy

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Bvlgari, the Italian brand known for its contemporary jewelry, colored gemstones and unique craftmanship joins Tiffany & Co. as luxury shopping experiences that await guests aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Kent Phillips, photographer) Bvlgari, the Italian brand known for its contemporary jewelry, colored gemstones and unique craftmanship joins Tiffany & Co. as luxury shopping experiences that await guests aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Kent Phillips, photographer) Bvlgari, the Italian brand known for its contemporary jewelry, colored gemstones and unique craftmanship joins Tiffany & Co. as luxury shopping experiences that await guests aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Kent Phillips, photographer) Bvlgari, the Italian brand known for its contemporary jewelry, colored gemstones and unique craftmanship joins Tiffany & Co. as luxury shopping experiences that await guests aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Kent Phillips, photographer) Bvlgari, the Italian brand known for its contemporary jewelry, colored gemstones and unique craftmanship joins Tiffany & Co. as luxury shopping experiences that await guests aboard the Disney Fantasy. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2018) – Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney were both recognized as the “Best for Families” in the 11th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards announced earlier today.  These awards recognize the best cruise lines of the year, as selected by Cruise Critic’s global panel of experts – highlighting the best ocean, river and luxury cruise lines across dozens of categories.

“These awards speak volumes about our incredible cast and crew and their attention to detail,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Signature Experiences. “Whether families are sailing the Caribbean aboard one of our award-winning ships or enjoying a European river cruise with Adventures by Disney, our teams deliver only the most exceptional experiences. Once again, we are honored to be recognized by the editors of Cruise Critic.”

The Editors’ Picks Awards combine Cruise Critic editors’ cruise expertise – based on first-hand experiences and industry knowledge – to help travelers select the best cruise vacation from an increasing number of cruise options. Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 700 cruise ships and nearly 500 worldwide ports.

For the full details of this year’s winners, visit 2018 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards.

Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as the leader in the family cruise industry, sailing from ports around the world on exhilarating itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, among others. Disney Cruise Line continues to grow and expand its horizons, with new ships scheduled for delivery in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Disney Cruise Line has received more than 300 distinguished awards from the travel industry praising all aspects of the operation from dining to entertainment, and from youth activities to spa facilities.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free group guided vacation experiences to destinations on six continents. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences at locations including: the South African plains, the great cities of Europe, Costa Rica’s rich rainforest, the ruins of Pompeii and Machu Picchu, Australia’s Outback, the Great Wall of China and some of America’s most iconic destinations.

Offering Disney-trained Adventure Guides on each trip, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches throughout, Adventures by Disney vacations are crafted to excite and delight everyone. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com to learn more.

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2018) – Disney Cruise Line has been named No. 1 overall in Newsweek’s inaugural 2019 list of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service. The company is also recognized as No. 1 in the Cruise Operators category.

“This award is a tremendous recognition for our dedicated cast and crew who create magical memories for our guests every day,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Signature Experiences and Disney Cruise Line. “Topping this list reinforces our pride in delivering only the best possible service and vacation experiences.”

In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Newsweek selected companies based on an independent survey of more than 20,000 U.S. customers. More than 130,000 evaluations were completed to determine the winners for each of the eight categories. Criteria included quality of communication, technical competence, range of services, customer focus, accessibility and likelihood of recommending the service or retailer.

The top 10 rankings are available to view here.

Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as the leader in the family cruise industry, sailing from ports around the world on exhilarating itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, among others. Disney Cruise Line continues to grow and expand its horizons, with new ships scheduled for delivery in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry praising all aspects of the operation from dining to entertainment, and from youth activities to spa facilities.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

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CELEBRATION, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2018) – U.S. News & World Report announced today that Disney Cruise Line was awarded two prestigious gold badges  – Best Cruise Lines for Families and Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean – as part of the publication’s 2019 best cruise line rankings.

“We take great pride in creating unforgettable experiences for our guests, and it’s always an honor when these efforts are recognized by others,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line and Disney Signature Experiences. “We celebrate these awards with our incredible team of cast and crew members.”

This marks the sixth consecutive year that Disney Cruise Line has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top cruise line. The annual rankings identify the best cruise lines in a variety of categories based on a methodology that factors in overall cruise ship quality, reputation among travelers, health assessments and many other factors, such as price class and general itinerary offerings.

The full list of rankings is available at www.travel.usnews.com/cruises/.

Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as the leader in the family cruise industry, sailing from ports around the world on exhilarating itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera, among others. Disney Cruise Line continues to grow and expand its horizons, with new ships scheduled for delivery in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry praising all aspects of the operation from dining to entertainment, and from youth activities to spa facilities.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

 

“Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” immerses the audience in a story that begins where the original ended. Featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming and other favorites from the fairy tale classic, this Broadway-style stage show is performed exclusively at the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. (Chloe Rice, photographer) “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” immerses the audience in a story that begins where the original ended. Featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming and other favorites from the fairy tale classic, this Broadway-style stage show is performed exclusively at the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. (Chloe Rice, photographer) “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” immerses the audience in a story that begins where the original ended. Featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming and other favorites from the fairy tale classic, this Broadway-style stage show is performed exclusively at the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. (Chloe Rice, photographer) “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story” immerses the audience in a story that begins where the original ended. Featuring Cinderella, Prince Charming and other favorites from the fairy tale classic, this Broadway-style stage show is performed exclusively at the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. (Chloe Rice, photographer)

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By Jeff Vahle

The people of Eleuthera are truly one of a kind.

During my recent trip to the island, we stopped in Bannerman Town on the way to Lighthouse Point. Under a Poinciana tree, a few people were gathered, and we walked over to introduce ourselves. We were invited to sit and talk and against the backdrop of the most beautiful island day, we talked of Eleuthera and its unique history.

The crowd grew, and there were lots of questions about the project Disney would like to bring to the island. I am sure there were a few skeptics about our true intentions, especially given what some people and groups are saying. Skeptics or not, people talked, and they stopped to listen.

We are humbled by the warm welcome that Eleutherans have shown us and for the strong support we have received for our proposed project from so many on the island.

The history between Disney and The Bahamas is a long one, 20 years in fact. And it is a relationship that benefits us both in some important ways – from the $40 million we contribute directly to the economy each year to the 150 quality employment opportunities we provide for Bahamians to the nearly $3 million we have invested in environmental conservation programs.

In turn, the beauty and hospitality of The Bahamas has contributed to our success. Seventy-five percent of our cruises visit here each year to the enjoyment of countless families. It is only natural we would first invite The Bahamas to be part of our expansion plans – plans that will also increase visits to New Providence.

In Eleuthera, we plan to give our guests the opportunity to relax, spend time with family and to explore the stories of this special place. While the previously approved development for this property included plans for hundreds of homes, condominiums, villas, a hotel, and 140-slip marina constructed in the salt ponds, what Disney wants to do is different. Very different. In fact, our development is designed to have as little impact as possible on the natural environment.

Simply put, we want to work with The Bahamas to create an international destination that protects and sustains the natural beauty of this historic location; that creates quality jobs and opportunity for Bahamians; that celebrates the culture, and that strengthens the community in Eleuthera.

From an environmental perspective, we are absolutely committed to doing the right thing – and would never risk the natural beauty of Eleuthera or our long-standing commitment in this space by doing otherwise.

What has often been forgotten in discussions about our plans is that the property is privately owned and has been on the market for quite some time. We are committed to giving more than 170 acres of what is currently privately-owned land to the Government for conservation. We also plan to preserve the more than 100 acres of salt ponds on the property.

This focus on conservation means that only approximately 20 percent of the property will be developed, much of it for low-density use like the placement of beach chairs and umbrellas and the creation of small support structures for things like restrooms, shops, and dining. We have no plans to develop the southern-most point of the property or to allow our Disney guests to visit it.

Furthermore, we will use sustainable design and building practices for the areas we do intend to develop. For example, current plans include the construction of an open-trestle pier that would have a much smaller footprint and impact on natural ocean currents than a traditional pier design and that requires minimal, if any, dredging. We also intend to use solar power for much of our operation.

In addition to providing full access to the property for Bahamians, our plan will create 120 to 150 permanent, quality employment opportunities, encompassing a breadth of disciplines, as well as management positions and opportunities for career advancement.

At our other Disney destination, Castaway Cay, the current average wage is more than 50% higher than the Bahamian minimum wage and employees receive health benefits and work full-time schedules with the opportunity for overtime. With guests expected to be in port three to five days per week year-round and the need to complete a variety of projects on non-port days, these roles will provide much needed employment stability.

Beyond these employment opportunities, hundreds of indirect jobs will be created, along with positive economic impact through construction, port adventures hosted by Bahamians showcasing Eleuthera’s unique sites, opportunities for the sale of Bahamian goods, and relationships with Bahamian vendors and other partners.

Finally, I want to stress that our commitment goes beyond our plans for this property. As in all the communities in which we do business, we will work to strengthen the settlements in Eeuthera, with a special focus on children and families. We also will work with Government and community partners to maintain and restore significant historical and cultural sites and integrate Bahamian voices and artistic expression into the design. Together, we will make sure it is rooted in the same kind of Bahamian stories and traditions I learned about during my recent visit.

It is because of this broader commitment to Eleuthera and to The Bahamas that I believe we will find common ground with those who question our plans. But, we can only find that common ground when we use facts as the basis for dialogue.

We have never been more committed to The Bahamas and its people, and we hope that our proposal for Eleuthera will become a model for sustainable development. In the meantime, we remain open and willing to talk, especially if we can meet under a Poinciana tree in Bannerman Town.

Jeff Vahle is president of Disney Cruise Line.

 

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