Cruise Ship Law

Disney Wonder To Become First Disney Cruise Ship Based In South Florida


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Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and all the Disney characters – especially when they are sailing onboard a cruise line with you? Disney Cruise Line provides the young – and the young at heart – with several itineraries to enjoy while in the company of their favorite characters. But even on Disney cruises, accidents can take place. While our cruise attorneys have represented various clients who have been injured onboard a vessel whose home port is in Miami, Disney ships have never been based in South Florida before – until now. Just in time for the holidays, the Disney Wonder is scheduled to arrive in Miami on Dec. 23, and it will become the first Disney Cruise Line ship based at a South Florida port.

To commemorate the new home port, Mickey sailed across Biscayne Bay in a powerboat this week to promote the special occasion. Miami is the number one most popular cruise ship port in the world, so it is no wonder Disney Cruise Line wanted to get in on the action. It will now be sharing a port with other cruise giants, including Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. Hopefully adding one more ship to the already extensive roster will not contribute to any accidents taking place. Increased traffic at a port can cause accidents to take place not just on land, but onboard the ships as well, leading both passengers and crewmembers to sustain injuries. And the Disney Wonder is no small ship. With a 2,700 passenger carrying capacity, the Wonder is a marvel in its own right. The vessel had been based on the West Coast since early last year, and beginning next month, will sail from Miami on a variety of itineraries to the Bahamas and western Caribbean. Of course, no Disney cruise would be complete without calling at Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay.

With the Wonder coming to Miami, the occasion will mark the first time the Celebration, Florida-based Disney Cruise Line will have ships operating out of two Florida ports. The line’s newest and largest vessels, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, cruise out of Port Canaveral in Brevard County, while its fourth ship, the Disney Magic, has been sailing across the out of Galveston, Texas, since September. However, the Wonder’s stay in Miami will only be short-lived. The ship will be returning to the West Coast next May and will be sailing Alaska itineraries, but the following winter, it will trade places with the Magic, sailing out of Galveston while the Magic will be sailing out of Miami.

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