Disney Cruise Line has kicked off its promotion of the Disney Wonder cruise ship sailing from Miami starting December 23, 2012.
Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel newspaper reports today that "Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked-off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to PortMiami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger than life banner proclaiming “See You Real Soon.”
This will be the first time a Disney cruise ship has home-ported in South Florida.
Readers of my blog will recall that the Disney Wonder has a rather notorious history as the cruise ship from which a young English woman "disappeared" last year.
In March 2011, twenty-four year old Disney crew member Rebecca Coriam somehow "vanished" from the Wonder while it was sailing on a Mexican itinerary from Southern California. The Coriam family feels that Disney has been less than forthcoming with information regarding their daughter’s situation. They believe that the cruise line has not cooperated with them in finding out exactly what happened on the Disney cruise ship.
Because Disney flagged its ship in the Bahamas to avoid taxes and labor laws, official responsibility for investigating disappearances from Bahamian flagged ship falls to the Bahamas. A single policeman from the Bahamas investigated Rebecca’s disappearance. The investigation took only a few hours. The Bahamas refuses to provide the Coriams with the results of its investigation and is concealing the official report from them. Disney refuses to release information to the family saying that they must obtain the information from the Bahamas which, Disney know, won’t cooperate at all.
A sorry state of affairs with these foreign incorporated cruise lines sailing under foreign flags of convenience concealing information from grieving families.
By the way, Rebecca was employed as a youth counselor for Disney. You’d think that a corporation touting "family cruises" and promoting special vacations for kids would try to get to the bottom of the disappearance of a youth counselor whose job was to take care of children, as well as being sensitive and transparent with the employee’s family. Think again.
Below is a video about how cruise lines cover up disappearances at sea, of both passengers and crew. The Coriam family is interviewed and so am I. Ask yourself whether Disney will be transparent with you if your daughter disappears from the Disney Wonder when it sails out of Miami next month.
Do you know what happened to Rebecca? Please contact her family: Web: Rebecca-Coriam.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org