The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships are feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy. According to passengers onboard, the Disney Fantasy suffered some broken windows and other minor damage last night as 100 mile per hour winds hammered the cruise ship.
For the passengers on the ships, the experience is far from what they expected when they planned their dream vacation. But they can find some reassurance in knowing that the Disney Cruise Line will do everything in its power to keep them safe and sound as they ride out the storm.
“We are currently monitoring Hurricane Sandy very closely as the safety and security of our guests and crew is always our top priority,” said Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club & Adventures by Disney.
Many of the ship’s activities have been canceled due to the storm, including the typical stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Disney is offering the debarking passengers from the Fantasy 25% off a future cruise or a WDW trip. The Disney Dream replaced its stop in Castaway Cay tomorrow with a call on Nassau.
Update: Below are two more photos: One showing another angle of the damage to the gift shop and another giving a view of the high seas from a passenger balcony.
Update 2: Below is a CNN iReport video from onboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video you can see the passengers getting tossed around the cabin, doors slamming shut, and several scenes of minor damage from around the ship.
In an earlier statement, Disney Cruise Line said, “The Disney Fantasy skipped its stop in Castaway Cay today, and instead, guests are enjoying a sunny day at sea a safe distance from the storm.” This may have been the case for the first part of the trip, but the voyage home looks like it was a wild ride.
Update 3: Here are some additional photos of the damage from around the Disney Fantasy.
Update 4: Disney issued a statement to USA TODAY saying that there was some minor damage which included “cracked windows and broken furniture that have been addressed.” This seems to match what we’ve seen in the photos and video, that all the damage was cosmetic. The fact that the ship was able to depart on its next trip as scheduled seems to reinforce that the damage was minor.
While the physical damage might have been minor, based on the comments to this blog, it sounds like this was a very frightening experience for the passengers on board. We’re glad to hear that everyone made it home safe and without injury.