Disney Wonder



Year built: 1999

Speed: 21 kn

Passengers: 2,400

Crew: 945

83k tons

11 decks


The Disney Wonder currently sails to Mexico, the Western Caribbean, and the Bahamas from San Diego, California; Port Canaveral, Florida; and Galveston, Texas.


On November 30, 2008, the main passenger gangway collapsed into the water. No injuries were reported. The vessel was moved to a cargo pier to complete the passenger embarkation. The incident caused a 1 hour delayed departure from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

On November 26, 2009, while on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean itinerary and en-route to Bahamas from St. Thomas, the ship experienced engine problems. The incident was caused by a short circuit in the alternator’s winding, which resulted in the generator’s shutdown. The voltage drop caused shutdowns of the fuel pumps of generators 2, 4 and 5. This subsequently caused the affected generators to shutdown. These shutdowns led to a total blackout. The ship also lost propulsion and drifted. Soon, the emergency generator started to provide electricity, then the generators were restarted. Full power outage and the propulsion were restored 45 minutes after the incident occurred. The main generator’s repair cost the cruise line $1 million.

On September 15, 2013, two early 2014 sailings were officially cancelled by the shipowner, Disney Cruise Lines, thus allowing the ship to enter dry-dock for maintenance in Freeport Bahamas. As compensation, all booked passengers received a full refund, plus a 25% future Disney cruise discount. The line also covered all flight change fees.

On February 13, 2016, while en-route from Miami to Grand Cayman, at 8:00 PM, the Disney Wonder encountered and stopped to pick up 12 Cuban refugees on a small boat trying to get to the US by sea. The refugees were brought on board and offloaded in the next port of call, on Feb 14. The Disney Wonder was on a 5-day Caribbean itinerary round trip from Miami to Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.

On March 22, 2011, a 24-year-old female crew was reported missing at 3:00 AM, after failing to report for her morning shift. The woman was last seen in the crew lounge. The CCTV camera showed her talking on the phone upset, then leaving the room. The alarm for a missing person was raised 4 hours later. She was presumed fallen overboard. An independent journalist sailing on Disney Wonder reported that the ship’s crew apparently knew where exactly their fellow employee went overboard. This was the crew relaxation area, perfectly visable from the Navigation Bridge on Deck 8. He also learned that Disney Cruise Lines have the phone call taped. The incident occurred off of Mexico’s coast, when the ship was operating on a 7-days Mexican Riviera itinerary from home port Los Angeles CA. On March 27, 2014, her parents filed a lawsuit against the Disney cruise company for $75,000. They announced the lawsuit’s purpose was to draw attention and eventually change the maritime law to allow UK authorities to investigate crimes involving British citizens, even on ships registered in other flag states.

On February 27, 2015, a 38–year-old male passenger drowned on the Disney Cruise Lines private island Castaway Cay, Bahamas. The man drowned while swimming ashore. The accident occurred while the ship was docked at the island.

On March 1, 2015, a 56-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin. The accident occurred at 7:00 AM, while the ship was docked in call port Castaway Cay. The investigation showed the man died from natural causes.

On September 1, 2006, a male crew was arrested and charged with sexual offense. The man exposed himself to 3 female passengers on board. He was later fired and deported.

On January 1, 2007, a 21-year-old male passenger was arrested and charged with sexual contact with a minor. The man raped a 13-year-old female passenger on the ship, returning from a 4-day Bahamas New Year cruise from home port of Port Canaveral to Nassau. The man was indicted for aggravated sexual abuse. The girl traveled together with her family. In the early morning of Jan 1, after leaving the teens-only disco club Vibe, she was stalling around with 2 other teens when the defendant approached and told them they should return to their staterooms. The girl followed him, believing he was a security staff. Then the adult man took her to a secluded stern area on the Sports Deck 10 below, forced her to take her pants off and to have sex with him. He also threatened to throw her overboard if she screamed or called for help. In federal court on September 27,  2010, the man pleaded guilty to abusive sexual assault on the high seas, the penalty for which could be imprisonment up to 10 years. On February 11, 2011 he was sentenced to 46 months in jail, and ordered to pay $2,700 in restitution.

On September 2, 2009, a 34-year-old male passenger from the Carnival Sensation ship jumped overboard but was rescued by the passing nearby Disney Wonder. The emergency call was made by the Carnival ship at 11:30 PM. The Disney ship found the man at 12:40 AM. Both cruise vessels were on round trip Bahamas itineraries leaving from Port Canaveral.

On November 21, 2009, a group of 17 passengers were robbed by 2 armed men while ashore on a sponsored by Disney Cruises shore excursion in Nassau. The incident occurred at 1:00 PM, on the tour to Earth Village. The robbers, armed with shotguns, ambushed the group. The tour guide was tied up, while the passengers were ordered to lay face down on the ground and robbed of all their valuables and documents. During the robbery, another tour group arrived on the scene and was robbed too. On the same day, a Nassau police patrol chased and arrested a 49-year-old Bahamian man, who happened to be one of the suspects responsible for the robbery.

Disney ShipsPJ Morrissey