When I think of the Bay of Lakes and the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort, I immediately imagine the amazing Disney Resort hotels that line its shores or the iconic ferries that transport guests from the transportation and sales center. of tickets to Magic Kingdom Park. But recently, I learned that the area also houses a small (but powerful!) Fleet of motor cruise ships, which have been sailing along those river courses since the 1970s. Now, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, a new cruise has been added to the fleet and its history is pretty amazing.
The cruise is called Tradewinds, a name that was chosen by Walt Disney Imagineering and voted for by members of the jet ski cast. “Trade winds” refers to the almost constant wind that blows across the equator. And it’s the perfect name for this new boat, as members of the nautical mold have consistently provided outstanding guest service to Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon since the fleet was launched.
But the name isn’t the only one the cast members helped choose. Members of the jet ski mold offered feedback that directly affected the design of the boat, from the position of the pilot house to the amount of cabin space available to guests.
“We asked cast members for feedback on things they’d like to see on a new cruise engine, and we put them on the boat,” said Collin Garton, Transport Guest’s experience manager. “Everything about it was done to make the contributions of the cast members a reality.”
The small adjustments that make Tradewinds stand out among the other three motor cruises in the fleet make a big difference in both the cast and the guest experience.
“It’s a great addition to the fleet,” said Billy Carter, a member of the Transportation Engineering Services cast who made sure the entire ship was ready and ready to start before launch. “Everyone is very proud of it. I think he will spend a lot of time with the guests. “
Guests can identify the new cruise engine by the bright orange, yellow, white and turquoise color, also selected by the cast.
Before Tradewinds made its first voyage, cast members gathered to christen the ship, a nautical tradition. It is the first new motor cruise ship to join the fleet in almost 30 years, so the excitement of the event was palpable.
“It’s a big deal, and the boat looks strong,” Billy said. “Everyone has done a great job on this issue.”
“That’s a big deal for our cast,” Collin agreed. “The last time we incorporated our fleet of resorts was in 1993. The fact of having this new boat is huge.”
And it’s not just a big problem for the delivery of jet skis, which will operate the cruise every day. It’s a big deal for the team that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Tradewinds was ready for its big debut.
“The project team on this ship has been amazing,” said Greg Klesaris, the Asset Management Project Planner in charge of Tradewinds. “From transportation operations to our engineers, everyone has come together to do the job, and it’s been really great to collaborate with all of these people.”