The Walt Disney Company faces another PR disaster, as many cast members from a recent Disney Wonder cruise have contracted COVID-19. According to Cruise Law News, 38 workers on the ship have caught the infectious Coronavirus.
The news comes straight from the ship's captain, who revealed the information over the Disney Wonder's intercom system. Cast members relayed details to Cruise Law News but would not provide their names for fear of job punishment.
This particular Disney Wonder trip, which ended in San Diego, became something of an infamous debacle in cruise circles. According to the Disney Cruise Line Blog, the ship set sail on March 6th and was scheduled to return on March 20th. Disney cut it one day short due to the poor optics of the cruise remaining at sea.
In fact, the Cruise Lines International Association voluntarily suspended all cruise ship operations on March 14th. So, the Disney Wonder faced five days with no good options and a bunch of finger-pointing. Of course, the itinerary called for the cruise to spend those days at sea anyway.
There’s conflicting information about whether the passengers missed any scheduled stops. However, the most reliable sources state that the Disney Wonder never made any of them. So, passengers stayed on the ship for 13 consecutive days.
Disney had come under fire for its decision to run cruises as Coronavirus concerns spread. USA Today noted that after the company had ordered the suspension of business, one cruise still set sail. It was a bad look, especially in the wake of the press release indicating that Disney was showing “an abundance of caution” toward its guests.