January 9, 2003
In an unusual philanthropic proposition, Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic has teamed up with a travel agency to host a special voyage to support breast cancer causes. The cruise, departing on September 20, 2003 will feature special guests, such as breast cancer survivor Deb Wills, the creator of AllEarsNet, Chuck Wagner, a well-known Broadway musical actor who has starred in over 1,200 performances of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and his wife Susan, also a breast cancer survivor. Passenger-participants will also be invited to special gatherings and receive gifts and amenities. CI Travel, which has developed a cruise niche it is calling "Pink Ribbon Cruises," in honor of that symbol of breast cancer support, is also expanding its efforts beyond the one voyage. The travel agency says it will donate a portion of commissions from "virtually any cruise booked" through the program to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Funds there are used to provide care and support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Cruises may only be booked through the program's website, http://www.pinkribboncruises.com/.