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You have yet another reason to book a Disney Cruise for the family. Captain Minnie Mouse, complete with a white hat and red captain’s jacket, will be making her debut on Disney ships later this year. This is in an effort to empower girls and women in the maritime industry.

Not only will Minnie be inspiring girls aboard the cruise, she’ll also be appearing in a new STEM program for kids. They’ll get to problem-solve and finetune their science, tech, engineering and math skills in Disney’s Oceaneer Lab (there’s one on every Disney ship). Minnie will also visit some local communities at various homeports and ports of call, along with a female officer or crew member.

Disney Cruise Line is following Minnie’s example by sponsoring four scholarships at the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas especially for women cadets who want to become captains and ship leaders down the line. Each scholarship covers two years at the academy, plus a year working on a Disney ship.

Before you hit the water, you can psych up your budding sailor with special Minnie merch, like apparel that reads, “You Can Call Me Captain.” On board, you can shop for a new Captain Minnie Mouse charm, or even get your kid a Captain Minnie Mouse makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a kids salon.

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