Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that guests are not permitted to hide rubber ducks around the line’s cruise ships, essentially banning a popular practice.
This news comes from a post on planDisney – the official website where the general public can ask any questions about all kinds of Disney vacations.
When someone asked the question about whether ducks were allowed on Disney ships, a panellist on the site replied with the following:
I’ve been hearing rumblings that guests are being discouraged from hiding ducks onboard Disney Cruise ships, so I called the friendly agents at Disney Cruise Line to ask if they had an official policy that I could share with you. I was advised that guests cannot hide things, such as rubber ducks in staterooms or public areas on the ship.
I know that this is a popular thing to do for many cruisers onboard, but it sounds like it’s being discouraged and as you said, Crew Members are removing any ducks they spot around the ship.
The practice of hiding ducks is not exclusive to Disney, and is popular across many cruise lines.
Typically guests hide small rubber ducks in public areas of the ship so that they are easily discoverable, but not intrusive.
The ducks will usually have a tag encouraging guests to either keep it, or to hide it again for someone else to find, once they’ve taken a photo. The tag will often have a Facebook group where guests can share their finds.
While a lot of people enjoy hiding or finding ducks, it seems like Disney Cruise Line doesn’t want to encourage it. While the Disney Cruise Line cast members (crew) are unlikely to punish guests for hiding ducks, they will confiscate the ducks once discovered.
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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.