`Pirates' ship at Disney's private isle

October 22, 2006|By Chicago Tribune

In the "If you've got it, flaunt it" department, Disney Cruise Line capitalizes on its exclusive movie franchise. Star-struck Mouseketeers of all ages can now get a live look-see at the Flying Dutchman, the ship made famous in Disney's latest flick Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on the line's private Caribbean island, Castaway Cay.

The film prop, with its barnacle-encrusted bow, flaunts ragged sails and imparts a bona fide look of haunting the open seas for eternity. The actual prop is anchored off Castaway Cay. It provides a scenic photo backdrop for Disney's passengers. If you opt to rent a boat during your Castaway Cay stay, you can get an up-close look at the ghost ship.

All this apparently offers the line bragging rights, according to a Disney spokesman. "The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise is extremely popular," said Disney Cruise Line president Tom McAlpin in a statement. "Having the Flying Dutchman ship at Castaway Cay is something truly unique that only Disney Cruise Line could offer guests."

In the film, the 175-foot ghost ship is commanded by the legendary Davy Jones, who serves as nemesis to pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.

The eccentric pirate (or his doppelganger) may be spotted around the island. If you see Sparrow, you're invited to approach him and hear his tales of adventure on the high seas. Though nasty on the briny, Sparrow is said to be charming on land and will graciously accept requests for portraits and autographs. Details available at disneycruise.com or call 888-325-2500.

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