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Disney Cruise Line taps Earle Bethell to manage Castaway Cay

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Earle Bethell is pictured at Castaway Cay, which he will now lead as island operations director
Disney Cruise Line appointed Earle Bethell, a Bahamian, as island operations director for Castaway Cay.

He's responsible for day-to-day operations and will serve as the cruise line’s on-island representative with local government agencies.

'Earle’s extensive operations background, strong leadership skills and commitment to delivering an extraordinary guest experience provide us with a distinctive advantage as we expand our operations in the Bahamas,' said Ozer Balli, VP hotel operations, Disney Cruise Line.

36 years of leadership experience

Bethell, a Nassau native, grew up visiting Walt Disney World Resort. He joins Disney Cruise Line after 36 years of leadership experience in island and resort management, including previous roles with international chains and locally owned hotels.

'Dream come true'

'Now, I get to be part of the team creating magical moments at Disney Castaway Cay, while also sharing our Bahamian culture with guests from around the globe,' Bethell said. 'Joining this team, living and working on this beautiful island and seeing our crew members make our guests smile each day – it’s a dream come true for me.'

Disney Cruise Line is also developing its second private destination in the Bahamas, Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera.