Disney Cruise Line Employee Passes Away on the Ship

Eddie Burgos Ragldon worked as a painter aboard the Disney Wonder, passes away on Tuesday.

Ragodon was from the Philippines and had visited the ship’s medical center in recent days with chills, according to a colleague who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation. Currently, the Wonder is traveling around the Caribbean to repatriate crew members who have been stuck on board since the industry shut down in March.

Disney Cruise Line will test Ragodon for COVID-19, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via email. In an email, Kim Prunty, a Disney Cruise Line spokesperson, states;

“We are saddened by yesterday’s passing of our longtime Crew Member, and we are mourning along with his family.”

The CDC has reported that at least 255 people on board the Disney Wonder have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 1, 2020.

The ship has a “provisionally green” status from the CDC, meaning there have not been any crew members showing COVID-19-like illnesses for 28 days. The last positive COVID-19 case on board was on May 8, according to the company. The ship has fewer than 300 crew on board.

Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.