Disney Cruise Line Bestows the Honor of Commodore to Captain Tom Forberg

On Wednesday, Disney Cruise Line executives joined the crew of the Disney Fantasy during a ceremony bestowing the honor of Commodore to Captain Tom Forberg and presented him with a new hat!  Commodore Tom was the first Captain to come on board for Disney Cruise Line back in the late 1990s.  He has overseen the construction of each of the four Disney Cruise ships and has served as the inaugural Captain for each.

Captain Tom Forberg has been with Disney Cruise Line since the very beginning. He is the first and longest-serving captain, oversaw the construction of all four Disney ships, and served as the inaugural captain on each ship. It is only fitting that he is named the first Commodore in the history of the company.

Captain Tom - Castaway Club Reception

Commodore is an honorary term typically assigned to an officer responsible for commanding multiple ships at one time.  According to Rebecca Peddie’s article on the Disney Parks Blog, “Commodore Tom will serve as the highest-ranking Disney captain and will continue to share the duty of commanding the ships rotationally along with the other captains.”

Commodore Tom Ceremony
Senior Vice President Anthony Connelly, Commodore Tom Forberg, Captain Mickey and Vice President Bert Swets (L-R)

Disney Cruise Line’s Commodore Tom joins the exclusive club with only Cunard’s Commodore Christopher Rynd.

Congratulations Commodore Tom, we look forward to sailing with you again soon!  Now that Captain Tom is Commodore Tom and the highest-ranking Disney Captain, does that officially make him Captain Mickey’s boss?  What about Admiral Donald Duck?

2 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line Bestows the Honor of Commodore to Captain Tom Forberg”

  1. Emily

    Yay! Congrats Commodore Tom! We’ve had Commodore Tom for our first two cruises on the Fantasy and he was by far the most visible Captain we’ve ever had! He seemed to be everywhere and very personable. Enjoyed his Q&A session at the Castaway Club reception. In fact, it was a bummer that her was on vacation when we were back on the Fantasy in March (and we definitely noticed a difference with his absence). Good job Tom and I hope you are overseeing the Magic’s dry dock in Spain and bringing her back over to us!


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