Tiger Cruise

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Tiger Cruise (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Tiger Cruise” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that aired in 2004. The film stars Hayden Panettiere as Maddie Dolan, Bill Pullman as Commander Gary Dolan, and Bianca Collins as Tina.

The story revolves around Maddie Dolan, a teenager whose father, Commander Gary Dolan, serves in the U.S. Navy. Maddie is excited about her father’s return after being deployed for several months. She plans to reunite with him on a special event known as a “Tiger Cruise,” where family members are invited to join the crew on a Navy ship for the last few days of their deployment.

On the ship, Maddie befriends Tina, another teenager on the cruise, and they form a close bond. As they experience life on the ship and interact with the crew, Maddie begins to see her father’s role in the Navy from a different perspective. She learns about the challenges and sacrifices that military families face and gains a deeper understanding of her father’s dedication to his duty.

Amidst the emotional journey of Maddie and her father, unexpected events unfold when the ship gets involved in a real-life crisis. The crew faces a potential threat, and everyone must work together to handle the situation and ensure the safety of all on board.

“Tiger Cruise” is a heartwarming and poignant film that explores the themes of family, patriotism, and the importance of understanding the realities of military service. It provides a glimpse into the lives of military families and honors the courage and dedication of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. With its touching story and messages, the movie resonates with viewers of all ages and emphasizes the significance of love and support in times of challenge and adversity.

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  • Year Released: 2004
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
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  • Hayden Panettiere: Madeline “Maddie” Dolan
  • Bill Pullman: Commander Gary Dolan
  • Bianca Collins: Tina
  • Nathaniel Lee, Jr.: Anthony
  • Mercedes Colon: Grace
  • Mehcad Brooks: Kenny
  • Jansen Panettiere: Joey
  • Lisa Dean Ryan: Diane
  • Troy Evans: Chuck Horner
  • Ty O’Neal: Danny Horner
  • Chris Ellis: Captain Anderson
  • Gary Weeks: Lieutenant Tom Hillman
  • Barbara Niven: Kate Dolan
  • Jennette McCurdy: Kiley Dolan
  • E. Matthew Buckley: Pilot Brown
  • Mark Christopher Lawrence: Pop


  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Producer: Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush

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