Many sectors of the Walt Disney Company have had to contend with major business interruptions due to the global health crisis.
A very high profile impact was on the Disney Cruise Line in particular. Sailings have been canceled and moved since January of this year and Disney Cruises are currently suspended through the end of October. Now, through the Port of Galveston, we have some idea of what Disney is thinking about health protocols when it comes to the return of cruises.
At the recent Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves meeting, the Port Director Rodger Rees spoke about the discussions he has had with Disney about the return of the Disney Cruise Line in the future. He noted that they are evaluating social distancing, capacity limitations, and enforced arrival times.
Specifically, he noted that Disney Cruise Line is planning on starting sailings at 70% capacity, potentially to balance the safety and profitability of the cruise model. On the ships and in the terminals, Rees noted that social distancing and limited interaction will be a focus. Disney even mentioned using fresh air instead of recirculating the air in the terminal air conditioning systems.
Speaking of the terminal, Rees also noted that Disney is looking at having a cap on the number of people allowed in the terminal at a time, specifically by enforcing the embarkation arrival times for different groups. This may mean that departures are later in the day to accommodate a slower boarding process.
As of now, it is unclear when the Disney Cruises will return, though there are some slated for November at this time. Stay tuned to DFB for the latest Disney Cruise Line updates!
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