In a conference held yesterday, a Disney executive indicated that Disney Cruise Line would be one of the last of Disney’s businesses to resume.
We already shared with you that departures would be suspended through the end of October, but now we’ve got an update on some cruise cancellations.
On August 5th, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), announced “that its ocean-going cruise line members have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise operations until at least 31 October 2020.” Soon after, Disney, who is a member of CLIA, announced via its website that it would be suspending all departures through October 31st.
Now, we’ve gotten word, thanks to some of our fantastic readers, that, in accordance with that policy, Disney has been canceling sailings through November 6th. The notice sent to our reader specified that Disney Wonder sailings would be canceled through November 6th, but we anticipate this cancellation applies to any other Disney Cruise Line sailings scheduled during that time as well.
Guests who have paid their reservation in full can choose to receive a 125% future cruise credit, which they can use on a future sailing prior to May 31, 2022, or a full refund. The notice provided to guests notes that the credit would be automatically added to their account and could be used as a payment option when booking a new reservation online. Guests who end up not being able to use the Future Cruise Credit will be eligible for a refund up to the amount of the original voyage fare plus the cost of the Vacation Protection Plan, if applicable.
Guests who have not paid for their reservations in full will automatically get a refund of whatever they have paid so far.
Disney has also been offering some cancellation flexibility for its guests. And, they’ve extended their cancellation flexibility policy to cruises departing through May 2021. This policy applies to any cruises booked by October 31, 2020, for sailings through May 2021. Guests for whom this policy is available will have the option to change their sale date up to 15 days before departure.
With the recent statement by the Disney executive noting that new cruise ships have been delayed and that their cruising business would likely be the last to resume, this may not be the last of the cancellations that we’ll see. We’ll be on the lookout for more Disney Cruise Line updates, and we’ll let you know what we find.
Click here to read more about Port Canaveral’s predictions of what early 2021 may look like for Disney Cruise Line.
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