Earlier this year, a Disney executive noted that cruising would likely be the last of Disney’s business to resume operation. Although the CDC’s no-sail order has expired, a series of new requirements have been announced that cruise companies will have to meet before they can sail again.
In early September, Disney Cruise Line had canceled its sailings through mid-December, but now that suspension period has been extended.
Today, Disney Cruise Line released a statement noting that they are “carefully reviewing the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working together with industry partners on a path to resuming operations.” But, as they continue to refine their protocols and take all of the steps necessary to get sailing again, they have decided at this time to cancel all departures from now through December 31st, 2020.
Here’s a list of all the sailings that are impacted:
If your sailing is affected by this change and you already paid your reservation in full, you will be offered the choice of a cruise credit for a future sailing or a full refund. If you haven’t already paid for your cruise in full, you’ll automatically receive a refund of whatever you’ve paid so far. Guests and travel agents impacted by this change should be receiving an email from Disney Cruise Line soon outlining all of the details.
If you booked your cruise through a travel agent, you should contact your travel agent directly with any questions you may have. If you booked through Disney Cruise Line directly, you can call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797 to speak with a Disney Cast Member about any questions you may have.
Disney isn’t alone in making this decision to cancel all cruises through the end of 2020. According to the Orlando Sentinel, member companies of Cruise Line International Association, which includes Disney Cruise Line as well as Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and many others, have agreed to voluntarily suspend all sailings from U.S. ports until 2021.
In a statement issued by CLIA, the Association indicated that they “continue to plan for a gradual and highly-controlled return of cruise operations in the U.S.” and that CLIA members are “committed to implementing stringent measures to address COVID-19 safety, including 100% testing of passengers and crew, expanded onboard medical capabilities, and trial sailings, among many others.” Although the CDC no-sail order has expired, cruise companies must now meet the requirements set forth in the CDC’s “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order.”
We’ll definitely be on the lookout for any future updates or changes regarding Disney Cruise Line and we’ll let you know what we find.
Click here to read more about the suspension of the no-sail order and the new requirements that have been announced for cruise companies to resume their sailings.
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