We’ve been missing the cruises just as much as anyone else with the unlimited ice cream on the pool deck and the visits to Castaway Cay.🍦🌴
As a health and safety precaution currently, the Disney Cruise had postponed its re-opening in order to ensure the safety of guests, Cast, and Crew. CDC guidelines have halted cruise travel, listing it as a new level 4 high-risk category. Even if the cruises aren’t currently sailing right now, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty of news recently!
And, we’re giving you a look at everything you need to know about what’s happening with the Disney Cruise Line this year!
Sailings Have Been Canceled Through April 2021
The Disney Cruise Line has continued to suspend cruises in regards to the CDC guidelines. At this time, sailings are officially canceled through April and the beginning of May. Yet, the website has also fully removed sailings available for booking online through the entire month of May. Most recently, we’ve seen select cruises canceled through August. With how many changes to schedules and bookings we’ve seen so far, it seems highly likely we’ll continue to update this further throughout the year as more is announced.
Guests are able to receive the same refund and cruise credit policy that the Disney Cruise Line has been extended to people with bookings since the cruise line’s closure. If your cruise was affected by the cancelations and you have paid your reservation in full, you will receive the choice of a full refund or a 125% future cruise credit that can be used for a future sailing before September 30th, 2022. The credit will automatically be applied to your account.
If you haven’t paid for your cruise in full, then you will automatically receive a refund of what you’ve paid so far. Guests can reach out to Disney directly or travel professional that you booked your cruise with if you have any questions.
When cruise lines do open to passengers again, the CDC has already stated that they will require guests to wear masks in public places on board, as well as masks on all other public transportation.
Disney Suspends Sailings Longer Than 7 Nights
According to the language of the Disney Cruise Line, “based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line must cancel sailings longer than 7 nights.” Currently, there is no certainty about when cruises will start again exactly. Disney Cruise Line hasn’t revealed when departures will start again this year, if at all.
When they do, it could be a possibility that all the departures are kept 7 nights and under as a health and safety precaution, depending on the guidelines from the CDC.
Canadian Cruises Have Been Canceled Through 2022
Canada’s current temporary measures and regulations about pleasure crafts and a ban on cruise ships were set to expire on February 28th, 2021. However, Transport Canada shared that Canada’s Minister of Transport has announced 2 new interim orders that will prohibit pleasure crafts in Canadian Arctic waters, as well as prohibit many cruise vessels in ALL Canadian waters until February 22nd, 2022.
The extended prohibition on cruise vessels applies to those carrying 100 or more people in Canadian waters. There isn’t a national ban on cruise ships that carry 100 or fewer people, but they must also follow the provincial, territorial, local, and regional protocols and regulations. Yet, the Minister of Transport can rescind these Interim Orders if the COVID-19 pandemic sufficiently improves.
A few of Disney Cruise Line departures were meant to depart from Vancouver, Canada to places like Seattle, Alaska, and the Pacific Coast. However, they are listed as unavailable online.
Of course, we will continue to check back with Canada’s regulations and how they will impact the Disney Cruise Line.
Upcoming Itineraries Have Been Announced
Despite the fact that cruises aren’t available to be booked right now, Fall 2021 itineraries are available to guests. Departures will be going to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Baja, Mexican Riviera, Bermuda, Canada, Pacific Coast, Transatlantic, Hawaii, and the Panama Canal. Passengers will also be able to start booking early 2022 itineraries by October 22nd. Windows open for booking at 8AM EST for specific groups, including:
- Platinum Members and Golden Oak Members: October 19th
- Gold Members: October 20th
- Silver Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventure by Disney Members: October 21st
- General Public: October 22nd
Disney has also announced its 2022 Marvel and Star Wars Day at Sea cruises. The Star Wars Day at Sea cruises will depart on the Disney Fantasy on 7-Night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
- January 8th-15th or January 22nd-29th, 2022: Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S.
- January 15th-22nd, 2022: Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Disney Castaway Cay
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
- January 29th-February 5th, 2022: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica; Disney Castaway Cay
The Marvel Day at Sea cruises will depart on the Disney Magic on 5-Night Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Miami.
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami
- January 8th-13th, 2022: Disney Castaway Cay; Cozumel, Mexico
- January 22nd-27th, 2022: George Town; Grand Cayman; Disney Castaway Cay
5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami
- January 17th-22nd or January 31st-February 5th, 2022: Key West, Florida; Disney Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas
If it’s your dream to spend the day with Spider-Man or Chewbacca sailing on a Disney cruise, keep checking that these dates don’t get canceled or postponed.
The Disney Wish Has Started Construction
The Disney Wish was originally going to start sailing in January 2022, but the construction has been delayed with its new sail date listed for summer 2022 instead. The ship will have Rapunzel and Pascal featured on the side with a Cinderella Statue featured in the Grand Hall, which is “inspired by the beauty of a fairytale castle.”
There will be 1,250 staterooms and the ship “will be powered by liquefied natural gas.” The staterooms onboard will also be reclassified in 2022 to go along with the debut of the Wish in order to make it easier for guests to understand.
Disney hasn’t released booking information for the Disney Wish’s departures, but we’ll be sure to update you with more details when they do!
The Disney Cruise Line Has an Updated Cruise Terminal
Port Canaveral has been renovating Terminal 8, which happens to be home to the Disney Cruise Line. The 11,000 square foot expanded arrival hall will be able to accommodate passengers efficiently.
The renovated front area also includes an outdoor plaza, landscaping, planter beds, new palm trees, and a large area for guests. There will also be a clock with Mickey Mouse hands that will greet everyone as they enter the terminal.
Keep in mind there’s still plenty of time for Disney to change plans. This could mean further delays, cancelations, or possibly bookings opening up down the road. As more details are released about the Disney Cruise Line and its possible re-opening, we’ll be sure to update you on everything you need to know! Stay tuned with DFB for more updates!
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