“We’re ready to welcome you aboard and set sail once again,” Disney Signature Experiences President Thomas Mazloum said in a video posted on Instagram. Mazloum oversees Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney, among other divisions.
The Disney Dream will sail with paying guests for the first time in the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began. The three- and four-night voyages will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida, and will include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, the cruise line’s exclusive island in the Bahamas.
“We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, developed in consideration of guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts,” Disney Cruise Line wrote in an advisory to guests.
The cruise operator stated that its Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder ships were being prepared for sailings. This summer, Disney Magic will provide short sailings in the United Kingdom especially for British citizens.
New health and safety precautions
- Vaccinations are “strongly encouraged,” but not needed on Disney Dream sailings from Florida. Guests who provide confirmation of immunization can avoid the coronavirus testing that is necessary.
- Anyone who does not have proof of vaccination must undergo a coronavirus test before leaving home and again in port, and must have negative results from both tests in order to board the ship.
- All attendees aged 2 and above will be forced to wear face masks in “most indoor public spaces.”
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed around the ship as well as on the cruise line’s private island.
- Ship capacity will be lowered to facilitate greater social distance.
The cruise line stated that staterooms will be cleaned twice daily, that new air filtration systems will be installed, and that special attention will be paid to high-touch surfaces.
“While some things may look a bit different for now, you can rest assured that the dazzling entertainment, impeccable service and attention to detail that have long defined Disney vacations remain the same,” Mazloum said.
What happens if COVID-19 is on board?
According to Disney Cruise Line, experienced doctors and other medical personnel will be on board to screen for and respond to coronavirus symptoms.
Its website said, “If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the cruise ship during a voyage, the voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the U.S. port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed. … By sailing with Disney Cruise Line you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree to follow all health and safety measures implemented by Disney Cruise Line and any relevant governments and authorities.”
Can I reschedule my cruise?
Guests with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure may cancel their tickets within 14 days of sailing and get a full refund or put their rates toward future sailings without incurring Disney’s customary cancellation costs, according to the cruise line. Guests who are not concerned about COVID-19 will have a “relaxed cancellation fee schedule” this year.
Guests who book sailings for travel this year by July 31 can modify their sail date up to 15 days before their scheduled departure.
Disney test cruise
Disney Dream conducted a two-night test sailing just days before the return-to-sail declaration, which had been postponed due to inconsistent coronavirus testing among crew.
The CDC-approved simulated cruise featured around 300 Disney cruise staff and their guests.
According to Florida Today, part of the USA TODAY Network, it was the first cruise out of Port Canaveral since sailing was halted in March 2020 due to the epidemic.
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