On Monday, the Disney Dream cruise liner returned to Port Canaveral after completing the Centers for Disease Control-mandated test trip.
The Disney Cruise Line ship left the harbor on Saturday afternoon, making it the first cruise ship to leave with people on board since the epidemic began.
The passengers were all Disney workers who volunteered to go on the two-day vacation.
Port Canaveral is also preparing for its inaugural voyage on July 31 with Carnival’s spanking new Mardi Gras.
Due to the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order for everyone sailing from the United States last spring.
It issued a “conditional sailing order” in October, which featured a staged approach to restarting cruising, with ship operators required to satisfy a number of conditions. If they are unable to satisfy the 95 percent immunization threshold, test sailings are one of the criteria.
A federal judge decided in favor of Florida, but a recent court of appeals ruling has placed that decision on hold.
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