Update (10/5/16 5:22 pm ET): Disney Cruise Line has just released more information about altered itineraries and the cancellation of the Dream’s sailing on October 7th. (For further updates, please visit our Hurricane Matthew page)
Based on the projected path of Hurricane Matthew, as well as its expected impact on the Bahamas, Disney Cruise Line is making the following adjustments to itineraries:
- The October 3 sailing of the Disney Dream is being extended by one day, as Port Canaveral will not be available for the ship’s scheduled arrival on Friday, October 7. We are now planning to disembark in Port Canaveral on Saturday, October 8, once the Coast Guard has determined that the port is safe for cruise ship operations. We are working with the guests onboard to assist them with their travel arrangements.
- The October 7 sailing of the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral is being cancelled. Refunds will automatically be processed back to the original form of payment used for cruise bookings. Guests are invited to call us at 1-866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 beginning Monday, Oct. 10, to book a future cruise at a discount.
- The October 7 sailing of the Disney Magic from New York is being changed to a Canadian itinerary, with plans to visit Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick. Guests who remain on this revised itinerary will receive an onboard credit. Guests who would like to rebook a future sailing at a discount OR cancel their sailing for a full refund are invited to call us at 1-866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032.
- The October 8 Disney Fantasy sailing from Port Canaveral to the eastern Caribbean is expected to sail as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the weather and make any necessary adjustments.
The Disney Dream has altered its itinerary to avoid Hurricane Matthew. Originally scheduled to be a 4-night Bahamian Cruise, it is now a 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise. This adjusted itinerary will mark the Disney Dream’s first stop in Cozumel, Mexico.
The new itinerary is as follows:
- October 3 – Port Canaveral
- October 4 – Day at Sea
- October 5 – Cozumel, Mexico
- October 6 – Day at Sea
- October 7 – Port Canaveral Florida
In a statement, Disney Cruise Line said, “While it’s still too early to tell if any future itineraries will need to be adjusted due to Hurricane Matthew, we are always prepared to visit alternate ports or spend days at sea to ensure the safety and comfort of our Guests. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.”
According to ABC News, Hurricane Matthew made progress toward several Caribbean countries on Monday, churning northwest at just 5 mph over the warm waters of the Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
The category 4 storm is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti by Monday night, where the worst of the storm is expected to be felt.