Disney Cruise Line announced this morning that cruising is back in the United States with the Disney Dream set to sail once again starting August 9 with three and four-night cruises visiting Castaway Cay and the Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

(Disney)

(Disney)

What’s Happening:

  • Disney Cruise Line is back and ready to set sail with cruises on the Disney Dream starting August 9, 2021 from Port Canaveral, Florida, and released the video on safety measures that will be implemented.
  • Bookings seem to be available now with oceanview, verandah, and concierge rooms only available.
  • Disney Cruise Line will not require Guests to be vaccinated, but highly encourage those that are able to do so.
  • Guests will also be required to get a COVID-19 test prior to boarding at their own expense (if they don’t show proof of vaccination) and wear face coverings while indoors even if they are fully vaccinated. Travel insurance is also required if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • A virtual queue in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app will be used for embarkations to keep Guests physically distant.
  • Other health and safety measures can be seen below.

Health and Safety Measures:

  • Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing: Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guest’s expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. Disney Cruise Line has secured a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests may also obtain their PCR test from any independent testing supplier. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 pre-trip testing.
  • Embarkation COVID-19 Testing: Guests are required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding. Guests with positive COVID-19 test results, as well as those in their travel party, will be denied boarding. The $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older. Disney Cruise Line acts as the paying agent for Inspire Diagnostics and will remit the entire cost of the COVID-19 test to Inspire Diagnostics. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 Embarkation Day testing.
  • Travel Insurance: For cruises departing from Florida through December 31, 2021, Guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy that meets coverage requirements. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of obtaining travel insurance.
  • Face Coverings: All Guests (ages 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are required to wear face coverings indoors, except when in their staterooms or actively eating or drinking (while stationary and maintaining an appropriate physical distance). Face coverings are not required for Guests outdoors while on board the ship and at Disney Castaway Cay.
  • Onboard Medical Capabilities: While we are taking a multi-layered approach to help promote health and wellness, we have a plan for managing any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. We have added a Public Health Officer and continue to staff our ships with nurses and physicians experienced in emergency or critical care and certified in advanced cardiac care and life support. We have developed protocols for screening for and responding to symptoms of COVID-19. Appointments with the Health Center to evaluate COVID-19 symptoms are free of charge. Medical facilities are equipped with isolation, monitoring care, ventilators, oxygen, laboratory, and pharmacy services.
  • Air Purification: All ships will be equipped with a new purification system that cleans both air and surface areas using a process called ionization. We are also increasing the circulation of fresh air on board our ships, and all HVAC air filters have been upgraded to MERV-13 high-efficiency grade, which can remove very small particles.

Disney Cruise Line Navigator App Features:

  • Guest Services Live Chat: Get the answers you’re looking for with our new live chat feature that lets you communicate directly with Guest Services and our Dining and Port Adventures team.
  • Virtual Queue: In an effort to promote physical distancing and make planning easier, Guests will need to join our new, easy-to-use virtual queue to debark the ship at all ports of call.
  • Mandatory Emergency Drill: To promote physical distancing on board the ship, you are required to participate in the Mandatory Emergency Drill by using the app to check-in at your designated Assembly Station.
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