Disney Cruise Line Continues to Stand By Vaccine Mandate

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Just a few days ago, Disney Cruise Line announced a new list of sailings through 2023.

The Disney Wonder is back in Vancouver for another season of Pacific Cruises, and ships are expected to return to European departure ports like Barcelona, Spain, Civitavecchia, Italy, Dover, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

On April 28, Disney Cruise Line also announced special Halloween-themed sailings as well.

However, it appears that the Cruise Line’s stringent vaccine mandates remain in place for all sailings.

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According to the Disney Cruise Line website, which was updated on April 26, 2022, all “vaccine-eligible” passengers are required to meet the current requirements to be “fully vaccinated” before being allowed to board any of the Disney Fleet.

It states:

Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and older. Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 4 and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.

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Specifically for its European sailings, Disney Cruise Line says the following:

Disney Cruise Line requires all vaccine-eligible Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). This is a requirement for all Guests ages 5 and older…Certain European countries may have COVID-19 vaccination, testing and documentation requirements for entry that are independent of and in addition to Disney Cruise Line’s health and safety protocols.

Disney Cruise Line defines “fully vaccinated” as the following:

The CDC defines fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving:

  • a single-dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
  • the second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
  • the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • the second dose of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart)
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Disney Cruise Line also appears to be maintaining an altered experience onboard despite the CDC’s mask mandates on all public transportation like airlines expiring and the Disney Theme Parks removing mask mandates in all aspects of the Guest experience.

As normal magic continues to make its way back into Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort, only time will tell when the normal Disney Cruise Line experience will return.

The Disney Wish is still scheduled to take her maiden voyage later this year.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to keep our readers updated on Disney Cruise Line news as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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