Disney Cruise Line has had understandably strict COVID-19 testing and vaccination protocols in place for the health and safety of both passengers and Cast Members, and the line recently increased their testing availability for Guests disembarking their ships.
The “Know Before You Go” page of Disney Cruise Line’s official website was just updated to include information on new COVID-19 testing services available for passengers as they depart from their Disney Cruise vacations. The new testing site will be located right at Disney Cruise Line terminals so Guests who need to test before returning home, or simply want to test as a precaution, will have the ability to do so immediately following their trip.
COVID-19 antigen tests will be required for all unvaccinated Guests on sailings of five or more nights. This requirement only applies to those Guests who are unvaccinated, and the test, which is completely paid for by Disney Cruise Line, must be taken on board the cruise ship the day prior to debarkation.
The testing site will also allow for COVID-19 antigen and PCR testing for Guests who may need to present a negative test result for their method of transportation home (likely flying) after their Disney Cruise Line vacation. For this testing, Disney Cruise Line has partnered with Inspire Diagnostics to offer testing at the terminal.
This testing service is optional and would cost $98.33 per person for PCR testing and $41.40 for antigen testing. If you need a negative test result for your travel plans after your Disney Cruise Line trip, be sure to confirm the type of test that is needed. Results will take about 45 minutes to two hours to receive, and the service is available for guests sailing with Disney on or after January 31, 2022. Appointments will be made available on the Safe Passage website.
The cruise industry has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, with rigorous testing requirements and capacity limits in place for some time now to help keep everyone safe. Recently the CDC also moved cruise vacations into the high-risk category for COVID-19 transmission and began discouraging people from taking cruises at this time, however, many people who have traveled on cruises have found the increased guidelines simply made them feel safer than they would at most other places.
Disney Cruise Line has a busy year ahead, with the newest ship in the fleet, the Disney Wish launching later this year, and new and returning events including Marvel Day at Sea and Pixar Day at Sea coming to the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy in 2023.