It appears that Disney Cruise Line is finally taking measures to increase the optional nature of face coverings while aboard their fleet of ships.
According to the Disney Cruise Line website,
For sailings originating from a U.S. port of departure beginning March 11, 2022, face coverings will be optional in most indoor locations throughout our ships. Guests ages 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will still be required to wear face coverings in the Walt Disney Theatre. Guests under 5 years of age who are currently ineligible to be vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings in Youth Activity spaces and in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; and, while not required, we continue to strongly recommend these guests wear a face covering in all other indoor locations. Face coverings may be required in ports of call based on local government requirements.
While this announcement is arguably a lackluster one as it appears to continue to force young kids to remain masked most of all, it is still a welcomed sign that even the most stringent of Disney’s pandemic-inspired policies is beginning to loosen its grip on Disney Fanatics.
However, it should be noted that Disney Cruise Line is still refusing to board any “vaccine eligible” Guests who are not what is currently recognized as “Fully Vaccinated,” and it appears that to be keeping the youngest of Guests masked due to their vaccination status. It should also be noted that all Guests sailing on a Disney Cruise before March 11–even if you are sailing out the day before–will be subject to the mandates currently in place.
This news comes the day after Disney Cruise Line announced that it would be removing St. Petersburg, Russia, from its European itineraries in response to the Russia-Ukraine war.
We at Disney Fanatic will keep our ears to the ground and update our readers on Disney Cruise Line news as it develops.