Disney Cruise Line announced this morning that the Disney Dream cruise ship will set sail on August 9th. The ship will have 3- and 4-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas with stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. If you’re planning to go on a Disney cruise soon, read on to find out what you need to know before you board!
Disney Cruise Line has a few new Health and Safety measures for guests to follow before and during their cruise. These include COVID-19 tests, physical distancing, face coverings, and more. Let’s take a look at what the requirements are!
Disney Cruise Line is strongly encouraging guests to get a COVID-19 vaccination before they set sail. Guests are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their final shot.
The Cruise Line will not require guests to be vaccinated to board, however. Guests who are not vaccinated will be required to have at least two COVID-19 tests.
The required COVID-19 tests include one PCR test between 5 days and 24 hours before setting sail and one rapid PCR test at the terminal when the guests arrive to board. Unvaccinated guests must provide proof that the first test had negative results.
If either test is positive, the guest and the rest of their group will not be allowed to board. Guests who are vaccinated can provide proof of vaccination instead of taking the tests. The first test will cost guests $98.33 per person (or they can use an independent test provider), and the second is $65 per person.
Disney has also added a debarkation COVID-19 testing requirement on select cruises.
Specifically, the testing requirement applies to those going on 5-night or longer sailings.
If you’re planning to go on a Disney Cruise soon, it’s important to read the refund and cancellation policies carefully. According to Disney Cruise Line’s flexible refund policy, guests that have COVID-19 related health concerns 14 days prior to their sailing can get a full refund or apply the cruise fare toward a future sail date.
There are certain rules and requirements that need to be met though, so be sure to read those carefully.
Note that the policy specifies guests who are subject to mandatory quarantine or who test positive for COVID-19 once on board will get a pro-rated voucher or pro-rated refund.
Guests are required to complete a health questionnaire on the day of their Embarkation that will ask if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Crew members on board the ship will also be screened throughout the cruise.
Guests will be asked to physically distance, and there will be signs around the ship as reminders.
In some areas that make it more difficult to distance — like Check-In and Guest Services — there are physical barriers as well. Interactions with Disney characters will be distanced as well.
When it comes to fireworks, there will be shows on 2 separate nights and guests will be assigned their show date. Disney has said that there will be a countdown to the show hosted by Mickey and Minnie.
All guests aged 2 and older will be required to wear face coverings while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Guests aren’t required to wear face coverings outdoors, while actively eating or drinking, or inside their staterooms.
Disney’s requirements for face coverings are that they should fully cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the side of the face, be secured with ear loops or ties, and be made of 2 layers of breathable material.
Disney Cruise Line Navigator App
Disney’s Navigator App will allow guests to chat with Guest Services instead of visiting them in person and mobile order food so that they don’t have to stand in line.
Guests will also be able to use the Navigator app to chat with each other. But, Disney has indicated that the Wave phones, which guests typically find in their staterooms, have been removed.
Through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App guests will also be able to make reservations to meet in-person with select Crew Members, including Guest Services. Note that reservations are required for these in-person meetings and are subject to availability.
Look for the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App on your app store and make sure it’s downloaded when you board so that you can get started right away!
You will need to complete online check-in at least one day before you arrive at the ship, but you can do it up to 30 days before your departure date! During the check-in process, you’ll fill out important documents and select a terminal arrival time. You must have a terminal arrival time before you come to the terminal! No one can enter before their arrival time, which helps with physical distancing. Disney has also shared that if you don’t select a port arrival time, you may be turned away and asked to come back later to get on the ship.
Disney Cruise Line is using more cleaning measures, cast member training, health and wellness procedures, and technology like the Navigator App to help keep everyone safe on board! Health and Safety Procedures can change at any time, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on Disney Cruise Line’s website and AllEars for more updates!
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