UPDATE: Due to recent changes made by The Bahamas regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements, Disney Cruise Line has changed their vaccination requirements for select upcoming cruises. Click here to see all of the latest information.
After over a year-long suspension, the Disney Cruise Line will be setting sail once again next month!
Earlier today, Disney announced that the Disney Dream cruise ship would begin 3-night and 4-night voyages from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas (making a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island) beginning August 9th. And, now we’re getting a look at the new health and safety measures including COVID-19 testing requirements for passengers onboard.
According to the Disney Cruise Line website, unvaccinated guests will be required to take two COVID-19 tests — with one taking place prior to leaving their home and one at the terminal before boarding. Update: Disney has now added an additional COVID-19 test on debarkation day for select cruises.
The “Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing” will require guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test between 5 days to 24 hours before the Disney cruise sail date and provide proof of a negative test.
Disney has arranged for a special PCR testing rate of $98.33 (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) with Inspire Diagnostics, though guests can choose to receive their test from “any independent testing supplier.” Just keep in mind that the cost of the test is at the expense of the guest, not Disney.
And, when guests arrive at the terminal on embarkation day, they will be required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test from Inspire Diagnostics for the cost of $65 per guest 12 years and older. The charges will be added to the guest account, and the payment will be due with other Disney Cruise Line charges.
Disney also clarifies that, in the case that someone in the travel party does test positive for COVID-19 during the rapid PCR test, the guest and those in their party will not be allowed to board.
For both testing requirements, guests who are fully vaccinated can provide proof of vaccination to skip the Pre-Trip and Embarkation COVID-19 testing (unless they are arriving from outside the United States).
The testing requirements are in addition to other health and safety measures that Disney Cruise Line is taking for guests onboard including an Embarkation Day Health Questionnaire, reduced capacity on the ship, physical distancing measures, face mask requirements indoors, and more.
UPDATE: As noted above, Disney Cruise Line has also now added a COVID-19 test requirement for Debarkation Day. On Debarkation Day, all unvaccinated guests who were on a 5-night or longer sailing will be required to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test. The test will be administered by Inspire Diagnostics on the cruise ship before the guests debark.
If you’re planning an upcoming trip on the Disney Cruise Line, be sure to check out the Know Before You Go page for the latest updates, and stay tuned to AllEars for more!
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