Disney Cruise Line changed the itinerary for the Disney Fantasy’s June 27, 2020 9-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral swapping out Fort-de-France, Martinique for Castries, St Lucia on July 1st. Recent passport requirements in Martinique now require passengers to have a valid passport to go ashore in Fort-de-France.
The Fantasy’s June sailing is a closed loop cruise, meaning the voyage begins and ends at the same port of call. As a result, not all passengers are required to have a passports to sail as a birth certificate is acceptable in most cases for United States citizens sailing a closed loop cruise.
Below is the copy of the correspondence from Disney Cruise Line regarding the change which was shared by Heather from Storybook Destinations.
A number of readers shared the direct correspondence which is slightly different as it is worded directly to the guest.
We are writing to provide you with important information regarding your June 27, 2020, 9-night sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy.
We recently became aware that Martinique now requires all Guests going ashore have a passport. Knowing the impact this change will have on our Guests without passports, we have made the decision to visit Castries, St. Lucia instead of Fort-de-France, Martinique on July 1, 2020. St. Lucia boasts mountainous peaks, lush rainforests and breathtaking vistas. We know our Guests will enjoy this popular port.
We look forward to welcoming you onboard and providing you with an exceptional cruise experience.
The Cast and CrewDirect Guest Correspondence from Disney Cruise Line 2/5/2020
Disney Cruise Line
The revised sailing for the Disney Fantasy is as follows:
- Saturday June 27, 2020 – Port Canaveral
- Sunday June 28, 2020 – At Sea
- Monday June 29, 2020 – At Sea
- Tuesday June 30, 2020 – Basseterre (St. Kitts)
- Wednesday July 1, 2020 – St. Lucia
- Thursday July 2, 2020 – Antigua
- Friday July 3, 2020 – St. Thomas (St. John)
- Saturday July 4, 2020 – At Sea
- Sunday July 5, 2020 – Castaway Cay
Monday July 6, 2020 – Port Canaveral (Debarkation)
Given this is the one and only sailing of this itinerary, at least at this time, we are changing the itinerary on the website and have published a revised itinerary map.
One guest, who recently called on Martinique aboard the Disney Wonder, informed me via an email that Disney informed them of the passport requirement, but the local authorities were not checking passports. Ultimately, this doesn’t matter as Martinique requires a passport to go ashore. It is up to the local authorities to enforce the requirement, but I know I wouldn’t take the chance.
For more on St Lucia, check out our trip report from our Southern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic.