The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their color-coded status update for individual cruise ships operating within their jurisdiction for the week of June 22, 2020.
As of Tuesday, June 23rd, the CDC upgraded the Disney Wonder from provisionally red to provisionally green. The Disney Fantasy was downgraded from provisionally green to provisionally yellow. The Disney Dream remains at provisionally red. The Grand Celebration sailing under the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line remains the lone ship with a green light from the CDC for commercial crew travel.
At this time, the Disney Magic remains in Europe, docked in Dover so she does not fall under U.S. CDC jurisdiction thus not included.
For additional details, please see our previous article when the CDC introduced the color-coded rating for cruise ships. You can view the status, updated each Monday, for all cruise ships currently operating in U.S. waters, or seeking to operate in U.S. waters over on the CDC’s website.
It is very important to note, meeting the CDC’s criteria does not mean a cruise ship can resume passenger service. At this time, the CDC does not have enough information to say when it will be safe to resume passenger sailings. According to the CDC, cruise lines may need to establish additional safety measures before sailing with passengers is permitted to resume. CDC will continue to evaluate and update its recommendations as the situation evolves.
Disney Cruise Line Crew Repatriation Update
As of June 22nd, there have been over 1,300 Disney Cruise Line crew members repatriated through CDC approved disembarkations. Since last week, there was 1, yes just ONE crew member repatriated through the CDC’s oversight process.
Due to the CDC’s constraints limiting commercial travel, the ships have been sailing to various ports in the Caribbean as well as to Europe to drop off crew members. The Disney Wonder has been making stop around the Caribbean visiting Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras and is now sailing towards Curaçao. The Disney Dream has been positioned near Barbados for the past week. Nearly 700 Disney crew members have been repatriated via Barbados since June 14th according to a report from Loop News Barbados. Thankfully, there are other countries willing to help these crew members return home, especially considering they have been quarantined on the ships for at least 100 days now.
Originally the article stated ‘The Disney Fantasy was downgraded from provisionally green to provisionally red.’ This has been corrected to reflect the current status of provisionally yellow.