Disney Magic at Sea – Domestic UK Staycations Announced for Summer 2021

Disney Cruise Line is joining in on the resumption of domestic only cruising in Europe, as the governments across the pond do not have outdated passenger vessel laws, and a vendetta against the cruise industry. Disney Cruise Line is planning to offer magical staycation Sailings for United Kingdom residents this summer, under the name Disney Magic at Sea which will be available for limited time from U.K. ports.

United Kingdom residents will be able to experience the magic of Disney Cruise Line close to home with brand-new Disney Magic at Sea “staycation” sailings from U.K. ports this summer for a limited time. Featuring enchanted entertainment and with multiple layers of health and safety measures, the Disney Magic cruise ship plans to sail mostly 2- and 3-night voyages, as well as limited 4-night sailings round-trip from London Tilbury, Newcastle, Liverpool and Southampton.

Disney Magic At Sea UK Summer 2021

“Our teams are bringing tremendous ingenuity and fun to these new cruises, tailoring them with care to the times we are living in, yet filling them with everything you’d expect from Disney, from great service and entertainment to immersive dining experiences and magic for the whole family,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line. 

Guests will remain aboard the Disney Magic throughout the sailing and will enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience with world-class accommodations, dazzling entertainment and a variety of included dining options. Children and adults alike will delight in spaces created just for them, including family pools and waterslides, whimsical kids clubs, and adult-only retreats such as a secluded pool and spa, a lively entertainment district and a fine-dining restaurant.

Favourite Disney stories, characters and entertainment will come to life during these special Disney Magic at Sea cruises, including a celebration with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals, a Frozen flurry of fun with Anna, Elsa and Olaf, and an epic encounter with Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes. Guests will cherish special moments with beloved Disney friends, from capturing physically distanced photos with Captain Mickey, to enjoying a royal promenade with Disney Princesses or seeing favourite Toy Story pals. West End-quality stage shows will captivate guests of all ages in the elegant Walt Disney Theatre.

Disney Cruise Line is implementing multiple layers of health and safety measures considering guidance from the U.K. government, health authorities and medical experts. This includes COVID-19 testing, health screenings, face coverings, reduced guest capacity, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning.

Disney Magic at Sea staycation sailings are expected to go on sale in April 2021 for sailings this summer, pending the issuance of U.K. government guidelines and authorizations.

For more information, visit Disney Cruise Line’s UK Staycations with Disney Magic at Sea or contact a travel agent

Disney also created a special Instagram account, DisneyMagicAtSea

We will continue to monitor the Disney Magic at Sea cruises and provide additional details as they come available.

29 Replies to “Disney Magic at Sea – Domestic UK Staycations Announced for Summer 2021”

  1. Emi

    This is rather an editorialized viewpoint, as I do think that the country’s health agencies have passenger’s safety as their number one priority, not a vendetta against the cruise industry specifically, and that cruising will certainly resume as soon as it is safe to do so. But appreciate the terrific updates, as always!

  2. Tom Knobel-Piehl

    I VERY MUCH don’t appreciate the strong political overtones. I have come to DCLBlog every day for a number of years, and this pushes me away. I come here to get info, and escape all the rest. Don’t bring it here, too.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      There is nothing political about what I said. The fact is, the cruise industry has not received the necessary guidance from the CDC in the last 5 months since the conditional sail order was issued.

  3. Rosaline Reichert

    Very disappointing tone in this article. I didn’t expect a Covid hoax agenda from you as well. Cruise ships are petri dishes even without a pandemic – our government has health and safety as top priorities.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      I am not perpetuating a hoax agenda. Just saying the CDC needs to actively work with the cruise lines and provide them with guidelines so they can work on what they need to do to start test cruising.

  4. Carrie

    Wow. That’s quite the opening paragraph. Disappointed in this articles tone and editorializing. Those “outdated laws” are there to protect us from organizations who put profit over people’s well-being, which I’m guessing by this article you clearly fall into the category of. Unbelievable.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      I am sorry my opening disappointed you. It doesn’t come from a any political standpoint or hoax as others have commented. It is from a standpoint of aggravation that the CDC has not issued the necessary guidance needed by the cruise industry to begin a safe return to cruising in the US. Sure, this is taking away from the actual story, but Europe is in collaboration with the cruise lines in an effort to restart the form of travel safely.

  5. Sharon

    Don’t agree with the commenter. Something is going on with the CDC not giving any guidance to the Cruise Lines on how to restart cruising. But it’s perfectly ok to get in a tin can in the sky with a bunch of strangers. I think a lot of us are just getting frustrated that nothing seems to be moving. And I am vaccinated, am overly careful with COVID protocols, and hate politics. I just feel the cruise lines are being ignored by the CDC because, tough luck, you registered your ships out of country so you didn’t have to follow rules and now we will hold it over you.

  6. L

    i agree. those comments were not needed. almost like it was written by someone else. we’re never going to get past this is people still have these attitudes.

  7. L

    not everything is a conspiracy. and those “tin cans in the sky”, are you with those people for multiple days? not saying i’m flying anytime soon, but to compare them to a cruise ship, which is a host for germs on a good day, is silly. and if your last statement is the case, well, tough on them. maybe don’t try getting out of paying your employees a living wage by registering elsewhere. (that last comment was my own opinion, not agreeing that is the reason for any delays.) i believe safety is the first priority. the US is so far behind the rest of the world. it’s not rocket science to understand why things like cruises are taking a backseat when safety can’t be guaranteed because so many people have not taken this pandemic seriously.

  8. Andrew

    I really don’t see how it could be a political comment: the CDC’s approach has been consistent during both administrations.

  9. Sharon

    Tin cans… bunch of people you don’t know whether or not they are positive, vaccinated, not listening to masking rules,etc. I would love to get on a flight and go somewhere too, but that wasn’t my point. My point is that the CDC seems to have different standards for airlines and cruise ships.

  10. S

    I understand the frustration. The point I believe that is trying to be made (and folks can debate how it’s being made separately) is that back in Oct/Nov 2020 the CDC/HHS basically said no sailing and we will give you guidelines for how to safely resume sailing and if you meet those guidelines then voila go and sail again. Problem is as I see it (and you may disagree) is that the CDC/HHS have never really and truly released said guidelines and criteria to even allow the cruise industry in general to try and meet them or they are so onerous that it may not make sense at all from a practical standpoint. I believe that the CDC needs to be transparent and publish re-starting guidelines – whatever they may be and then let the cruise lines try to meet them. To me personally, stating you need a vaccine to cruise is a fine criteria if that makes the CDC cut for acceptable criteria. Partner that with testing, limited capacity, or what have you but let’s give at least give them a chance to sail safely again. If they fail that’s a different story but we haven’t given them the chance to even succeed.

    For those that say this is all about safety and keeping people safe, if that were the case, then Aspirin would come off the market (don’t believe me, go and read the original evidence from clinical trials) as would many other prescription drugs, the speed limit would be 55 mph, there would be no tobacco sales or alcohol sales, etc. I can go on and on.

  11. Mary Jane Kovall

    I didn’t find it political at all….just a fact that the CDC has not treated the cruise section of travel the same way.as other sections. I have flown 3 weeks ago and am flying again next week. Felt very safe and if I felt safe on an airplane with people sitting next to me I would surely feel safe on a cruise ship with more spacing and many safety protocols in place I love that DCL is starting back up, even in limited capacities. It is hopeful to the industry at large. Thanks for a great article Scott.

  12. Steven

    I’m excited! I hope the ship heads south to get some good weather! I wonder if the vaccine will be mandatory, as the government have only committed to vaccinating 18+ years by the end of July (unless the pesky EU steal our vaccine supply). Also from the pictures on the DCL website, I see masks worn by adults only, which is probably a good thing. UK guidance is 11 yrs+ only, perhaps disappointing that the promenade deck is probably classed as outside space, and the adults are still wearing masks.

  13. Walt

    Everybody’s comments are personal. L was right about being on cruise ship with passengers for a longer time makes it a concern for CDC. People or children taking their masks off in areas where their is no cameras or (adults) when they are overly intoxicated and etc. There would also be a need for more securities. I can’t believe cruisers don’t see that they are more at risk being on a cruise ship for many days then being on a tin can (planes) for hours or a day. I’ve been on the ship hearing people coughing and spewing mucus wondering if they were sick, keeping my distance and how did they get on the ship like that. Sound like they had the flu. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The is far worse. So let me say to those in a hurry to rush the CDC. Come on man. ?

  14. Constantin

    Cancel culture is out of control. It’s his personal website not an official news outlet. Can’t we all just agree to disagree without taking everything to another level? It’s his website!!!!!

  15. Darren

    I wonder what the pricing will be like? I could be tempted by a couple of these and it will give the Castaway Club level a huge up. Might even be cheaper than staying home.

  16. Chuck

    The ‘political’ commentary is 100% on point. There is not a single other business in the US that is completely shut down at this point. Movie theatres are open, indoor restaurants are open, hotels are open, kids are even playing indoor school sports. States have continually revised guidelines for different industries over the last six months as new information, or progress in vaccination has been made. Evan the most conservative states in terms of opening up have made changes based on recent information. The fact that the CDC has not revisited the rules around cruising since last fall is puzzling. If domestic cruising in the UK is successful, why would the CDC stick to there policies that effectively ban cruising through November, especially when the vaccine will be widely available in the US well before then.

  17. Rhonda

    I’m with you 100% on this one, Scott. If other countries can sail safely, we can too. That in no way translates to “covid is a hoax.” In fact, I’m fully vaccinated. At the very least, the CDC can give the lines things to work on. The fact that they have done no such thing is frustrating at best. I applaud the lines for looking for other revenue streams. I’ve never wanted to be British more than I do right now. 🙂

  18. Lars

    I do not understand how you see a vendetta? The fact that you live in Florida – one of the place with the most relaxed covid regulations in the world – may have had an influence on your perception. I want to go on a cruise ship as soon as possible too. In fact I have been on one in Europe in October. on this cruise anyone had to be tested negative before, and the planes where fully chartered so that there was no mixing with untested people. But I just do not see a short term chance for sailings in the US where people fly in from all over the country using regular flights.

    To make a long story short: I would prefer if this blog would stick to great informational and inspiring approach it grew up with

  19. Lars

    Is there anything like good theater close to the UK on two day distance ??. Probably the EU also stole the sun.

  20. Alice

    Scott, I read your blog daily, and use your affiliate links when I need a merch fix. But I don’t agree with you here. All of Europe is in the middle of a massive Covid surge. The CDC has an obligation to keep Americans safe. They have no, and I mean NO, duty to protect the bottom line of foreign flagged vessels owned by foreign companies, to the likely harm of Americans. The US taxpayer has provided multi trillions in financial support for affected Americans…plenty of that going to affected Floridians in the guise of enhanced unemployment benefits, retroactive tax free unemployment for 2020, enhanced SNAP payments and direct cash stimulus payments. Affected Americans benefit indirectly by the prevention of eviction for late rent, the pause on debt collections and the forgiveness of student loans. Cruising should absolutely be off the table until vaccinations are at the level which will make a material difference in the transmission of this disease.

  21. Doug

    Your blog, you can say anything you want.

    “as the governments across the pond do not have outdated passenger vessel laws, and a vendetta against the cruise industry.”

    Make you seem less of the Disney Cruise Line expert we know you are. We’re all frustrated. Mask up, stay say, and we’ll get there. Isn’t going to be summer of 2021.

  22. Chris

    :Your comment regarding the outdated laws of the US/Canada are pretty funny. Why? You also wrote, “Disney Magic at Sea staycation sailings are expected to go on sale in April 2021 for sailings this summer, pending the issuance of U.K. government guidelines and authorizations.” It’s pending the issuance of UK government guidelines and authorizations …meaning, it’s not really a done deal yet. Maybe it’s imminent .. or maybe it’s like last year when Californians were waiting to hear the state’s government guidelines for theme parks … that never came out. LOL I’d like to know what they’re changing on the ship that makes it safer than it was the last time it sailed with passengers.

  23. Steven

    I’m very interested to know this too. Typically DCL is more expensive, especially in Europe. With reduced capacity and no earning possibilities for shore excursions then I fear they might be very expensive. I’ll still likely book one though 🙂

  24. Jules

    I would just to know when tickets are available, but also the costs. As it’s from the UK I expect it to be more than a 2,3 or day Cruise from the US!

    Been keeping a close eye on website since 1 Apr ?


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