Disney Cruise Line Announces August 9, 2021 U.S. Restart and Publishes Safety Protocols

Ahead of Disney Cruise Line’s restart under the jurisdiction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the cruise line announced they will officially resume sailing from Florida on the Disney Dream beginning August 9, 2021. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line published the following important safety information and protocols guests will encounter when sailings resume onboard date Disney Dream as part of the line’s multi-layered approach to health and safety. While vaccinations are not required for Florida departures, guests opting to provide proof of vaccination will not be subject to the PCR testings at their own expense. Unvaccinated guests will be required to have travel insurance. All Guests and Castaway Club Members—including Platinum Members—are required to select a port arrival time before making their way to the cruise terminal.

Please note, at this time Disney Cruise Line has only released information for sailing on the Disney Dream which can be found on the Know Before You Go page. Information on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder will be coming soon.

  • All Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (at the Guests’ expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date.
  • All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 rapid test provided by Disney, in the terminal prior to boarding and comply with other health and safety requirements. The $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older.
  • For cruises departing from Florida through December 31, 2021, guests 12 years and older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy
  • Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from pre-trip and embarkation testing requirements (unless arriving from outside the United States) and travel insurance requirements.
  • Guests ages 2 and older are required to wear a face covering on the ship and at our terminals , except in designated areas and situations
  • Certain onboard venues, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and availability and may be subject to advance reservations. 

Navigating Together: Disney Cruise Line’s Enhanced Health & Safety Measures

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Disney Cruise Line’s approach brings together the following 5 elements to help promote health and safety for all Guests, Crew Members and Cast Members.

Health and Wellness

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  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Disney Cruise Line strongly encourages all eligible Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before sailing. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from pre-trip and Embarkation Day testing requirements (unless arriving from outside the United States) and travel insurance requirements. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers people to be fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose has been administered. To learn more about how to provide proof of your vaccination, please visit Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.
  • Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing: Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guest’s expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. Disney Cruise Line has secured a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests may also obtain their PCR test from any independent testing supplier. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 pre-trip testing. To learn more about how to provide proof of your negative COVID-19 PCR test result, please visit Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.
  • Embarkation COVID-19 Testing: Guests are required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding. Guests with positive COVID-19 test results, as well as those in their travel party, will be denied boarding. The $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older. Disney Cruise Line acts as the paying agent for Inspire Diagnostics and will remit the entire cost of the COVID-19 test to Inspire Diagnostics. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 Embarkation Day testing.
  • Travel Insurance: For cruises departing from Florida through December 31, 2021, Guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy that meets coverage requirements. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of obtaining travel insurance. To learn more about insurance requirements, please visit Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.
  • Face Coverings: All Guests (ages 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are required to wear face coverings indoors, except when in their staterooms or actively eating or drinking (while stationary and maintaining an appropriate physical distance). Face coverings are not required for Guests outdoors while on board the ship and at Disney Castaway Cay. See “Top Things You Need to Know” below to learn more about face covering requirements.
  • Hand Sanitizers: The number of hand-sanitizing stations has increased throughout our ships.
  • Signage: Additional signage has been installed highlighting recommendations from health authorities on physical distancing, coughing etiquette and proper handwashing.
  • Reduced Guest Capacity and Physical Distancing: Considering guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts, we’re reducing overall Guest capacity in our terminal and aboard our ships, and modifying our experiences to promote physical distancing.
  • Reimagined Experiences: While some experiences have been modified to accommodate new health and safety measures, you can be sure entertainment to inspire is always front-and-center for the entire family. Our ships are overflowing with magic—from Characters delighting Guests in new and entertaining ways to Broadway-style spectaculars.
  • World-Class Dining: We’re serving up diverse global cuisines and classic casual bites inside themed restaurants peppered with Disney magic. Quick-service food and beverage locations still offer all-you-care-to-eat treats with service attendants available to help you satisfy your cravings at select times.
  • Onboard Medical Capabilities: While we are taking a multi-layered approach to help promote health and wellness, we have a plan for managing any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. We have added a Public Health Officer and continue to staff our ships with nurses and physicians experienced in emergency or critical care and certified in advanced cardiac care and life support. We have developed protocols for screening for and responding to symptoms of COVID-19. Appointments with the Health Center to evaluate COVID-19 symptoms are free of charge. Medical facilities are equipped with isolation, monitoring care, ventilators, oxygen, laboratory and pharmacy services. The ship’s medical staff adheres to the requirements of the American College of Emergency Physician Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Enhanced Cleaning: Building on our existing standards, we’re increasing the frequency of cleaning with enhanced protocols. Extra attention will be given to high-touch surfaces, as well as children’s facilities and other common spaces.
  • Modified Housekeeping: Staterooms will undergo enhanced treatments between voyages, in addition to twice-daily housekeeping service during each voyage. High-touch loose soft goods—such as sofa pillows and paper stationery—have been removed.
  • Air Purification: All ships will be equipped with a new purification system that cleans both air and surface areas using a process called ionization. We are also increasing the circulation of fresh air on board our ships, and all HVAC air filters have been upgraded to MERV-13 high efficiency grade, which can remove very small particles. Additionally, each stateroom maintains singular air circulation, eliminating the need for air intake from adjacent common areas.

Innovative Technology (New Features of the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App)

  • Guest Services Live Chat: Get the answers you’re looking for with our new live chat feature that lets you communicate directly with Guest Services and our Dining and Port Adventures team.
  • Virtual Queue: In an effort to promote physical distancing and make planning easier, Guests will need to join our new, easy-to-use virtual queue to debark the ship at all ports of call.
  • Mandatory Emergency Drill: To promote physical distancing on board the ship, you are required to participate in the Mandatory Emergency Drill by using the app to check in at your designated Assembly Station.

Crew Member Training

  • Training: Crew Members are receiving additional training on both new health and safety measures and the continued importance of personal health and hygiene, such as handwashing, refraining from working while feeling ill, and identifying symptoms of COVID-19. This includes training on how to help Guests and Crew follow new health and safety measures, such as wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing.
  • Workplace Health & Safety: We’ve enhanced cleaning in work areas, adjusted our work practices to promote physical distancing, and introduced new protocols for COVID-19 testing and face coverings for our Crew.

Working Together

  • Guest Communication: We will be sharing information with Guests via email and on our website about what to expect ahead of their voyage. On board, we have added additional signage about personal health and hygiene, and new measures are in place for physical distancing, cleaning and more. Guests will also receive tips on ways to promote health and safety via their stateroom television, digital signage and the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.

Top Things You Need to Know

Here are the most important things you need to be aware of as you prepare for your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Disney Cruise Line strongly encourages all eligible Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before sailing. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from pre-trip and Embarkation Day testing requirements (unless arriving from outside the United States) and travel insurance requirements. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers people to be fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose has been administered. To learn more about how to provide proof of your vaccination, please visit: Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing: Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guest’s expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. Disney Cruise Line has secured a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests may also obtain their PCR test from any independent testing supplier. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID19 pre-trip testing. To learn more about how to provide proof of your negative COVID-19 PCR test result, please visit: Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.
  • Embarkation COVID-19 Testing: Guests are required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding. Guests with positive COVID-19 test results, as well as those in their travel party, will be denied boarding. The $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older. Disney Cruise Line acts as the paying agent for Inspire Diagnostics and will remit the entire cost of the COVID-19 test to Inspire Diagnostics. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 Embarkation Day testing.

Health Screenings

  • Embarkation Day Health Questionnaire: Guests are required to complete a health questionnaire related to COVID-19 and gastrointestinal illnesses on Embarkation Day. Guests are also required to attest as to whether they have experienced or are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone suspected of or confirmed as having COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
  • Crew Members: All Crew Members will be screened for symptoms of illness before every shift. Crew Members showing any symptoms or feeling unwell will refrain from working.

Physical Distancing

We’re reducing Guest capacity aboard our ships and adjusting experiences to promote physical distancing. This includes limiting capacity and implementing physical distancing measures in our terminals and areas of our ships such as upper decks, dining rooms, food and beverage locations, lounges, theaters, walkways, elevators, pools, queues and other common spaces.

Signage throughout the ship reminds Guests and Crew to practice physical distancing. Physical barriers have also been installed in areas where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain, like at check-in and Guest Services.

Close-up interactions with Disney Characters have been paused, and youth activities are experienced in small group settings.

Face Coverings

All Guests (ages 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are required to wear face coverings indoors. Exceptions include when Guests are in their staterooms or actively eating or drinking (while stationary and maintaining an appropriate physical distance). Face coverings are not required for Guests outdoors while on board the ship and at Disney Castaway Cay. Face coverings may be required in ports of call based on local government requirements.

All face coverings should:

  • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free.
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Be made of 2 layers of breathable material, either disposable or reusable, that is not elastic in nature, such as spandex and elastane.

Guests may bring face coverings that have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

At this time based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn.

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Disney Cruise Line Navigator App

Download the latest version of our app on your mobile device, with location services and notifications enabled.

Help maintain physical distancing with these helpful features of the new and improved Disney Cruise Line Navigator app:

  • Guest Services Live Chat: Communicate directly with a Guest Services Crew Member—in addition to our Dining and Port Adventures teams—with our new live chat feature.  
  • Virtual Queue: Use our new virtual queue to easily debark the ship at all ports of call.
  • Details You Need: View digital menus, activity schedules, venue descriptions and locations, and much more.
  • Exploring the Ship: Find what you’re looking for with deck plans that show the restaurants, shops and more near you.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app today!

Available for iPhone®, iPad® and smartphones for Android™. Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

Online Check-in

  • Be sure to complete your Online Check-In at least one day prior to the date you set sail. This step-by-step process, which is available beginning 30 days before you set sail, includes filling out important cruise documents, in addition to selecting a port arrival time, which you’ll need to do before you make your way to the terminal. Please note: All Guests and Castaway Club Members—including Platinum Members—are required to select a port arrival time before making their way to the cruise terminal. Completing Online Check-In in advance helps in physical distancing efforts and reduces the time at the cruise terminal before you board the ship. Guests will not be permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before their scheduled arrival time in order to help maintain physical distancing in the terminal. Guests who arrive early will be asked to return at their scheduled arrival time. Begin Online Check-In.

Health and safety measures, ports of call and offerings may change at any time without notice. Upon reopening, certain onboard venues, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and will be subject to limited availability, advance reservations or even closure. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations or purchases—please review your rights in our Terms and Conditions. Subject to government approval.

Disney Cruise Line recommends reviewing the following guide to updated experienced:

DCL Restart Announcement Dream August 9

The following is part of the email Disney Cruise Line is sending out to guests booked on upcoming Disney Dream sailings.

Now, let’s time to get back to the magic and start dreaming once again!

As we welcome Guests aboard our ships, the health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and Crew Members is a top priority. We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, developed in consideration of guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts.

As you prepare for your clients’ sailing, we want to share some important information about COVID-19 testing requirements and helpful information to make the most of their sailing.

COVID-19 Vaccination:

Disney Cruise Line strongly encourages all eligible Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before sailing. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from the pre-trip and embarkation COVID-19 testing and travel insurance requirements mentioned below.

Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing:

Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guests’ expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID19 pre-trip testing.

Embarkation COVID-19 Testing:

Guests are required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to boarding. A $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of undergoing COVID-19 embarkation testing.

Safe Passage by Inspire Diagnostics Website:

In order to sail, every adult Guest must individually create an account with Inspire Diagnostics, a third-party provider, for COVID-19 testing and vaccination verification. Beginning no sooner than 33 days prior to sailing, each adult Guest must log in to the Safe Passage website, by Inspire Diagnostics and create an online account associated with their reservation. Parents and legal guardians must create accounts on behalf of minors. 

It is recommended that Guests bring their negative COVID-19 PCR test result or vaccination card showing the final dose was administered at least 14 days before sailing with them for embarkation. 

Travel Insurance:

For cruises departing from Florida through December 31, 2021, Guests 12 years or older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy that has a minimum of $10,000 per person in medical expense coverage and $30,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation and no COVID-19 exclusions. The policy must name the Guest as the policy holder or beneficiary and may be purchased from the Guests’ preferred travel insurance provider or through the Disney Cruise LineVacation Protection Program, which includes the requisite coverage and provides other benefits for travel protection. Guests that purchase insurance from a provider other than Disney Cruise Line will need to provide proof of the insurance policy, showing the name of each of the covered Guest(s) and a description of the coverage in the policy to Inspire prior to receiving clearance to sail.  Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of obtaining travel insurance.

To learn more about how to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test result, please visit: Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.

72 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Announces August 9, 2021 U.S. Restart and Publishes Safety Protocols

  1. Enuff

    Well, they’re almost there. I’m booked mid 2022 but if they keep this up I’ll cancel. I’m not paying for all those tests AND have to provide proof of travel insurance. And DCL is not following the science here as doctors and scientists have already stated MASKS DO NOT WORK!!

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  2. Jo

    Masks for little children two years old should be illegal. They are forcing children to breathe in a level of carbon dioxide that is detrimental to their health. Are parents really going to kowtow to this? Do they really think that people are going to pay them thousands of dollars for this type of cruise? Thanks but no thanks!

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  3. Sharon

    One thing I’m confused about. If you have been fully vaccinated and provide proof, can you opt out of the PCR test you need 1-5 days before or does it just exempt you from embarkation day testing at the terminal?

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  4. Mary Ann

    I am beyond excited also!!!!!! I’m already crying and when I get on board I will finally be “Home” again!!!!!

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  5. Enuff

    If you have any of these symptoms…normal temp, no cough, lots of energy and good appetite you MIGHT have covid and not know it. Get tested asap and help us inflate our case figures and ruin more lives by forcing vaccinations that have known adverse and irreversible side effects and force use of masks that do not work. Signed, The Government.

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  6. Kristina Dubiel

    I was reading this as the US Virgin Islands walked into the Olympics. We are supposed travel there on the Fantasy in November. I’m in tears! So much hope!

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  7. Disney Cruise People

    Thank you Disney for having guests and cast members health and safety as a priority! Very reasonable expectations for a virus that targets everyone and does not care about an individual’s personal beliefs. We would want to cruise only with people who find these guidelines absolutely acceptable. We think many will gladly accept these conditions. The UK staycation cruise reports from those on board are wonderful! DCL – We can’t wait to see you real soon!

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  8. Listening to those who have been there

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/07/23/unvaccinated-mom-coronavirus-vaccine-kaye-pkg-ac360-vpx.cnn
    https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/07/23/unvaccinated-mom-coronavirus-vaccine-kaye-pkg-ac360-vpx.cnn

    You may not think the vaccine works – but the results show that it does!
    You may think the vaccine has side effects – but they are overwhelmingly mild.
    The virus is many, many times very serious and deadly!
    Perhaps you will listen to those who were anti-vax and now wish they had taken the vaccine.

    If you do not want to vax – provisions have been made for that – and you are complaining about those – it looks like nothing will satisfy you.

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  9. Baron

    It is not stated out loud, but the subtext here is also: There is a certain group of people who will refuse to wear masks or get a vaccine or get tested, and therefore won’t be sailing. That group just so happens to also be a Venn diagram of the passengers who make everyone else miserable on the cruise, so win-win!

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  10. Mask Believers

    Please link your scientific reports and data that masks do not work. We see the exact opposite in medical reporting. Even before covid – doctors and nurses wore masks often for long periods of time with no adverse affects. If masks were ineffective or affected health negatively – the people who would be most likely not to use them would be medical professionals.

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  11. Enuff

    @Baron. Using HHS covid death data, covid has an overall survivability rate of 99.8% globally, which increases to 99.97% for persons under the age of 70. This is consistent with the seasonal flu. Vaccines do not diagnose, treat or prevent covid. Known and potential risks of the vaccine outweigh their known and potential benefits. There are adequate, approved and available alternatives to vaccines. Now, go find your other brain cell, put the two of them together and try to think for yourself.

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    1. Baron

      Your google searches are not the same as the VAST majority of actual doctors and researchers. My dad believed the same crap you do, his birthday would have been this week. I am definitely going to enjoy my cruise far more knowing that you will refuse to go.

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  12. Kindness Above All Else

    No need to be rude. There are cruise provisions made for everyone of differing viewpoints. Another data point – 95%+ of people dying from covid currently are unvaccinated. The increase of covid in some states including Florida is over 50%,

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  13. Groucho

    This all sounds reasonable and about what I was expecting. I’m OK with wearing a mask indoors. We’re booked on the Fantasy for November for our second-ever Disney cruise and I’m feeling pretty good about everything. Fortunately my kids are 12 and 16 so already fully vaxxed – and completely unaware that we’re going on a cruise! It’ll be a great surprise trip after we’ve had to cancel other trips over the past year and a half. I feel for those with younger children, hopefully the vax will be available for them soon.

    If you’re 12 and older and unhappy about paying for the insurance, testing, etc, there’s a very simple and free method to avoid all that – just get your shot already. 🙂 If you’re planning on pitching a fit and arguing with the cast members, I hope you’ll stay at home until you’re ready to not ruin it for the rest of us. We’re cruising to have fun, not to see people argue. The rules are the rules, like them or not, so either follow them or don’t go. Obviously some people are completely out of touch with reality (“masks don’t work”?!?!?) so I expect we’ll see some of that but hopefully as little as possible!

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  14. Groucho

    (that last message was supposed to be a response to Baron’s message above, about the Venn diagram. Apologies for being new to how this site handles comments)

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  15. George

    Show the research that you think says masks do not work – We read in fact the opposite – Masks DO work. And you always have a choice to just not go where masks are required.

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  16. Steven

    The question I have,if your full vaccinated and come down with the symptoms while onboard can the remove you from the ship just like a non vaccinated guest…. also could medical staff have or force you to take the test while onboard if they see you having some of the symptoms????

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  17. Jim

    I an a Nurse in a hospital that has seen a 97% increase in positive covid results in NON VACCINATED NON MASK WEARING individuals. If you don’t want to do these things, please cancel your cruise.

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  18. Enuff

    Here’s the way that DCL is going to handle not being allowed to ask for proof of vaccination. They will force unvaccinated guests to take a PCR test at their expense. The PCR tests are themselves experimental products. The package inserts state PCR tests should not be used to diagnose COVID. The way in which the PCR tests have been administered knowingly guarantees an unacceptably high number of false positive results. In short, if you show up at the cruise terminal unvaccinated you’ll be guaranteed a false positive, you will not be allowed on the ship and they will hand you the bill. I wouldn’t be surprised if DCL didn’t ask the PCR test suppliers to dial up the test sensitivity to ensure no one that’s unvaccinated got on the ship. Well played, DCL.

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  19. mypftaccount

    Try not to break your arm patting yourself on the back there Baron — as your comments prove the annoying pricks who ruin things for everyone live equally on both sides of the political spectrum.

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    1. Baron

      True enough! I know that I can come across as an annoying prick online, the difference is that anti-mask/vaccine folks are demonstrably more vocal and aggressive in person (in my admittedly limited experience). If I don’t have to listen to nonstop cries of “But my CO2 levels!”, “Do your own research, sheeple!”, or “Masks don’t work!” arguing with cast members, then I personally will have a far more enjoyable cruising experience. Once I am on the ship, I am not going to say a single word or even think about expressing my opinions to the masses.

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  20. mypftaccount

    Finally. It’s almost like living in a free country again with people being given the option to choose to continue their lives rather than being forced to hide out in fear.
    This is a welcome change though it will be even better when they stop forcing folks to wear masks inside the ship. At least you don’t have to wear them outside.

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  21. Anastasia

    Yes, submitting proof of full vaccination (if you’re an American citizen) exempts you from any testing requirements to board the ship, and from the insurance requirements.

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  22. L

    BRAVO! this is as safely as things can be done short of requiring vaccination (thanks deathsantis). masks DO work. let’s hope the industry can overcome the restrictions, as they would obviously be safest requiring vaccination. to those poopooing, there are plenty of sensible people lining up to take your spots.

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  23. Scott Weinfeld

    Didn’t spend $20,000 to wear a face mask for 14 days. Carnival and other cruise companies, no onboard face mask mandates. I took my vaccinated

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  24. Shannon

    Had anyone heard anything about west coast sailings? Reading this it talks about leaving from Florida. We are scheduled to sail in October from San Diego.

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  25. HoJo

    My family and myself went on a 7 day cruise with celebrity cruise line 2 weeks ago. My 13 year old son has not been vaccinated and was tested at the terminal and came back negative. The rest of my family is vaccinated. We boarded the ship and had the best time of our life and we were not required to wear a mask at all and neither was my 13 year old. It was awesome and no one came back with the virus. There were plenty of kids everywhere on the ship and no social distancing requirements either. We miss Disney cruises but other cruise lines prove it can be done safely with a few less restrictions.

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  26. Chris

    Each of those sections state that you are exempt from the requirements if you provide proof of vaccination.

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  27. Dearjoda

    Get your head out of the sand and get vaccinated, YOU are the problem! Everyone hospitalized is unvaccinated and now are giving it to those of us that did our part—DO YOURS. If the variants continue to mutate there will be no hope for the human race. Follow the science not FOX news.

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  28. 777dad

    Interesting that DCL does not even consider prior recovery. I have a positive antibody test (IgG) & a positive T-Cell test showing I have long term antibodies for C19, which is far superior to the experimental mRNA that only protects against the single spike protein. Yet somehow this doesn’t rate consideration with DCL. We already canceled one cruise this Winter and now may have to cancel our Hawaii in May if they don’t change the requirement for the highly fallible PCR tests and indoor masking requirements. Lastly, masks on kids under 18 is totally unnecessary and criminal in my opinion.

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  29. Walt

    Baron sounds very intelligent to me. This is going to be fun. Hopefully DCL will have heavily armed guards or policemen at the terminals to assure those that are rejected for what ever reason don’t cause trouble for those wanting to enjoy a peaceful cruise and have respect for the established law. They might want to hire armed undercover police on board to keep the peace if someone should lose their mind for whatever reasons. We will have to see how this turns out. I will be listening to the news.

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  30. Scott Weinfeld

    Face mask on the ship is not necessary if vaccinated. Disney should be following Carnival Cruise Line Protocols

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  31. Scott Weinfeld

    I expect that on Carnival on August 21 on thr mardi gras. I’ll photograph the Dream leaving the day before

    Disney should follow Carnival and Celebrity

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  32. Scott Weinfeld

    Disney should follow carnival or Disney should continue to cancel until children get the vaccine

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  33. PLI

    Our cruise leaves this week a year from now. We’re waiting until our now 10 year old can be vaccinated. Wishing everyone cruising before then safe travels.

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  34. Phil

    I just cannot understand why people refuse to get vaccinated. Sure there are some who cannot get it but c’mon, we have an easy way out of this mess. Quit complaining and get vaccinated so we can get on with our lives. And yes unvaccinated do pose a threat. They allow the virus to spread and mutate which could cause current vaccines to not work.

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  35. Chris

    Phil, thanks for the post. Maybe we can get PLI to give his opinion of the 11 circuit decision to vacate the CDC injunction for cruise ships departing out of Florida?

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  36. PLI

    Chris, the same 3-judge panel that stayed the district court’s injunction pending appeal just yesterday reversed itself and vacated its earlier stay order. So, as things stand right now; (1) Judge Merriday’s original injunction is still on the books; (2) CDC still has a live appeal to the 11th Cir. I think everything could be mooted because the cruise lines are cruising now, or will be in a few weeks. Courts try to stay out of deciding issues that are not live cases or controversies.

    A wild card is Norwegian’s lawsuit against Florida regarding the vaccine passport issue. Last i heard, a hearing in that case is scheduled for 8/6.

    Given the passionate dislike that some folks on this board have for the DCL protocols, wonder if anyone will be pissed enough to try to sue DCL alleging that the unvaccinated are being unfairly discriminated against due to the insurance requirements, testing, etc. Don’t think such a lawsuit would be successful. To me, if you’re unvaccinated and don’t like the restrictions, don’t sail.

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  37. whybeshy

    30% of the royal navy caught it on the ship with their 100% v-a-c-c-i-nated crew. They should be testing everyone aboard the ship, not just those who didn’t take the experiment, or else there could be outbreaks from these people!

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  38. Phil

    100 out of 1600 is not 30% (at least in the article I read) and none of them had serious symptoms because they were vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective. Do the math, 99% of people in the hospital and dying of covid are unvaccinated.

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  39. Brett

    At least they are making the effort to make a comeback. Like thousands of other cruisers, we have had our cruises canceled last year and this year. Are we sad, sure. DCL has to do something and produce protocols that are best for all concerned. Snice we had our cruises canceled/postponed until next year in the summer. Things will probably change by then. These protocols seem to be only for the remainder of 2021.

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  40. Ed

    The “studies” that show masks to be of no use and that vaccines are bad for you remind me of the study showing that parachutes and empty backpacks are equally effective in preventing death for people jumping out of airplanes. That, and the “information” put out by the old Tobacco Institute about cigarettes not causing cancer. You can find anything you want at some website if you look long enough. One of my favorites is the hazardous chemical described on the dihydrogen monoxide website, DHMO.org.

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  41. John

    @777dad – good luck with quite a few of these folks on this board. I’ve given up in many cases. I’m actually getting my J&J vaccine tomorrow but would get a beer with you on board without masks anytime. We have a similar problem. My daughter (14) has had Covid and my son is under 12. We have no intention of vaccinating him even if he qualifies at some point. That leaves us hoping that DCL follow some of the more open protocols that some of the other lines are implementing. We’re not scheduled until Jan 2022.

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  42. Enuff

    Did anyone see that the CDC and FDA recalled the PCR test due to inaccuracy? Now whatcha gonna do DCL?

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  43. Alice

    Omg so many people had the vaccine amd we are all fine. How many has died from Covid?? I had Covid and it is not a flu or cold. I had to make 911 calls for my family. I would only cruise with cruise lines that require mask amd strict testing and vaccination policies. Otherwise I’m not paying to risk my families Heath.

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