The Disney Dream is taking the next step in Disney Cruise Line’s journey back to full operations, following the lead set by the Disney Magic earlier this when she resumed passenger operations in Europe. On Saturday, July 17, 2021, the Disney Dream becomes the first passenger cruise ship to sail from Port Canaveral with passengers during a 2-night CDC simulation sailing (AKA test cruise) under the command of Captain Thord. In addition, the Disney Dream will be the first in the fleet to return to Castaway Cay with passengers.
A successful test cruise will earn the Disney Dream a conditional sailing certificate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow cruises to resume with paying guests. It is important to keep in mind, the test cruise are by ship, not by cruise line. This means, each of the ships must apply, sail, and pass the simulated voyage to resume passenger operations under the CDC guidelines, which as of today, after July 18th the CDC’s rules will turn into non-binding recommendations for cruise companies operating out of Florida.
Be sure to tune in later this afternoon to PTZtv’s Port Canaveral Webcam to watch the Disney Dream sail away. As of now, the Dream is scheduled to depart in the 4 o’clock hour followed a few hours later by the Disney Fantasy – both subject to change.
Originally, the Disney Dream was scheduled to sail a test cruise on June 29th, but inconsistent test results which ultimately were determined to be negative tests resulted in the postponement due to CDC guidelines. Earlier this week, the CDC updated their color coding system for passenger cruise ships within U.S. Waters and the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wonder all are in a green status. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are both applied and are approved for test voyages with the Disney Fantasy’s scheduled for July 28-30, 2021 based on a document submitted by the CDC in defense against them in Florida’s Case Against the Conditional Sail Order.
Below is the full Disney Dream sail away video shared by PTZtv.