Disney Cruise Line Announces Debarkation Testing Details for Sailings 5-nights or Longer

Disney Cruise Line revealed details on debarktion day testing for when the gradual resumption of sailing ramps up to include sailings of 5-nights or longer. For these longer sailings, there will be new debarkation day testing as follows for passengers who do not provide provide proof of vaccination.

  • All Guests (both adults and children of every age) on 5-night or longer sailings are required to undergo a rapid PCR test for COVID-19, to be administered by Inspire Diagnostics on the ship, prior to debarking the ship.
    • A $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older.
    • More information about debarkation day COVID-19 testing on sailings of 5 nights or longer will be available shortly.
  • However, Guests booked on 5-night or longer sailings who choose to provide proof of vaccination will not be required to take a COVID-19 test before debarkation.

The policies, procedures, and passenger requirements continue to be dynamic and can change at anytime. PLEASE, if you have an upcoming cruise booked read DCL’s emails closely, and refer to the Disney Cruise Line’s Know Before You Go pages for updates and FAQs. Disney Cruise Line is updating the information on the Know Before You Go pages frequently. Pages are marked with a last updated date to better identify updates, but again, you must pay close attention as they are not highlighting the changes. 

7 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line Announces Debarkation Testing Details for Sailings 5-nights or Longer”

  1. CATHY

    Great idea however having the vaccine does not mean you will not get covid so they will be letting many get off who may be infected. I know this as both my husband and I are fully vaccinated and got covid. I know vaccinated people spread it as I got it 3 days after he did just like the doctor told me I probably would so Disney doing this singles out the unvaccinated but in no way protects the public which is what I would think they are trying to do.

  2. JFB

    Looking forward to get more details on that one – mainly whether test results will be provided in a format that can be used by non-US guests to satisfy flight/entry requirements back home

  3. Chris

    Disney Fantasy will Resume Sailings from Florida in September

    As we continue to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for us to cancel the September 4, 2021, Disney Fantasy sailing. Guests who have paid their reservation in full have been offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.

    The Disney Fantasy will resume sailing beginning September 11, 2021, with 4-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. These 4-night sailings will be available to book beginning August 25, 2021. During this initial phase, the Disney Fantasy will only visit Disney Castaway Cay, our private island in The Bahamas. We hope to resume 7-night voyages or longer onboard the Disney Fantasy in October and look forward to sharing more information with Guests soon.

    Guests currently booked on seven-night Disney Fantasy voyages that depart Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 will have their reservations automatically transitioned to the new four-night itineraries, which will have the same departure dates. These Guests will be refunded the difference in cost of the voyage fare, taxes, fees, and port expenses, and Vacation Protection Plan, if applicable. Guests that remain on their original sail date will receive a $400 non-refundable onboard credit per stateroom that can be used toward onboard purchases. These Guests will also receive a 25% discount that can be applied to most future sailings taken by September 30, 2022. This discount will be available once Guests return from their 4-night sailing. Guests may also choose to cancel their reservation and receive a full refund.

    Impacted Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who’ve booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.

  4. Frank G

    Here’s the good news! None of you with the counterpoints have to sail, and no cares if you do! Thrilled Disney is implementing the rules as they are. Don’t like it? Stay home.

  5. Shelly Overton

    With the changes we pushed back our cruise to Jan 2022, hopefully things will be better.
    We just didn’t want to go to the same place twice and going from 7 to 4 nights is really very disappointing when we started the planning 18 months ago. it was just too much of a let down.


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