Disney Fantasy Restart Scheduled for September 11th with Shortened 4-night Sailings – 7-night Caribbean Resumption Estimated in October

Today, Disney Cruise Line announced the restart date of September 11, 2021 for the Disney Fantasy following a successful CDC Simulation cruise last week. As Disney Cruise Line continues to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for Disney 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.

Guests currently booked on the following 7-night Disney Fantasy voyages 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.

Revised Disney Fantasy Sailings for September 2021

UPDATE: 8/25/2021 – The itinerary port order for revised sailings was confirmed as well as confirming the voyages will be Halloween on the High Seas themed.

Disney Fantasy Restart September/October 2021 Opening Day Prices

Port Canaveral, Florida

4-night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (2-stops at Castaway Cay)
Port Canaveral, Florida • At Sea • Castaway Cay • Castaway Cay

DCL Fantasy Restart Sailigs Opening Day Pricing 20210825
Sail Date InsideOceanviewVerandahConcierge
September 11, 2021 🎃1772187621644124
September 18, 2021 🎃202021725764
September 25, 2021 🎃188421644124
October 2, 2021 🎃2166218223424622

At this time, the 3-night gaps on September 15th, September 22nd, September 29th, and October 6th are non-sail dates, but it is plausible these could be added as 3-night sailings.

Disney Cruise Line hopes to resume 7-night voyages or longer onboard the Disney Fantasy in October and looks forward to sharing more information with Guests soon. The next bookable 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy is October 9th and is a Western Caribbean itinerary.

The Fantasy is scheduled to sail two Cast Member test cruise on August 26th and August 29th to get ready for the September 11th restart.

Additionally, for longer sailings, there will be new debarkation day COVID-19 testing.

  • 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.

Disney Cruise Line’s focus remains on operating the ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board. Disney’s gradual, phased approach to sailing 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. Learn more about what to expect—including experience updates and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety.

11 Replies to “Disney Fantasy Restart Scheduled for September 11th with Shortened 4-night Sailings – 7-night Caribbean Resumption Estimated in October”

  1. Eric

    Did Disney mention anything about guests wanting to cancel their upcoming sailing (December 2021) on the Fantasy for a full refund due to the new protocols/guidelines yet (like they did with the Dream)?

  2. David

    From the Disney Cruise Page: For sailings through January 31, 2022, the cancellation fee schedule has been temporarily relaxed.

    Important Details
    For sailings through January 31, 2022, the cancellation fee schedule has been temporarily relaxed from beginning as early as 119 days prior to sailing to beginning 59 days prior to sailing for Guests booked in non-Suite and non-Concierge categories. For Guests booked in Suite and Concierge categories, cancellation fees in excess of the deposit amount will temporarily begin at 59 days prior to sailing.
    Reservations for Inside, Outside and Verandah Categories with Restrictions remain nonrefundable and nontransferable.

  3. Scott Weinfeld

    I don’t know what with Disney Cruise Line. Other major cruise company’s like Carnival, RCL and Celebrity are giving full intinaries, if necessary different ports.

  4. Rick Freeze

    Wonder if they will Double Dip at CC for these cruises? I will not be cancelling my cruise and I have been looking forward to this cruise for months.

  5. R

    Very happy that DCL continues to keep the health and wellness of its cast members, crew and guests as top priority. Most especially given the current Covid situation.

  6. Patsy McFall

    I hope they add 3 Night sailings for after each 4 Night since we are on the 9/18 sailing we are hoping we can do a B2B.

  7. Eric

    Is Nassau allowing cruise ships to dock there? Or do you think there is a chance that the rest of September Dream cruises end up being double dips at Castaway? Just wondering if all of September ends up being sea days and Castaway Cay to keep things under control (as much as possible).

  8. Logan

    I’m on the 8 night in October, I hope it’s not changed to 2 4 nighters. I have done a b2b in the past and I did enjoy it but about half the port day was a waste of time.

  9. Rebecca Bearden

    I have two questions about the Fantasy’s October 2nd cruise:
    Will there be a Pirate Night and fireworks?
    Will the Rainforest Spa be open and how do we make reservations?
    Thank you,

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      I have not heard specifically about the Fantasy, but the Dream is offering a firework show on select nights based on your dinner seating. Details are provided onboard. You will need to visit Senses Spa to reserve a time.


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