Disney Cruise Line COVID Protocols Likely Around Through Mid-2022
Disney Cruise Line started their phased approach to setting sail again back in August of this year when the Disney Dream set sail from Port Canaveral. Since then, all four Disney cruise ships have resumed service with COVID protocols in place to keep all Guests and Crew safe and healthy.
If you are looking for some sort of timeline on when some of these COVID protocols might go away, it’s going to be a little longer. During today’s The Walt Disney Company earnings call, CEO, Bob Chapek, suggested that he thinks most of these protocols will be in place at least through the middle of 2022.
Of course, as with everything surrounding the COVID-19 virus, this could change at any time.
For example, on an earnings call earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line was hoping to get back to cruising by this Fall. But, as mentioned above, they exceeded this goal but actually getting back to cruising this Summer so things could change at any time!
For MOST Disney Cruise Line sailings, current COVID protocols call for all Guests 12 and older to be fully vaccinated. A COVID test will also be given to all Guests prior to departure at the cruise terminal.
Currently, children who are sailing who are 11 and under are required to submit proof of a negative NAAT test, rapid PCR test, or lab-based PCR test before setting sail. In addition, a COVID test will also be administered at the cruise terminal prior to embarkation.
Other current COVID protocols for Disney Cruise Line include reduced capacity aboard all ships, enhanced cleaning, new technology to limit contact, and extensive training for Crew Members.
In addition, all Guests ages 2 and up are required to wear masks or face coverings while indoors with the exception of when in their staterooms, actively eating and drinking, or while taking a photo while stationary.
While we might have to deal with COVID protocols for a little while longer, there is still so much magic to be had on a Disney Cruise Line sailing! Characters sightings have returned, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques are open, and the food and drinks are magical as ever! (I can’t wait to set sail on my cruise next week!)
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