Disney Cruise Line Warns Guests Currently Booking That Their Cruise May Be Abruptly Ended and Return Home Restricted or Delayed


The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a COVID-19 Level 4 Travel Notice. The notice states that the risk of contracting COVID-19 onboard cruise ships is very high. The CDC currently recommends avoiding all cruise ship travel worldwide. For those who do travel via cruise ship, it is recommended to get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after their trip, and stay home for 7 days after travel. In regards to this, Disney has shared the following:

Please note the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Notice recommending that all people avoid travel on cruise ships. The complete notice is available at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cruise-ship and is subject to change by the CDC without notice. If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the cruise ship during a voyage, the voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the U.S. port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed.

Disney Cruise Line extends their suspension of all 2021 sailings through April. Select cruises on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are suspended through May.

The CDC previously issued a Conditional Sailing Order on October 30, 2020, but still suggests a deferment of any cruise ship travel until further notice. You can read the complete notice here.

On October 30, 2020, CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. This Order introduces a phased approach for resuming passenger cruises. Passenger operations continue to be suspended during the initial phases of this Order. The initial phase requires crew screening to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 among all crew members currently on cruise ships in U.S. waters. At this time, CDC still recommends avoiding any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high. It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.

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