From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato
In the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Disney Cruise Line announced this morning the company has decided to extended its suspension of new departures through April with select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder departures through May. The announcement comes on the official Disney Cruise Line website.
The announcement from Disney can be seen below:
Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. We are carefully preparing for a return to service following the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As we continue to refine our protocols and await further technical guidance from the CDC, we are cancelling all sailings departing through April 2021 and select sailings onboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder in May.
Sailings are cancelled aboard the Disney Fantasy through April 24; the Disney Dream through April 30; the Disney Magic through May 9; and the Disney Wonder through May 12.
Additionally, as previously shared, based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line must cancel sailings longer than 7 nights.
Guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be 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.
Guests who’ve booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who’ve booked directly with Disney Cruise Line and have questions after receiving their email should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.
Disney Cruise Line started this temporary suspension all of its new departures in March of 2020, when the country first saw large increases in new COVID-19 cases. Since, the cruise line has announced several extensions to their suspension of new departures.
Below is a list of impacted sailings:
- Disney Magic: April 3-8, April 8-12, April 12-17, April 17-22, April 22-26, April 26-May 1, May 1-6, May 6-9, May 9-22
- Disney Wonder: April 2 – 7, April 7 -11, April 11-18, April 18-23, April 23-26, April 26-30, April 30-May 3, May 3-7, May 7-12, May 12-17, June 28-July 7
- Disney Dream: April 2-5, April 5-9, April 9-12, April 12-16, April 16-19, April 19-23, April 23-26, April 26-30, April 30–May 3
- Disney Fantasy: April 3-10, April 10-17, April 17-24, April 24-May 1, July 22-31
At this time, it is not known when Disney Cruise Line will reinstate new departures. Currently, the company shares the following statement on when they may have an idea of on an exact date:
While we are still evaluating the timing, when we return to sailing we will inform you of enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, Cast and Crew Members. You will be required to follow all posted instructions while sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By sailing with Disney Cruise Line you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
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