From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Sean Sposato
Following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Disney Cruise Line temporarily halted all of their new departures indefinitely. In fact, even today, it is not known when the company’s luxurious and beloved ships will set sail again. However, according to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, it could be as early as this fall.
During the question and answer portion of the Walt Disney Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday a shareholder asked for a timeline on DCL, which Chapek responded to, saying:
“We’re very anxious to get our Disney Cruiseline business back up and running,” Chapek said. “As of right now we don’t have any definitive information.”
Disney’s CEO said with current coronavirus trends and the wide span rollout of vaccines, the company is hoping to have limited operations of its cruise ships by this fall. He said if granted the opportunity to return to operations even within a restricted capacity, the company will likely implement similar disciplined guidelines in its theme parks.
As we’ve been sharing over the past few months, Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of all new departures several times. On the last extension of the suspension, the company announced no new sailings through May 2021 and Disney Magic Sailings through August 10.
The news came via an update on their official website, reading:
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 May 2021.
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