Crew members of all four ships have been out to sea since the pandemic hit. Now, the CDC has cleared crew of 2 ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to utilize commercial travel to get home. Read on for details.
Some crew members of the Disney Cruise Line ships have been stuck out to sea, with few options for returning to their home country.
Trouble Returning Home
We covered one crew member’s experience and the trials and tribulations of trying to get home during the pandemic.
The crew member in that article shared that he couldn’t debark the ship in Port Canaveral without a confirmed flight home. He would have had to debark the ship before customs opens in order to make flights to his country.
Waiting for CDC approval for the crew to use commercial transportation has left many crew members in the same position. The four ships have shuffled crew around and sent European based crew members home on the Disney Magic.
Meeting CDC Criteria
According to the CDC website, a ship must meet the following criteria in order for their crew to be approved to disembark and use commercial travel:
Must have had no Covid-19 or Covid-19 like illness in the past 28 days. If the ship has received transfers of crew members, the ships they transferred from must meet the same criteria of no Covid-19 like illness in the past 28 days.
The CDC clearly states that ships cleared for commercial crew travel does not mean that they are cleared to accept passengers. The CDC does not yet know when it will be safe for passengers to come on board cruise ships again.
Cruise Ships Sailing Again
Disney Cruise Line remains optimistic, offering discounted sailings for as soon as November 2020.
The Cruise Date Flexibility program offered by Disney Cruise Line remains in effect.
-Rebecca W Davis