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New: The Bahamas to bar ships with unvaccinated passengers

New: The Bahamas to bar ships with unvaccinated passengers

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Today, the Bahamas released an emergency power order barring ships from stopping in Bahamian ports if there are unvaccinated passengers on board. Read on for details.

The Bahamas announced today that cruise ships carrying unvaccinated passengers will not be permitted to dock at Bahamian ports.

Disney Cruise Line Sailing Again

Disney Cruise Line finally set sail again earlier this month. The Disney Dream took a short jaunt to Disney’s Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is Disney’s private Bahamian island.

Credit: Kenny the pirate

The Disney Fantasy will follow soon, with cruises aboard the Fantasy set to begin in September.

Despite stricter regulations aboard the UK Staycation summer cruises on the Disney Magic, US cruises are taking place without a strict vaccine requirement.

Disney Cruise Line enacts strict new protocols for UK cruises
Credit: Disney

Now, Disney may be denied entrance to their own private island if they continue sailing without full vaccination rates (for passengers over 12).

New Emergency Powers Order

The Bahamian government released a new order today. During the dates specified, ships without full vaccination (over age 12) will be disallowed from stopping in Bahamian ports.

Credit: Maggie

The Captain of the ship will be required to transmit a manifest that includes the vaccination status of all persons on board. Additionally, the ship must be in compliance with previous health protocols.

credit: Kenny the Pirate

Other cruise lines have been docking at Nassau this summer, but Disney has not resumed their stops in Nassau. However, the new order affects Castaway Cay as well.

Part of the reason that Disney isn’t currently stopping in Nassau may be that a major attraction there, Atlantis, does not allow cruise ship visitors at this time.

Nassau photo from

The order is set to begin on September 3, 2021 and run through November 1, 2021. You can view the 4 page order here.

We will be looking out for any changes to Disney Cruise Line policy as a result of this new order. Are you sailing soon? Let us know in the comments on Facebook!

-Rebecca W Davis

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Dianne Nieuwland

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Michael, it isn't a matter of being sane or not. Like one daughter, the shot just didn't work for her. Many have health issues that prevent them from being vaccinated. There are so many "research" articles out there contradicting each other. Even with a daughter who has died after taking care of her husband and nephew with Covid, I still feel each person has to determine for themselves what is best. It isn't a matter of being insane or not. It is a right of agency.

Dianne Nieuwland

Saturday 21st of August 2021

My daughter is one of them. She had the Moderna, both shots were extremely hard on her. Her husband came home from a camp out and gave her Covid. She got it bad again. She went to my other daughter's home and my other daughter got Covid. It has been 3 weeks since that daughter died. I'm not an advocate of the shot. I do feel general common sense to stay home if you feel a caught is more than something stuck in your thought or needing some water. Stay home is the safest remedy to protect yourself and others. Nothing is needed that badly to do in an office or get at a store. Stay home. I planned a Disney Dream Cruise with my daughter and her family, including her 5 kiddos for over a year. She planned her cruise just for her husband a year before that, until we come mined it for all 8 of us. Canceled 3 times, and she never got to go. I canceled our cruise the week after she died. Please use your common sense in your decisions.


Friday 20th of August 2021

Im gonna watch as all the ships have to come back to port because they are full of covid. Sorry to tell yall but vaccinated people are getting covid and passing it as easily as nonvaccinated people. Watch and see!

Rebecca Davis

Friday 20th of August 2021

We have a Disney cruise scheduled for January and I would vastly prefer a fully vaccinated ship. Cruise ships aren’t like the parks… a lot of close quarters shared with other guests. If they sail and our 11yo is vaccinated by then, we will go. But with no ports? I’d cancel. Thanks for reading!

Ian Lamble

Friday 20th of August 2021

Well said Michael...

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