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A Huge Update for Disney Cruise Line Testing Requirements

A Huge Update for Disney Cruise Line Testing Requirements

If you are looking to book a Disney cruise or have one coming up, this news is for you! We have a huge update for testing requirements.

Disney Cruise Line protocols

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Just like at its theme parks and other destinations, Disney Cruise Line is constantly updating guidelines and protocol based on the current environment. Disney recently eliminated mask mandates and social distancing. In addition, self-serve buffets returned as well. You can read about those changes HERE.

Vaccines are still required, but testing requirements are about to change.

Testing Requirements

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Fully vaccinated Guests will now be required to obtain a Covid test on their own and upload their results before embarking. If a test is not uploaded ahead of time, there will be test they can take at the terminal for an additional fee.

If your child is not able to be vaccinated due to age, you must provide proof of a negative test no more than 3 days before your sail date. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. Additionally, those younger guests are also required to take a second test (paid for by Disney) at the terminal before boarding.

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The change is that guests must now supply their own tests and upload the results ahead of time versus being tested at the port.

This is for all cruises in the United States and Canada. This change goes into effect beginning June 7, 2022.

Phased Approach

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There is still no word regarding vaccine requirements for passengers on board and those safety guidelines are still in place. As Disney Cruise Line begins their phased approach to resuming “normal” cruise activities, it is likely that we will see more and more activities and events return slowly as we have seen in the theme parks.

We will keep you updated on any further developments for Disney cruises!

What do you think about the changes for Disney Cruise Line? Are you excited to have them back or are you still a little hesitant to take a cruise? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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Jack Zollars

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Check with Optum Store online. This is the site that Royal Caribbean Lines sent us to for our recent cruise. We also used it for a Princess Cruise last month. The test is from Abbott. BinaxNOW covid 19 test. It is an e-med test done online like FaceTime. The technician watches you take the test and 15 minutes later interpretes the results. The cost was 65 dollars for one or 99 dollars for two, I think. I bought them in January. On their site when you test is a drop down menu that lists most cruise lines. Fast, easy and not to expensive. And you can do it from your hotel room with a Wi-Fi connection.


Thursday 19th of May 2022

Same here! I so miss cruising, but will not again until all mandates are gone! It's like they are being predujust against the unvaccinated. Not fair. If you're scared of Covid don't leave your house.


Thursday 19th of May 2022

We refuse to cruise until all mandates are gone. I guess we are saving a lot of money. Sad though our son graduates next year and has been dreaming of a disney cruise for years. Its not going to happen all because of mandates.


Thursday 19th of May 2022

Not too excited about self serve buffets returning. A little too soon for me...with a lot of sneezing and coughing going on and no masks!

Steven Byerly

Wednesday 18th of May 2022

I think they need to get rid of the vaccine mandate all together! It doesn't matter if you have been vaccinated or not, you can still get covid-19 or be a carrier. As long as you take a Covid test and it is negative then you should be able to cruise.

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