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Disney Cruise Line makes big changes for vaccine requirements

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Disney Cruise Line makes big changes for vaccine requirements
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More changes are coming for vaccine requirements on Disney cruises. What do you think of the new 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 Cruise Line eliminated mask mandates and social distancing. In addition, self-serve buffets returned as well. You can read about those changes HERE.

Back in July, the CDC released an update stating that “CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships is no longer in effect. CDC will continue to publish guidance to help cruise ships continue to provide a safer and healthier environment for passengers, crew and communities going forward.”

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What does this mean for Disney? Well, since cruise ships no longer have to follow the guidelines, it will be up to each individual cruise line on what guidance they want to follow for their guests and crew.

With this update, Disney Cruise Line is adjusting vaccine requirements.

New vaccine requirements

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Soon, guests 11 years and under are no longer required to be vaccinated in order to cruise. Here is the official announcement:

COVID-19 Vaccination: For sailings departing US and Canadian ports through September 1, 2022, Disney Cruise Line requires Guests ages 5 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Beginning September 2, 2022, for sailings departing US and Canadian ports, Disney Cruise Line will require Guests ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, as defined by the CDC. In consideration of CDC guidance, Disney Cruise Line highly recommends that Guests ages 11 and younger be fully vaccinated before sailing.

Note that this does not take effect until September 2, so if you are sailing before then all guests 5-11 must be vaccinated.

What do you think of these changes? Will you be sailing soon? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. I believe it is time to drop the mask testing and vaccines. No matter if you got the jab or not you can still contract the virus. I think it is crazy to treat people differently.

  2. Time to drop all testing, vaccine, and mask requirements. We are fully open here in Florida, and for most people who get it now, it’s no worse than a cold or the flu. Many never even know that they have it. The vaccines do nothing to keep you from getting or spreading the virus, and the vaccines do have serious health consequences for some. It’s time to let people make their own healthcare decisions.

  3. Disney should do what Norwegian Royal and Carnival did drop testing for fully vaccinated and test for unvarnished this makes no sense to me do they really think 11 year olds and under can’t spread the virus or after you test 2 days before you can come in contact with someone who is caring the virus Disney come on

  4. I believe vaccinated and unvaccinated need to be treated the same. Both spread the virus and most have natural antibodies by now.

  5. I shouldn’t have to be forced into something I don’t believe in to participate in a cruise; COVID isn’t going anywhere, learn to live with it. Ppl with the vaccine & boosters contract COVID, it will be around forever and continue to change etc. get on with your lives.
    For that reason I will not ever cruise Disney and will go where I’m not “forced” into things I don’t believe in or support.

  6. Not everyone wants to vaccinate their children and it’s doesn’t make it safer for everyone. Vaccine protects the person vaccinated it does not protect from spread. Unfortunately our government mislead people into thinking this so the would get vaccinated.

  7. I just do not understand this decision at all. Why go backwards? The vaccine is available. It makes it safer for everyone to cruise, why take it away?

  8. Most cruise lines are dropping the vaccine requirement. DCL is just hoping to regain families b/c kids have been absent from their cruises. IMO it’s time to drop everything & go back to normal and learn to live with Covid.

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