For about two years, Disney Cruise Line was forced to keep all of its ships docked, as it was too dangerous to sail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the theme parks reopened, and certain COVID guidelines were dropped, Disney’s cruise ships still sat empty. Then, finally, in the summer of 2021, Disney slowly brought the cruise ships out of dry-dock and started bringing Guests aboard. However, there were incredibly strict protocols, including COVID testing, mask mandates, limited passenger capacity, and more.
Slowly, Disney Cruise Line — and the cruise industry in general — started to lax mask mandates and more Guests were allowed on board. However, all Guests needed to either show proof of a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination (once they became available). Last month, vaccination requirements were dropped for Disney Cruise Line passengers, although negative COVID tests were still required for those who were not vaccinated.
However, that is about to change as well.
According to the Disney Cruise Line website, beginning November 14, Guests will no longer be required to submit a negative COVID test in order to sail, regardless of vaccination status.
For sailings from the US beginning on or after November 14, 2022, Disney Cruise Line will no longer require Guests to be tested for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
GUESTS AGES 5 AND OLDER
- Full vaccination not required but highly recommended
- Testing for fully vaccinated Guests not required
- For sailings through November 13, 2022, to be exempt from testing requirements, fully vaccinated Guests must upload their proof of vaccination to the Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day.
- Testing for unvaccinated Guests required
- For sailings through November 13, 2022, unvaccinated Guests must provide results of a COVID-19 test taken 1 to 2 days before sail date. The test may be an observed antigen test through a proctored telehealth service with digital results. A rapid or lab-based PCR test, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) are also acceptable.
Note: Guests who are not fully vaccinated are considered unvaccinated and should follow the appropriate guidelines through November 13, 2022.
These new COVID rules will apply to all of Disney’s Cruise ships — the Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, and Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish.