Guests hitting the high seas with Disney soon will find that there’s been a change in Disney Cruise Line’s Covid-19 vaccination policy. Previously all guests 5 and up were required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. However, beginning September 2, 2022, only guests 12 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination. The former policy remains in effect until September 2.
The updated information can be found on Disney Cruise Line’s official website and states:
“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).
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.
In consideration of guidance from the CDC and the World Health Organization, Disney Cruise Line accepts the following vaccine types for Guests ages 5 and older: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (VeroCell), Sinovac-CoronaVac and Covavaxin (Bharat Biotech).
For Guests ages 5 and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving one of the following:
- A single dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
- The second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
- The full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the US-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
- The second dose of any “mix and match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart)”
Since it re-launched after a lengthy shutdown, Disney Cruise Line has closely followed the CDC’s recommendations. As information about the virus changes, so does their recommendations. This change is a step towards pre-pandemic normalcy, and one many cruisers have eagerly awaited.