Disney Cruise Line announced today that it will require all eligible passengers on Bahamian cruises to be vaccinated against Covid-19 due to government regulations in the Bahamas, as other cruise lines have already done.
The vaccine mandate will affect all of Disney Cruise Line’s current U.S. cruise ship sailings, since its two ships sailing now out of Florida are only traveling to the Bahamas. A third ship is sailing out of the United Kingdom and is unaffected by the mandate.
How Disney and other cruise lines’ vaccine mandates will square with a Florida law that prohibits companies from requiring proof of vaccination is unknown at this point. Florida law currently prohibits cruise lines from mandating vaccines on ships sailing from the state’s ports, with the cruise lines potentially subject to a $5,000 fine per instance. A federal judge has given Norwegian Cruise Line clearance to impose a vaccine mandate on its cruises, but the ruling applies only to that cruise line and not the others that are now imposing their own requirements. Prior to its vaccine mandate announcement, Disney Cruise Line was in compliance with the state law by recommending but not requiring vaccines. There has been no comment from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office in response to the new cruise ship vaccine mandates.
Guests who choose not to provide proof of vaccination to meet the requirements of the Bahamas will not be permitted to board.Meanwhile, those under the age of 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken between five days and 24 hours prior to the sail date by uploading their test results to the Safe Passage website. They will also be required to undergo a second PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding.Guests looking to modify or cancel their reservations for sailings departing between September 3rd and November 1st can do so without any Disney-imposed cancellation fees by contacting (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797. Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining additional details and next steps.
According to Disney’s advisory, guests must upload proof of vaccination to the Safe Passage by Inspire website no later than 24 hours before their sailing date. According to the CDC, people are considered to be fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose has been administered.
I am a lifelong fan of everything Disney. My first trip to a a Disney park was to Disneyland as a child in 1970, but didn't make to Walt Disney World until I went with my wife and first child in 1990. A year doesn't go by with out at least one trip to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club members and also Charter Members of D23.
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