Disney Cruise Line to Require COVID Vaccination on Bahamian Cruises

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.

Disney Cruise Line Announces 2022 Itineraries and Departure Dates

Disney Cruise Line announced itineraries and departure dates for Summer 2022.  You will be able to sail to the ancient shores of the Mediterranean to explore must-see destinations such as the Greek Isles, a fan favorite offering stunning landscapes and archeological wonders. Visit other enchanting areas in Europe such as Norway and the British Isles. Voyage to Alaska for breathtaking scenery and adventure. Or cruise to the Bahamas and the Caribbean for relaxation on tropical beaches.

In addition, for the first summer ever, embark from Miami on select tropical adventures.

If you’re currently a Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club member, take advantage of the opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on March 25, 2021. You’ll be able to book Summer 2022 itineraries online or by phone during a designated booking window.

When to Book

  • March 22, 2021: Platinum Members
  • March 23, 2021: Platinum and Gold Members
  • March 24, 2021: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
  • March 25, 2021: All Guests

How to book

  • Online: If you’re an existing member, simply log in to your account now to verify your Castaway Club status, so you’ll be all set to book on your designated date.
  • By Phone: Call (866) 784-1592 starting at 8:00 AM Eastern Time —or contact your travel agent.

If you have any questions about your Castaway Club status, please contact Disney Cruise Line at (800) 449-3380. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

If you’re currently a Disney Vacation Club Member, an Adventures by Disney Insider or a Golden Oak Club Member, you’re invited to enjoy the exclusive opportunity to book our new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on March 25, 2021.

When to Book

  • Golden Oak Club Members – Begins March 22, 2021 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders – Begins March 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time

How to Book

  • Golden Oak Club Members: contact Golden Oak Club Member Services
  • Disney Vacation Club Members: to book with Reservation Points, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800; to make a cash-only booking, call Disney Cruise Line at (866) 325-6348 —or contact your travel agent
  • Adventures by Disney Insiders: Call (888) 272-0644 —or contact your travel agent

Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

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