Earlier this spring, the Captain of the Disney Wonder announced that 38 crew members had tested positive for COVID-19 over the onboard intercom. At that time, one passenger had also tested positive for the virus.
The Disney Cruise Line ship had departed from the Port of New Orleans on March 6 for a Panama Canal sailing. The itinerary was supposed to last from March 6 through March 19. The cruise ship was scheduled to make stops in Mexico, the Cayman Islands, and Colombia, but skipped multiple ports on its way to San Diego.
Passengers were allowed to disembark on March 19 and 20. The crew on the Disney Wonder remains quarantined and underwent COVID-19 testing again last week.
As per Cruise Law News, six DCL crew members, who prefer to remain anonymous, have confirmed that approximately 200 crew members have now tested positive for coronavirus.
The Cruise Law News report states that, “Yesterday, the captain informed the crew that only those crew members who are essential to the operation of the ship, and who tested negative, will be assigned work. The crew is still required to exercise social distancing, wear masks outside of their cabins, and return to their cabins after work.”
At this time, there is no word on when the Disney Wonder crew will be fully repatriated. Currently, there are plans for three United Kingdom-based Disney Cruise Line workers on the ship to return home today. A select group of crew members of unknown nationality are set to be repatriated tomorrow.
What do we know about the future of Disney Cruise Line?
Currently, there are more questions than answers about when Disney Cruise Line sailing itineraries will begin to return to normal. What we do know, however, is that the CDC’s “No Sail Order” is currently slated to end on July 24.
Disney Cruise Line is currently offering major discounts on staterooms for late Summer and Fall cruise itineraries on all four of the cruise ships in the DCL fleet.
Cruise ship travelers who have questions about rebooking a previously scheduled, now cancelled, Disney cruise or about booking a discounted vacation on a Disney ship, should contact Disney Cruise Line Guest services directly at 1 (800) 951-3532.
What are your thoughts about the Disney Wonder positive cases of COVID-19? Will you be sailing with DCL again soon?