Update 6/19/20 – 8:45 pm EDT:
Disney Cruise Line updated its website and has officially extended the suspension of its departures from US port onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through September 15, 2020. This comes after previously suspending sailings onboard the Disney Wonder also through mid-September and the Disney Magic through October 2, 2020.
Here is the announcement from the Disney Cruise Line website:
Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through September 15, 2020
In alignment with the announcement made on June 19, 2020 by Cruise Lines International Association regarding the voluntarily extension of suspended passenger operations from U.S. ports, Disney Cruise Line is cancelling Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through September 15, 2020.
Disney Cruise Line has already suspended Disney Wonder sailings through September 14, 2020, and Disney Magic sailings through October 2, 2020.
Guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. These Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.
Guests who booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who booked directly with Disney Cruise Line and have questions after receiving their email should call us at (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.
Below is a list of impacted sailings:
June 22-July 1
July 25-Aug. 5
Aug. 30- Sept. 6
June 29-July 6
July 27-Aug. 3
Aug. 31-Sept. 7
June 26-July 1
July 31-Aug. 3
Aug. 30-Sept. 3
June 27-July 6
July 25-Aug. 1
Aug. 31-Sept. 4
Original Story 6/19/20 – 2:38 pm EDT:
The trade group, Cruise Lines International Association–which includes Disney Cruise Line–announced that they will be further suspending sailings from U.S. ports through September 15, 2020.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Association released a statement which included:
“Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations…Although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States…“Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers.”
Cruise Lines International Association ceased sailings in late March after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced issued a No Sail Order. That order is set to expire on July 24. The Orlando Sentinel explained, “the members opted for the mid-September halt to U.S. sailings to allow for more consultation with the CDC.”
Disney Cruise Line operates out of several U.S. Ports during the summer, most notably its Florida ports in Port Canaveral, and Miami.
The association consists of Disney Cruise Line, as well as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, and MSC.
But at the time of this article’s first publication, Disney Cruise Line’s website has yet to reflect this news.
It currently still reads:
Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures from Europe through October 2, 2020, Departures from Canada through September 14, 2020, and Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Departures through July 27, 2020
This is a developing story, and we will continue to update Inside the Magic as more information comes to light. Please always feel free to check the Disney Cruise Line website for the most up-to-date information.
What do you think about Disney Cruise Line’s decision? Did you have a sailing scheduled for earlier this year? Let us know in the comments!