Are Disney Cruises Impacted by Bahamas Tourism Ban?

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Amid surging coronavirus cases in many U.S. states, Bahamas Prime Minister Huberg Minnis has announced that American tourists will no longer be allowed in the country for the time being.

Beginning July 22, only those ships and planes carrying visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will be permitted to enter the Bahamas.

As per a Miami Herald report, Prime Minister Minnis said yesterday:

“Our current situation demands decisive action, if we are to avoid being overrun and defeated by this virus. We cannot allow our hospitals to be overrun. Many priorities must be balanced, be they health, social and economic.”

Over 5 million American tourists visit the Bahamas annually, many of them on cruise ships, so this travel ban was likely a difficult decision for Bahamian authorities to make.
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Currently, all four Disney Cruise Line ships have Bahamas itineraries for later this year. Each cruise includes at least one day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
The Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder are all offering Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime cruises to the Bahamas in 2020. The current Bahamas travel ban could impact these sailings if it is not lifted prior to the end of the CDC’s No Sail Order.
The Disney Cruise Line website currently offers the following update about sailings, posted on June 19:
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In full, the update reads:

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 the Cruise Lines International Association regarding the voluntary 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.

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If you currently have a Disney Cruise booked and are concerned about cancellation, contact DCL directly to learn more about your stateroom reservation. Disney will work with all cruise ship passengers to make sure any impacted cruise vacations are rescheduled after the No Sail Order and any additional travel advisory regulations are lifted. You can also reach out to an Authorized Disney Vacation for more information and assistance with your trip.

Stay tuned to ITM for further information about new travel restrictions and the Bahamas travel ban on American tourists and what it could mean for upcoming Disney Cruise Line vacations.

Do you have a Disney Cruise planned? What do you think about the Bahamas banning U.S. visitors because of COVID-19? Tell us your opinion in the comments!

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