Today marks a major turn in the cruise vacation industry. To date, cruising has been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC’s No Sail Order, the closure of various countries’ borders, and general concern about the close quarters on cruise ships has led to a wide variety of challenges.
Now, the Orlando Sentinel has an update for everyone who has been anxiously awaiting Disney Cruise Line news. According to their report:
Cruise Lines International Association, the trade association for companies that include Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney and MSC Cruises among others, made the announcement Monday, saying that all member lines had come to an agreement for some basic, but major components for any line’s safe return to cruising in North America amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This is an unprecedented move that is designed to help major cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Line, get their fleets back on the water as quickly as possible and, most importantly, as safely as can be.
Recently, during a Port of Galveston meeting, it came to light that Disney plans to launch its four ships — the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder — at approximately 70% capacity.
According to the Sentinel:
All U.S. cruises remain under a no-sail order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that expires on Sept. 30. CLIA members, though, have also extended any plans to return to voyages until at least November.
Before any line can sail, though, it must enact a CDC-approved plan for a safe return to sailing.
It is important to note that Disney Cruise Line has not issued an official “return to sailing” announcement. At this time, sailings on all of Disney’s ships have been canceled into December.
What do you think about this Disney Cruise Line mandatory COVID-19 testing update? Will you be returning to sail with Mickey and Minnie as soon as you can?
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