The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued yet another warning against cruising this year as the expiration date on its “No Sail” draws near.
According to the CDC website, a level 3 warning has been issued, asking people to avoid nonessential travel as the widespread transmission of COVID-19 is still ongoing. Cruise passengers are considered to have an increased risk of person-to-person contact.
CDC recommends that travelers defer cruise travel worldwide. For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date. If you do go on a cruise during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Do not board a cruise if you are sick, if you know you have COVID-19, or if you were exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- Discuss cruise ship travel with your healthcare provider. Older adults and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness if infected with the novel coronavirus.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from anyone who is not from your household.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid self-service buffet dining, if possible. If you must use self-service buffets, clean your hands before serving yourself and again before eating.
- If you get sick with fever or new or worsening cough or trouble breathing during your cruise, stay in your cabin and notify the onboard medical center immediately.
While no official word has been said yet, this new warning could suggest that the CDC will not extend its “No Sail” order when it expires on October 31, 2020.
How CDC’s Warning Affects Disney Cruise Line
This warning will have very little effect, if any, on Disney Cruise Line’s current plans. Despite the “No Sail” order reportedly ending this month, Disney Cruise Line has already made the decision to cancel its sailings into December.
But while taking these extra precautions, Disney Cruise Line is staying very optimistic about 2021 and 2022. Passengers are still able to book sailings past December 6, 2020, and the itineraries for 2022 have begun to be released.
While we are still evaluating the timing, when we return to sailing we will inform you of enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, Cast and Crew Members. You will be required to follow all posted instructions while sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By sailing with Disney Cruise Line you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
No More “No Sail” Order?
The CDC has three precautionary levels for COVID-19 and cruise travel.
Below Level 3 is Level 2. Categorized as an alert, it advises that cruise ship passengers “practice enhanced precautions.” After that, Level 1, a watch, advises to “practice usual precautions.”
Again, while no official overt confirmation has been issued, this setup appears to suggest that the CDC will lessen restrictions on cruise travel in the future as we continue to gain more understanding of this pandemic and how to safely move forward.
However, with Disney Cruise Line’s actions to go above and beyond in regard to the CDC’s guidance, we at Inside the Magic highly suggest using the Disney Cruise Line website as your primary source of all up-to-date information surrounding its scheduled cruises.