Disney Cruise Line Returns to Castaway Cay!

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She was the first Disney cruise ship to make it back to Port Canaveral, and now she is the first to return to Castaway Cay!

Just a few days after completing her transatlantic crossing, the Disney Wonder has raised anchor and appears to be setting sail for Disney’s private island destination, Castaway Cay, on the morning of November 29.

According to marinetraffic.com, the Disney Wonder has completed the journey safely and is now moored in place at Castaway Cay!

Disney Wonder at Castaway Cay
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It has been speculated that Castaway Cay will be the first port that Disney Cruise Line is able to return to due to the current restrictions set in place by the CDC which include the need for intense levels of emergency cooperation with ports of call as well as the restriction on sailings longer than 7 days.

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It is also known that several changes will most likely have to be made to Castaway Cay to meet those requirements themselves, which include:

(1) A medical care agreement between the cruise ship operator and health care entities, addressing evacuation to onshore hospitals for passengers and crew in need of care, in accordance with CDC technical instructions and orders. 

(2) A housing agreement between the cruise ship operator and one or more shoreside facilities for isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 cases and close contacts, respectively, identified from the day of embarkation through disembarkation for each voyage, in accordance with CDC technical instructions and orders. 

(3) A port agreement between the cruise ship operator and port authority to determine the number of cruise ships at any single port in order to not overburden the public health response resources of any single jurisdiction in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.”

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While we at Inside the Magic hope that this sailing is intended to start preparing the island for modified shore excursions, it should be mentioned that the exact reason for the Disney Wonder’s visit is still unknown and could be no more than sea trials and a simple assessment of the island.

Course taken by the Disney Wonder
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While the Disney Wonder makes this short voyage from Canaveral, her sister ship the Disney Dream is in the midst of her own transatlantic crossing and is expected to arrive in Florida on December 10.

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