Disney Cruise Line has officially cancelled the rest of their sailing dates scheduled for 2020.
Previously we reported that Disney Cruise Line had cancelled sailings through mid-December. Even though the CDC has officially lifted the “No-Sail Order,” there are still many steps domestic cruise lines, including Disney, need to take in order to hit the high seas once again.
Due to this, it was unlikely that the Disney Cruise Line would have been able to set sail again anytime soon in keeping with the new guidelines. You can read more about that here.
Thanks to Disney Cruise Line Blog, who shared the letter from DCL explaining the cancellations, we see the details from Disney:
Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. We are carefully reviewing the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working together with industry partners on a path to resuming operations. As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we have decided to cancel all sailings through December 2020.
In light of this cancellation, we are offering affected Guests who have paid their reservation in full the choice of a 125% future cruise credit to be used for a future sailing prior to May 31, 2022, or a full refund. The credit has automatically been added to your account. Once you have decided on an alternate sail date, you may contact your travel agent. Your agent may place a reservation on hold for you by applying this credit as a payment option when booking a new reservation online. Guests that have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far.
While we still have hope that Disney Cruise Line may begin sailing earlier than we anticipated, it is clear that it will be a long process for DCL.
As per the CDC’s new framework, cruise lines must submit full plans outlining exactly how their ships will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 onboard. In addition to submitting these health and safety protocols, simulated sailings will have to take place before new itineraries can be added to cruise lines’ schedules.
There are a variety of ways domestic cruise lines can go about reducing the likelihood of onboard coronavirus outbreaks. Some people polled by CDC, for instance, suggested that cruise operators only return to their own private islands — such as Disney’s Castaway Cay — instead of immediately visiting foreign ports once again.
You can visit the Disney Cruise Line website here for up to date information on all future sailings.
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