For many of those Disney fans missing the cruising industry during the pandemic, we have some good news! It may not be much, but the Disney Wonder ship is back home at Port Canaveral.
Disney Cruise Line has been one of the hardest hit aspects of the Walt Disney Company throughout the pandemic, especially considering that since March all sailings ended up being cancelled throughout the end of the year. The Disney Wonder actually set sail for Europe back in October. We reported that the Wonder‘s current journey will take it to a dry-dock location in France:
Taking advantage of the downtime in operations, Disney Cruise Line is performing routine regulatory class work and upgrades on its fleet, according to sources familiar with the work.
The Disney Wonder, built in 1999, is on her way to a drydock in Brest, France and was in Ponta Delgada in the Azores for a technical stop last week where she took on fuel having sailed from Port Canaveral.
But many Disney Cruise Line Guests know that the Disney Wonder belongs in Florida close to Mickey Mouse and it look’s like our ship is home! Thanks to Scott Sanders (@TheDCLBlog) we are able to see that the Disney Wonder has returned!
CONFIRMED: today is WONDERful
— Scott Sanders 🦃 (@TheDCLBlog) November 27, 2020
The Wonder may be back in port, but that does not mean we will get to run onto that ship right away. Disney recently cancelled all 2020 sailings, even with the CDC’s no sail order lifted. There are still many hoops Disney Cruise Line will need to (and is preparing to) jump through in order to be up to code and approved to set sail again. There will need to be rules and regulations put in place, ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as simulated cruises before they get the green light.
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.
The Disney Wonder currently has 5 sailings set for 2021, all of which must take place after January 31, 2021. And even with dates in place, the situation is highly volatile in terms of possibly reverting backwards and not allowing sailing to continue. We’ll report back when we have more official news from Disney.
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Are you read to get on a Disney cruise as soon as possible, even in 2021? Or are you waiting for more answers from Disney Cruise Line?