Another day and another round of 2021 Disney Cruise Line sailings canceled. This time, the targets are for those sailings longer than 7 nights.
This further cancelation is due to a clause in the CDC guidelines which still prohibits cruise ships from operating voyages longer than 7 nights:
“The cruise ship operator must not sail or offer to sail on an itinerary longer than 7 days. CDC may shorten or lengthen the number of days permitted to sail based on public health considerations as set forth in technical instructions or orders.”
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This clause refers to all sailings between now and October 2021.
Disney Cruise Line updated the information on its website today, December 11, after already canceling all sailing into March, stating:
“Based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line must cancel sailings longer than 7 nights.
“Guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.”
As of now, Disney Cruise Line has officially canceled the 13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Miami to Barcelona aboard the Disney Magic which was set to depart on May 9, the 9-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver aboard the Disney Wonder, which was set to depart on June 28, and the 9-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral aboard the Disney Fantasy which was set to depart on July 22. All shorter sailings continue to be scheduled.
Disney Cruise Line Blog reported that would-be passengers booked on those cruises were receiving emails from Disney, explaining the situation and offering replacement cruise opportunities, individual to each situation. For example, those set to sail on the 9-night Disney Fantasy will be offered a 10% discount on either a 3-night Bahamian cruise setting sail on July 22, or a 6-night Western Caribbean cruise departing on July 25. Those booked on the Alaskan cruise will be offered a replacement 7-night voyage, modified to meet CDC requirements.
Please be aware that while Disney Cruise Line has only currently canceled these three sailings longer than 7-nights, the CDC restriction extends through October 2021 which means that we should expect the announcement of more of Disney’s longer cruises being canceled in the near future.
If you were booked on any of these sailings, we recommend you check your email for any updates directly from Disney Cruise Line.
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