By the time the Disney Cruise Line fleet sets sail again, it will have been over a year since Guests were able to hit the high seas with Mickey and Minnie. Over the course of the last year, Disney has provided those who were booked on canceled sailings with cruise credits worth up to 125% of their original voyage fare.
The cruise credit offer has been extended several times and has now been updated again. In an email sent to Guests who currently have Disney Cruise Line vacations booked, Disney said that those whose sailings were canceled due to the pandemic now have until September 20, 2022, to set sail using their cruise credit.
Below is the full email from Disney Cruise Line:
All of us at Disney Cruise Line hope you and your family are staying well. We are reaching out with important information about the cruise credit you were previously provided.
When your sailing was cancelled due to the pandemic, you were offered the choice of either a future cruise credit* equal to 125% of your original voyage fare or a full refund. We are now extending the use of your future cruise credit from sailings commencing prior to May 31, 2022 to sailings that depart by September 30, 2022.
Your credit has been automatically updated. If you have not done so already, your travel agent may place a reservation on hold by applying it as a payment option when booking a new reservation. Once your modified reservation is paid in full, any remaining future cruise credit will be applied to your shipboard account as a non-refundable onboard credit.
If you have any questions, please contact your travel agent. Sailings are currently available through spring 2022 with additional eligible sailings to be released at a later date.
We appreciate the planning that goes into a cruise vacation and hope you enjoy this additional time to travel. We look forward to welcoming you aboard as soon as we can and making magic for you and your loved ones.
What does this mean for Disney Cruise Line fans?
The primary implication of Disney’s most recent cruise credit extension is that passengers are now likely to be able to use their credits to book staterooms on the brand new Disney Wish!
Note that the information regarding the Future Cruise Credit does state, “Select Disney Wish block-out dates apply.” However, because it says that only select dates for the Disney Wish will be blocked out, and not necessarily that all Disney Wish dates will be unavailable, we believe there is still hope for passengers who wish to use their cruise credit toward a sailing on the Wish. Stay tuned for more details.
Given Disney’s verbiage, that only “select dates” on the Wish will be blocked out, it is likely that the new Disney ship’s maiden voyage and, potentially, holidays like Labor Day weekend, will be unavailable for those Guests who wish to use cruise credits.
Disney previously confirmed that its first Triton Class ship — which set to be the cruise operator’s most luxurious vessel to date — will take its maiden voyage in Summer 2022, presumably before the September cruise credit deadline.
In addition to the Wish, Disney Cruise Line is adding two more Triton Class ships to its fleet — all three of these cruise liners will join the existing Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder.
Specific itineraries for the trio of sister ships have not been released at this time. It is, however, likely that at least one of these vessels will sail to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas from Port Canaveral.
If you are interested in learning more about when Disney Wish reservations will be available, contact the experts at Academy Travel for assistance. Their travel team can help you plan your family’s magical Disney Cruise Line vacation to any destination in the world!
This article has been updated since it was originally published.