Now that Disneyland Resort is once again reopening on April 30, 2021, it means that all Disney Parks across the globe have at least reopened once — Disneyland Paris, though, has now closed again. Disney Cruise Line, however, has not set sail since early 2020.
The current pandemic has made it quite difficult for the cruising industry to come back to life, and for Disney, this means that cruising will likely be the last Walt Disney Company division to return.
Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has indicated that Disney Cruise Line may try to return in Fall 2021. This is, however, contingent on all four of the ship’s in Disney’s fleet receiving their conditional sailing certificates and meeting other regulations in the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order.
Previously, Disney Cruise Line had canceled all sailings through June, but now, Disney’s European season on the Disney Magic has been canceled through October 9.
The Disney Cruise Line website states:
US Departures through June 2021 are Suspended
We are carefully reviewing the most recently released guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working toward resuming operations. As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we are cancelling all Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings departing through June 2021.
Disney Magic European Season
We have canceled Disney Magic sailings through October 9, 2021. The Disney Magic will set sail in the United Kingdom for a limited time this summer on short voyages limited to UK residents, pending the issuance of UK Government guidelines and authorizations.
If you have a cruise set for the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, or Disney Fantasy this year, take a look at the list below for all of the affected sailings to see if yours makes the cut. Please know that this list will continue to be updated on the DCL site, but as of the publishing of this article, these are all of the canceled cruises:
|Disney Magic||Disney Wonder||Disney Dream||Disney Fantasy|
April 26-May 1
May 29-June 4
June 27-July 6
July 30-Aug. 10
Aug. 28-Sept. 4
Sept. 29-Oct. 4
April 30-May 3
May 31–June 7
June 28-July 5
June 28-July 7
April 30–May 3
May 31-June 4
June 28-July 2
April 24-May 1
May 29-June 2
June 26-July 3
That being said, this news is not too surprising since Disney already shared that a Fall 2021 return to U.S. sailing is the goal.
If you booked a Disney Cruise Line sailing that has been canceled, do not fret, Disney will make sure you are well taken care of! According to the DCL website:
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.
Guests who’ve booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.
Considering that Florida is a major cruise line port not only for Disney Cruise Line, but also for ships that belong to Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and more, the current sailing restrictions are hindering part of the tourism arm that Florida is known for.
Because of this, we previously discussed how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently suing the CDC and the Biden administration regarding their cruise restrictions. To read more, click here.
When would you feel comfortable returning to Disney Cruise Line?