The Center for Disease Control recently updated its mask guidelines to say that people, vaccinated or not, do not have to wear masks when they are outside when engaging in most activities. This change in policy is due to the fact that the number of people getting vaccinated in the United States is going up, and COVID-19 cases are going down. Despite these changes to CDC guidelines, Disney Cruise Line is continuing to cancel their upcoming cruise dates.
Prior to these new CDC guidelines, the Disney Cruise Line had cancelled all sailings through the end of June for 3 of the 4 cruise ships in their fleet. The Disney Dream, the Disney Wonder, and the Disney Fantasy would not sail before June 26, at the earliest. The Disney Magic will set sail, but the voyages will take place in the United Kingdom and will be considered “staycations” that will be open to U.K. residents only.
Disney Cruise Line updated its website this morning and announced more cancellations for the month of July. Disney posted:
We continue to work closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carefully review and implement their recently released guidance and refine our protocols for a responsible and gradual return to service in U.S. waters. Given the ongoing nature of these discussions and the time needed to staff and prepare our ships, we are cancelling all Disney Wonder sailings through July 12, 2021, as well as Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through July 31, 2021.
Disney is acknowledging the inconvenience and frustration that these sailing cancellations are causing Guests, and is doing all it can to accommodate Guests and make sure they still have a chance to experience the magic of a Disney Cruise. Disney stated the following:
We are offering affected Guests that have paid their reservation in full the choice of a 125% future cruise credit* to be used for a future sailing on or before September 30, 2022, or a full refund. The credit has automatically been added to your account and can be applied 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 Disney Cruise Line is cancelling more voyages, both the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort were quick to adapt to the new CDC guidelines. Both theme park resorts are no longer requiring Guests to wear masks when they are outdoors. They have also reduced their social distancing guidelines from 6 feet to 3 feet. Masks will still be required while Guests are indoors, except when they are actively eating or drinking.
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