The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released the latest travel advisory, and it contains some key information for anyone looking to cruise. Specifically, we have an update for cruise ship travelers who are not fully vaccinated. If you want to go on a Disney Cruise Line vacation as soon as possible, keep reading.
On June 16, the CDC lowered the travel advisory (pertaining to COVID-19 levels and risk) from Level 4 (Very High) to Level 3 (High).
The four-level system categorizes travel in the following levels:
- Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19
- Avoid travel to this destination.
- Level 3: High level of COVID-19
- Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
- Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to this destination.
- Level 2: Moderate level of COVID-19
- Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
- Unvaccinated travelers who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid nonessential travel to this destination. If you must travel and have concerns, talk to your doctor.
- Level 1: Low level of COVID-19
- Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to this destination.
The CDC also provided some key information for travelers who are unvaccinated. From this, we can see that the CDC recommends for those who are not fully vaccinated to avoid cruising, as the virus can spread more easily onboard ships and unvaccinated cruise passengers are more likely to get and spread COVID-19. The CDC also says that anyone who goes on a cruise should get tested for COVID-19 both before and after their trip and they should self-quarantine after cruise travel.
Key Information for Cruise Ship Travelers Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated
- CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide. Since the virus spreads more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships, the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high. It is especially important that people who are not fully vaccinated with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises.
- Cruise passengers who are not fully vaccinated are more likely to get COVID-19, which spreads person-to-person, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships.
- People who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 1–3 days before their trip and 3–5 days after their trip.
- In addition to testing, passengers who are not fully vaccinated should self-quarantine for 7 days after cruise travel, even if they test negative. If they do not get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after cruise travel.
- See recommendations for cruise ship travelers.
The webpage also reiterates information on the Conditional Sailing Order, a framework for resuming cruising:
CDC has released all of the necessary requirements and recommendations that cruise ship operators need to resume passenger operations under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO), originally issued October 30, 2020). The CSO is a phased approach to resuming passenger operations on cruise ships. CDC may adjust these requirements and recommendations based on public health considerations and other factors.
At this time, CDC still recommends people who are not fully vaccinated avoid any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is high. It is especially important that people who are not fully vaccinated who are more likely to get severely ill avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises. Cruise passengers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at increased risk, since the virus spreads person-to-person, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships because of their congregate (group) settings where COVID-19 spreads easily.
As a reminder, although there are still Disney Cruise Line itineraries scheduled in 2021 and even more in 2022, The Walt Disney Company has not yet officially announced when the first Disney Cruise will restart in the U.S. More and more Disney Cruise Line itineraries continue to be canceled. Although other cruise companies are moving forward with resuming cruising, it was recently reported that the first U.S. cruise (a Royal Caribbean cruise) has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak — read more here.
The latest notice from Disney Cruise Line regarding suspended departures reads:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently approved our application to conduct a simulation cruise aboard the Disney Dream on June 29. This is an important next step toward our gradual and responsible resumption of service in U.S. waters. While we continue to work closely with the CDC to refine our new health and safety protocols, it will take some time to bring our Crew back on board and prepare our ships to welcome Guests once again. Therefore, it is necessary for us to cancel Disney Dream departures through August 6, 2021, Disney Fantasy departures through August 28, 2021, Disney Wonder departures through September 19, 2021, and Disney Magic departures in the US through November 4, 2021.
As noted above, Disney did receive the go-ahead to conduct a test cruise out of Florida, which is a good sign for cruise fans who are itching to get back on the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy as soon as possible. As soon as there is more information regarding the results of the test cruise, we will update our website.
Additionally, there will be Disney Magic at Sea cruises exclusively taking place onboard the ship in the U.K. this summer.
Do you plan to go on a Disney Cruise Line vacation as soon as they resume? Have you booked a trip on the Disney Wish, the newest Disney Cruise ship setting sail in 2022? Let us know in the comments!