Today, to the excitement of thousands of Disney fans, Disney Cruise Line announced that cruises would once again be sailing from the United States starting next month! Cruises had been suspended since last year due to the pandemic, and Disney had been steadily canceling more voyages up until July, but that is changing and cruises are officially returning to the U.S. in August.
While it is exciting to see Disney cruises making their domestic return, it is important to look at the changes that will be made to initial sailings. The world is still in the grips of the pandemic, so there are amenities that will be altered to keep all Guests and Cast Members safe and healthy. In addition to COVID-19 testing, mandatory masks, social distancing, and reduced capacity, there will be a change to a popular onboard experience.
One of the highlights of a Disney Cruise — or any Disney vacation — is the opportunity to meet and spend time with some of your favorite Disney characters. Unfortunately, getting too close to Disney characters at this time is just simply not safe. Therefore, Disney Cruise Line is altering its character experiences for the time being. Here is the information provided by the Disney Cruise Line website about the modified interactions:
Everybody knows: Disney Characters love to cruise, too! Be on the look-out for many popular Disney pals throughout your voyage.
Disney Characters will interact with Guests from a distance in new and entertaining ways; however, close-up encounters and autographs have been temporarily paused.Surprise Appearances
Disney Characters will be popping up for surprise appearances throughout the ship.Disney Character Photos
Although close-up interactions with Disney Characters have been temporarily paused, there will be plenty of opportunities to capture physically distanced photos with some of your favorite Disney friends.
In addition to changing the way it conducts character interactions — no up-close meet and greets will be available — Disney Cruises will also be altering their buffet and self-serve stations to only have Crew Members touching the food area as a way to keep everyone safe.
Even though there are a lot of changes happening on Disney Cruises, Guests will still be able to experience the magic of Disney and have an amazing time on the high seas!
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