Bahamas Bans Ships With Unvaccinated Passengers From Making Port

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Today, August 19, 2021, the Bahamas instated a new regulation regarding cruise ships making port at Bahamian stops, including private islands, such as Disney’s Castaway Cay.

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Per one report about the developing situation in the Bahamas:

Today, The Bahamas announced that cruise ships with passengers shall not be permitted to enter a port in The Bahamas, including a private stop, such as Disney’s Castaway Cay, beginning September 3, 2021 until November 1, 2021,

  • the captain/master of the cruise ship transmits manifest which discloses vaccination status of all persons on board.

  • all passengers over 12 are fully vaccinated

  • and health protocols the cruise line previously submitted to the competent authority has been complied with.

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This new Bahamian order is of particular interest to Disney Cruise Line Guests, as Disney is not currently requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for passengers sailing out of U.S. ports, such as Port Canaveral.

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The official Disney Cruise Line website states:

Disney Cruise Line strongly encourages all eligible Guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before sailing. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers people to be fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose has been administered. Approved vaccines include those produced by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. In accordance with guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Guests who have received one single dose of a vector vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca) and one single dose of a mRNA vaccine (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna) will not be considered fully vaccinated. Guests who have received one dose of Moderna and one dose of Pfizer are considered fully vaccinated, per CDC guidelines. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from pre-trip, Embarkation Day and Debarkation Day testing requirements (unless arriving from outside the United States) and travel insurance requirements. Keep in mind, fully vaccinated Guests who have traveled outside the United States within five days prior to sailing must undergo a PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal, paid for by Disney Cruise Line. Additionally, travel insurance is not required for vaccinated Guests arriving from outside the United States on sailings originating in the United States.

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It is worth noting that Disney is currently requiring Guests to be vaccinated for their ongoing Magic at Sea staycation cruises, which are only available to residents of the United Kingdom.

Disney has numerous sailings scheduled to the Bahamas between September 3 and November 1, including Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime itineraries.

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At this time, Disney has not confirmed any changes to its schedule as a result of this new mandate in the Bahamas. However, it is certainly possible that updates to Disney Cruise Line’s policies will be announced as this situation continues to develop.

More on Disney Cruise Line’s Future

Although 2021 cruises may look quite different, Disney is planning a huge return to sailing in 2022. The fleet’s first Triton Class cruise ship, the Disney Wishwill take her maiden voyage in June 2022.

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This all-new luxury liner features a first-of-its-kind Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge, a Toy Story splash pad just for kids, and incredible Frozen and Marvel dining experiences for the whole family!

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The Wish will be the fifth ship in the DCL fleet, joining the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Magic, and the Disney Wonder. She will be based in Port Canaveral.

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