Disney Cruise Line is set to return on August 9 with the Disney Dream once again departing from Port Canaveral, Florida after being suspended for over a year due to the ongoing pandemic.
It has been confirmed that the Disney Dream will have enhanced health and safety measures to promote wellness for Guests and crew aboard the ship and in the destinations that Disney Cruise Line will visit.
Now, ahead of the return, Disney Cruise Line is reminding Guests to complete all steps leading up to sailing aboard the ship.
If you are planning on setting sail on the Disney Dream once it returns on August 9, make sure you take all the proper steps ahead of time, including:
- Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing
- Embarkation COVID-19 Testing
- Travel Insurance
- COVID-19 Vaccination
- Safe Passage Website/Registration
- Online Check-In
- Transfers from OIA to the Port
An email is currently going out to Guests who have a sailing booked with Disney Cruise Line to remind Guests to take all the proper steps ahead of the Disney Dream departure to ensure a smooth process. A sample of the email reads:
We are glad that you are sailing with us aboard the Disney Dream.
As we prepare for your arrival, we want to share a few reminders that are important to complete prior to sailing.
Pre-Trip COVID-19 Testing
Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guests’ expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date.
Embarkation COVID-19 Testing
Guests are required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to boarding. A $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older.
Guests 12 years or older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy that has a minimum of $10,000 per person in medical expense coverage and $30,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation and no COVID-19 exclusions. Guests that purchase insurance from a provider other than Disney Cruise Line will need to provide proof of the insurance policy at the port, showing the name of each of the covered Guest(s) and a description of the coverage in the policy prior to receiving clearance to sail.
Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from the pre-trip and embarkation COVID-19 testing and travel insurance requirements. Fully vaccinated Guests who arrived from an international destination within the past 5 days must undergo the rapid PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal, paid for by Disney Cruise Line.
Safe Passage by Inspire Diagnostics Website
In order to sail, every Guest must individually create an account associated with their reservation (or reservations, for Guest with back-to-back, consecutive sailings) on the Safe Passage website by Inspire Diagnostics, Disney Cruise Line’s third-party partner for COVID-19 testing and vaccination verification. Parents and legal guardians may use their own accounts to submit test results on behalf of their children. An account cannot be created sooner than 33 days prior to sailing. If you have any questions about your Safe Passage registration or status, please contact 877-250-5132.
If you have not done so already, you will need to complete Online Check-in prior to your sailing. You will need to submit the required citizenship documents as well as select a Port Arrival Time. All Guests, including our Platinum Castaway Club Guests, will need to select a Port Arrival Time. Guests arriving prior to their selected arrival time will be asked to return at the appropriate time. Online check-in can be completed or modified up to one day prior to sailing.
Transfers from the Orlando International Airport to the Port
For Guests with transfers included with their cruise vacation, motorcoach transportation from the Orlando International Airport to the port in Port Canaveral, Florida, will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the day of embarkation. Resort Guest motorcoach transportation will begin at approximately 12:00 noon on the day of embarkation.
It is recommended that Guests bring a copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result, or vaccination card showing the final dose was administered at least 14 days before sailing, as well as proof of travel insurance.
Please be sure to review the information available in the Know Before You Go section of our website for answers to many frequently asked questions.
As we mentioned earlier, the Disney Dream will officially set sail for the first time in over a year on August 9. For those of you wishing to set sail aboard the Disney Cruise Line, know that Disney Cruises have implemented enhanced health and safety measures to promote wellness for Guests and crew.
For example, the Disney Dream will be altering their buffet and self-serve stations, which you can read more about here. Additionally, the Rainforest Room, which is located at Senses Spa & Salon, will return aboard the Disney Dream in the United States come August 9, with modifications to keep Guests and Crew Members safe.
Are you planning to set sail on the Disney Dream this year? Let us know in the comments below.
If you want to set sail aboard Disney Cruise line on one of their ships — Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, or Disney Fantasy — or aboard the newest ship, Disney Wish, once it debuts next year, make sure you get in contact with our friends at Academy Travel.