Following over a year without itineraries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney Cruise Line is finally back on the high seas. Sailings out of Port Canaveral officially resumed in August, and now Disney has confirmed that the Disney Wonder cruise ship will resume sailing on the West Coast beginning October 1.
Disney Cruise Line’s official announcement about sailings out of the Port of San Diego reads:
The Disney Wonder is returning to delivering magical family vacations with 3- and 4-night itineraries beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Three-night sailings will feature a stop at Ensenada, Mexico and a day at sea, while 4-night sailings will feature 2 days at sea and a stop at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
As we continue to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for Disney Cruise Line to modify some Disney Wonder itineraries, as well as cancel the September 24 and 26, 2021, Disney Wonder sailings. Guests who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a full refund or a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Alternatively, Guests may decline the cruise credit, move to one of the modified Disney Wonder itineraries and receive an onboard credit and a 25% discount on a future sailing taken before September 30, 2022. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.
Guests currently booked on the 7-night Disney Wonder voyage that departs on October 1, and Guests on the 5-night Disney Wonder voyages that depart October 26 and October 31, 2021, will have their reservations automatically changed to 4-night itineraries, which will have the same departure dates. These Guests will be refunded the difference in cost of the voyage fare, taxes, fees, port expenses and Vacation Protection Plan, if applicable. Guests that remain on their original sail date will receive a non-refundable onboard credit per stateroom that can be used toward onboard purchases. These Guests will also receive a 25% discount that can be applied to most future sailings taken by September 30, 2022. This discount will be available once Guests return from their sailing. Guests may also choose to move or cancel their reservation and receive a full refund.
All Guests age 12 and over must be vaccinated for the aforementioned sailings, in keeping with current Disney Cruise Line policy.
Disney also shared a special notice about the 14-night Disney Wonder sailing out of the Port of Galveston — a sailing on which all Guests must be vaccinated, so young children may not be eligible to travel:
On November 5, 2021, the Disney Wonder will depart San Diego on a 14-night sailing through the Panama Canal to Galveston. All Guests on this voyage, regardless of age, must be fully vaccinated in order to sail.
Learn more about what to expect on this sailing—including vaccination requirements and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety.
Guests sailing with children 11 years of age and younger may modify their sail date or cancel their sailing for a full refund. Guests with children 11 years of age and younger who modify their travel date or cancel their 14-night Panama Canal sailing will also receive a 25% discount that can be applied to most future sailings taken by September 30, 2022.
It is worth noting that the Disney Wonder is the only ship in Disney’s existing fleet that travels to Alaska. Although it was already presumed that the 2021 Alaskan cruise season — which runs from May to September — would be canceled, the news that the Wonder won’t return to sea until October 1 confirms it.
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 Wish, will take her maiden voyage in June 2022.
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.