CDC, Bahamas Make Major Changes For Cruise Passengers

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Two recent major occurrences will likely have an impact on Disney Cruise Line travelers who intend to visit the Bahamas — where Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is located — in the near future.

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First, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced their Level 4 Bahamas travel advisory to Level 3. Although this shift has not yet been updated on the the CDC’s official website, Bahamian Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pearl McMillan, confirmed the information in a press conference, which can be viewed below:

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Secondly, the Bahamas’ pandemic-related State of Emergency officially ended overnight, which resulted in the issuance of a new set of rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These new regulations include an extension of the nation’s vaccine requirement for all cruise ship passengers age 12 and over.

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Per the new rules, which can be found on the official Press Room website of Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis:

A cruise ship which is on a passenger voyage shall not be permitted to enter a port in The Bahamas (including a private stop) unless:

  • the captain or master of the cruise ship transmits a crew and passenger manifest to the medical officer of health present at that port, which discloses the vaccination status of all persons prior to arriving at the port;

  • all passengers who are twelve years and older were fully vaccinated prior to embarking on the cruise ship at the start of the voyage;

  • and the health protocols, previously submitted by its cruise line to the Minister and approved by the Minister, has been complied with.

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It is worth noting that the CDC has also extended its own cruise ship restrictions — via the Conditional Sailing Order — into 2022. If you have a future cruise credit or want to book a new Bahamas itinerary, visit the Disney Cruise Line website.

More on the Future of Disney Cruise Line

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Although remaining 2021 cruises may still look quite different due to the ongoing pandemic, 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.

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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