Disney Cruise Line will soon require COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 5 and up

19 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday November 17, 2021 3:57pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Cruise Line has updated its COVID-19 vaccination requirements to include passengers age 5 and up effective January 13 2022.

The updated travel requirements is as follows:

Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This will be a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and up for sailings beginning on or after January 13, 2022.

Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 5 through 11 may complete this testing requirement in lieu of being fully vaccinated for sailings that depart before January 13, 2022.

The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. Disney Cruise Line has secured a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests may also obtain their test from any independent testing supplier.


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ToTBellHop14 hours ago

Sure. I just doubt many more will cancel. We will never know how many canceled, of course. I don’t gather it was a devastating loss.

Mindy5515 hours ago

I appreciate your point, I would just like to highlight that my family and I are fully vaccinated, and we cancelled. We did this because we don’t support Disney’s approach to its consumers, the best way to show that was by canceling.

ToTBellHop17 hours ago

Interesting on Celebrity but I wouldn’t expect the same from Disney. They announced several weeks ago so anti-vaxxers already canceled. Nothing to gain from reversing but people who prefer safer ships might cancel if they reverse. The ship has sailed.

Mr Ferret 883 days ago

No it isn't.

Bob Harlem3 days ago

Celebrity cruises just added that requirement a few days ago starting February, just to remove the requirement today. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2021/12/02/celebrity-cruises-puts-child-vaccine-mandate-hold

EOD K95 days ago

I don't have an issue with the second test. I just wanted to make sure that we won't need to find a test in the area prior to leaving. My in-laws are in Europe right now and they arrived a few days before the cruise. They needed to find a testing center there prior to embarkation. Thanks for your reply.

ToTBellHop5 days ago

She is a concerned parent. Concerned parents know more than doctors, scientists, teachers, and lawyers.

Phonedave5 days ago

That does not even logically follow what we were discussing.

ToTBellHop5 days ago

You are wasting your time with people who do not understand science and do not care to learn. Enjoy cruising with knowledge that these fools won’t be getting your kids sick in the Oceaneer Club.

LuvtheGoof5 days ago

Yes, you will need to upload them to the website, but it is recommended that you bring them with you just in case. We weren't asked for them, but had them with us. Yes, they still require the test at the port. You swab your nose yourself (not the brain invasive one), and we waited less than 1/2 hour for the go ahead to board. From what I understand, if you are doing a B2B, you will have to retest prior to boarding the second ship.

mikejs786 days ago

That's incorrect. You must have misunderstood. A biologics license (aka "full approval") of a vaccine requires 6 months of safety data following the final dose in the series in a phase 3 clinical trial.. An EUA requires 2 months. During the panel meeting they were debating whether to issue an EUA or wait for a biologics license application, which could have happened as early as.... February. What they are doing now with the continued trials is primarily to understand how the immune response holds up over time. Yes, they continue to follow up on safety data, but they do this for all vaccines after approval as well as before. As the American Academy of Pediatrics said, vaccines do not have long term effects that manifest themselves more than about 6 weeks after your shot. That's been the case for every vaccine in the modern era. The reason that most vaccine trials take so long isn't the phase 3 trial, it's because most vaccine candidates don't work. We got lucky with COVID in that it has an easy target (the spike protein) and we had a new tech 30 years in the making (and testing) ready to go. Vaccines are among the safest medications you can take. This one is out of your system in ~36 to ~48 hours. All it does is show something to the immune system so the immune system can recognize it in the future.

Rich Brownn6 days ago

Incorrect.. no vaccine has ever had any serious side effects that showed up after six months. Long term is for judging effectiveness, not safety. And we already know the dangers of the illness are far greater than any risk from the vaccine. One of the vaccines even has full approval. While safety followup is part of the procedure under EUA (not on approved) the main focus is on effectiveness.https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization-vaccines-explained

Rich Brownn6 days ago

Again, they went through the same tests. The follow ups are for judging how long they are effective. They used to take longer to develop because we didn't have things like genetic engineering where we can pinpoint exactly what is going on. The old days was throw whatever seems likely to see if it worked. ALL vaccines go through 3 steps and ALL of the current vaccines have gone through all 3. If you want more info, I suggest you look at some of the websites that talk about how clinical trials work. We know the vaccines work, we know they are safe, and we know that most of the people who are hospitalized (including children) are unvaccinated. And not being vaccinated put those who cannot get vaccinated at serious risk. And yes, there are many vaccines that are mandated - try enrolling your kid in public school without any vaccines. Good luck.

EOD K96 days ago

We have two cruises next year B2B on the Wish and Fantasy. My under ten years of age children and I will be fully vaccinated. For clarification, the only thing we need to do is have the vax cards loaded and just take the test at the port. Is that correct?