CDC allows No-Sail Order to expire and will open the door for resuming cruise ship operations

Oct 30, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday October 30, 2020 3:06pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Welcome news for Disney Cruise Line today as the CDC announces that it will let the No-Sail Order expire on October 31 2020.

Disney Cruise Line shutdown in mid-March 2020 as COVID-19 halted the travel and tourism industry, and it has currently suspended all departures through to at least December 6 2020. 

For more information about Disney Cruise Line and the resumption of cruises, get in touch with our travel agents Kingdom Konsultants.

The CDC says, "Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into U.S. communities, and protect public health and safety. After expiration of CDC’s No Sail Order (NSO) on October 31, 2020, CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters."

The full release from the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces this framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruise ship passenger operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into U.S. communities, and protect public health and safety. After expiration of CDC’s No Sail Order (NSO) on October 31, 2020, CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters.

The initial phases will consist of testing and additional safeguards for crew members.
CDC will ensure cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety protections for crew members while these cruise ship operators build the laboratory capacity needed to test future passengers. Subsequent phases will include simulated voyages to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk, certification for ships that meet specific requirements, and a phased return to cruise ship passenger voyages in a manner that mitigates COVID-19 risk among passengers, crew members, and U.S. communities. These phases are subject to change based on public health considerations and cruise ship operators’ demonstrated ability to mitigate COVID- 19 risk. CDC will issue additional orders as needed that will be published in the Federal Register and technical instructions that will be subsequently posted on CDC’s website.

This Order additionally announces requirements for the initial phases relating to crew testing. CDC considers adequate crew safeguards as demonstrated through laboratory testing for SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, an integral part of the initial phases prior to resuming passenger operations.

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DCBaker18 days ago

More modifications - Disney Cruise Line Important Travel Information September 8, 2021 Disney Magic Will Resume Sailing from Miami on October 28, 2021 The Disney Magic will resume delivering magical family vacations in the U.S. with mostly 4- and 5-night sailings out of Miami, Florida beginning October 28, 2021. Four-night sailings will feature stops in The Bahamas. Five-night sailings will feature stops in The Bahamas and Mexico. As we continue to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for Disney Cruise Line to modify some Disney Magic itineraries, as well as cancel the October 21 and October 24, 2021 Disney Magic 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. Impacted Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who have booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797. Disney Fantasy Will Resume Seven Nights and Longer Voyages from Port Canaveral on October 9, 2021 Beginning October 9, 2021, the Disney Fantasy will resume voyages 7-nights and longer from Port Canaveral, Florida, with stops in The Bahamas and Mexico. As part of our phased approach, 7-night sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy on October 9 and October 30, 2021, have been modified to include ports in Mexico and The Bahamas. Additionally, the October 16, 2021 8-night voyage has also been modified to include ports in Mexico and The Bahamas.

DCBaker24 days ago

Couple more cancellations - Disney Wonder on September 24 and 26, 2021. Disney Cruise Line Important Travel Information September 2, 2021 Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board. We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, developed in consideration of guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts. Learn more about what to expect—including experience updates and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety. Disney Wonder Will Resume Sailing from San Diego on October 1, 2021 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. Impacted Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who have booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797. In order to sail, Guests 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guests 11 years of age and younger are not required to be vaccinated, but must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours prior to the date you set sail. The test should be a rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. All Guests, regardless of age and vaccination status, are also required to take a COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal before boarding. Fully vaccinated Guests who wish to disembark the ship while in a port of call can do so without the need to purchase a Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure. Guests who are vaccinated and wish to disembark the ship with unvaccinated children will need to purchase a Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure. All Guests are required to adhere to local laws, regulations and protocols, including those related to health and safety, in place at the destination. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

jme27 days ago

Sorry, I meant the first part: Beginning September 3 until November 1, 2021, The Bahamas will require that all cruise ship passengers ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated But then I read the actual mandate from the Bahamian government, and it does only cover through Nov 1st. I guess they will be reassessing and extending (or not) come late October.

Sirwalterraleigh30 days ago

Gives people enough time to change plans if they’re gonna hold onto whatever reason they haven’t followed along yet?

jme30 days ago

But... why only until Nov. 1? The Bahamian mandate isn't going away...

Kingdom KonsultantAug 24, 2021

Important Information About Your Cruise 08/24/2021 All of us at Disney Cruise Line hope you and your clients are staying well. We are reaching out with important information regarding your clients’ upcoming sailing. Beginning September 3 until November 1, 2021, The Bahamas will require that all cruise ship passengers ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated in order for a ship to be allowed entry into any of its cruise ports, including private islands like Disney Castaway Cay. To comply with this new requirement, all Guests ages 12 and older on your clients’ upcoming sailing must be fully vaccinated to board the ship. Approved vaccines include those produced by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Please note, in accordance with CDC guidelines: [*]Guests who have received both doses of Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose has been administered. [*]Guests who have received Johnson & Johnson are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving one dose. [*]Guests with both one dose of Moderna and one dose of Pfizer are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose. [*]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) are not considered fully vaccinated. [/LIST] Guests must provide proof of vaccination by uploading their vaccination card to the [URL='https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdcl.safepassage.com%2FAccount%2FLogin%3FReturnUrl%3D%252F&data=04%7C01%7CCynthia.Martinez%40disney.com%7C31ce474e461d430bee3c08d9666f8e83%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637653451580026919%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=8sKGrL%2BXLWA6kK8Wit1dpA9KFOeRPzNMG4yG0wtHVY4%3D&reserved=0']Safe Passage by Inspire website[/URL] no later than 24 hours before their sailing. Guests who choose not to provide proof of vaccination to meet the requirements of The Bahamas will not be permitted to board the ship. Guests under the age of 12 must still provide proof of a negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR test taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date by uploading their test results to the [URL='https://dcl.safepassage.com/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F']Safe Passage by Inspire website[/URL]. They will also be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding. Guests on a sailing to The Bahamas (including Disney Castaway Cay) departing from September 3, 2021, to prior to November 1, 2021, may modify their sail date or cancel their sailing without any Disney-imposed cancellation fees by contacting our reservations team by September 3, 2021. Please note that cancellation fees imposed by third-party suppliers, including airlines, as well as travel insurance, are not refundable. Refunds will be processed back to the original form of payment. Standard cancellation policies and terms and conditions apply for any cancellation or modification requests received on or after September 4, 2021. We appreciate your and your clients understanding of the need to change our policies to comply with the Bahamas’ new requirements. The health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and Crew Members is a top priority. We look forward to welcoming your clients aboard. Sincerely, The Cast and Crew Disney Cruise Line This email was sent to [email]vacations@kingdomkonsultant.com[/email]. [URL='https://privacychoices.thewaltdisneycompany.com/'][B]Stop all types of future commercial email[/B] [/URL]from Disney Cruise Line regarding its products or services. We may still send you email regarding transactions with us, such as further information about your purchase, membership or vacation. Disney Cruise Line | Attn: Email Compliance | 1375 Buena Vista Drive | PO Box 10000 | Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 [email]casl.disneydestinations@disneyonline.com[/email] Ship's Registry: The Bahamas ©Disney [/CENTER] [/CENTER][/CENTER]

IanDLBZFAug 22, 2021

The CDC announced yesterday that senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions should avoid cruise travel even if fully vaccinated. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/08/20/cruises-and-covid-19-cdc-updates-guidance-high-risk-travelers/8218346002/

MisterPenguinAug 16, 2021

https://www.wftv.com/news/trending/coronavirus-unvaccinated-passengers-barred-entry-over-royal-caribbean-covid-19-protocols/EIZDMVVA4RGVBGLODKHS6WF2LE/

SirwalterraleighAug 16, 2021

…i don’t honestly see how they continue to go out at this point?

DCBakerAug 16, 2021

Latest update - "Disney Cruise Line Important Travel Information August 16, 2021 Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board. We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, developed in consideration of guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts. Learn more about what to expect—including experience updates and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety. Disney Fantasy will Resume Sailings from Florida in September As we continue to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for us to cancel the September 4, 2021, Disney Fantasy sailing. Guests who have paid their reservation in full have been offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. The Disney Fantasy will resume sailing beginning September 11, 2021, with 4-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. These 4-night sailings will be available to book beginning August 25, 2021. During this initial phase, the Disney Fantasy will only visit Disney Castaway Cay, our private island in The Bahamas. We hope to resume 7-night voyages or longer onboard the Disney Fantasy in October and look forward to sharing more information with Guests soon. Guests currently booked on seven-night Disney Fantasy voyages that depart Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 will have their reservations automatically transitioned to the new four-night itineraries, which will have the same departure dates. These Guests will be refunded the difference in cost of the voyage fare, taxes, fees, and port expenses, and Vacation Protection Plan, if applicable. Guests that remain on their original sail date will receive a $400 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 4-night sailing. Guests may also choose to cancel their reservation and receive a full refund. Impacted Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who've booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797. Disney Dream Sailings As previously shared, the Disney Dream is currently sailing in The Bahamas, offering a mix of 3- and 4-night itineraries from Port Canaveral. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Sailings The Disney Magic is sailing in the United Kingdom for a limited time this summer on short voyages exclusive to UK residents. Learn More We continue to prepare the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder to welcome Guests once again in U.S. waters and we look forward to sharing more information soon." https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

Surfin' TunaJun 10, 2021

I have to agree they are not nearly as bad as they once were, but I still think it would be difficult to test even some of the people daily. That being said, I think most of us would agree to almost anything to get back to cruising at this point.

EOD K9Jun 10, 2021

The newest tests barely go up each nostril. The original tests nicked the base of your brain. COVID testing is not as bad as it was.

aliceismadJun 10, 2021

I feel like daily rapid tests would be a PR nightmare though. Especially with kids involved. I don't know if they have easier tests now, but the swab up the nose is incredibly uncomfortable and unpleasant. Can you imagine Karen shouting at guest services because Little Johnny's brain is being damaged by covid probes?

MisterPenguinJun 09, 2021

I wonder if they could require everyone to take a rapid test (daily?), and those who are vaccinated can opt out by showing proof of vaccination. This could be a sly way to get around the FL law. People aren't forced to show proof of vaccination, but, showing proof is optional to get out of the required daily testing.