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. 

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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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MisterPenguin2 days ago

Some are making the United States' CDC the villain in all this. But here we see that Canada and the European Union are more strict. And they're also waiting on the UK for the OK to sail. Unlike the shade Disney threw on the California administration, for delaying the opening of Disneyland, Disney suits have been talking hopefully in working with the CDC in constructive ways (tho, Carnival has not).

Tony the Tigger2 days ago

I don’t blame them. Zero support from FL government. Not worth sailing if you can’t be reasonably sure passengers and crew are safe.

jme2 days ago

Took me a minute to spot the difference. This was the change - was through September 18, 2021. They are still not announcing the cancellation of the UK Magic at Sea voyages yet.

DCBaker2 days ago

Disney Cruise Line Important Travel Information April 15, 2021 US Departures through June 2021 are Suspended We are carefully reviewing the most recently released guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working toward resuming operations. As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we are cancelling all Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings departing through June 2021. Disney Magic European Season We have canceled Disney Magic sailings through October 9, 2021. The Disney Magic will set sail in the United Kingdom for a limited time this summer on short voyages limited to UK residents, pending the issuance of UK Government guidelines and authorizations. Learn More Canada Departures In light of the Canadian government’s announcement that they will not allow ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until February 28, 2022, we continue to evaluate various options for the Disney Wonder’s scheduled season in Alaska. Once a decision is made, we will reach out to Guests booked on these sailings. Additionally, as previously shared, based on the conditional sail order provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line has canceled sailings longer than 7 nights. Guests booked on affected sailings, who have paid their reservation in full, will be 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. 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. https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

Tony the Tigger9 days ago

That’s not reasonable. Sorry.

jimthecricket10 days ago

You can choose not to put yourself and the people you love safe at home or take any precautions you choose when going out. Please do not impact other people by overbearing and unconditional rules of control

Tony the Tigger11 days ago

Silly. Boats don’t fly!

aliceismad11 days ago

Royal Caribbean is requiring proof of vaccination for adults to sail on its cruises this summer. Whether that will fly in the U.S. is unknown. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/do-i-need-a-covid-vaccine-to-cruise-what-counts-as-proof ETA: Although some areas (e.g., Hawaii) have instituted as requirement for a negative covid test. Perhaps that's an option for cruisers who can't/refuse to get vaccinated. However, that wouldn't mean they couldn't get covid while on their cruise. I think the problem is that if someone gets it on the cruise ship, there may be problems with ports allowing that ship to dock. I haven't heard the Florida governor say that he'll guarantee a ship can still return to the state if there are ill people on board.

Tony the Tigger11 days ago

I will cross that bridge when I come to it, up to and including closing my business. A religious objection or a health reason in this instance doesn’t make you any less contagious.

monothingie11 days ago

Since you have your own business, would you fire one of your employees because they have health or religious reasons for not taking the vaccine? Would you refuse service to customer for similar reasons? It really is irrelevant because it's not going anywhere since there is little appetite to implement these vaccine passports, and seemingly a lot of momentum to strike them down.

Tony the Tigger11 days ago

Not that complicated. If I own a business (I do) the health of my employees and myself are more important than a spoiled person who doesn’t understand grown-up things and wants to get their own way. I can refuse service anytime. I can call the police and have someone removed for any reason or no reason at all. Likewise, I can fire someone for no reason at all in a right to work state. If you come in today without a mask, you are refused service. At the moment, for me, it makes no sense to require a vaccine, but once masks go away, it will. I can’t live with myself accidentally killing an employee or a customer, but I can live with inconveniencing someone. And I have almost enough Disney points to take DCL 3-4 day Caribbean trip for free, but I’m not boarding if they can’t tell me everyone is vaccinated (and even that’s not a complete guarantee.) Some things are more important than others.

monothingie11 days ago

That's a lazy argument. Not all travel is leisure and not all denied services are inconsequential. Can you be denied access to a retail store, or your place of work because you don't have a vaccine passport? What if you can't get one for religious or medical reasons? Do you become a second class citizen? It's a complicated topic, and it's probably a non-starter, at least in the US, because you see little willingness on both sides to implement this. Most likely it will also be irrelevant in a couple of months after more people are vaccinated.

monothingie11 days ago

Honestly at this point, DCL should layout an opening timeline. Royal, NCL, Princess, Celebrity have already taken steps to say when they're starting up again. The only thing DCL is good at is telling you 2 months out of what they're canceling. If they know they aren't going to start sailing again until October, just say it. Don't drag people along on month to month expectations.

Tony the Tigger11 days ago

Of course. My right to life outweighs your right to a vacation.