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Disney Cruise Line Releases COVID Test Requirements and Health Guidelines Ahead of Sailings Resuming

With the announcement that Disney Cruise Line will resume sailings in August comes all of their new health and safety guidelines.

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The Disney Cruise Line website outlines everything guests need to know prior to their cruise, and what guidelines aboard the ship and at ports of call will be.

Disney Cruise Line is not able to require a COVID-19 vaccination, but they strongly encourage all guests to be vaccinated prior to their cruise. All guests aged 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated, will be required to wear face coverings indoors.

Starting 33 days prior to their cruise, every guest must create an Inspire Diagnostics account associated with their reservation at the Safe Passage website and create an account associated with their reservation.

Fully vaccinated guests may provide proof of vaccination through the Safe Passage website at least 24 hours before their sailing. It’s recommended guests bring proof of vaccination (vaccination card) to port for embarkation as well.

Guests who do not provide proof of vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to their sail date. They may order a kit directly from Inspire Diagnostics, or upload test results from another provider to the Safe Passage website. On the cruise’s sail date, guests will also be required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to boarding.

Guests with positive COVID-19 test results, as well as those in their travel party, will be denied boarding. Guests may also be denied boarding if Inspire Diagnostics has not received the required documentation and/or pre-arrival test results needed to sail. Guests who receive positive test results should not travel to the cruise terminal.

Before embarkation, guests should also download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app, which can be used to make reservations, communicate with guest services when onboard, and join the virtual queue for debarking.

In order to enforce physical distancing at the terminal, guests must complete online check-in at least one day prior to their sail date. Online check-in is available starting 30 days prior to the sail date. Online check-in includes filling out important documents and selecting a port arrival time. Guests will not be permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before their scheduled arrival time. All guests must also complete a health questionnaire prior to arrival at the terminal. The questionnaire will be available via email or on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.

On the ship, there will be several health and safety measures in place in addition to required masks. New signage and ground markers have been installed to help guests navigate and promote physical distancing. Physical barriers, including Plexiglass, have been installed at select locations as well. Extra attention is being given to cleaning high-touch surfaces including handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons, as well as youth spaces, dining rooms, and staterooms.

Live shows at the Walt Disney Theatre, as well as film showings at the Buena Vista Theatre and Funnel Vision, will have physically distanced seating. Deck parties have been paused, but fireworks will still be launched. Close-up appearances with characters have been paused, but they will interact with guests from a distance.

Dining times will be staggered and only one travel party will sit at each table. Digital menus will be available on the app. Quick-service food and beverage locations will still be available but will be served by Crew Members instead of self-service.

Parents must register children for the Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Lab during the online check-in process and reserve specific session times online or via the app. Only one parent or guardian at a time can drop off or pick up kids. Parents are not allowed to enter the youth clubs when dropping off and picking up. All children will be required to wash their hands upon entering and exiting. They will interact within groups of 15 other children and one Disney counselor.

No reservations are required for Vibe and Edge, which will be open. The “it’s a small world” nursery will be temporarily unavailable.

All Port Adventures are subject to availability and operating at a limited capacity.

For more information, make sure to check to the Disney Cruise Line website or app.

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3 months ago

So this is how DCL gets around the vaccination requirement. A guaranteed false positive via an experimental, overly sensitive PCR test.