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Physical Distancing Ending, Self-Service Buffets Returning to Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has announced that physical distancing will end (except for character interactions) and self-service buffets will return to their cruise ships starting today, April 1, 2022. Read the full announcement from Disney Cruise Line:

Disney Cruise Line is taking a phased approach to updating health and safety protocols on board. Considering recently updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DCL will update several health and safety measures for sailings beginning on or after April 1, 2022, originating from a U.S. port of departure.

Some onboard products and experiences that were paused due to physical distancing protocols will resume in a phased approach. Protocol updates, among others, include lifting physical distancing across DCL ships and resuming self-service buffets. Face coverings are optional in most places on the ship including Walt Disney Theater. Port Adventures will return to their traditional format where possible. At this time, the Sail Away Celebration, the Pirate’s Night deck party, and up-close character interactions continue to be paused.

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Protocols for sailings from Canadian and European ports may vary and will be communicated at a later time. Health and safety measures, on each ship or fleetwide, may change at any time without notice.

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  1. No excitement until the vax and testing requirements are gone. Until then, we don’t sail. It’s up to DCL as to when they want to end this nonsense and get back to making money.

  2. Bring back the deck parties (especially Pirate Night)! They take place outdoors, after all.

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