Disney Cruise Line (DCL) announced over the weekend that it intends to resume sailing to The Bahamas starting next month, after a more than 16-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DCL now follows Royal Caribbean International, which was the first cruise line to resume sailing to The Bahamas from US ports, as well as MSC Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line, which have all announced plans to resume sailing to The Bahamas between July and August.
“Beginning August 9, the Disney Dream will kickoff our long-awaited return to cruising from the US, with tropical voyages to The Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Three- and four-night cruises will visit our private island, Castaway Cay, for an unforgettable vacation at sea,” said Director of Public Relations for Disney Signature Experiences Yolanda Cade.
“I’m speaking on behalf of our entire cast and crew when I emphatically say, we have missed you. Right now, we’re working hard to get ready for your return and our focus remains on operating in a responsible way while creating magic for all on board. That’s why we’ve enhanced our health and safety measures to promote wellness for guests and crew aboard our ships and in the destinations we visit.”
DCL revealed it has implemented a multi-layered approach to ensure the safety of passengers and crew on its cruises, adding that vaccination is not mandatory.
“We strongly encourage all eligible guests to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their Disney cruise, however, we are not requiring vaccinations for guests on sailing departing from Florida. COVID-19 testing will be required both before leaving home and at the port on embarkation day, except for those guests who choose to voluntarily provide proof of vaccination,” the company stated.
Disney added it has reduced guest capacity to promote physical distancing and face coverings would be required for indoor cruise activities.
The government has stated the resumption of cruises from US ports along with home porting initiatives are expected to pump at least $50 million into the slowly recovering economy this year.