Disney Cruise Line will set sail again this month, but starting soon, guests 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated to travel to the Bahamas.
Earlier this month, the Disney Dream marked the long-awaited return to cruising in the U.S., embarking on its first voyage to The Bahamas from Port Canaveral.
Disney says that cast and crew “were excited to welcome back our guests to make memories with us once again.”
But amidst the rise in Delta variant cases of Covid-19, The Bahamas has instituted a new restriction on all cruise lines traveling to the tropical destination.
Disney is featuring the following disclaimer on their website:
For sailings to The Bahamas beginning September 3, 2021 until November 1, 2021, The Bahamas will require that all 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 must be fully vaccinated to board the ship.
The CDC considers people to be fully vaccinated 14 days after the final dose has been administered.
Approved vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Guests must provide proof of vaccination by uploading their vaccination card to the Safe Passage by Inspire website 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 COVID-19 PCR test taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. They will also be required to undergo a second PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding.
Guests set to depart during this time can modify their sailing date as needed without incuring any Disney-imposed cancellation fees.
You can learn more about specific restrictions and other details here.