April 7, 2021 | 1: 56pm | Updated April 7, 2021 | 1: 56pm
The Disney Dream cruise leaving from Port Canaveral in Florida at March 2020, shortly before Disney suspended operation as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
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Disney is stretching its cruiseline suspension once again.
The Mouse House said Tuesday that all cruises departing from the US would be canceled through June and that all European sailings aboard Disney Magic will be canceled through Sept. 18 with the exception of limited, short voyages for UK residents this summer.
The decision comes days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] released additional advice on how cruise lines can begin the process of returning to sea with enhanced coronavirus health and safety measures.
Guidance includes onboard COVID-19 testing, implementing social distancing, mandatory mask wearing and encouraging frequent hand washing and the use of sanitizer.
Disney said Tuesday it is reviewing the CDC’s guidance and”working toward resuming operations.”
“As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we are canceling all Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings departing through June 2021,” the company said.
Disney also said it operating on a strategy to deliver Disney Wonder back to surgeries in Alaska in light of Canada’s decision to ban ships with over 100 passengers to dock in the nation’s ports until February 2022.
For clients who have completely paid for a picnic, Disney said they will be offered a full refund or a credit for a future cruise. Individuals who have just paid in part will automatically receive a refund of everything they have paid.
This is not the first time Disney has suspended its cruises during the pandemic. After tentative plans to relaunch their popular family cruises in March, the firm said in January that it was canceling all departures booked through April — as well as select May cruises on ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
Despite Disney’s decision to expand its suspension, Norwegian Cruise Line announced Monday it plans to resume cruises from the US in July.
As part of its resumption of business, Norwegian Cruise Line said it will require all crew and passengers to be fully vaccinated. The cruise line also plans to operate at 60 percent capacity before August, when it intends to increase capacity to 80 percent.