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Hurricane Ian and Disney Cruise Line Updates

Hurricane Ian is shutting ports and canceling cruises while he is approaching landfall in Florida. The three used regularly by cruise lines, Port Canaveral, Port Tampa Bay, and Jaxport, will be at Port Condition Zulu by midday today.

Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line are canceling cruises and Royal Caribbean is delaying their sailings. Even though Royal Caribbean hasn’t actually canceled, they are cautioning cruisers that the “situation remains fluid.”

Praying that all in the path of Hurricane Ian can stay safe and healthy. 

While Hurricane Ian is shutting all things Disney down, Disney Cruise Line announced they are dropping their vaccination and testing requirements.

Disney Cruise Line is the last major cruise line to drop its vaccine requirements for most US sailings.

Beginning October 14, full vaccination for those 5 and older is “highly recommended” but not required. Fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to test before embarkation. In order to be exempt from testing, guests must upload proof of vaccination to the Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage website by midnight before embarkation day.

Unvaccinated guests will be required to provide results of a COVID-19 test taken up to 2 days before sailing. A proctored antigen test with digital results, a rapid or lab-based PCR test, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) will all be accepted.

Guests that are under the age of 5 are also “highly recommended” to be fully vaccinated, but it is not required, and testing is also not required.

Disney Cruise Line accepts vaccine types that are age appropriate as directed by the CDC and the World Health Organization.

Any guests who are not fully vaccinated will be considered unvaccinated and will need to follow that protocol.

As always, check with your specific cruise to stay up to date with all COVID-19 protocols as some ports of call still have different requirements.