Disney Cruise Line has decided to follow other cruise lines by suspending all operations due to the current coronavirus situation around the world.
Disney Cruise Line Cancels Sailings
The cruise line has suspended operations through the remainder of the month as a precaution and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The suspensions which include all four Disney cruise ships will go into effect from Saturday, March 14 when the cruise line will halt all new departures through the end of the month.
The decision will also help protect any crew members from catching the virus not just on cruise ships but also at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas Castaway Cay. Thankfully crew members and shoreside members will be compensated and well looked after.
The cruise line posted in its advisory:
While we know this decision may be disappointing, the health and wellbeing of our guests is of the greatest importance. We are equally committed to the wellbeing of our incredible crew members who live and work aboard our ships and on Castaway Cay. During the suspended operations, Disney Cruise Line will continue to compensate our Crew Members and shoreside Cast Members.
Even though the suspension will go into effect on Saturday some vessels would have already departed on cruises as late as Friday, March 13.
The cruise line posted “The Disney Dream will depart on a three-night cruise from Port Canaveral as scheduled on Friday, March 13, and will return to Port Canaveral on Monday, March 16. The Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic will return to port on Saturday, March 14. The Disney Wonder, which is currently in the midst of a westbound Panama Canal cruise, will continue on its scheduled itinerary, with guests disembarking in San Diego on Friday, March 20.”
Here is also the full list of cruises which will no longer be taking place due to the suspension of Disney Cruise Line operations:
- March 14-19
- March 19-23
- March 23-28
- March 28-April 2
- March 20-25
- March 25-29
- March 29-April 5
- March 16-20
- March 20-23
- March 23-27
- March 27-30
- March 30- April 3
- March 14-21
- March 21-29
- March 29-April 4
Guests will be able to receive a future cruise credit or a complete refund. The cruise line is providing details to guests booked on the impacted sailings via email. Disney also continues to implement extra screenings and travel restrictions in the final cruises.
This news comes as Princess Cruises, Viking Cruises, Windstar Cruises, and Virgin Voyages delayed inaugural season for Scarlet Lady. The cruise terminal in Baltimore has also closed until further notice. As the situation continues to develop and the cruise industry suffers there could be further cruise line suspensions in the coming days and weeks.