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Disney Fantasy Guests Not Allowed to Disembark in St. Thomas

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the cruise industry was hit hard. Ships weren’t allowed to dock, and passengers were stuck onboard. The industry shut down completely, and remained that way for over a year.

Related: Disney Cruise Line Changes Ports of Call

Cruising has started again, with extra safety protocols. While most passengers state that they feel safe, there have been cases of Covid on many ships, including the four ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.

Related: New Regulations Could Disrupt Cruises to Puerto Rico

On December 30, passengers on the Disney Fantasy were supposed to enjoy a day at St. Thomas. According to Scott Sanders and Disney Cruise Line Blog, they weren’t allowed to disembark. Here’s what the site had to say:

On Thursday, December 30, 2021, the Disney Fantasy docked at St. Thomas where guests learned they would not be permitted ashore due to an ‘abundance of caution’ as a result of rising cases.

Disney Fantasy St Thomas 20211230

According to a firsthand report, the Carnival Magic is docked next to the Fantasy in St Thomas and passengers are disembarking without issue.

Based on this, it would appear case numbers are unacceptable to allow guests ashore in St Thomas.

Captain Jason reported over the ship intercom there are passengers in quarantine. It has been reported to us by another guest onboard that there are less than 1% of crew and passengers (all vaccinated) isolated with COVID-19.

We also learned, guests will receive a 20% future cruise and $200 dollar onboard credit.

Around 9:30 AM local time, the Disney Fantasy departed St. Thomas to spend the day at sea.

The Disney Fantasy is on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise, and scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Sunday. According to the reported AIS data from MarineTraffic.com, the stop at Castaway Cay is still scheduled for Saturday. This was also reported to guests by Captain Jason.

Disney Fantasy Marine Traffic AIS 20211230

Disney Cruise Line issued the following statement on today’s itinerary modification.

“The Disney Fantasy did not call on St. Thomas today due to both an increase in COVID-19 cases on the island and a small number of fully vaccinated Crew Members and Guests – less than 1% of those on board – in isolation for COVID-19. Those affected by these breakthrough cases are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and we are following CDC protocols for managing cases on board. We continue to operate with multiple layers of health and safety protocols in place, such as requiring vaccinations, PCR tests at the port prior to embarkation for all guests, testing of our Crew multiple times per week, enhanced cleaning protocols and a requirement that masks be worn in all indoor spaces.”

Related: Disney Cruise Line Vaccination Email

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.