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Disney Makes Interesting Change to Cruise Line Vaccination Policy

The Disney Cruise Line fleet is back on the big blue! After lengthy closures and docked ships due to COVID-19, Disney fans are once again taking to the seas with one of the most prestigious companies in the cruise line industry. But, as cruise lines attempt to navigate the rough seas of COVID and the ever-changing policy updates, Disney’s latest change has some scratching their heads.

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Disney Cruise Line announced a new policy change on August 15, 2022. The new policy states that effective September 2, 2022, Disney Cruise Line Guests ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to set sail with the cruise line. Previously, the COVID 19 vaccination policy was for Guests ages 5 and older (which is still effective through September 1, 2022).

The update comes on the heels of several major cruise lines dropping their vaccination requirements altogether for select sailings, including the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean.

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Now, Disney fandom is left wondering why make the COVID 19 vaccine adjustment at all from 5+ to 12+ but leave the testing policy the same?

@ScottGustin took to social media to share the news, “New policy says Guests ages 12+ must be fully vaccinated (previously 5+). Testing policy remains the same. A weird change, imo. I expected them to modify the testing policy – but maybe that happens next? Strange.”

One comment notes, “Disney always has to be different. Zig when others zag.”

With another comment stating, “This doesn’t make a lick of sense.”

This could just be Disney’s way to take one step to keep up with the other cruise lines’ changes, even if it’s only shaving off 7 years for vaccination requirements.

We’re sure as Disney continues to follow the health and safety guidelines that work best for the Disney Guests and Disney Cruise Line Cast and Crew Members, we will continue to see updates to the vaccination and testing policy for COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, and Disney Fantasy were recently joined by their newest sister cruise ship, Disney Wish. The stunning ship has incredible reviews as its first voyagers enjoy superb experiences in and around the ship, including a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

We will be sure to continue sharing Disney Cruise Line vaccine mandate updates as they are revealed. Be sure to check out Disney Cruise Line’s website for the latest information. Happy sailing, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.