Disney is the last major cruise line to drop COVID vaccine requirement on most USA sailings

   September 28, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

DCL-Disney Cruise Line announced it will no longer require COVID vaccinations on most of its sailings beginning in October 2022, marking the final major cruise company to ease its vaccine requirements on most U.S. voyages.

For voyages on the Disney boats Dream, Fantasy, Wish, and Wonder beginning October 14, full COVID vaccination is “highly recommended”/not required, according to DCL’s website. Unvaccinated passengers aged 5+ must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 2 days of the sail date, through an observed antigen test/lab-based PCR test. Vaccinated guests and children under the age of 5 are not required to test.

The same applies to Disney Magic cruises beginning November 7. The liner will be visiting ports of call in Bermuda and Canada in October, which have their own requirements, though Canada is lifting entry restrictions on October 1.

The family-focused DCL dropped its COVID vaccination requirement for kids between 5-11 in August. 

Disney Treasure cruise ship

The USA's agency CDC ended its cruise ship COVID program in July 2022. Since then, all major lines serving the USA, including CCL-Carnival, Celebrity, MSC, NCL-Norwegian, Princess, and RCI-Royal Caribbean, have dropped their vaccine requirements for all but a few voyages, according to their websites.