Orlando FL's cruise terminal (world's second-busiest) Port Canaveral temporarily loses one of its major cruise companies after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic prompted Disney Cruise Lines to announce it will suspend all sailings beginning Saturday, March 14, and effective through the end of March 2020. As a result, 8 sailings will be cancelled.
Disney Fantasy, which is based out of Port Canaveral, is due to sail back Saturday morning, but her next voyage, scheduled to begin Saturday afternoon, won't sail.
Disney said it was suspending service "in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees."
"While we know this decision may be disappointing, the health and well-being of our guests is of the greatest importance. We are equally committed to the well-being of our incredible crew members who live and work aboard our ships and on Castaway Cay (Disney's private island in the Bahamas)."
Disney added it would continue to pay to its crew and shoreside employees during the suspended operations.
The company's Disney Dream will lose at least 5 sailings from Port Canaveral (March 16-20, March 20-23, March 23-27, March 27-30, March 30-April 3).
Disney Fantasy will lose at least 3 sailings from Port Canaveral (March 14-21, March 21-29, March 29-April 4).
Disney will offer vacationers affected by the decision a future cruise credit or a full refund.
For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.