As a first step toward resuming revenue operations, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) permitted Disney Cruise Line to perform a simulated cruise from a US port. The cruise which will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida, at the end of June, will be the first to depart from the port.
On the 130,000 gross ton Disney Dream, it plans to sail its inaugural cruise from a U.S. port. The ship will depart on June 29 and return on July 1 for a two-night cruise. According to CDC standards, all visitors must agree to pre-and post-cruise COVID-19 testing and be told of the risks of sailing on the simulated cruise. It has a combined capacity of up to 4,000 passengers including children. When it started sailing from Florida, the firm did not specify what capacity limits would apply.
"Today, as we get closer to resuming our U.S. cruises, I want to highlight the team's incredible perseverance and positivity,” Mazloum said in a statement. As we researched, drafted, revised and refined our comprehensive roadmap for cruising again. "Your involvement and unwavering excitement have been nothing short of incredible. It hasn't been easy - and I'm proud of everyone involved.”
According to the fan website Laughing Place, the simulated cruise will be run with Disney cast employees as passengers rather than the general public.
The simulated cruises are necessary as a means of evaluating the line's health and safety procedures. Passengers and crew will participate in usual cruise ship activities and meals, and the cruise line will report to the CDC on the success of the programme and any issues that need to be addressed. If there are flaws, the CDC may require more than one simulated cruise before allowing a cruise operator to resume commercial operations.
Disney hasn't said anything about its plans for U.S. cruises or when they could resume. It avoids the ongoing debate between the cruise industry and the Florida governor about mandating passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by opting for the simulated journey to get the CDC's Conditional Sail Order.
All Disney Wonder cruises have been cancelled until July 12, especially Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruises have been cancelled until July 31, 2021. As part of the UK's resumption of domestic travel, the Disney Magic, the line's fourth cruise ship, will begin sailing UK-based voyages from Liverpool, England, on July 15 and will sail through the beginning of October. The governor's office maintains that cruise lines will not be allowed to seek proof of vaccination.
The governor of Florida signed an executive order prohibiting businesses from requiring vaccine passports, and he is now disputing allegations that the cruise lines will be excluded from the decree.
The CDC had already given Royal Caribbean International permission to conduct the first test cruise from Miami and Royal Caribbean's premium brand Celebrity Cruises permission to start sailing at the end of June, both of which required passengers and crew to be vaccinated. Carnival Cruise Line stated plans to resume sailings from Miami and Galveston in July, although no approval to conduct simulated cruises has been granted.