Disney to offer 2-night cruise, no vaccines required

Cruise lines caught between federal and state government guidelines.

Associated Press

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — After a catastrophic coronavirus cruise season, Disney Cruise Line will finally set sail later this month, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the cruise line’s request to conduct a two-night simulation cruise June 29 on the Disney Dream departing from Port Canaveral.

“We have reached an important next step toward our gradual and responsible resumption of service, and are grateful for the productive dialogue with state, local and federal officials,” Cynthia Martinez, Disney Cruise Line spokeswoman said in an email.

The federal government is getting ready to let cruises sail again, but only if 98% of the crew and 95% of passengers are vaccinated and ships take other measures to limit the risk of transmitting the virus.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, signed a bill banning business from requiring proof of vaccination, so cruise lines must prove the effectiveness of their COVID-19 safety protocols on test cruises. DeSantis is suing the CDC over the no-sail order.

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise line in the world, has threatened to abandon its three Florida ports and move to the Caribbean over DeSantis’ order. But the governor was unyielding, saying there were plenty of other cruise lines eager to take its place.

 

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