Disney Cruise Line has announced they are looking for volunteers for test cruises as they and other major players in the cruise industry look to set sail from US ports.
Disney Cruise Line has just announced that they have been given permission to sail! This is great news as Disney’s four cruise ships have been meandering the seas sans passengers since March 2020.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given the Disney Dream permission to conduct a test cruise between June 29 and July 1. Because Disney, like Royal Carribean, relies heavily on families to board their ships that means that less than the required 95% of passengers will be vaccinated. This means they must conduct test cruises, per CDC guidelines.
Each cruise ship needs to conduct test cruises in order to recieve approval by the CDC.
Each ship must conduct at least one test cruise, and each simulated sailing must be between 2-7 days in length with a least one overnight stay, including through embarkation, disembarkation, and post-disembarkation testing.
The CDC recommends a minimum voyage length of 3 days with 2 overnight stays.
Here is what Disney Signature Experiences President Thomas Mazloum had to say in a letter confirming the approval.
We received word that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved our application to conduct a simulation cruise in advance of resuming normal operations.
This is a critically important milestone for Disney Cruise Line – and I want to thank everyone who has been supporting our return-to-service plans with such dedication and hard work.
We now have the green light to conduct our two-night simulation cruise aboard the Disney Dream from June 29 to July 1, sailing from Port Canaveral. The ship will sail with volunteer passengers and test our newly developed health and safety protocols, which have been meticulously tailored to the current public health environment. All of these protocols are essential to cruising responsibly, and Disney Cruise Line couldn’t be more committed to making vacation dreams come true as it prioritizes the wellbeing of all who step aboard our ships.
Today, as we move closer to restarting our U.S. cruises, I want to spotlight the tremendous resilience and positivity of the team. Your collaboration and continued enthusiasm throughout the pandemic have been nothing short of amazing, as we’ve researched, drafted, revised and refined our comprehensive roadmap for cruising again. It has been no small feat – and I’m extremely proud of everyone.
We will continue to evaluate our health and safety protocols, working closely with the CDC, and make adjustments as we work toward a full resumption of cruising. In the meantime, we can all take pride in the approval of our application with the CDC – a milestone that reflects the incredible talents of our entire team.
There is currently no information on exactly how to apply to be a test cruiser.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.