Breaking Down Rules and Requirements For Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is back! We are breaking down all the policies and procedures for sailing away with Disney.

Disney Cruise Line is currently only sailing from Port Canaveral but we received insider information this past weekend that in the next few days that the Disney Wonder will be making her way through the Panama Canal over the next few days to San Diego to begin fall sailings from there.

Here’s what you need to know.


Currently, the Disney Dream is cruising on 3 and 4 night sailings only from Port Canaveral in Florida.

The Disney Fantasy will begin sailing from Port Canaveral on September 11.

The initial cruises will only be sailing to Disney’s private island Castaway Cay at this time. There will be no other ports of call.

During this initial phase, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy will only visit Disney Castaway Cay, our private island in The Bahamas. Visit our Ports of Call page to learn more.

Disney Cruise Line website

Related: BREAKING NEWS! The Disney Wonder Will Travel to San Diego to Begin Sailings

Prior to Embarkation

All guests who cannot provide proof of COVID-19 full vaccination status MUST provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (paid for at the Guest’s expense) taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. This is true for EVERY unvaccinated person in your traveling party regardless of age.

This test will be for by the guest. Disney is not responsible for that cost nor will they reimburse. This is the first of 2 COVID-19 PCR tests required to set sail for guests who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Rapid tests will not be accepted.

Related: Disney Cruise Line to Resume Passenger Sailings

Disney Cruise Line has secured a special rate of $98.33 per PCR test (which includes a 3.5% processing fee) through a third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics. Guests may also obtain their PCR test from any independent testing supplier. To submit your testing results or to order a testing kit, visit the Safe Passage website by Inspire Diagnostics.

The Online Check-In must be completed at least one day prior to the date you set sail. This step-by-step process, which is available beginning 30 days before you set sail, includes filling out important cruise documents, in addition to selecting a port arrival time, which you’ll need to do before you make your way to the terminal. 

All Guests are required to select a port arrival time before making their way to the cruise terminal. Guests will not be permitted at the terminal or in parking areas before their scheduled arrival time in order to help maintain physical distancing in the terminal. Guests who arrive early will not be allowed in the terminal and will be directed to return at their designated time.

Make sure that you have your vaccine proof with you on your person when you arrive for the cruise. This is an extra precaution to ensure you do not have to take the test at the terminal even if you uploaded your proof prior to sailing.

(Note! You will also need to show proof of vaccination in order to use the fitness center onboard. No unvaccinated passengers are allowed inside the fitness center).


All Guests regardless of age, who are unvaccinated are required to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding. This is the second of 2 COVID-19 PCR tests required to set sail. Any guests who do not take both of these tests will be denied boarding.

Guests will wait in their vehicles to receive proof of negative test prior to being allowed to board. Once the email has been received with proof of negative test, that email will be shown in the terminal prior to security.

Any guests with positive COVID-19 test results and every person in their traveling party will be denied boarding. The $65 test fee will be charged to the folio of all Guests 12 years and older. Guests under 12 years of age will be tested at no charge.

Fully vaccinated guests will provide proof of vaccination instead of taking this test.

In addition, fully vaccinated Guests who have traveled outside the United States within five days prior to sailing must undergo a PCR COVID-19 test at the terminal, paid for by Disney Cruise Line.

For all cruises through December 31, 2021, Guests 12 years of age and older must provide proof of a valid travel insurance policy that meets coverage requirements. Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination instead of obtaining travel insurance. To learn more about insurance requirements and how to provide proof of insurance, please visit: Before Leaving Home: Know Before You Go.

Guests are required to complete a health questionnaire related to COVID-19 and gastrointestinal illnesses on Embarkation Day. Guests are also required to attest as to whether they have experienced or are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone suspected of or confirmed as having COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.

Guests will receive their key to the world card once in their stateroom. Prior to that, a QR code provided once you complete online check-in and show proof of vaccination or negative test will serve as your key to the world card.

On Board Policies

All Guests over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status are required to wear face coverings indoors, except when in their staterooms or actively eating, drinking or taking a photo.

Face coverings are not required for Guests when outdoors while on board the ship and at designated locations on Disney Castaway Cay.

Considering guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts, Disney has reduced overall Guest capacity in the cruise terminal and aboard the ships. The theaters have adapted a reduced capacity model and the Sail-a-Wave party has been removed to encourage physical distancing.

Upon boarding Guests are directed to indicated spots on the floor to be greeted by Disney pals to welcome them on board in place of the Sail-a-Wave party.

Following the welcome, a castmember will come to your parties spot to help you navigate the boarding procedures and assembly requirements.

The safety drill has been replaced with a check-in at your assembly station, a video in your stateroom and a safety briefing that is piped over the lound speakers throughout the ship.

Disney has increased signage around the ship to ensure physical distancing and adherance to CDC requirements. Guests are required to adhere to this signage and listen to castmember instructions to ensure the health and safety of everyone on board.

Only one party or two individuals are allowed in the elevators at a time. We highly recommend using the stairs to allow families with strollers and those with disabilities and older individuals to access the elevators.

Cabanas, the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet is open but castmembers will serve you the items you would like, as much as you would like instead of a grab and go style.

Characters are all around the ship and are available for an updated way of meet and greets. Guests are allowed to remove their masks inside for stationary photos and photos near characters. Characters are distanced from guests but are available for photo opportunities.

Be sure you have your proof of vaccination with you onboard if you plan on using the fitness center. All persons wanting to use the fitness center must show proof of vaccination to enter. No unvaccinated passengers are allowed to use the fitness center onboard.

Disney Cruise Line Navigator App

The Disney Cruise Navigator App is essential for cruising with Disney. Paper navigators are no longer available and are not even printed.

All of the events and activities are available on the app. Online check-in and everything you need to know about sailing can also be found on the app.

All menus for the dining experiences are available on the app. Paper menus are not provided.

Helpful Tips and Tricks

Disney has created a helpful checklist to help you keep track of everything you need to get done prior to embarkation to ensure your party is good to go.

Check that out HERE!

Kids Clubs and Nursery

Parents must register their children 3 to 12 years of age for Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab during the Online Check-In process and then, prior to setting sail, reserve a specific session time online or via the Disney Cruise Navigator app.

Guests can book one session per day per child on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will receive their youth activities wristband at the cruise terminal, which grants them access to both Disney’s Oceaneer Lab and Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

Aboard the ship, Guests can check with Guests Services about registering and reserving a session time for their child, pending availability.

At Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, children will interact within groups of 15, paired with one Disney counselor.

Both Vibe for teens and Edge for tweens are open. No reservations are required.

“it’s a small world” nursery!” is temporarily unavailable.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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