It was announced last week that the Prime Minister of the Bahamas authorized an order that would require all passenger cruises to any port in the Bahamas including private islands to provide a passenger manifest including vaccination statuses.
In order to enter a port, all passengers age 12+ must be fully vaccinated. The new restriction will be in effect from September 3 through November 1.
Disney Cruise Line is currently sailing in the Bahamas and only accessing their private island Castaway Cay. Under this emergency order, that island would be included in the order.
Tuesday morning, Disney Cruise Line announced that ALL guests ages 12 and older on upcoming sailings must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson are the accepted COVID-19 vaccinations to meet the requirement.
CDC guidelines state that the following conditions must be met to be considered fully vaccinated:
- Guests who have received both doses of Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose has been administered.
- Guests who have received Johnson & Johnson are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving one dose.
- Guests with both one dose of Moderna and one dose of Pfizer are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose.
- Guests who have received one single dose of a vector vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca) and one single dose of a mRNA vaccine (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna) are not considered fully vaccinated.
Guests who do not provide proof of full vaccination will not be permitted to board the ship.
Guests on a sailing to The Bahamas (including Disney Castaway Cay) departing between September 3 and November 1, 2021, may modify or cancel their cruise without cancellation fees by September 3. Guests who cancel will receive a full refund to the original form of payment.
Despite Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attempting to nulify guidelines allowing cruises to require proof of vaccine from Florida ports, a federal judge declared earlier this month that Florida cruise lines can require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Learn more about Disney Cruise Line’s health and safety protocols and requirements on the Disney Cruise Line website.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.