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When will Disney Cruise Line resume cruises?

Disney cruise ship from behind

This article was last updated on March 1, 2021.

There has been plenty of chatter recently with various cruise lines starting back up, but the question remains of when might Disney Cruise Line start cruising again?

Just like most other major cruise lines, Disney Cruise Line states all of its cruises are suspended through at least May 31, 2021. Sailings on Disney Magic are canceled through August 10.

Under the latest round of scrapped cruises, passengers will automatically receive 125 percent of the cruise fare paid in the form of a future cruise credit to be used on any future sailing through September 30, 2022. Cruisers can also request a full refund of 100 percent of the cruise fare paid, which will be processed back to the original form of payment.

Dates cruises could restart

If there are no more cancellations, the schedule has Disney restarting voyages with Disney Fantasy on June 2.

Will there be more cancellations?

It is unclear if Disney will have to cancel more cruises or not, as cruise lines face strict regulations on how they could possibly restart.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing order that allows for ships to restart voyages only after demonstrating cruises can be operated safely.

The pressure by the public, media and Disney itself to ensure any restart of cruises is met with strict new policies and procedures aimed to keep guests and crew safe. 

While Disney has released sweeping new health protocols for its theme parks, no such new rules are part of their cruise operations yet.

Disney Cruise Line's website simply says, "While we are still evaluating the timing, when we return to sailing we will inform you of enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, Cast and Crew Members. You will be required to follow all posted instructions while sailing with Disney Cruise Line."

"By sailing with Disney Cruise Line you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19."

Captain Minnie Mouse

Can you cancel your cruise if you don't want to sail?

Disney has temporarily relaxed its cancellation policies to make them more flexible. Passengers can change their sail date up to 15 days prior to departure for any cruises booked by March 31, 2021 for sailings on or before August 31, 2021.

Guests who wish to change their sail date must move to a future sailing that commences prior to May 31, 2022. Standard prevailing rates will apply.

Once you change your reservation, you cannot change it back to the original date after taking advantage of this offer.

To take advantage of this special offer, call (888) 325-3815 or contact your travel agent