This week, Disney Parks and Resorts announced details of new cruise ship testing guidelines and protocols. Those details are as follows:  Guests will be given the opportunity to test out their cruise ship emergency equipment before embarkation.  Guests will be notified of the need for evacuations via the in-room television and/or in-room paging system at least 30 minutes before travel.  Guests will be notified of the need for evacuations via the in-room television and/or in-room paging system at least 30 minutes before travel.  Guests will be notified of the need for evacuations via the in-room television and/or in-room paging system at least 30 minutes before travel

Disney and its cruise lines have been working to improve their cruise line protocols for evacuating the ships in the event of a ship-wide emergency, according to a Cruise Critic exclusive. A company representative confirmed to Cruise Critic that Disney Cruise Line adopted the government’s latest instructions for evacuating cruise ships. The government’s latest evacuation guidelines were released in January last year and stipulate that those not involved in the evacuation will be left behind on the ship to await rescue or to wait for help to arrive, depending on the severity of the emergency.

Disney Cruise Line has recently released several new regulations for its passengers, including the infamous Castaway Protocols that have been in place since 2011. Disney Cruise Line is the only cruise line that requires a form of Castaway Protocols on all of its cruises. Disney Castaway Protocols: The Castaway Protocols are detailed in the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Survival Guide. According to Disney, “the Castaway Survival Guide is the only book that shares the actual “Castaway Protocols” that everyone on board is required to follow.” The Castaway Protocols are detailed in the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Survival Guide. According to Disney, “the Castaway Survival Guide is the only book that shares the actual “Castaway Protocols”. Read more about us cruises and let us know what you think.

Disney Cruise Line has revised its health and safety procedures in light of the news that the Disney Dream will resume sailings from Port Canaveral on August 9.

Let’s take a look at what the cruise experience will be like in terms of health and safety when passengers board the Disney Dream — and other Disney ships — after more than a year.

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(Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line/David Roark) The Disney Dream anchored in Cay of the Castaways.

Vaccination & Testing

Passengers who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination should do so before the trip, although it is not necessary. Pre-cruise and embarkation day testing requirements will be waived for American guests who are completely immunized at least 14 days prior to sailing and can show evidence.

Those who have not been vaccinated must provide PCR test results from 5 days to 24 hours before the sail date. Through a third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics, Disney Cruise Line has negotiated a discounted pricing of $98.33 per PCR test. Guests may also obtain their PCR test from any third-party testing company.

Unvaccinated passengers will be required to undergo a quick PCR test given by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal on the day of departure. Passengers aged 12 and above will be charged a $65 testing cost to their onboard account.

Insurance for Travel

Unvaccinated travelers 12 and older must provide evidence of a valid travel insurance policy that satisfies coverage criteria for cruises leaving from Florida until December 31, 2021. Guests who have had all of their vaccinations may choose to show evidence of immunization rather than purchase travel insurance.

Masks for the Face

Face coverings are required inside for all passengers aged 2 and above, regardless of immunization status, except while eating, drinking, or in their cabin.

Face coverings that have been approved must completely cover the nose and mouth, fit tightly yet comfortably, include ties or ear loops, and be composed of two layers of permeable cloth.

Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes of any sort are now prohibited.

Outdoors or on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, masks are not required.

Physical Separation

The ships’ passenger capacity has been decreased, and the experiences have been tweaked to allow for simpler physical separation. Passengers and staff will be reminded to maintain a safe distance from one another via signs placed around the ship.

Barriers have been erected in places where distance is not possible, such as check-in and guest services.

Character interactions with close-ups have been temporarily stopped, and children’s activities are now performed in small groups.

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On Disney Magic, there’s a nursery called It’s a Small World. (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line/Jimmy DeFlippo)

Improved Cleaning

Disney Cruise Line has increased the frequency with which items are cleaned, and high-touch services and children’s amenities will get additional care.

In addition to twice-daily cleaning, cabins will get improved treatments between voyages. Pillows and paper stationery with a high touch factor have been eliminated.

All ships will be fitted with a new air purification system that uses an ionization technique to clean both the air and the surface surfaces. Fresh air circulation has been improved, and HVAC filters have been updated.

App Navigator

The Navigator app from Disney Cruise Line has been upgraded to include some new features that will help with the company’s health and safety procedures.

Passengers will be able to interact directly with Guest Services, the dining crew, and the shore excursions desk through their smartphone from anywhere on the ship via the new Guest Services Live Chat.

The Navigator app also includes digital menus, activity schedules, venue descriptions and locations, deck layouts, and more, as well as a new Virtual Queue that will assist guests know when to disembark the ship in each port of call (during busy times).

iPhones, iPads, and Android devices can all use the Navigator app.

Castaway Cay

The three- and four-night Disney Dream itineraries will initially just stop at Castaway Cay. The following is a list of things to anticipate on the island:

  • While face masks will not be needed in most areas of the island, they will be required in locations such as the store, bathrooms, and tram rides.
  • Guests should not relocate the beach lounge chairs and umbrellas since they have been adjusted to provide for physical separation.
  • Cookie’s BBQ, Castaway Cay’s barbecue buffet-style meal, will now be served by crew members rather than self-serve.
  • The island’s children’s club, Scuttle’s Cove, is now closed.
  • The Teen Hideout and In Da Shade Game Pavilion are both open, but only to a restricted number of people.
  • On the island, Mickey, Minnie, and the gang will make unexpected visits. A brand-new “Party Patrol” will also debut on the island, with famous Disney characters riding about in beach trucks.
  • The Castaway Cay 5k has been put on hold for the time being, however guests who wish to complete the event on their own will get a medallion. In the Navigator app, you’ll get more information about this.

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Castaway Cay’s Pelican Plunge water play area (Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Disney Cruise require Covid vaccine?

Disney Cruise Line does not require the Covid vaccine.

What are the requirements to work on a Disney cruise ship?

There are a few requirements to work on a Disney cruise ship. The first is that you must be at least 18 years old, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You also need to pass the companys background check, which includes an FBI fingerprinting process.

Can you stay Castaway Cay Disney?

I am not sure what you mean by stay Castaway Cay Disney.

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